Ep. 139: Yakov Smirnoff & Salamishah Tillet

These fancy things will never come in between you and this brand new episode of Go Fact Yourself!

In this episode…


Yakov Smirnoff is an iconic comedian, who made a name for himself after making Johnny Carson laugh on “The Tonight Show.” He’ll explain how he had to fight for the chance to be on the show and how he learned to make art in the face of tragedy.

Salamishah Tillet is a scholar, activist, curator, and writer, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work in The New York Times. She’ll tell us about what it was like to keep that honor a secret – even from her friends and family.

Areas of Expertise:

Salamishah: The Nadal/Federer tennis rivalry, the Donovan McNabb era of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Beyoncé/Rihanna.

Yakov: The Canary Islands, the science of love, and the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love.

What’s the Difference:

Make Some Noise

What is the difference between sound editing and sound mixing?

What is the difference between a yell and a shout?


Kuk Harrell and Tricky Stewart: Songwriters, producers and executives, whose multiple Grammy awards include hit songs with Beyoncé and Rihanna.

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa: Writer, producers, and directors of many TV shows and films, including Crazy, Stupid, Love.


J. Keith van Straaten

Helen Hong


Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

Guest Live Show Engineer is Jeremy Beavers.

Maximum Fun’s Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

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