Ep. 68: Michael Peña & Brie Peña

Perfect your stroke and dance in Purple Rain, it’s time for Go Fact Yourself!

Michael Peña is an actor whose career began with his roles in dramas like Crash and World Trade Center. But after a while he decided, much to the hesitation of his agent, that he wanted to take his career in a new direction: comedy. He’ll tell us about his memorable roles in the Ant-Man and Dora The Explorer films and how his entire career began because a family friend noticed he was good at impressions.

Michael will compete against his wife: screen-writer and fine artist Brie Peña! She’s traveled with Michael a lot for his job and even gotten to live in other countries with her family for months at a time. What’s one of the most significant things she misses from her travels? Well… it used to be nice seeing how eager the English were to hug their friends. 

Our contestants are ready to answer questions about birdies, a Tiger and a Prince

What’s the difference: Couch Potato

What’s the difference between a couch and a sofa?

What’s the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?

Areas of Expertise

Michael Peña: Tiger Woods’ golf coaches and techniques, movie quotes from early Woody Allen films, grunge music featured at Lollapalooza 1992.

Brie Peña: The music and producing work of Prince from 1979 to 1985, renovating old Dutch colonial houses, French bulldog behavior and the pros and cons of having one. 

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten

Helen Hong

Michael Peña 

Brie Peña

With guest experts:

Rudy Duran, award-winning golf coach and Tiger Woods’ first golf coach

Lisa Coleman, Emmy and Grammy award-winning musician, who played keyboard for Prince’s band “The Revolution”

Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, 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

Associate Producer and editor is Julian Burrell.

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