“What makes curly fries smell different to non curly fries?
Answer me this, answer me this.
Should I tell her I’m her Dad or should it stay a surprise?
Answer me this, answer me this, Helen and Olly, answer me this!”
-“Episode 106 Theme Tune”
How often do you get a podcast that has a different theme song each week? A podcast where the listeners control most of what is discussed during the show? And a podcast so funny it’ll make you giggle out loud when walking down the street? Answer Me This! has all of the above. After accidentally stumbling across this podcast on one sleepless night, the best accidental discovery since Alexander Flemming left his research to grow mould, a day hasn’t gone by that I haven’t listened, or even spoken, about this genius podcast.
Starting in January of 2007, Helen Zaltzman, Olly Mann and Martin the Soundman began hosting the question and answer based podcast from their living room. Over the last five years, it’s still being produced in their living room, but with the addition of two Sony Radio Academy Awards, silver in 2010 and Gold in 2011. Answer Me This! sets out to answer a range of questions sent in by listeners, ranging from the serious and academic questions, “If you associate doctors with medical qualifications why do people with PhDs call themselves doctors?”, to the not so serious, “What is the point of crinkle cut beetroot?”. The drunk voicemails are absolutely incredible, and it’s worth keeping an ear out for them. Helen, Olly and Martin the Soundman offer a hilarious and informative look at the questions, drawing from a range of resources, Helen from her copious number of books and dictionaries and Olly’s preferred (but not always 100% precise) knowledge source, Wikipedia. Their answers are thought provoking, enlightening and witty, and I feel I have learnt more in the last 6 sleepless, podcast filled nights than I have in my last 16 years in education! The questions are interspersed with witty banter, anecdotes and parody jingles. This podcast is comedy genius and I am surprised it hasn’t been sponsored, or even spoken about more often.
So what are you waiting for? Get yourselves on iTunes and get downloading, they’re free so there’s no excuse. Run along, download, and laugh yourselves silly. And if there is anything you have been pondering over for a while why not get Helen and Olly to Answer Me This!