Real Or Fake Holiday Album Composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez try to spot fake holiday album titles in this speed round. Hold onto your novelty elf hats because William Shatner's Shatner Claus... is real!

Real Or Fake Holiday Album

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our first holiday party guests are about to arrive. They are not only great friends of the show, they are Academy Award-winning writers and composers of songs from animated movies like "Frozen" and "Coco." So happy to have them back - Robert and Kristin Lopez, hello.

KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Hello.

ROBERT LOPEZ: Hey, Ophira. Hey, Jonathan.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Happy holidays.

JONATHAN COULTON: Hey, guys.

EISENBERG: Happy holidays.

LOPEZ: Happy holidays.

EISENBERG: What are you guys doing this year for the holidays? What - are you doing any traditions in a new way?

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: We were going to do two trees. We were going to do one tacky tree and one tasteful tree this year. And that's our...

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: OK. So when you say tacky tree, what do you mean?

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: With all of our "Frozen" ornaments that people have given us over the years, like, all of our Disney projects. So we've got a lot of "Coco" ornaments and...

LOPEZ: It's a kitsch-mas (ph) tree.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: It's a kitsch-mas tree.

COULTON: Kitsch-mas tree.

EISENBERG: Right.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: It's more like a career tree.

(LAUGHTER)

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Like, we're decorating...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: That sounds fun, a career tree.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: A career tree.

EISENBERG: I love that you consider your career, which is amazing, as tacky. That's the tacky stuff.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Yeah. Oh, this very gaudy tree is covered in Oscars.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: How much they sell this Elsa for, like, $400? Put it on the tacky tree.

(LAUGHTER)

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Yeah. Maybe we'll let our children hang up their report cards and various progress reports and...

COULTON: Right, you know, achievements, medals they've won.

LOPEZ: Achievement Christmas.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Achievement Christmas

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Achievement Christmas. Right.

EISENBERG: Oh, my goodness. That sounds - that is - that almost...

LOPEZ: Conditional Love-mas (ph).

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So this is our office party. This is our office party for our show, too, you know, because this is what we have right now.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: That's all right.

EISENBERG: It's a Zoom office party.

COULTON: Because we - we're not allowed to go to the office. So...

EISENBERG: Yeah.

COULTON: ...This is what it is.

EISENBERG: Have you done your fair amount of office parties? Or has that been - or invited to them?

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: You know, no, I think it's only the TV show office parties and Bridget Jones office parties.

LOPEZ: Yeah. We know the office party from "The Office" Christmas episode.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Right.

EISENBERG: Excellent. So you know, since you're old pals, I feel like, why not have a holiday quiz? How about a spouse-versus-spouse...

EISENBERG: Ooh.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Ooh, yeah.

EISENBERG: ...Holiday challenge.

LOPEZ: OK.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: I'm into it.

EISENBERG: OK. So this game is called Real Or Fake Holiday Album.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Ooh.

LOPEZ: Ooh.

EISENBERG: And because this is a speed round...

LOPEZ: Ooh.

EISENBERG: ...We're going to put some amount of time on a clock.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Ooh.

EISENBERG: You'll each get a bunch of them.

LOPEZ: What amount?

EISENBERG: It's a...

COULTON: TBD.

LOPEZ: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: ...A competitive amount. A competitive amount (laughter).

COULTON: Yeah. A very challenging amount of time.

LOPEZ: OK.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: All right.

EISENBERG: OK. So Robert, you're going to start.

LOPEZ: OK.

EISENBERG: And then we're just going to go through them. So you just have to yell out real or fake. And I'll let you know if you're right or wrong. So start the clock.

(SOUNDBITE OF CLOCK TICKING)

EISENBERG: Here you go. Dolly Parton, "A Holly Dolly Christmas."

LOPEZ: Real.

EISENBERG: That is real.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: John Legend, "A Legendary Christmas."

LOPEZ: Real.

EISENBERG: That is real.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Danny Elfman, "Elf On The Shelfman (ph)."

LOPEZ: Fake.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: That is fake.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Bette Midler, "Cool Yule."

LOPEZ: Real.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: That is real. Ringo Starr, "Oh Little Star Of Bethlehem."

LOPEZ: Real.

EISENBERG: That is fake.

LOPEZ: Aw.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: (Laughter).

LOPEZ: It sounded real.

EISENBERG: Liz Phair, "Phair-Liz Navidad."

LOPEZ: Fake.

EISENBERG: That is fake.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Snoop Dogg, "Christmas In Tha Dogg House."

LOPEZ: Real.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: (Laughter) That is real.

LOPEZ: Yes.

EISENBERG: William Shatner, "Some Shatner In Your Stocking."

(LAUGHTER)

LOPEZ: Real.

EISENBERG: That is fake.

LOPEZ: Aw.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Nobody wants Shatner in their stocking.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: William Shatner, "Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album."

LOPEZ: Maybe that one's real.

EISENBERG: That's real.

LOPEZ: OK.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Eminem, "Lose Yourself In The Christmas Spirit."

LOPEZ: Fake.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: That is fake. Time's up.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Well done.

COULTON: That was pretty good.

LOPEZ: Yeah. Yeah.

EISENBERG: I think you got 8 out of 10.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Eight out of 10, ooh.

LOPEZ: Eight out of 10. That's pretty good. That's a B. That's a B-minus.

EISENBERG: Yeah. That's very good. That's very good.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: That's a B-minus.

COULTON: That is a B-minus.

(LAUGHTER)

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Hang that on your tree. Hang that on your tree.

EISENBERG: Put that on your tree.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Kristen, 8 out of 10. That is the score to beat.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Yeah. This is a tough one.

COULTON: And, of course, you only have a limited amount of time that we will determine later.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: So it's the speed round. OK. So...

EISENBERG: Yeah (laughter).

COULTON: ...All of these are for you. Let's see if you can beat Bobby's score. You ready?

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: All right. Yeah.

COULTON: All right. Start the clock.

(SOUNDBITE OF CLOCK TICKING)

COULTON: Whoopi Goldberg, "Whoopi Under The Christmas Tree."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: False - not true.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

COULTON: Right, it's fake.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Fake. That's the word

COULTON: Kenny Chesney, "All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Also fake.

COULTON: Nope. That is real.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: (Laughter) A real good tan?

COULTON: A real good tan. Metallica, "Enter Santa-man."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: I'm going to say, yes. Real.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

COULTON: No. That is fake.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Ariana Grande, "Christmas & Chill."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Yes. True.

COULTON: Real, yes.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Real. "Christmas & Chill."

COULTON: Adele, "25 Days 'Til Christmas."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Yes.

COULTON: Fake. Sorry.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: No, fake.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: The Weather Girls, "It's Raining Menorahs."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Fake.

COULTON: Right. Also, that would technically be a Hanukkah album. Spider-Man...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: ..."A Very Spidey Christmas."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Fake.

COULTON: That is real.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: That's real? There's "A Very Spidey Christmas?"

COULTON: Yeah. It's super spidey.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

COULTON: Curious George, "A Very Curious Christmas (ph)."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: I'll say, yes, real.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: That is real. The cast of "Ally McBeal," "A Very Ally Christmas."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Real.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: That is real.

(LAUGHTER)

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: They sang a lot.

COULTON: AC/DC, "Yule Shook Me All Night Long."

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Fake.

COULTON: Fake. You got it.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: "Yule Shook Me All Night Long."

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: How did she do?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: So that was 6 out of 10.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Oh.

EISENBERG: Not bad. Not bad.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Not going to hang it on my Christmas tree.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: No, but that's - you'd probably leave it off your achievement tree for this year.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: The win goes to Bobby in this case. But, really, the win goes to all of us because we're together.

LOPEZ: Yeah.

EISENBERG: That's right.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Together apart.

COULTON: Technically, we're not together.

EISENBERG: This feels - to me, this feels very real. I'm just going to say that. This feels very real.

LOPEZ: This is as close as we want to be.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Sometimes, close is too close. And this this'll do just fine for now.

EISENBERG: In our very first quarantine episode, you told us about how you and your daughter sing a cappella together. And I believe you called yourself the Whiffenpezes (ph)?

LOPEZ: Whiffenpezes?

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Did we call ourselves the Whiffenpezes?

LOPEZ: I think I just tossed that one off the cuff since Jonathan was a Whiffenpoof.

EISENBERG: Right.

COULTON: That's true. That's true. I was.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

LOPEZ: Sorry. We can be - you know, we usually refer to ourselves as, you know, the...

KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ AND ROBERT LOPEZ: Lopez Family Singers.

COULTON: Oh, that's lovely. Yeah.

EISENBERG: Nice. Yeah. I can see that billing on a marquee. You know, it's very strong. It's very strong.

LOPEZ: Yeah. There we go.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: Yeah, there. It comes with one person crying per recording - is usually...

(LAUGHTER)

LOPEZ: Someone always cries.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: There's always someone whose voice is hoarse, or they had a really rough day.

LOPEZ: And then we say, like, you know, this is supposed to be fun. And if it's not fun, we don't have to do it. No one has to do this.

ANDERSON-LOPEZ: And then I have to say, we agreed to do this, though. So why don't we all eat something and raise our blood sugar, and we'll try it again later?

EISENBERG: It is so weird to have you talk about Bobby like this.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So you've prepared a special performance for us. Tell us what we're going to hear.

LOPEZ: Well, we wanted to do a beautiful, public domain Christmas song. And from the list, we chose "Silent Night" 'cause everyone loves "Silent Night."

COULTON: Yeah. I mean, that's a good one.

EISENBERG: Yeah. I mean, I can't wait to hear it. All right. Here we go. Ladies and gentlemen, the Lopez Family Singers with their rendition of "Silent Night."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SILENT NIGHT")

THE LOPEZ FAMILY SINGERS: (Singing) Sleep in heavenly peace. Bum ba-dum-ba-dum (ph). Silent night, holy night. All is calm. All is bright 'round yon virgin mother and child, holy infant, so tender and mild. Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace. Ba-dum-ba-dum.

EISENBERG: Oh, yes.

COULTON: Yes.

EISENBERG: That was beautiful.

COULTON: Loved it. That was amazing.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EISENBERG: Our office holiday party is just getting started. Coming up, we'll play a holiday-themed music game with three NPR employees named Carol, and Jonathan's kids will lead a game about the slang words the youth are using these days.

I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

[CORRECTION: Jan. 14, 2021. In this episode, we incorrectly say that Curious George: A Very Curious Christmas is a real title. In fact, the real title is Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.]

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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