International Doppelgangers

Did you know that in Buenos Aires, there's a very funny actress and writer who had a hit TV show called Treinta Rock? Her name is Argen-TINA Fey. This game, led by host Ophira Eisenberg, contains before-and-after word puzzles that combine the name of a country with the name of a celebrity.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On stage right now we have Kim Roth and Ryan Hyde.

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EISENBERG: Kim, do you ever have people telling you that you look like a certain celebrity?

KIM ROTH: I've had Kate Winslet twice but I see it not at all. Not at all.

EISENBERG: Kate Winslet twice. I can kind of see that.

ROTH: No.

EISENBERG: Yes. Yes. Ryan, how about you? Been told anyone that you look like?

RYAN HYDE: Laurence Fishburne.

EISENBERG: Laurence Fishburne?

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EISENBERG: I know. It is striking.

HYDE: You can see it.

EISENBERG: Yeah. It's the eyes. So this game is called International Doppelgangers. So there are plenty of celebrities who are known throughout the world, but you might be surprised to learn that some countries have their own versions of these well known personalities. Puzzle guru, John Chaneski, how about an example?

JOHN CHANESKI: Did you know that in Buenos Aires there's a very funny actress and writer who had a hit TV show called "Treinta Rock?" Her name is Argen-Tina Fey.

EISENBERG: It's going to be OK. It's going to be OK.

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EISENBERG: Stick with me, contestants. I'm walking you through this. So in this game you're going to combine the name of a country with the name of a celebrity. OK? And the big hint here is that the country is always going to go first. Like Burkino Fas-Ophira Eisenberg. See? Easy. And the last name will always be the celebrity's last name unchanged.

JONATHAN COULTON: Our radio audience can't see it, but these contestants look very confident.

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EISENBERG: Let's play. To be or not to be a porn star asked this actor in his breakout role in "Boogie Scandinavian Nights." You can do it. We'll talk it through together.

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EISENBERG: Kim?

ROTH: Den-Mark Wahlberg?

EISENBERG: Exactly correct.

COULTON: Den-Mark Wahlberg. All right.

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EISENBERG: This celebrity look alike hails from the Andes Mountain and is a real drag queen.

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EISENBERG: Kim.

ROTH: Pe-Ru Paul?

EISENBERG: Pe-Ru Paul.

COULTON: Pe-Ru Paul.

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EISENBERG: All right. I was trying to come up with what Peru Paul's imaginary catchphrase would be. What do you think of: Machu Piched too much? No? How about at the end of "Drag Race" in Pe-Ru Paul he would be: I'm sorry. You have to go alpaca your bags.

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EISENBERG: No? I only have 40 more.

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EISENBERG: This actor has portrayed everyone from Oscar Schindler to a Jedi knight and can trace his lineage all the way back to Genghis Khan.

COULTON: Is in Ulan Bator somewhere between Russia and China.

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EISENBERG: Kim.

ROTH: Mongo-Liam Neeson?

COULTON: Yes.

EISENBERG: Yeah!

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EISENBERG: This pop diva from a four-letter central African nation was proud that her British doppelganger was rolling in the deep.

COULTON: The nation sort of sounds like a man's name. A four-letter man's name. Rolling in the deep.

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EISENBERG: Ryan.

HYDE: Ch-Adele.

EISENBERG: Ch-Adele. You've got it.

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EISENBERG: This is your last clue.

COULTON: OK.

EISENBERG: I know, I know. Get excited. You've got a friend in this Persian songster who is also a favorite of his nation's short people. Persian songster.

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CHANESKI: (singing) He wrote a lot of movie songs.

EISENBERG: That is a darn good hint.

CHANESKI: "Toy Story III."

COULTON: That's not how the songs go.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Kim.

ANA CHAWLA: I-Randy Newman?

COULTON: I-Randy Newman is right!

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EISENBERG: John Chaneski, how did our contestants do?

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CHANESKI: You know, they scored some decent points, I've got to say.

EISENBERG: There were some points.

CHANESKI: But Kim did better. Kim wins the game. Way to go, Kim.

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EISENBERG: Huge round of applause for that super hard game. And Kim, we will see you at our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show.

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