Caller ID

Oct 13, 2017
Originally published on October 16, 2017 1:21 pm

In this audio quiz, we open up the Ask Me Another hotline to phone calls from TV and movie characters and musicians. After the famous callers say hello, contestants must answer questions about them.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Remember landlines? I'll remind us all in our next audio quiz. Let's check in with our contestants. June, what are the ages of your boys?

JUNE CHIN: Six and three quarters. He's very particular.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) OK.

CHIN: Three and a half and a 3-month-old.

EISENBERG: Six, 3 and 3 months.

CHIN: Yes.

EISENBERG: Wow, OK. Hey, you're out too. Well done.

CHIN: Yeah, it's very exciting.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK, so I'm raising a boy. What advice do you have for me?

CHIN: Bathrooms.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Like, just curtain them off or?

(LAUGHTER)

CHIN: Yeah. It's more - you know, they really see, I feel like, the whole world as their bathroom.

(LAUGHTER)

CHIN: We set limits, but it's actually really good for road trips and things like that because you can just be like, go; go - you know, parks.

EISENBERG: OK, road trips - I was like, are you opening a window? What's going on in this story?

(LAUGHTER)

CHIN: No, go; go.

EISENBERG: Good. Seth, for your job, you once cut a check for $6 million.

SETH WALLIN: Yes.

EISENBERG: Six million - what costs $6 million first of all?

WALLIN: Advertising.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Just anything.

WALLIN: Thirty seconds during the Super Bowl.

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah, sure. Like, what's the biggest check you've ever written in your life?

WALLIN: I don't think I write checks.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: All right, how about...

WALLIN: I Venmo people.

EISENBERG: Yeah, what's the largest amount you've Venmoed with a little thing that's like pie time or whatever?

WALLIN: Yeah, #Millennial.

EISENBERG: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Let's go to your next game. Remember phones? Remember phones without caller ID? Do you remember that? Just - ring, ring, hello - you didn't know anything. An adventure would begin.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Well, we have an audio quiz for you, and we're opening up the ASK ME ANOTHER hotline to phone calls from TV and movie characters and musicians. I'm going to tell you what the caller ID says. We'll hear the caller say hello. And then I'll ask you a question about them. So June, you won the last game. So you win this, and you are off to the final round. Seth, you need to win this, or you're going to have to call someone without texting them first to warn them. Here we go.

(SOUNDBITE OF TELEPHONE RINGING)

EISENBERG: Looks like our first call is coming in from the cliffs of insanity. Hello. You're on ASK ME ANOTHER.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE PRINCESS BRIDE")

MANDY PATINKIN: (As Inigo Montoya) Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

EISENBERG: What movie is that guy calling from?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Seth.

WALLIN: "The Princess Bride."

EISENBERG: That's right, yep.

(CHEERING, APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: He's a good conversation starter.

(SOUNDBITE OF TELEPHONE RINGING)

EISENBERG: Our next call is coming from the set of "The Truman Show." Hello.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE TRUMAN SHOW")

JIM CARREY: (As Truman Burbank) Good morning. Oh, and in case I don't see you, good afternoon, good evening and good night.

EISENBERG: He seemed nice. What actor was that?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Seth.

WALLIN: Jim Carrey.

EISENBERG: That is correct, yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now, if I remember right, that movie was sort of warning us about reality shows.

(LAUGHTER)

JONATHAN COULTON: Yeah.

EISENBERG: And then...

COULTON: I wish to God we had listened.

(SOUNDBITE OF TELEPHONE RINGING)

EISENBERG: Our next caller is on the line from Gotham City. Hello.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE DARK KNIGHT")

HEATH LEDGER: (As Joker) Well, hello, beautiful.

EISENBERG: Creepy, creepy. What Batman villain was that?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: June.

CHIN: The Joker.

EISENBERG: That is correct, yeah...

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: ...Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight."

(SOUNDBITE OF TELEPHONE RINGING)

EISENBERG: Looks like Elle Driver is calling us from the hospital. Hello.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "KILL BILL")

DARYL HANNAH: (As Elle Driver) Hello, Bill.

EISENBERG: What movie is she calling from?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Seth.

WALLIN: "Kill Bill."

EISENBERG: Yeah, exactly.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Not that you need it, but do you want to specify which one it is?

WALLIN: So it's Daryl Hannah and - oh, volume?

EISENBERG: Yeah.

WALLIN: Oh, I thought you meant which assassin.

EISENBERG: No, I like that. I like that, though.

(LAUGHTER)

WALLIN: I just watched "Blade Runner," so it's like...

EISENBERG: Yeah, right, sure.

WALLIN: "Volume 1."

EISENBERG: Yeah, right, of course, of course. I know. We both used to be in the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, right?

WALLIN: Right, yeah. I thought I recognized you.

EISENBERG: Yeah. It was time-consuming. All right.

(SOUNDBITE OF TELEPHONE RINGING)

EISENBERG: Billy Crystal is on the phone. Hello.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "CITY SLICKERS")

BILLY CRYSTAL: (As Mitch Robbins) Hi, boys, how are you? Yeah, I was just roping over there, thought I'd mosey on over. You know, I'd never mosied before - hope I did it correctly.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) What film is he calling from?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: June.

CHIN: "City Slickers."

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: This is your last call.

(SOUNDBITE OF TELEPHONE RINGING)

EISENBERG: This person is calling from a lecture hall. Hello.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HELLO")

LIONEL RICHIE: (Singing) Hello. Is it me you're looking for?

EISENBERG: Nope. Which musician was that?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Seth.

WALLIN: Lionel Richie.

EISENBERG: You are correct.

(CHEERING, APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Puzzle Guru Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

ART CHUNG: Congratulations, Seth, you won that game.

(CHEERING, APPLAUSE)

CHUNG: So Seth and June, you've each won a game, so it's time for a quick game three. I'm going to give you a category, and you'll go back and forth naming things that fall into that category. The first contestant to mess up will be eliminated. Buzz in to answer first. Here's your category. Name the nine U.S. vice presidents who became president when their running mate died or resigned.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: June, you're first.

CHIN: Andrew Johnson.

CHUNG: That is correct. Seth.

WALLIN: Harry Truman.

CHUNG: Harry Truman - correct, Seth. June.

CHIN: Lyndon B. Johnson.

CHUNG: Correct. Seth.

WALLIN: Whoever was after Garfield.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: I can't accept that. Do you want to throw out one of 42 other people?

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Wow.

CHUNG: I'm going to have to give you...

WALLIN: James Polk.

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. That is not one of the remaining answers. The remaining answers were Chester A. Arthur, Calvin Coolidge, Millard Fillmore, Gerald Ford, Theodore Roosevelt and John Tyler. Seth, we're sorry to see you go. June, congratulations. You're moving on to the final round.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll find out who will face off against June in our final round, and we'll be joined by Adam Conover, host of "Adam Ruins Everything." And we'll find out how he manages to be a tolerable know-it-all. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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