Ben Sinclair: High Maintenance And The Battle Of The Podcast Stars

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Ben Sinclair: High Maintenance And The Battle Of The Podcast Stars

Ben Sinclair, co-creator and star of HBO's High Maintenance, opens up about his love of Chekhov and the real-life experiences that inspired the series. Plus, it's the battle of the podcast stars! The hosts of the podcasts Dr. Gameshow and Unofficial Expert play a series of puzzles and trivia games.

Ben Sinclair: High Maintenance And The Battle Of The Podcast Stars

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Antoni Porowski: Queer Eye For The Quiz Guy!

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Antoni Porowski: Queer Eye For The Quiz Guy!

Antoni Porowski, a charming fifth of Netflix's Queer Eye, talks about his love for cooking and corgis, and is given a choice to play a game about guacamole or a game about books. This episode originally aired on Aug. 16, 2019.

Antoni Porowski: Queer Eye For The Quiz Guy!

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Tan France: Naturally Tan

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Tan France: Naturally Tan

Queer Eye fashion expert Tan France discusses the responsibility of representation, embracing positivity in his new Netflix competition series Next in Fashion, and the secret behind his grandfather's clothing factory. Then, inspired by his upcoming stint on the Great Celebrity Bake-Off, France plays a game that puts his baking knowledge to the test. Plus, contestants face-off in a punk rock music parody game about not very punk fads.

Tan France: Naturally Tan

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John Cameron Mitchell: Getting Shrill

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John Cameron Mitchell: Getting Shrill

Writer and performer John Cameron Mitchell talks about portraying a nightmarish boss in Hulu's comedy Shrill, Hedwig and the Angry Inch's enduring legacy, and working with Patti LuPone on his new musical podcast. Then, Mitchell plays a game called "We're Going to Make You Sing," where he's quizzed on 1970s glam and punk that inspired Hedwig. Plus, contestants must reimagine literary romances as flirty text exchanges.

John Cameron Mitchell: Getting Shrill

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Julio Torres: My Favorite Espooky Shapes

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Julio Torres: My Favorite Espooky Shapes

Julio Torres reveals the inspiration behind his bilingual series, HBO's Los Espookys and plays a game where Greek gods are cast as Bachelor contestants. This episode originally aired August 30, 2019.

Julio Torres: My Favorite Espooky Shapes

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Justin Long And Marina Franklin: Franklin My Dear, I Don't Give A Long

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Justin Long And Marina Franklin: Franklin My Dear, I Don't Give A Long

Actor Justin Long returns to the Ask Me Another stage! Known for the "Get a Mac" ads, Long talks about hosting his new podcast Life Is Short, and interviewing his 103-year-old grandmother. Then, he plays a game of "Shorter or Longer?" Later, comedian Marina Franklin tells the story of how she bombed her first big break, and then tests her knowledge of themed restaurants.

Justin Long And Marina Franklin: Franklin My Dear, I Don't Give A Long

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Topher Grace And Arturo Castro: Stanning For Cereal

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Topher Grace And Arturo Castro: Stanning For Cereal

That '70s Show alum Topher Grace and Broad City's Arturo Castro share stories of their big breaks into acting then face-off in a trivia game about breakfast cereal! This episode originally aired on Aug. 2, 2019.

Topher Grace And Arturo Castro: Stanning For Cereal

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Luke James: Not 'Chi' About Singing

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Luke James: Not 'Chi' About Singing

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Luke James chats about working with Beyoncé and Prince, acting on the series The Chi, and sings-along to some classic steamy slow jams. Plus, an audio quiz where contestants must identify famous robots in pop culture. Bleep-bloop!

Luke James: Not 'Chi' About Singing

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Adam Lambert And Tony Hawk: A California Christmas

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Adam Lambert And Tony Hawk: A California Christmas

Two San Diego legends come home for the holidays, as American Idol alum and Queen frontman Adam Lambert joins skateboarding giant Tony Hawk for festive trivia at the Historic Balboa Theatre. This episode originally aired on Dec. 21, 2018.

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Kal Penn And Dan Soder: The Tournament Of Champions

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Kal Penn And Dan Soder: The Tournament Of Champions

Actor Kal Penn and comedian Dan Soder drop by Ask Me Another's first-ever Tournament of Champions, where we bring back four previous winning contestants to find who will be the big big winner. Penn talks about representing New York City's diversity in his comedy series Sunnyside. Then, he enters the ring to play a wrestling quiz against Soder, who stars in a new HBO special.

Kal Penn And Dan Soder: The Tournament Of Champions

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Anthony Ramos: A Quiz-mas Carol

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Anthony Ramos: A Quiz-mas Carol

Ophira and Jonathan use the power of trivia to melt the heart of puzzle guru Ebenezer Scrooge. Plus, actor Anthony Ramos (Hamilton, She's Gotta Have It). This episode originally aired Dec. 22, 2017.

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Paula Cole: Where Have All The Puzzles Gone?

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Paula Cole: Where Have All The Puzzles Gone?

Singer-songwriter and activist Paula Cole shares how jazz inspired her to find her own Grammy-winning sound, and plays games that show off her anatomical and ornithological knowledge. Then, contestants play an audio quiz that reminds them why they should always turn off their cell phones before a show.

Paula Cole: Where Have All The Puzzles Gone?

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Trace Adkins And Carlene Carter: Cowboys And Cowpunks

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Trace Adkins And Carlene Carter: Cowboys And Cowpunks

Musician Trace Adkins shares the chance encounter that launched his career, and songwriter Carlene Carter reflects on growing up part of a legendary family. This episode originally aired May 31, 2019.

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Robert Earl Keen: Texas Troubadour

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Robert Earl Keen: Texas Troubadour

At the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas, Americana singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen describes how his early days spent in Houston barrooms led to a career in music, how he first met his longtime friend, Lyle Lovett, and why his daughter had to talk him into doing his own podcast. Then he demonstrates one of his superpowers: knowing every U.S. president's birthday. Plus, things get cheesy when contestants play a really gouda music parody game.

Robert Earl Keen: Texas Troubadour

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Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous

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Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous

Josh Gondelman, talks about why he gives strangers pep talks on Twitter, and Catherine Cohen explains how she makes her cabaret comedy into fashion. This episode originally aired June 14, 2019.

Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous

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Alejandro Escovedo: Punk Rock Roots In Texas

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Alejandro Escovedo: Punk Rock Roots In Texas

Latino punk veteran Alejandro Escovedo talks about growing up in a big musical family, his year living in the Chelsea Hotel, and his latest album, The Crossing. Then, his love of surfing and French cinema is tested in a gnarly game of This, That, or the Other. Plus, contestants channel their inner fifth grader in a game where every answer can be spelled upside-down on an LCD calculator.

Alejandro Escovedo: Punk Rock Roots In Texas

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Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

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Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Ask Me Another heads to Seattle! Comedian and host of Nailed It!, Nicole Byer reflects on how she went from waiting tables to performing stand-up, and why celebrating failure is important. This episode originally aired on June 28, 2019.

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Michael McDonald: Once A Doobie, Always A Doobie

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Michael McDonald: Once A Doobie, Always A Doobie

At the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and "yacht rock" pioneer Michael McDonald reflects on his father's disappointment when he put down the banjo for rock and roll, and why he still considers himself a Doobie Brother. Then he plays a game inspired by his love of singers from the 1960s and '70s. Plus, meet the captain of a "cute lil' yellow tugboat," and gain some nautical knowledge.

Michael McDonald: Once A Doobie, Always A Doobie

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Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown

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Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown

Taylor Schilling explains why after seven seasons on Orange Is the New Black, she's going to clown school. This episode originally aired May 10, 2019.

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Kristin Chenoweth: No Rest For The Wicked

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Kristin Chenoweth: No Rest For The Wicked

Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth joins Ask Me Another in Houston, Texas. She reflects on her Wicked-ly impressive career on stage and her latest album, For The Girls. Then, the Broadway star belts it out in a game where she sings the titles of famous musicals, and takes on a quiz inspired by her love of 7-Eleven Slurpees. Plus, a final round with a "BIG" surprise ending.

Kristin Chenoweth: No Rest For The Wicked

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Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

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Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

SNL cast member Bowen Yang, and comedian Matt Rogers face off in challenges about bees and honey, and bad movies starring pop divas. This episode originally aired July 19, 2019.

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Matthew McConaughey: Commerce And Vanity

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Matthew McConaughey: Commerce And Vanity

Ask Me Another hits the road! Matthew McConaughey chats about his love for Austin, Texas and his new role as the University of Texas' Minister of Culture. Then, he reflects on why he still loves the first three words he said on screen, and he's challenged on unusual laws in Texas and some college mascot history.

Matthew McConaughey: Commerce And Vanity

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DeWanda Wise And Taye Diggs: She's Gotta Get Her Groove Back

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DeWanda Wise And Taye Diggs: She's Gotta Get Her Groove Back

She's Gotta Have It star DeWanda Wise recalls pursuing acting to avoid detention. And, Taye Diggs reflects on playing Hedwig, and his return to TV. Then they face off for This, That, or the Other. This episode originally aired on May 3, 2019.

DeWanda Wise And Taye Diggs: She's Gotta Get Her Groove Back

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Ilfenesh Hadera: Spike Lee Alum And DJ School Dropout

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Ilfenesh Hadera: Spike Lee Alum And DJ School Dropout

Ilfenesh Hadera, from the 2017 reboots of Baywatch and She's Gotta Have It, chats about growing up in Harlem, working with Spike Lee, and her new Epix series, Godfather Of Harlem. Then, this DJ school dropout plays a game about hip-hop samples. Plus, contestants play games about old-timey inventions and cheese, and the beloved Fact ag is back!

Ilfenesh Hadera: Spike Lee Alum And DJ School Dropout

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