Ep. 63: Nellie McKay & Grant-Lee Phillips

Grab some headphones and kick back on the couch — or in the car–for a special musical episode of Go Fact Yourself!

Grant-Lee Phillips is known for his career as a singer and songwriter. He’s released albums with his band Grant Lee Buffalo and as a solo act. But you also may recognize him as the town troubadour from the TV series “Gilmore Girls.” He’ll tell us what it’s like to play a musician on TV and how preparing for the “Gilmore Girls” revival series helped train him for quarantine life. Check out his new album out September 4!

Grant-Lee will compete against his fellow singer-songwriter Nellie McKay. Nellie actually joins us from her car since, she’s currently on tour (from a social distance). Her original albums and soundtracks have earned her a devoted following over the years. But she’s also known for emulating the work of others — whether that’s an album of covers or impersonating late-great comedian Joan Rivers.

Our guests will answer trivia about the magic of music, the magic of movies and the magic of magic!

What’s the difference: Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay

What’s the difference between a dock and a pier?

What’s the difference between a bay and a gulf?

Areas of Expertise

Grant-Lee Phillips: Houdini, Western Wear, the Winchester Mystery House

Nellie McKay: Billy Strayhorn, Leftist Politics and Cary Grant.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten

Helen Hong

Grant-Lee Phillips

Nellie McKay

With guest experts:

A selfie of John Cox in front of a bookshelf with a houdini prop of a human head in the background.

John Cox, Houdini historian to the Magic Castle and writer of the blog “Wild About Houdini.”

A selfie of Jennifer Grant with Cary Grant's Oscar

Jennifer Grant, actor and author of the book Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of my Father, Cary Grant.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded from multiple homes at a safe social distance.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green

Maximum Fun’s Senior Producer is Laura Swisher

The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

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