Ep. 66: Frank Conniff & Courtney Henggeler

Binge some classic television and brush up on your U.S. history, it’s time for another episode of Go Fact Yourself!

Frank Conniff is a comedian and writer who’s made a career out of mocking bad movies. He was one of the minds behind the Peabody award-winning show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” where he and his co hosts mocked hundreds of movies. And while you might think he hates all the films that he makes fun of, he’ll explain why all the jokes are actually an extension of his love of cinema. Frank continues the tradition of “MST3K” on his newest live show “The Mads are Back.” 

Frank’s opponent is actor Courtney Henggeler. You may have seen her on the show “Cobra Kai.” While that show had a very dedicated following when it was streaming on YouTube Red, it’s since gained a lot of popularity when it moved to Netflix. She’ll tell us all about that show and some fun stories from her other projects that include pitches to Lifetime and turning off Justin Timberlake.

Our guest co-host is a former guest! It’s comedian and actor Jill-Michele Melean.

Our contestants will answer trivia on books to read, shows to stream and presidential dreams.

What’s the difference: Standing on ceremony

What’s the difference between a physical stance and a physical posture?

What’s the difference between “ceremonial” and “ceremonious”?

Areas of Expertise

Frank Conniff: The singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, tin pan alley songwriters of the 1930s and the Kennedys.

Courtney Henggeler: Britney Spears, the TV show “Beverly Hills: 90210, and cooking for a Jewish man who is afraid of butter. 

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten

Helen Hong

Frank Conniff

Courtney Henggeler

With guest experts:

Fredrik Logevall, Pulitzer-winning author and Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Professor of History, Harvard University.

Ian Ziering, actor known for his roles in “Beverly Hills: 90210” and “Swamp Thing.”

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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