Celebrity Letter Swap

Jul 28, 2017

In this game, we change one letter in a celebrity's name... so goodbye, James Franco, and bonjour, James France.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

For bonus games and stuff that's too hot for radio, follow ASK ME ANOTHER on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In our next game, we'll change one letter in a celebrity's name. So goodbye, James Franco, bonjour, James France. Le freak le geek. Let's meet our next contestants. First up, Erin Iwanusa on buzzer number one.

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EISENBERG: You're getting your Ph.D. in social work research. Welcome.

ERIN IWANUSA: Thank you.

EISENBERG: And your opponent is Paige Young on buzzer number two.

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EISENBERG: You're an artist's assistant. Welcome.

PAIGE YOUNG: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Erin, you're pursuing your Ph.D. in social work research, but your parents cried when you told them about your college plans?

IWANUSA: Yes. So I come from a family of all musicians professionally. And I was going on that route. And I at the very last minute changed my mind to go get my BA in English and then on to get my MSW, my master's of social work. And I often joke they're probably the only parents that said, no, what are you doing? We want you to be in music. So I'm - yeah.

EISENBERG: Amazing. So, Paige, you're an artist assistant, but I hear you're going for a more practical career.

YOUNG: Yes, that's right.

EISENBERG: OK, what is it?

YOUNG: Social work.

EISENBERG: Oh, really?

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YOUNG: Yes.

EISENBERG: OK. And why social work?

YOUNG: An artist assistant, I guess it's not a very consistent gig. And you're basically making art for other artists that make money.

EISENBERG: Yeah, right.

YOUNG: And I'd rather make my money doing social work.

EISENBERG: Yeah. It sounds like you're kind of doing social work right now, so might as well just be honest about it.

YOUNG: Yeah.

EISENBERG: You guys have a lot in common. You should exchange emails and things.

LILI TAYLOR: We do, yes.

IWANUSA: Yes.

EISENBERG: OK, remember, Paige and Erin, the first of you who wins two of our games will move on to the final round at the end of the show. So this is a word game called Celebrity Letter Swap. We took a celebrity's name, change one letter and we formed a new name.

CECIL BALDWIN: So, for example, if we ask, who is Kim Kardashian's husband and wears a waistcoat? You would answer. Kanye Vest.

EISENBERG: OK. I know. I know. I know. I know. It sounds easy. But just in case you need some help, the letter that changes will always be in the celebrity's last name, but it won't always be the first letter in the name. OK. So buzz in when you know the answer. Here we go. What creator of "30 Rock" wears a hat from Morocco?

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EISENBERG: Erin.

IWANUSA: Tina Fez.

EISENBERG: Yeah, there you go.

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BALDWIN: Who played Frodo Baggins in "Lord Of The Rings" and is very in touch with his emotions?

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BALDWIN: Paige.

YOUNG: Elijah Mood?

BALDWIN: Correct.

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EISENBERG: What pop singer is "All About That Bass" and betraying her country?

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EISENBERG: Paige.

YOUNG: Meghan Trainor - Traitor. Meghan Traitor.

EISENBERG: That is correct, yeah.

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EISENBERG: And just so everyone is clear, that's just a joke. We're pretty sure Meghan loves her country - we assume.

BALDWIN: Sure.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Just in case. Who stars as Mad Max in "Fury Road" and always seems to be a little late?

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EISENBERG: Paige.

YOUNG: Tom Tardy.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

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EISENBERG: Who plays the Incredible Hulk and loves covering himself in spicy chicken wing sauce?

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EISENBERG: Erin.

IWANUSA: Mark Buffalo.

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EISENBERG: Who won an Oscar for her performance in "Monster's Ball" and wishes you a happy Christmas?

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EISENBERG: Erin.

IWANUSA: Halle Mary.

EISENBERG: Hayley Mary is correct.

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EISENBERG: All right. This is your last clue.

BALDWIN: Who steered a boat as Captain Phillips, flew a plane as Captain Sully and now drives his own armored military vehicles?

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BALDWIN: Paige.

YOUNG: Tom Tanks.

BALDWIN: Correct. Paige, well done. You're one step closer to our final round.

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EISENBERG: Can't make it to Brooklyn? No problem. ASK ME ANOTHER is hitting the road. We've got two very special all-celebrity contestant shows at Ace Hotel Theatre in Los Angeles on August 17 and 18. For information on all of our shows, go to amatickets.org. Coming up, we'll play Wisdom of the Crowd, where Julian Velard has to pick between the wisdom of Cecil Baldwin or our live audience. The stakes have never been more medium. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER FROM NPR.

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