Ethan Hawke, backstage at The Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y. Later, he would serenade Ask Me Another's winning contestant. Josh Rogosin/NPR hide caption

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Lake Street Dive members Bridget Kearney, Mike "McDuck" Olson, Mike Calabrese and Rachael Price (from left to right) battle it out in a '90s music-themed challenge. Josh Rogosin/NPR hide caption

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John Cameron Mitchell (right) and contestant Jordan Shavarebi celebrate a victory during their Ask Me Another Challenge. Josh Rogosin/NPR hide caption

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"Every time something pops in my head, I think twice about it and I do it anyway." - Gilbert Gottfried. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images hide caption

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John Linnell and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants might enjoy putting our contestants through the ringer a little too much... Steve McFarland hide caption

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Through the wonders of technology, actor Tom Lenk — who played Andrew on Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- serves as V.I.P. Emily Nussbaum's lifeline during her quiz at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY. Josh Rogosin/NPR hide caption

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Emily Nussbaum's critique on Lena Dunham's HBO show, Girls, for The New Yorker: "Like any groundbreaking TV, it shows the audience something new, then dares it to look away." Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New Yorker hide caption

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