Nobody Walks In L.A.

Oct 27, 2017
Originally published on October 27, 2017 11:38 am

It's a total Misubishi Eclipse of the heart as we crown our celebrity Ask Me Another champion in a final round about literal descriptions of car model names.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Before the final round, please welcome back to the stage for one more song, Aimee Mann.

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AIMEE MANN: This is called "Rollercoasters." (Singing) Rollercoasters and ferris wheels. You like how it feels, round and round till you lose yourself in the air. All those complicated deals, your desperate appeals, calling out to a god you know isn't there.

AIMEE MANN AND JONATHAN COULTON: (Singing) So high as you fell looking down on the tops of the trees.

MANN: (Singing) And all you can do is say...

MANN AND COULTON: ...(Singing) Please, please, baby, please. Please, please, baby, please.

MANN: (Singing) You were conjuring that year a ghost engineer, building gods who could put the clock in reverse.

MANN AND COULTON: (Singing) Breathing thinner atmosphere, so thin you could hear. Angels telling you, boy, you're making it worse. So high as you fell looking down on the tops of the trees.

MANN: (Singing) And all you can do is say...

MANN AND COULTON: ...(Singing) Please, please, baby, please. Please, please, baby, please. Please, please, baby, please.

MANN: (Singing) Rollercoasters and ferris wheels. You like how it feels.

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EISENBERG: Oh my god. One more time for Aimee Mann.

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MANN: Thank you so much.

EISENBERG: It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists. Brett Gilman co-wrote and stars in the film "Lemon." And Paul Scheer co-hosts the podcast "How Did This Get Made?"

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Paul and Brett, your final round is called Nobody Walks In L.A. Each answer's a car or other vehicle model.

PAUL SCHEER: Oh, boy.

CHUNG: The clues are literal descriptions of the model name. For example, if I said the Volkswagen sport with 18 holes, you'd answer Golf because Golf is a Volkswagen car and a sport with a lot of holes. We're playing this round like a penalty shootout. You'll each get up to eight questions. The winner receives an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube and will get a Uber home. The loser gets a Uber pool, which is going to take you on a detour through the valley.

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CHUNG: We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Paul is going first. Here we go. Paul...

SCHEER: Yes.

CHUNG: The Hyundai first book of the Bible.

SCHEER: Genesis (laughter).

CHUNG: That is correct.

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SCHEER: Oh, it is?

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: Of course, it is.

SCHEER: I've never heard of a Hyundai Genesis. I just knew - I was like, all right, yeah.

CHUNG: Brett, the Nissan 3D shape with six square sides.

BRETT GELMAN: The Nissan Cube?

CHUNG: That's correct. Paul...

SCHEER: Yes.

CHUNG: ...The Dodge Hulk or Thor or Iron Man or Hawkeye.

SCHEER: Avenger.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Brett, the Mazda resident of Panem chose to compete in the Hunger Games.

GELMAN: The Mazda Jennifer Lawrence.

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GELMAN: I don't know. I didn't see those films. I don't...

CHUNG: Well, you're...

GELMAN: I don't watch franchises that didn't let me audition for them.

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CHUNG: I wish that was the answer. But we were looking for - was the Mazda Tribute.

GELMAN: Ah.

CHUNG: Paul...

SCHEER: Yes.

CHUNG: ...The Mitsubishi what happens when the moon blocks out the sun.

SCHEER: Eclipse.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Brett, The Subaru steakhouse chain that serves the bloomin' onion.

GELMAN: Subaru Outback.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Paul...

SCHEER: Yes.

CHUNG: ...The Honda person who flies an airplane.

SCHEER: Pilot.

CHUNG: Honda Pilot's correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Brett, the Dodge my smartphone battery died because I left this device at home.

GELMAN: Charger.

CHUNG: That's right - the Dodge Charger.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: At the halfway point, Paul is in the lead, 4 to 3. Paul, the Kia star of "The Last Man on Earth," Will...

SCHEER: ...Forte.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Brett, the Mini barrel maker or movie star, Bradley...

GELMAN: ...Cooper.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Paul, the Rolls Royce Andrew Lloyd Webber musical character who sings...

SCHEER: ...Phantom.

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Brett, the Ford keyboard button represented by the letters E-S-C.

GELMAN: E-S-C, escape?

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GELMAN: Right.

CHUNG: Paul, the Honda epic Greek poem by Homer, the follow-up to "The Iliad."

SCHEER: The Odyssey.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Here's the situation. Paul's in the lead, 7 to 5. Brett, if you get this question wrong, Paul wins the game. Brett, the Volkswagen book of maps.

GELMAN: The Volkswagen book of maps - The Volkswagen Almanac? No, wait. That's not true.

CHUNG: Nope. I'm sorry.

GELMAN: Wait. No, no, the Volkswagen - no. What is it? I lose.

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CHUNG: We were looking for the Volkswagen Atlas. So that means...

GELMAN: Oh my god.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: Paul, congratulations. You're our winner.

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GELMAN: What's wrong with me?

SCHEER: (Indiscernable shouting).

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EISENBERG: Brett Gelman...

GELMAN: Yes.

EISENBERG: You were absolutely delightful to have on our show. I just want to say that.

GELMAN: Oh, thank you so much. It's such an honor to be on.

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EISENBERG: Thank you so much. Thank you so much for joining us.

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EISENBERG: And congratulations to Paul Scheer.

SCHEER: Thank you so much.

EISENBERG: That is our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Art Chung.

CHUNG: Hey, my name anagrams to narc thug.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

CHUNG: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Adam Markowitz, Daniel Thompson (ph) and senior writers Karen Lurie and J. Keith van Straaten. ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuck, Julie Melfi, Denny Shin and Rommel Wood, along with Steve Nelsen and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore. ASK ME ANOTHER was treated by Eric Nuzum and Jesse Baker. We'd like to thank our media partner Southern California Public Radio, 89.3 KPCC.

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CHUNG: PCCK.

EISENBERG: The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

CHUNG: Hatch thee a tea totler.

EISENBERG: And our production partner, WNYC. Tune in next week for another star-studded episode from Los Angeles. I'm am her ripe begonias.

CHUNG: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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