Stars In The Stars Hey now, it's all-stars versus all stars in this rhyming word game. Comedians Alyssa Limperis and May Wilkerson get their game on; go play.

Stars In The Stars

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JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Now here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.


Thanks, Jonathan. We're playing games with comedians and hosts of the podcast "Crazy; In Bed," Alyssa Limperis and May Wilkerson. Alyssa, May - would you like to play another game?


: Absolutely.

EISENBERG: So we have a word game for you.

WILKERSON: Ooh. OK, now we're talking.

EISENBERG: It's called Stars in the Stars. We'll imagine what would happen if famous people throughout history were also space travelers, but they only visited things that rhyme with their names.


COULTON: For example, if I said, she sang "Love Is A Battlefield" and now she's moved the fight to a giant ball of flaming gas, you would answer Pat Benatar on a star.

: Would we, though?


: Would we, Jonathan?

COULTON: You definitely would. You definitely would.

WILKERSON: Would we?


: Thank you for believing in us in this hypothetical scenario.


EISENBERG: All right. Here we go. May, this one's...

: Yes.

EISENBERG: ...for you.

: Oh, no.

EISENBERG: The star of "Some Like It Hot" is getting pretty cold on this dwarf planet formerly known as the ninth planet from the sun.


: OK. Marilyn Monroe?


: Really? OK. And then Pluto?


: Oh, my God.

EISENBERG: Marilyn Monroe on Pluto. Well done.

COULTON: See? All right, Alyssa. When this leader of the Temperance Movement takes a break from demolishing saloons with a hatchet, she visits a configuration of stars as seen from Earth.

WILKERSON: Oh, of course.

COULTON: You know, the leader of the Temperance Movement.

WILKERSON: Alice Quipper (ph) on the Big Dipper.


WILKERSON: I think we can move on. Let's...

: I hope she gets a point for rhyming. Her rhyming abilities are...

WILKERSON: That's a yes, and we'll move on to the next one.

COULTON: You know what? That's such a great answer, I'm not even going to check and see if it's correct.


COULTON: If I tell you the second word, maybe you could guess the first - the person from the rhyme. If I tell you constellation, does that help you know the name of the woman who used to bust up saloons with a hatchet?

WILKERSON: Constellation. And I think we can all say this one together...


COULTON: Your audio cut out for a second. I didn't hear what it was.

EISENBERG: Oh, this technology.

COULTON: I'm going to assume you were correct. Yes, Carrie Nation on a constellation is correct.




EISENBERG: OK. May, the singer known for "Solitude" and "Strange Fruit" is somewhere in our own spiral galaxy.

: I don't think I know what a single word is that you just said. I...

EISENBERG: OK. So it's the singer known for "Solitude" and "Strange Fruit" is somewhere in our own spiral galaxy - is known also a delicious chocolate bar with nugat.

: With nugat. The Snicker - the Milky Way.

EISENBERG: Yeah, yeah.

: The Milky Way and Audra Day (ph).

EISENBERG: Good enough. Billie Holiday and the Milky Way.

: Billie Holiday. Of course, I know who Billie Holiday is. I just didn't know that song.

COULTON: All right, Alyssa. This is the final question of the game.

WILKERSON: OK. Here we go.

COULTON: A lot riding on this.

WILKERSON: Here we go.

COULTON: Orville thinks he's so great because he piloted the first successful airplane flight. But his brother and co-inventor one upped him by landing on an object that moves around a planet or star.

WILKERSON: Calhoun landed on the moon.


EISENBERG: That's pretty good.

COULTON: I like your answers so much better than the ones we have written here. Calhoun landed on the moon. That's very close. Do you know the brothers who invented the airplane?

WILKERSON: The Wright brothers?

COULTON: Uh-huh. All right. Well, so what we were looking for was Wilbur Wright on a satellite.

WILKERSON: Oh, satellite, satellite.

COULTON: But as I say, I much prefer Calhoun went to the moon.

EISENBERG: That's just so great. Guess what? You guys are tied again.

: This has been good.

EISENBERG: Are you kidding? This was basically one of the only moments of this much happiness in a while. So thank you so much.

WILKERSON: This was so fun.

: Same here, truly.

EISENBERG: Thank you, May. Thank you, Alyssa.

: Thank you so much for having us.

WILKERSON: Thanks so much for having us.

: This was such a blast.

EISENBERG: My pleasure.


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