Ep. 47: Go Fact Yourself with Adam Conover & Jill-Michele Melean

Jeff Ryan, Helen Hong, Adam Conover, J. Keith van Straaten, Jill-Michele Melean, Shauna Cross
Adam Conover & Jill-Michele Melean
Shauna Cross & Jeff Ryan

This week on Go Fact Yourself, it’s not just a game of trivia: it’s a game of hardcore roller derby AND a game of Super Mario!

You probably know Adam Conover from his TruTV show, "Adam Ruins Everything," where he uncovers the complicated, and often problematic, backstories behind topics like voting, football, Hawaii and more. He’ll also tell us about his own complicated backstory: as the only member of his family without a PhD. Adam can also be heard on the podcast "Factually!".

Adam’s opponent is comedian and writer Jill-Michele Melean. She was the first (and last) Latina cast member on “MADtv.” She was known for her celebrity impressions, most notably for Britney Spears and Drew Berrymore. And don’t worry… she’s happy to demonstrate. Jill-Michele can be seen in her stand up special "White/Latina" on Amazon Prime.

The guests will also discuss topics like clean eating, public transportation and the value of tasteful plastic surgery.

This episode is sponsored by Trivia Con, happening April 3-5, 2020 in Las Vegas.

What’s the Difference: Clang, clang, clang

What’s the difference between a bell and a chime?

What’s the difference between a tram and a trolley?

Areas of Expertise

Adam Conover: Western philosophy, the TV show "Succession" and the history of the Nintendo video-game character, Mario.

Jill Michele-Melean: Eating clean, being the best aunt ever, everything Drew Barrymore.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Adam Conover
Jill-Michele Melean

With guest experts:

Jill-Michele Melean and Shauna Cross

Shauna Cross, novelist, screenwriter and roller derby athlete.

Jeff Ryan and Adam Conover

Jeff Ryan, author of Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America.

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

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
Go to for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself!

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Who Shot Ya? Episode 89: 'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' and the Difficulty of Adapting Video Games Into Film with Special Guest Host Ify Nwadiwe

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Ify Nwadiwe

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Gotta catch 'em all? More like, gotta listen to 'em all. The Who Shot Ya podcast episodes, that is. This week we have a very special guest host, comedian and actor Ify Nwadiwe. This self-proclaimed "Turbo Nerd" is the perfect person to discuss Pokémon Detective Pikachu with Alonso and Drea. They chat about why video games have such a tough time being adapted into films. Plus, they confess the movie recommendations they most regret. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, the Avengers: Endgame editors had to go through 900 hours of footage, the backlash over Mel Gibson portraying Santa has begun, and Taylor Swift goes to cat school.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Charlie Says
Drea - The Biggest Little Farm
Ify - Goodnight Mommy

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and Ify Nwadiwe.

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Call us on the "Who Shotline" - WSY-803-1664

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