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Ep 22: Go Fact Yourself with Stacy London and Scott Rogowsky

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Christa, J. Keith, Scott, Helen, Stacy
Guests: 
Stacy London & Scott Rogowsky
Guests: 
Christa LiTrenta
Guests: 
J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong

It's the first episode of Go Fact Yourself recorded in New York!

Fashion stylist Stacy London is a New York Times Bestselling author. And for ten seasons, she was best known as the host of What Not to Wear on TLC. And while she still prides herself on being a fashionista, she insists her advice for others… but Helen still remembers when that wasn’t the case.

Scott Rogowsky can be seen on the popular app-based trivia gameshow HQ. He’s also known for the theater talk show Running Late with Scott Rogowsky. It’s all helped him reach a level of fame that allowed him to fulfill a lifelong dream: play in the Celebrity softball game where he got to pitch against Shaquille O’Neil.

In this episode, we’ll learn about the subtleties of cocktail ingredients, learn about how to have a proper “mid-life renaissance” and why sweet desserts are superior to savory ones.

What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between “Manhattan” and an “Old-fashioned” cocktail?

What’s the difference between “Manhattan” and “New England” clam chowder?

Areas of Expertise

Stacy London: The best desserts in New York City, the film Tootsie and French existentialism.

Scott Rogowsky: The show Seinfeld, Woody Allen movies and minor league baseball teams.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Stacy London
Scott Rogowsky

With guest experts:

Christa LiTrenta, director of culinary training for Magnolia Bakery.

Dick Cavett, actor and broadcasting legend.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at Caveat in New York City.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Ep 21: Go Fact Yourself with Maria Bamford and Grant Imahara

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Gabriel Koerner, J. Keith Van Straaten, Grant Imahara, Helen Hong, Maria Bamford
Guests: 
Maria Bamford & Grant Imahara
Guests: 
Christine Dresser & Gabriel Koerner
Guests: 
J. Keith Van Straaten
Guests: 
Helen Hong

Maria Bamford is a comedian, and star of the Netflix series Lady Dynamite. She’s normally not one for small talk, but this podcast has just the right amount of organized conversation to make her feel comfortable.

Grant Imahara is a former member of the B-Team on Mythbusters, and can currently be seen on Netflix’s White Rabbit Project. He’s a HUGE robotics fan. Why? Two words: Star Wars.

In this episode, we’ll get an answer to what happens when a bull is actually let loose in a china shop and learn about the robots Grant has created--including a BB-8 that he has at his shop.

What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between “magma” and a “lava”?

What’s the difference between “baking” and “roasting?”

Areas of Expertise

Maria Bamford: 12 step programs, self-help and pug aging.

Grant Imahara: Star Trek, X-Men comics and “La Di Da Di” by Doug E. Fresh.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Grant Imahara
Maria Bamford

With guest experts:

Dr. Christine Dresser, pug breeder and health liason for the Pug Dog Club of America.

Gabriel Koerner, digital effects artist who appeared in the documentaries Trekkies and Trekkies 2.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Ep 20: Go Fact Yourself with Matt Besser and Lyric Lewis

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Jody Duncan, J. Keith Van Straaten, Lyric Lewis, Helen Hong, Matt Besser
Guests: 
Lyric Lewis and Matt Besser
Guests: 
Jody Duncan and Debby Schriver
Guests: 
J. Keith Van Straaten
Guests: 
Helen Hong

Matt Besser is a comedian, actor, writer, director and founding member of The Upright Citizens Brigade. He also hosts the weekly podcast improv4humans. He tells J. Keith about the two word prompts he’s banned at shows (hint: one’s a type of fruit and the other is a type of animal), and how it came about that he’s featured on his very own Topps baseball card.

Lyric Lewis is an actress and Groundlings Theater performer who’s perhaps best known for her role as Stef on NBC’s A.P. Bio. You may also recognize Lyric from Comedy Central’s Drunk History, and she tells us about an upcoming episode she did about “Cleopatra’s punk ass little sister”.

In this episode, we’ll learn about how Matt adapted the visual format of improv to an audio-only medium, how Lyric used astrology to sort out potential dating prospects, and why Matt claims his memory is spotty, even though Lyric has a hard time believing him.

What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between “damping” and a “dampening”?

What’s the difference between “club soda” and “seltzer?”

Areas of Expertise

Matt Besser: Arkansas cults, Arkansas Razorback football post-1978 and the film Repo Man

Lyric Lewis: The film Jurassic Park, Greek mythology and astrology.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Matt Besser
Lyric Lewis

With guest experts:

Debby Schriver, an author whose book Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and their Journey to Freedom is about to become a documentary.

Jody Duncan, the author of numerous books about the making of movies.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Ep 19: Go Fact Yourself with Alison Becker and Glynn Washington

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Theresa Iker, Alison Becker, J. Keith Van Straaten, Glynn Washington, Helen Hong and Jason E. Hill
Guests: 
Alison Becker and Glynn Washington
Guests: 
Theresa Iker
Guests: 
Jason E. Hill
Guests: 
J. Keith van Straaten
Guests: 
Helen Hong

Glynn Washington is the host and creator of the public radio show Snap Judgment. Fun fact: He actually got his radio show started by winning a radio contest. Snap Judgment is all about “storytelling with a beat,” and, with a little help from Helen Hong, Glynn will explain why.

Alison Becker is an actress who’s perhaps best known for playing Shauna Malwae-Tweep on Parks and Recreation (people still recognize her for it to this day). She’s also the star of the Max Fun Podcast Bubble.

In this episode, we’ll learn about Glynn’s attitude towards producing quality stories, why puppets are a perfect way to combat social justice issues and Alison’s amazing moment where she made out with Jon Bon Jovi, one of her musical heroes.

What’s the difference?
What’s the difference between a “lake” and a “pond”?

What’s the difference between an “arrowsmith” and a “fletcher?”

Areas of Expertise
Glynn Washington: The original Star Trek, the New King James Bible, Michael Jackson.

Alison Becker: Divorce ranches, Seinfeld episodes, Bon Jovi.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Glynn Washington
Alison Becker

With guest experts:
Jason E. Hill, Musician, puppeteer and former United Methodist Clergy.

Theresa Iker, teacher of history at Stanford University.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Ep 18: Go Fact Yourself with Tom Bergeron & Jodi Miller

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Clint Howard, Tom Bergeron, J. Keith Van Straaten, Jodi Miller, Helen Hong, ET Tecosky
Guests: 
Tom Bergeron and Jodi Miller
Guests: 
ET Tecosky
Guests: 
Clint Howard
Guests: 
J. Keith Van Straaten
Guests: 
Helen Hong

Jodi Miller is a stand-up comedian and actress. She’s also known for her appearance on America’s Got Talent where she explained how guys are like cats. Her comedy album No Child Left Behind is available now.

Tom Bergeron has been a fixture on ABC for decades, hosting shows like Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos.

In this episode, we’ll hear about Jodi’s experience on America’s Got Talent and why her relationship with her cat might be an abusive one. We’ll also learn about Tom’s career as a host and a particularly embarrassing moment that he had to deal with on television.

What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between a “handrail” and a “banister”?

What’s the difference between a “coat” and a “jacket?”

Areas of Expertise
Jodi Miller: The Exorcist, serial killers, and Jack Daniels.

Tom Bergeron: Silent-film comedians, The Andy Griffith Show, and the curious casting history of The Wizard of Oz.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Jodi Miller
Tom Bergeron

With guest experts:
ET Tecosky, U.S. Brand ambassador for Jack Daniels.

Clint Howard, an actor with a 50+ year career, with appearances in recent project Solo: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming festival film Apple Seed.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Ep 17: Go Fact Yourself with Louis Virtel and Laraine Newman

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Jerome Vered, Helen Hong, Laraine Newman, J. Keith Van Straaten, Donnie Dunagan
Guests: 
Louis Virtel & Laraine Newman
Guests: 
J. Keith Van Straaten
Guests: 
Helen Hong
Guests: 
Jerome Vered
Guests: 
Donnie Dunagan

Louis Virtel is a comedian and a co-host of the podcast Keep It. He’s also the winner of Jeopardy, whose Double Jeopardy celebration went viral shortly after it aired on TV.

Laraine Newman returns to Go Fact Yourself, this time as a contestant. Newman is best known as an original cast member of the Not Ready for Primetime Players on Saturday Night Live, and she was a founding member of the legendary Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. If she sounds familiar to you, you may recognize her as the voice of Crab Lady on SpongeBob SquarePants, Nana from Trollhunters: Tale of Arcadia and lots of other shows.

In this episode, we’ll learn how Louis’s love of publicly answering trivia questions stems from a 3rd-grade spelling bee that he came up short in and why the winners of Jeopardy love keeping in touch with each other after their victories. Laraine will explain why she never tires of hearing people announce her name in the fashion of SNL’s Don Pardo, and how she decides what the voice of each of her characters sound like.

What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between a “thumbs up” sign and the “okay” sign in SCUBA diving?

What’s the difference between a “Dead-End” and a “No-Outlet” on the road?

Areas of Expertise
Louis Virtel: Jeopardy, world capitals, and Aimee Mann.
Laraine Newman: Electronic Dance Music, cooking, Universal horror movies from the 1930’s and 40’s.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Louis Virtel
Laraine Newman

With guest experts:
Jerome Vered, writer and all-time winner of Jeopardy.

Donnie Dunagan, U.S. Marine Corp Drill instructor and the voice of the titular character in the Disney movie Bambi.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Ep 16: Go Fact Yourself with Jonathan Ames and Janet Varney

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Johnny Whitaker, Janet Varney, J. Keith, Johnathan Ames, Helen Hong, Tom Nolan
Guests: 
Janet Varney & Jonathan Ames
Guests: 
J. Keith van Straaten
Guests: 
Helen Hong
Guests: 
Johnny Whitaker
Guests: 
Tom Nolan

Jonathan Ames created several TV shows, including Bored to Death and Blunt Talk. He’s also the author of many books, including You Were Never Really Here, which was recently adapted into a movie.

Janet Varney stars in the TV show Stan Against Evil and hosts of the podcast The JV Corner.

In this episode, we’ll learn about Jonathan’s experience with having his book transformed into a movie and why, for all his literary expertise, he still has trouble pronouncing certain words. We’ll also hear more about Janet’s involvement at the annual Sketchfest and why she enjoys talking to women about their awkward teen years. And both Janet and Jonathan wonder what Jodie Foster is up to while they are on stage. Is she watching TV with someone while getting a nice neck massage? We may never learn the answer to that question. But GFY listeners will learn other things by listening to this episode.

What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between a “Presidential Pardon” and “Presidential Commutation”?

What’s the difference between “Avenge” and “Revenge”?

Areas of Expertise
Jonathan Ames: 1990’s New Knicks, Detective Novels/Noir Literature and the works of Pema Chodron.
Janet Varney: Jodie Foster movies from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, New York Times crossword puzzles, Alt. Rock 1990’s bands

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Jonathan Ames
Janet Varney

With guest experts:
Tom Nolan, crime novel reviewer for the Wall Street Journal and author of several books.

Johnny Whitaker, actor who’s had roles in shows like Family Affair and General Hospital

Go Fact Yourself is coming to New York for two live tapings on July 21st and 22nd at Caveat NYC! For information on guests and to buy tickets go to gofactyourpod.com.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

International Waters Ep. 124: H.P. Lovecraft: Monster Racist

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Guests: 
Alison Becker
Guests: 
Keith Powell
Guests: 
Dan Tetsell
Guests: 
Sophie Duker
Guests: 
Dave Holmes

Alison Becker, Keith Powell, Dan Tetsell and Sophie Duker join host, Dave Holmes, to Discuss monsters, defend (and attack) their home countries and decide what the best way to say certain words is.

Alison wants to plug Bubble and Best Worst Week Ever. She recommends the Amazon Prime Show The Patriot.

Keith wants to plug Bubble and an upcoming episode of Superstore that he directed. He recommends The Great British Baking Show.

Sophie wants to plug her stand up show Diet Woke and recommends the newest Janelle Monáe album Dirty Computer.

Dan wants to plug his wife’s upcoming show at the Edinburgh Film Festival and recommends the Netflix comedy series The Letdown.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and his book, Party of One is available now in paperback.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.
Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Laura Swisher and Julian Burrell.

International Waters 123: America's Got Nihilism

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Auggie, Dave and Cecily
Guests: 
Paul Foxcroft
Guests: 
Sarah Bennetto
Guests: 
Cecily Knobler
Guests: 
Auggie Smith
Guests: 
Dave Holmes

Paul Foxcroft, Sarah Bennetto, Cecily Knobler and Auggie Smith join host, Dave Holmes, to discuss Coolio, international cuisine and illness that’s powerful enough to transcend the Atlantic.

Cecily wants to plug her website and recommends The Arrangement on the E! Network.

Auggie wants to plug his upcoming tour dates on his website and recommends the Henry Phillips film Punching the Clown.

Paul wants to plug Questing Time where he makes comedians play Dungeons and Dragons and recommends The Max Fun podcast The Adventure Zone.

Sarah wants to plug her upcoming quest for the Forrest Fenn Treasure and recommends the comedy of Bec Hill.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.

Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Laura Swisher and Julian Burrell.

Ep 13: Go Fact Yourself with Andrea Savage & Fred Willard

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Alison Arngrim, J. Keith van Straaten, Andrea Savage, Helen Hong, Fred Willard, Dr. Joe Price
Guests: 
J. Keith van Straaten
Guests: 
Helen Hong
Guests: 
Alison Arngrim
Guests: 
Andrea Savage
Guests: 
Fred Willard
Guests: 
Dr. Joe Price

In this episode, J. Keith van Straaten is reunited on stage with fellow thespian Andrea Savage. You may recognize Savage from her starring role on TruTV’s I’m Sorry, but dozens of Angelenos will recognize her from a junior high production of a pirate musical, which also starred J. Keith himself. Alas, Fred Willard did not appear in that seminal musical. He was probably off filming This Is Spinal Tap or SCTV at that time. In any event, fate brought Andrea Savage and Fred Willard together to compete for trivia supremacy.

Do YOU Know the Difference?
What is the difference between a bagel and a bialy?
What is the difference between theater that is off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway?

Areas of Expertise
Fred: WWII-era Baseball, '50s Rock & Roll, Silent film history
Andrea: Little House on the Prairie, Playing Poker, Talking to your kids about beginning puberty

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Andrea Savage
Fred Willard

With guest experts:
Alison Arngrim, the New York Times bestselling author and actress known for playing Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie

Dr. Joe Price, Co-Director for The Institute for Baseball Studies at Whittier College

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell

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