Good Job, Brain!

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Good Job, Brain!
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Presentation
Hosted by Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, Chris Kohler
Language English
Updates weekly (through 2016); sporadically 2017-present
Length Approximately 1 hour
Production
Audio format MP3
No. of episodes 198
Publication
Original release 2012 – present
Website http://www.goodjobbrain.com/

Good Job, Brain! is an award-winning free quiz show and offbeat trivia podcast. Good Job Brain began as a Kickstarter project on December 20, 2011.[1] Good Job, Brain! is distributed on Stitcher, SoundCloud, iTunes, and the Good Job, Brain! website.

The cast of Good Job, Brain! play pub trivia together as a team called "Baby Dog Time," named for hostess Karen Chu's dog.

The cast wrote a book, "Good Job, Brain!: Trivia, Quizzes and More Fun From the Popular Pub Quiz Podcast," published in September 2016.

Format[edit | edit source]

Generally, the program begins with "Pop Quiz, Hotshot", in which Karen reads questions from one randomly chosen Trivial Pursuit card. Most episodes are themed where the hosts prepare trivia and quizzes related to the theme. Every fifth episode is an "All Quiz Bonanza" where each host prepares a non-themed trivia quiz. A podcast listener wrote an "Um, Actually" jingle for Good Job, Brain!.[2]

Recurring Segments[edit | edit source]

  • Um, Actually - Listener-submitted corrections of facts from previous episodes.
  • Pop Quiz Hotshot - Episodic general trivia from Trivial Pursuit cards.
  • Brad Pitt or Lasers - Segment in which players guess the older of two objects, the starting (i.e. Brad Pitt or Lasers)
  • Belgium or Not-Belgium - Players guess if an object is from Belgium or not.
  • E.L.V.I.S. the robot - Segment in which players guess the song that the original Macintosh text-to-speech speaks the lyrics to.
  • William Fakespeare - A fake impersonator of William Shakespeare reads lyrics to pop songs in Elizabethan English, through which players have to translate and guess the song the impersonator is reciting.

Awards and Media[edit | edit source]

Good Job, Brain! was the winner of Stitcher's 2013 "Best Games + Hobbies" podcast.[3]

Good Job, Brain! was named one of The Guardian's Top 10 US podcasts for road trip listening in 2013.[4]

Good Job, Brain! appeared on Apple's 2011 website in an advertisement for the iPod Nano.

Good Job, Brain! was nominated in May 2017 by the Academy of Podcasters for the Best Games and Hobbies Podcast award.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Episode No.TitleDateRunning Time
1"Candy is Dandy but Liquor is Quicker"3/4/2012 (3/4/2012)44:30
2"Once Upon a Gruesome Time"3/12/2012 (3/12/2012)48:44
3"You Want Truffle Fries With That?"3/19/2012 (3/19/2012)52:47
4"Thomas Butt-Headison and Other Invention Tales"3/26/2012 (3/26/2012)48:48
5"ALL QUIZ BONANZA!"4/2/2012 (4/2/2012)43:14
6"Word Nerds Rejoice!"4/9/2012 (4/9/2012)51:40
7"Willy Wonka & The Wax Tadpole Factory"4/16/2012 (4/16/2012)49:42
8"Very Superstitious..."4/23/2012 (4/23/2012)48:15
9"Finger Lickin' Good"4/30/2012 (4/30/2012)49:08
10"Animals Are Weird"5/7/2012 (5/7/2012)48:10
11"Hey, Your Fly is Open"5/14/2012 (5/14/2012)47:39
12"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #2"5/30/2012 (5/30/2012)47:44
13"It's a Monster Mash!"5/28/2012 (5/28/2012)50:38
14"You Betcha, Dollface"6/3/2012 (6/3/2012)47:54
15"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #3"6/11/2012 (6/11/2012)39:39
16"Don't You...Forget About Me"6/18/2012 (6/18/2012)44:53
17"Off With Their Heads"6/25/2012 (6/25/2012)52:03
18"Splish Splash I Was Taking A Bath"7/2/2012 (7/2/2012)46:45
19"The Most Important Meal of the Day"7/9/2012 (7/9/2012)45:39
20"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #4"7/16/2012 (7/16/2012)44:13
21"Plants Are Messed Up"7/23/2012 (7/23/2012)53:04
22"DO NOT PASS GO"7/30/2012 (7/30/2012)49:22
23"I'll Drink to That"8/6/2012 (8/6/2012)41:12
24"OMGlympics!"8/13/2012 (8/13/2012)46:21
25"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #5"8/20/2012 (8/20/2012)42:17
26"Where in the World is..."8/27/2012 (8/27/2012)40:29
27"Ticket to Ride"9/3/2012 (9/3/2012)43:28
28"We're All a Little Looney"9/10/2012 (9/10/2012)44:45
29"Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto"9/17/2012 (9/17/2012)46:27
30"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #6"10/1/2012 (10/1/2012)47:02
31"Color Me Bad!"10/2/2012 (10/2/2012)47:29
32"Ugh, It's Just a Fad"10/15/2012 (10/15/2012)47:02
33"Have You Seen My Stapler?"10/22/2012 (10/22/2012)46:14
34"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #7"10/29/2012 (10/29/2012)39:18
35"I WANT CANDY"11/5/2012 (11/5/2012)47:43
36"Happiest Podcast On Earth"11/13/2012 (11/13/2012)47:11
37"Hold Your Tongue!"11/19/2012 (11/19/2012)41:03
38"The Man Show"11/26/2012 (11/26/2012)48:02
39"Smell You Later"12/3/2012 (12/3/2012)47:50
40"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #8"12/10/2012 (12/10/2012)42:42
41"Celebrity Secretttsssss"12/17/2012 (12/17/2012)45:48
42"Season's Eatings!"12/24/2012 (12/24/2012)46:09
43"Our Favorite Things"12/31/2012 (12/31/2012)45:24
44"BEST OF 2012"1/7/2013 (1/7/2013)53:03
44b"Fun-Size Mini Show"1/14/2013 (1/14/2013)7:36
45"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #9"1/21/2013 (1/21/2013)44:51
46"Baby, It's Cold Outside"1/21/2013 (1/21/2013)42:09
47"Zzzzzzzz..."2/28/2013 (2/28/2013)47:05
48"Sports Trivia for Non-Sports People"2/4/2013 (2/4/2013)46:02
49"LOL"2/12/2013 (2/12/2013)50:37
50"ALL QUIZ BONANZA #10"2/18/2013 (2/18/2013)39:15
51"Oh What a Circus"2/25/2013 (2/25/2013)45:31
52"Trivia About Trivia"3/4/2013 (3/4/2013)49:11
53"Take A Bite Outta Crime"3/11/2013 (3/11/2013)49:16
54"Epic Fail"3/19/2013 (3/19/2013)46:24
55"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #11"3/26/2013 (3/26/2013)43:16
56"Your Body is a Wonderland"4/2/2013 (4/2/2013)50:14
57"Fake It Till You Make It"4/9/2013 (4/9/2013)44:39
58"Hey Ladies!"4/16/2013 (4/16/2013)49:35
59"Creepy Crawlies"4/23/2013 (4/23/2013)40:41
60"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #12"4/30/2013 (4/30/2013)47:24
60b"Fun-Size Mini Show: William Fakespeare"5/7/2013 (5/7/2013)5:02
61"Waking Up is Hard to Do"5/15/2013 (5/15/2013)49:17
62"So Fresh, So Clean"5/21/2013 (5/21/2013)49:48
63"It's A-MAIZE-ing!"5/28/2013 (5/28/2013)43:23
64"Itsy Bitsy, Teenie Weenie"6/5/2013 (6/5/2013)47:17
65"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #13"6/12/2013 (6/12/2013)49:29
66"All By Myself"6/18/2013 (6/18/2013)42:38
67"Bad Medicine"6/25/2013 (6/25/2013)42:38
68"Fun in the Sun"7/2/2013 (7/2/2013)54:59
69"The Sound of Music"7/9/2013 (7/9/2013)55:50
70"Go Big or Go Home"7/16/2013 (7/16/2013)51:51
71"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #14"7/23/2013 (7/23/2013)48:43
72"We're Goin' Under"7/31/2013 (7/31/2013)48:15
73"Lie, Cheat, and Steal"8/7/2013 (8/7/2013)51:34
74"Sequels II: Sequel Harder 2 The Streets"8/13/2013 (8/13/2013)44:48
75"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #15"8/20/2013 (8/20/2013)54:38
76"Hey, Hot Stuff"8/28/2013 (8/28/2013)45:50
77"You're My Number One"9/5/2013 (9/5/2013)46:30
78"Too Cool for School"9/10/2013 (9/10/2013)50:49
79"Too Much of a Good Thing"9/17/2013 (9/17/2013)44:23
80"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #16"9/25/2013 (9/25/2013)44:48
81"Danger! Danger!"10/1/2013 (10/1/2013)49:05
82"Body Hackin'"10/9/2013 (10/9/2013)51:10
82b"Fun-Size Mini Show: Live from Chris' Wedding! (And He Doesn't Know Because It's a Surprise)"10/15/2013 (10/15/2013)19:54
83"Up in the Air"10/23/2013 (10/23/2013)46:47
84"Happy Halloween!"10/29/2013 (10/29/2013)47:28
85"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #17"11/5/2013 (11/5/2013)50:20
86"The Life Aquatic"11/12/2013 (11/12/2013)47:42
87"The Truth About Cats and Dogs"11/19/2013 (11/19/2013)45:58
88"Oh Behave!"11/26/2013 (11/26/2013)47:17
89"Sock It to Me"12/3/2013 (12/3/2013)46:36
90"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #18"12/11/2013 (12/11/2013)41:08
91"Let's Get Physical"12/17/2013 (12/17/2013)48:01
92"Pick a Side"12/24/2013 (12/24/2013)54:53
93"BEST OF 2013"12/31/2013 (12/31/2013)1:21:54
93b"Fun-Size Mini Show: HAPPY NEW YEAR!"1/7/2014 (1/7/2014)16:07
94"A Berry Good Episode"1/16/2014 (1/16/2014)49:47
95"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #19"1/22/2014 (1/22/2014)50:42
96"Chillin' Like A Villain"1/29/2014 (1/29/2014)48:28
97"BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)"2/5/2014 (2/5/2014)56:26
98"Viva Las Vegas! Part I"2/11/2014 (2/11/2014)50:55
99"Viva Las Vegas Part II"2/18/2014 (2/18/2014)51:43
100"100!"3/5/2014 (3/5/2014)1:21:58
101"Um, Actually..."3/12/2014 (3/12/2014)56:59
102"The Need For Speed"3/19/2014 (3/19/2014)56:48
103"In Yo Face!"3/26/2014 (3/26/2014)48:05
104"Fooled Ya"4/1/2014 (4/1/2014)48:24
105"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #21"4/9/2014 (4/9/2014)49:31
106"Life of the Party"4/15/2014 (4/15/2014)45:05
107"Shop Til You Drop"4/23/2014 (4/23/2014)55:00
108"Oh Baby!"4/30/2014 (4/30/2014)52:29
109"It's Treasure-Hunting Time"5/7/2014 (5/7/2014)53:36
110"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #22"5/14/2014 (5/14/2014)50:27
111"What's in a Name?"5/21/2014 (5/21/2014)51:29
112"Cracking the Code"5/29/2014 (5/29/2014)53:33
113"How to Prep for Pub Quiz Part I"6/5/2014 (6/5/2014)50:06
114"How to Prep for Pub Quiz Part II"6/11/2014 (6/11/2014)42:11
115"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #23"6/28/2014 (6/28/2014)53:02
116"Your Love is Like a Rollercoaster, Baby, Baby"6/24/2014 (6/24/2014)48:19
117"We Love the 90s"6/30/2014 (6/30/2014)56:33
117b"Fun-Size Mini Show: Music Puzzle Challenge!"7/9/2014 (7/9/2014)5:06
118"It's Legen-DAIRY"7/15/2014 (7/15/2014)44:57
119"All Around the World"7/24/2014 (7/24/2014)46:25
120"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #24"7/31/2014 (7/31/2014)49:13
121"Dot Com"8/6/2014 (8/6/2014)51:45
122"We Salute You!"8/13/2014 (8/13/2014)53:56
123"At the Movies"8/20/2014 (8/20/2014)53:56
124"Bootylicious"8/28/2014 (8/28/2014)45:19
125"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #25"9/3/2014 (9/3/2014)48:26
126"I'll Take It To Go"9/10/2014 (9/10/2014)55:28
126b"Fun-Size Mini Show: Bumper Contest!"9/18/2014 (9/18/2014)2:42
127"The Great Outdoors"9/26/2014 (9/26/2014)57:35
128"Eat Your Veggies!"10/1/2014 (10/1/2014)49:13
129"Father of Mine"10/9/2014 (10/9/2014)48:53
130"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #26"10/16/2014 (10/16/2014)53:20
131"Bibliotheque Discotheque"10/23/2014 (10/23/2014)48:53
132"Happy Halloween! #2"10/31/2014 (10/31/2014)55:23
133"That Old Time Rock and Roll"11/7/2014 (11/7/2014)56:29
134"For Your Safety"11/15/2014 (11/15/2014)52:11
135"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #27"11/21/2014 (11/21/2014)49:57
136"Raise Your Voice"11/28/2014 (11/28/2014)51:44
137"All in the Family"12/5/2014 (12/5/2014)56:17
138"Abracadabra"12/12/2014 (12/12/2014)54:23
139"Season's Eatings II"12/22/2014 (12/22/2014)48:49
140"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #28 Holiday Edition!"12/25/2014 (12/25/2014)43:46
141"Best of 2014"2/6/2015 (2/6/2015)1:34:46
142"Don't Call it a COMEBACK!"2/6/2015 (2/6/2015)52:10
143"A Royal Pain"2/18/2015 (2/18/2015)57:07
144"Mascot Mania"2/25/2015 (2/25/2015)1:01:51
145"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #29"3/7/2015 (3/7/2015)57:57
146"It's a Date!"3/17/2015 (3/17/2015)47:33
147"The Doctor is In"3/27/2015 (3/27/2015)50:09
148"Take Out the Trash"4/5/2015 (4/5/2015)59:17
149"Collect All the Things!"4/11/2015 (4/11/2015)55:33
150"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #30"4/18/2015 (4/18/2015)44:30
151"Cheers!"4/30/2015 (4/30/2015)1:00:01
152"Follow the Leader"5/15/2015 (5/15/2015)51:10
153"Let There Be Light"6/5/2015 (6/5/2015)56:39
154"To Boldly Go"6/14/2015 (6/14/2015)53:02
154b"Fun-Size Mini Show: Music Location Puzzle"6/23/2015 (6/23/2015)23:31
155"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #31"7/5/2015 (7/5/2015)59:56
156"Fantastical Food"7/16/2015 (7/16/2015)57:23
157"Beautiful in Every Way"7/28/2015 (7/28/2015)58:41
158"Sweeping Epics"8/10/2015 (8/10/2015)57:30
159"Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na... BATMAN!"8/26/2015 (8/26/2015)1:03:49
160"ALL QUIZ BONANZA #32!"9/4/2015 (9/4/2015)52:40
161"Slippery When Wet"9/18/2015 (9/18/2015)1:07:37
162"New Slang"10/1/2015 (10/1/2015)58:13
163"GJB LIVE!"10/9/2015 (10/9/2015)51:31
164"What the Folk?"10/19/2015 (10/19/2015)59:57
165"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #33"10/29/2015 (10/29/2015)50:19
166"Nuzzle in Puzzles"11/10/2015 (11/10/2015)1:01:20
167"What's Your Guilty Pleasure?"11/30/2015 (11/30/2015)1:02:30
168"It Takes Two"12/15/2015 (12/15/2015)1:00:02
169"Too Cute!"12/22/2015 (12/22/2015)49:17
170"ALL QUIZ BO-HO-HO-NANZA!"12/24/2015 (12/24/2015)1:04:47
171"BEST OF 2015 (Cheesy Awards Show Edition)"1/4/2016 (1/4/2016)1:34:12
172"Catch Up! Listener Challenge, Puffy Snakes, Xenografts"1/24/2016 (1/24/2016)32:50
173"A Sticky Situation"2/4/2016 (2/4/2016)53:18
174"Whoops!"2/14/2016 (2/14/2016)56:11
175"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #35"2/20/2016 (2/20/2016)1:02:56
176"Lost in Translation"3/7/2016 (3/7/2016)1:05:04
177"FIGHT!!!"3/21/2016 (3/21/2016)1:02:04
178"Spy vs. Spy"3/31/2016 (3/31/2016)1:07:42
180"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #36"4/13/2016 (4/13/2016)1:10:51
181"Good Job, BRAIN!"5/9/2016 (5/9/2016)48:33
182"Dress You Up"5/22/2016 (5/22/2016)1:01:54
183"Eyes on the Prize"6/7/2016 (6/7/2016)1:04:15
184"Spice Up Your Life"6/18/2016 (6/18/2016)56:19
185"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #37"6/28/2016 (6/28/2016)57:48
186"Eggsellent"7/9/2016 (7/9/2016)1:04:28
187"BANNED"7/16/2016 (7/16/2016)53:46
188"BFFs"8/7/2016 (8/7/2016)55:37
189"The Golden Touch"8/15/2016 (8/15/2016)1:03:56
190"ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #38"10/19/2016 (10/19/2016)55:49
191"I'm FALLing and I Can't Get Up"11/18/2016 (11/18/2016)56:56
192"Teamwork Makes the Dream Work"11/29/2016 (11/29/2016)52:52
193"Under the Sea"2/19/2017 (2/19/2017)01:00:07
194"Gimme a Break"3/08/2017 (3/08/2017)59:05
195"All Quiz Bonazana #39"3/24/2017 (3/24/2017)01:03:00
196"We Could Be Heroes"4/11/2017 (4/11/2017)01:04:00
197"Let's Make a Deal"6/2/2017 (6/2/2017)01:14:00
198"High and Dry"6/22/2017 (6/22/2017)01:09:07

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Chu, Karen (December 20, 2011). "GOOD JOB, BRAIN! - A Trivia & Quiz Show Podcast by Karen Chu". Kickstarter. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  2. Galas, john (April 15, 2014). "Um, Actually... The Song by John Galas by Good Job, Brain!". SoundCloud. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  3. "2013 Stitcher Award Winners". Stitcher. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  4. "Top 10 US podcasts for road trip listening". The Guardian. July 19, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2015.