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Jun 24, 2016
Originally published on December 30, 2016 7:07 am

We've mashed up the names of famous people with common text messaging abbreviations. If we said, "You'll be 'Laughing Out Loud' when you hang out with this rapper and 'N-C-I-S Los Angeles' actor," you'd answer, "L-O-L-L Cool J."

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Hey, we've got new contestants. Daniel Gibbons, you are an entertainment lawyer.

DANIEL GIBBONS: Yes, I am.

EISENBERG: And you will go to any extent to be properly dressed for dinner.

GIBBONS: Yes, oh, yes.

EISENBERG: What does that mean?

GIBBONS: Yes, oh.

EISENBERG: What does that mean?

GIBBONS: I got invited to a dinner with - Angela Lansbury was one of the guests that I was eating with.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: Yeah.

GIBBONS: And at the time I was - I was working backstage at a show. And the show was set in a department store and I didn't have anything to wear to this very fancy dinner. So I borrowed a tuxedo from one of the mannequins on set.

EISENBERG: No kidding, and how was the dinner?

GIBBONS: Delicious.

EISENBERG: Totally delicious.

GIBBONS: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Your opponent is Craig Russell. You work packaging American TV for international audiences. How is U.S. television different, the way the international audiences consume U.S. television?

CRAIG RUSSELL: Well, comedy doesn't really translate that easily. So it's always the dramas or the actions that make it overseas but not so much the comedy.

EISENBERG: They dub them too a lot, right?

RUSSELL: We dub them or subtitle them, yeah. The neat anecdote that the voice for two of married people - the voices that do them in France actually fell in love and married each other.

EISENBERG: For what show?

RUSSELL: "The Simpsons."

EISENBERG: No way.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: The two actors that were playing...

RUSSELL: Homer and Marge that do the voices of French Marge and French Homer.

EISENBERG: They actually fell in love.

RUSSELL: And got married.

EISENBERG: See, that's how you know they don't get the humor.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Daniel, what's a texting abbreviation that you would personally like to see exist?

GIBBONS: I would like to be able to use I-W-A-M for I'm watching a movie because, even if I'm not, it gives me a couple hours to respond, even if I'm not.

(LAUGHTER)

GIBBONS: You know you get texts...

EISENBERG: Brilliant.

GIBBONS: Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: That's good. Craig, how about you? What's a texting abbreviation you think should exist?

RUSSELL: S-I-T - it's a LA thing - stuck in traffic.

EISENBERG: Stuck in traffic. S-I-T - yeah, that doesn't exist yet either. And that buys you - what? - four, seven hours.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This game combines two of LA's favorite pastimes - spotting celebrities and texting while driving.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So we've mashed up the names of famous people with common text messaging abbreviations. Let's go to our puzzle guru, Art Chung, to give us an example.

ART CHUNG: If I said you'll be laughing out loud when you hang out with this rapper and "NCIS: Los Angeles" actor, you'd answer L-O-L-L Cool J.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: So every celebrity's name will have an initial or two at the beginning.

EISENBERG: In real life, this author of scary books for kids isn't that spooky.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Daniel.

GIBBONS: I-R-L Stine.

EISENBERG: Exactly.

(APPLAUSE)

JONATHAN COULTON: F my life is what this writer may have said if he were alive when HBO released the documentary "Going Clear."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Daniel.

GIBBONS: F-M-L. Ron Hubbard.

COULTON: That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: A few celebrities have probably uttered that phrase.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I'm going to get kicked out of LA.

COULTON: I know, can't say that here.

EISENBERG: Just kidding - this Canadian singer is such a jokester. She tells people she wrote the song "Hallelujah" and then says actually Leonard Cohen did.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Craig.

RUSSELL: J-K.D. Lang.

EISENBERG: Yes, indeed.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: It's no big deal to clone dinosaurs for this Chinese-American actor who also played a fair share of doctors throughout his career.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Daniel.

GIBBONS: N-B.D. Wong.

COULTON: You got it.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Oh, my God - first, Richard Nixon asks you to tap a few wires and break into one or two hotels. Next thing you know, you're in federal prison for four years.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Craig.

RUSSELL: O-M-G. Gordon Liddy.

EISENBERG: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Too much information - this architect designed the Louvre pyramid, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Craig.

RUSSELL: T-M-I.M. Pei.

COULTON: That's right.

EISENBERG: Wow.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: This is your last clue - best friends forever. You love Jay Gatsby so much you want to be besties with the author who created him.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Daniel.

GIBBONS: B-F-F. Scott Fitzgerald.

COULTON: That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Let's go to Art Chung. How did our contestants do?

CHUNG: What a hard game, but they both did great. But Daniel did a little bit better. Congratulations, you're moving on to the final round.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: OMG, IDK what you're waiting for. Come LOL with AMA and be here IRL. IOW fill out a contestant form at amatickets.org ASAP. TIA and TTFN. Coming up, will we be talking to Jeff Goldblum and Maika Monroe from "Independence Day: Resurgence?" Will aliens conquer Earth? Will it ever rain in Los Angeles?

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So many things are possible, so stay tuned. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and you're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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