Ep. 57: Walter Koenig & Danielle Koenig

Go Fact Yourself is streaming a LIVE edition of the show — with video! It happens Tuesday, May 5th at 5 PM Pacific. To find out more and to RSVP for free, go to KPCC’s events page.

It’s the first-ever father-daughter edition of Go Fact Yourself! 

Walter Koenig is a pop culture and science fiction icon. He played the character Pavel Chekov on the original “Star Trek” TV series and films. You’d think that having so much of your career tied to one particular role would get tiring. But Walter’s learned to accept his stardom… even if people like to hear more about Chekov than they do about him as a person. His new book Beaming Up and Getting Off is available now — and you can get a signed copy!

Walter will compete against comedian and writer Danielle Koenig — who happens to be his daughter! She’s entertained plenty of people over the years through her work on shows like “Invader Zim” and “Fashion Police.” But she’ll tell us about another way that she earned a particular reputation: for her very distinct laugh. Plus, she’ll tell us how she still manages to enjoy the Star Trek franchise despite being so tied to it. 

Our guests will get into topics like classic kids’ shows, classic sci-fi and classic baseball!

What’s the difference: The bumpy road

What’s the difference between a street and a road?

What’s the difference between a speed bump and a speed hump?

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten

Helen Hong

Walter and Danielle Koenig

Danielle Koenig

Walter Koenig

With Guest Experts:

Kirk Thatcher and Danielle Koenig

Kirk Thatcher: Muppets performer and producer and one of the writers of Muppets Treasure Island

Eddie Robinson: Retired baseball player who started at first base for the Yankees in the 1955 World Series 

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. 

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

Maximum Fun’s Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

Our live show engineer is Dave McKeever.

The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

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