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One of the best-loved and most unique features on Reddit is their AMA (“ask me anything”) series. People with unusual and interesting circumstances (often celebrities) field live questions from Redditors. These circumstances range from being president of the United States, to being president of Microsoft, to being a man with two functioning penises. If you don’t have questions you’d like to ask a person in any of those situations, you suffer from a criminal lack of curiosity and imagination.
And truthfully, some interesting responses are guaranteed regardless of who is opening themselves to these public interviews. Moderators may remove deliberately provocative questions, but the democratic comment voting system on Reddit is largely self-regulating. The best questions, comments, and answers will inevitably rise to the top on waves of Redditor karma. The ill-thought out contributions will sink to the bottom.
The subreddit has a schedule of upcoming AMA times, so you can easily schedule the events into your day, and the option to request future AMAs from your personal heroes.
Here’s a short list of our favourite AMAs to get you started:
I am Barack Obama, President of the United States — AMA
The first president to appear on Reddit, also the first with the opportunity to do so. Part of the president’s ably crafted ‘approachable man of the people’ image, gives some fresh insight into both the position and the man himself. But little insight into his political scandals.
Bill Murray here: OK, I’ll TALK! I’ll TALK!
Eccentric. Iconoclast. Murray.
I Am Astronaut Chris Hadfield, currently orbiting planet Earth.
Chris Hadfield is a Canadian hero. He’s also clearly a Reddit addict, since he’s done at least three AMAs to date. This one was conducted from space however, and is therefore the best.
I am the guy with two penises. AMA.
Yes, they both work. Yes, you can see them. Yes, it’s kind of weird.
I am “Weird Al” Yankovic – Ask Me Anything!
He’s not as weird as his name implies. A genial, well grounded man with a great deal of talent, who is as warm to his fans online as he is in real life.
I am Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones). AMA!
Tyrion Lannister might be the most well written dwarf character in history, aside from being an amazing character regardless of dwarfism. His condition influences every aspect of Tyrion’s life, but one of his great strengths is the refusal to let it define him or his existence. Peter Dinklage brought the character to life in the HBO adaptation, and here responds to questions both personal and GoT heavy.
Jerry Seinfeld here. I will give you an answer.
One of the most successful and well-respected comedians of all time takes time from counting his enormous collection of cars to grace us with his presence.
I am Benjaman Kyle, an amnesiac since 2004. Nobody knows who I am. AMA
An ongoing mystery. I’ll spoil this for you now – the Reddit does not solve the mystery of who this man is, where he came from, or where his family is now. Sad, but fascinating.
IAM Bill Nye the Science Guy, AMA
Everyone loves Bill Nye. No explanation needed.
I am John Fogerty – former leader of CCR. AMA.
Nobody loves John Fogerty, but everybody loves CCR.