Bluff The Listener Our panelists tell three stories about HBO's Entourage ruining someone's life, only one of which is true.
NPR logo

Bluff The Listener

  • Download
  • <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Bluff The Listener

Bluff The Listener

Bluff The Listener

  • Download
  • <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Our panelists tell three stories about HBO's Entourage ruining someone's life, only one of which is true.

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. We are playing this week with Amy Dickinson, Maz Jobrani and Peter Grosz. And here again is your host, filling in for Peter Sagal at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Mike Pesca.



Thank you, Bill. And right now, it's time for the WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME Bluff The Listener game. Call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT to play our game on the air. Hello, you're on WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME.


PESCA: Hello.

KOPPAL: I am Kelly from Royal Oaks, Mich.

PESCA: Hi, Kelly, how are you? What do you do up there in Royal Oaks?

KOPPAL: I'm an industrial food caterer.

PESCA: Industrial food. So that's, like, with a lot of metal and bars in it? How does that work?


KOPPAL: Exactly, it's super delicious. No, we make the food for catering trucks that go to big factories - you know, the big silver trucks with the doors that flip up and...

MAZ JOBRANI: Yes, the kind that you would never call a roach coach.



JOBRANI: That's what we called them when I was working a factory job.

PESCA: They're the original food trucks. Yeah...

KOPPAL: Exactly.

PESCA: Well, it is nice to have you with us, Kelly. And you're going to play our game in which you must try to tell truth from fiction. What is the topic, Bill?

KURTIS: Please don't hug it out, b******.


PESCA: So despite our best efforts, the gang from HBO's "Entourage," Vinny (ph), Turtle, Ari, the professor, Mary Anne - they're all still alive. And this week, in time for the release of the "Entourage" movie that no one asked for, we read a story about how the TV show franchise is ruining people's lives. Guess the real story, and you'll win Carl Kasell's voice on your voicemail. First up, it's Maz Jobrani.

JOBRANI: The lunch rush at an Indian restaurant can be pretty hectic. If there's a lunch special, it gets even crazier. That must be the reason why the owner of India Castle in Cambridge, Mass. has had an old poster of the TV show "Entourage" hanging in the front of his place for five years and hasn't even noticed it. Rabhbir Singh, owner of India Castle, who said he's never even heard of the show, first denied having the poster in his restaurant. Then, he walked to the front and remembered, oh, this; this has been here forever.


JOBRANI: Singh said a representative from a local TV station made him a deal. Let us come change the poster in the box every two weeks, and we'll pay you. In what sounds like a ploy straight from the TV show's shady agent, Ari Gold, Singh said he can't remember how much he was supposed to be paid because a representative put the "Entourage" poster in and never came back. In an even shadier move, the rep didn't even give Singh a key to open the frame. Now Singh is left with a poster he doesn't want from a show he doesn't know, in a stupid case he can't get rid of. So until a locksmith volunteers to help Mr. Singh open the case and get rid of the old poster, he will have to keep walking by, wondering, who the hell are these guys, and why can't I get them off my wall?


PESCA: And "Entourage" poster haunting an Indian joint from Maz Jobrani. Your next story of someone blaming "Entourage" for their troubles comes from Peter Grosz.

PETER GROSZ: The head of the linguistics department at Columbia University is a widely respected educator who has published seven books and given thousands of lectures over the last 30 years. Sadly, to his students, Professor Vincent Chase is just the guy with the same name as the lead character from "Entourage." Professor Chase, or Aquaman, as he's known to many of his students, teaches an intro to linguistics course that's very popular with many freshmen. I'd like to think it's because my class is so compelling, said Professor Chase, but I know what's really going on. I spent an hour lecturing about the power of language and Noam Chomsky, and at the end all they ever ask me is, why do you put up with Ari? He's such a jerk. It probably doesn't help that I also have a turtle in my office, a diamond backed terrapin that I've had for 20 years. And everyone wants to know if it's my little fat buddy from Queens Boulevard. Oddly enough, Professor Chase harbors no ill will towards the show or the character. I quite like "Entourage," he admits. He has to deal with the pressures of being famous, making movies and young women constantly throwing themselves at him. And I have to deal with people thinking I'm him; we're actually a lot alike.


PESCA: So that's Professor Vincent Chase from Peter Grosz. And your last story of "Entourage" wreaking havoc in the world outside HBO comes from Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: Steve Mandel is a soft-spoken literary agent who keeps his voice low and his Ford Taurus in the garage. But over the past 10 years. Mandel's clients have increasingly pressured him to act outrageous and offensive, like the fictional Hollywood super-agent, Ari Gold, in "Entourage." Mandel started losing clients as they jumped ship and joined other, more aggressive agencies because he wasn't "Entourage-y" enough. So last summer, he spent $10,000 to attend Entourage-estan, a weeklong "Entourage" boot camp for agents. Campers took seminars called things like, The F Bomb and How to Throw it and Verbal Abuse: It's Not Just for Underlings. "Entourage" basically ruined my business, but now I'm fighting back Ari Gold style.

PESCA: All right, Kelly, there you have the case of the haunted poster in an Indian restaurant, the case of the other Vincent Chase, and the case of the understated agent. Which one of these "Entourage-y" tales is the real one?

KOPPAL: I'm going to go for the second one.

PESCA: The second one, so Vincent Chase who was up there at Columbia University speaking linguistics. Well, to find out the correct answer, we spoke with someone familiar with the true story.

ALLISON POHLE: People were wondering why doesn't he break the glass or just...

KOPPAL: Oh, no.

POHLE: Rip the frame off the wall with some power tools. But it could cost up to $2,500 to remove all proof of the poster.

PESCA: And that was Allison Pohle, a reporter for, talking about the "Entourage." I'm sorry, Kelly. Maz had the real answer.

KOPPAL: All right, never would have guessed it. Good one.


PESCA: You did not win, unfortunately. But you did earn a point for Maz.

KURTIS: No, for Peter.


JOBRANI: I'll take it, though. I'll take it.

PESCA: Sorry - I, yeah. So...

JOBRANI: That was an Ari Gold move, too.

PESCA: Yeah, I just took my 10 percent at that point.


PESCA: And Kelly, thanks so much. Thanks for playing.

KOPPAL: Thank you.

PESCA: Goodbye.

Copyright © 2015 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.