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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth joins Ask Me Another in Houston, Texas. She reflects on her Wicked-lyimpressive 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.