Good Play, Bad Movie Contestants mash up well regarded stage plays with not-so-well regarded movies.

Good Play, Bad Movie

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Our next two contestants will play a word game full of bad puns. Let's meet our contestants. First up, Sarah Gruber. You're a grad student studying musical theater. And when you were a kid, you modeled for American Girl dolls in fashion shows.

SARAH GRUBER: Yes, that is very true.

EISENBERG: OK. First of all, they had fashion shows?

GRUBER: They did. So they chose me, and I modeled all of Kirsten's outfits.

EISENBERG: And Kirsten...

GRUBER: Kirsten is the blonde Swedish girl. So...


EISENBERG: So they put you in this fancy outfit. Was that your main doll, Kirsten? That's the one you did?

GRUBER: I mean, yeah. Kirsten was the main one. You had to hold the doll as you went down the runway...

EISENBERG: Oh, my goodness.

GRUBER: ...You know, in her matching outfits. It was all a bit creepy looking back.


EISENBERG: Did you get a doll?

GRUBER: No, and I'm honestly offended.

EISENBERG: Yeah, I was going to say.

GRUBER: I feel like they should have paid us in dolls. Like...

EISENBERG: Did they pay you in money?

GRUBER: Not that I remember.


EISENBERG: Ask your parents. Ask your parents.

GRUBER: Yep, yep

EISENBERG: Sarah, when you ring in, we'll hear this.


EISENBERG: Your opponent is Matt Lyman. You work for a tech company in Seattle.


EISENBERG: And to celebrate New Year's Eve, you throw a dinner party made up of dishes inspired by the year's headlines.

LYMAN: We do.

EISENBERG: So give me an idea of a dish.

LYMAN: We had the James Comey testimony. We made a seven-layer dip because he's 7 feet tall.


EISENBERG: That's good. That's good, yeah.

LYMAN: One layer was spicy, so it was the oh lordy layer for him.


EISENBERG: Very good. Matt, when you ring in, we'll hear this.


EISENBERG: Remember, Sarah and Matt, whoever has more points after two games will go on to our final round. We've got a word game for you called Good Play, Bad Movie. In this game, you'll mash up well-regarded stage plays and musicals with critically panned movies. Jonathan Coulton, would you like to give us an example, please?

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: I very much would.

EISENBERG: Thank you.

COULTON: So if we said, this Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera replaces the apostles with a rebooted '70s cop duo played by Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, you would answer Jesus Christ Superstarsky (ph) and Hutch.

EISENBERG: Here we go.


EISENBERG: In this ill-advised Shakespeare-slash-"SNL" crossover, Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan bop their heads to the lyrics - if music be the food of love, baby, don't hurt me, baby, don't hurt me, play on.



GRUBER: Twelfth nights in Talladega? Is that a movie? Isn't that a movie?


EISENBERG: That is a movie, but it doesn't...

GRUBER: Not the right...

EISENBERG: ...Work in this moment. OK, Matt, can you steal?

LYMAN: Yes. Twelfth night at the Roxbury.

EISENBERG: Yes, that is correct.


COULTON: When Willy Loman can't handle his increasing failures, his company replaces him with a giant snake from the Amazon jungle who knows how to swallow the competition hole.



GRUBER: OK, it's "Death Of A Salesman." Death of a salesmanaconda (ph).

COULTON: Yeah, that's right.

EISENBERG: Yeah, there you go.


LYMAN: Well done. Well done.

GRUBER: Thank you.

COULTON: Alison Bechdel meets Macaulay Culkin in this musical memoir about a kid who's separated from his family in the Big Apple and gets a job at a mortuary.



GRUBER: Fun home alone.

COULTON: I'm sorry. We can't accept that. Matt, do you know the answer?

LYMAN: In New York. So would it be Fun "Home Alone 2: Lost In New York?"

COULTON: Yeah, that's right.


GRUBER: There we go.

COULTON: That was a tough beat, Sarah. Sorry.

GRUBER: You're welcome. You're welcome.

COULTON: I have to follow the rules, is the thing. This one is super easy.


COULTON: Vin Diesel is the perfect choice to play the female protagonist in this Pulitzer-winning Wendy Wasserstein play that follows the title character over three decades, from a high school student to art historian to fugitive fighting off an army of Necromongers.


COULTON: Army of Necromongers.

EISENBERG: I feel like Matt's...


LYMAN: I'm just going to - but...


LYMAN: ...I don't have any idea what this play is, but I'm pretty sure it...

COULTON: I'm looking forward to what you're about to say.

LYMAN: I know. I'm pretty sure, though, that the movie is "The Tales Of Riddick" (ph). It feels like because it's that - necromonsters (ph). So I'm just going to leave it at that because I have literally no idea what play that is.

COULTON: I'm sorry, that is...

LYMAN: And that's OK.

COULTON: I cannot give it to you, Matt.

LYMAN: That's OK.

COULTON: Sarah, do you know the answer?

LYMAN: I needed to hear...

GRUBER: My undergrad theater teacher's going to be so mad because we read so much Wendy Wasserstein. Is it uncommon people and something something - you get the gist.


COULTON: I'm afraid I can't give it to you.

EISENBERG: No, no, no - you should say correct.

COULTON: Correct. That is correct.


COULTON: What we're looking for is the Heidi chronicles of Riddick.

GRUBER: I did know that.


GRUBER: Oh, he's going to be so mad.

EISENBERG: Here's your last clue.

COULTON: It's a real workout...

GRUBER: It really is.

EISENBERG: David Mamet's trademark wit falls flat in this Mike Myers spy spoof - coffee's for closers, baby.



GRUBER: "Austin Powers," I think, maybe is the movie. David Mamet - going to pass.

EISENBERG: All right. Matt, can you steal?

LYMAN: I can. It's Glengarry Glen R-austin (ph) Powers.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.


GRUBER: Good one. Good one.

EISENBERG: All right, great game. Matt is in the lead.


EISENBERG: Coming up, Paula Cole returns, and Jonathan Coulton has a music parody game about one-hit wonders. Maybe this will be the one game that makes us famous. I'm Ophira Eisenberg and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.


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