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Games, puzzles, and contests plus odd stories from comedy, art, and society.

Last Build Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

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Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.

Negin Farsad: Can Humor Fight Prejudice?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

Comedian Negin Farsad traveled all over the U.S. to clear up misconceptions about Islam while making people laugh. She calls this form of activism "social justice comedy."

Maysoon Zayid: Should Humor Make Us Uncomfortable?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

Maysoon Zayid teases herself for all the ways she's different: she has cerebral palsy, she's Muslim, she's Palestinian. By making us laugh at it, she gets us to think about acceptance.

Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

Sunday Puzzle: You'll Need To Unscramble The Opposition

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:52:03 -0400

This week's puzzle involves antonyms of each other — but first you'll have to rearrange the letters.

Not My Job: Band Leader Paul Shaffer Gets Quizzed On Sidekicks

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:49:00 -0400

For more than 40 years, Paul Shaffer has been providing the soundtrack for late night TV. He was on the first generation of Saturday Night Live and appeared for 30 years with David Letterman.

Zero G

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:59:27 -0400

In this final round, every answer is a two-word phrase where the first word ends in "I-N-G" and the second word sounds like the first word, with the last G removed.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:59:27 -0400

This episode's Mystery Guest, Autumn Stanford, just started an interesting late-night business. Can you figure out what it is before Ophira and Jonathan?

Literal Songs

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:59:27 -0400

Jonathan Coulton makes songs with one-word titles even more straightforward, by changing their lyrics so that each song is quite literally about the title. Contestants buzz in to identify the song.

This, That Or The Other

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:59:27 -0400

Contestants are given the title of a book and must guess if it was written by an FBI agent, an Olympic athlete, or a participant on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.

Judy Gold: Very Special Episodes

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:59:27 -0400

Comedian Judy Gold talks about coming out to her audience, and her podcast "Kill Me Now," where celebrities reveal what makes them angry. Then we quiz her on strange episodes of classic sitcoms.

Mr. Shouty

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:59:27 -0400

Hollywood's most famous yeller, Samuel L. Jackson, finally stars in his own game! Contestants must identify movies starring Mr. Jackson just from clips of him shouting.

Toy Joy

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:59:27 -0400

In this game, every answer is a toy or game paired with a word that rhymes with that toy.

Never Mind The Emojis: 'Monopoly' Welcomes The T-Rex, Duck And Penguin

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:01:00 -0400

Somehow, we got all wrapped up in the evolution of Monopoly pieces, so we're here to close the circle by letting you know what's staying and what's going in the new editions of the game.

Sunday Puzzle: Find The Words With Letters In Common In These Categories

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:14:00 -0400

This week's puzzle involves categories. For each one, name something in the category whose first and last letters are the same as the first and last letters of the category.