Ask Me Another
5:16 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 9:19 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

This is ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm your host Ophira Eisenberg, the biggest know-it-all you'll ever meet, because I already have the answers. First off I'd like to introduce you to our musical maven Shonali Bhowmik.

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SHONALI BHOWMIK: Hi Ophira.

EISENBERG: Hi.

BHOWMIK: Hi.

EISENBERG: And our two puzzle gurus, John Chaneski and Will Hines.

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JOHN CHANESKI: Hi Ophira. Hello everyone.

WILL HINES: Hello, hello.

EISENBERG: All right. And we are about to meet our first contestant. Hello David Balutanski

DAVID BALUTANSKI: Hello. How are you?

EISENBERG: Nice to meet you.

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EISENBERG: So David, I understand from my producers that you have an English degree.

BALUTANSKI: Yes.

EISENBERG: That could be helpful. And you're a pub trivia expert of sorts?

BALUTANSKI: No, I don't know about expert, but I play.

EISENBERG: OK, good enough that's really the minimum requirement.

CHANESKI: But you were promising to get every question correct.

BALUTANSKI: Yes.

EISENBERG: You're going to be great. Let me tell you about our first game. It's called John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt. What's that about, John?

CHANESKI: Well his name is my name too. We're talking about famous individuals who share the same first and last name. We'll tell you what these people are known for, and you give us the shared name. For example, if we said, he discovered the New World, and he also directed 'Home Alone' and the first two Harry Potter movies, you would say?

EISENBERG: Christopher, or Chris, Columbus. Yes?

CHANESKI: That's right. Chris Columbus, or Christopher Columbus. Very good.

EISENBERG: OK. Does that make sense?

BALUTANSKI: Yes.

EISENBERG: OK. You get one point for every correct answer, six points and you move on to our Ask Me One More final round.

CHANESKI: OK, here you go, David, here's the first one. He was a famous bank robber, but he really lost America's respect when he broke Sandra Bullock's heart.

BALUTANSKI: Jesse James.

CHANESKI: Jesse James is right. Very good.

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CHANESKI: Off to a good start. She was the only one of King Henry VIII's wives to produce a male heir, later she would travel the American west as a medicine woman. Want to give him a hint?

EISENBERG: I'll give you a hint. She has a jewelry line that asks you to open your heart. Very pretty.

BALUTANSKI: Yeah, I can see her face.

EISENBERG: Yeah?

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EISENBERG: She's kind of got a -

BALUTANSKI: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Plain.

BALUTANSKI: Jane.

CHANESKI: Yeah - something.

BALUTANSKI: Jane -

EISENBERG: Yeah. Yeah.

BHOWMIK: Come on. Oh.

BALUTANSKI: It's not there. It's not there.

EISENBERG: All right.

CHANESKI: OK, you're going to get half a point for Jane Seymour. Jane Seymour

EISENBERG: Jane Seymour.

CHANESKI: OK? He was an Illinois senator who ran for President in 1988, he also was part of a famous folk/rock duo originally performing under the name "Tom and Jerry."

BALUTANSKI: Paul Simon.

CHANESKI: Yeah, Paul Simon.

EISENBERG: Paul Simon.

CHANESKI: That's good.

BALUTANSKI: Thank you.

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EISENBERG: You're doing great. Doing great.

CHANESKI: He's one of President Obama's speech writers and he introduced the phrase "you're so money" in his 1996 film "Swingers."

BALUTANSKI: Vince Vaughan?

CHANESKI: The other one.

EISENBERG: The other one.

BHOWMIK: The other speech writer.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

BALUTANSKI: Jon Favreau?

CHANESKI: Yes, Jon Favreau.

EISENBERG: Yes.

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BALUTANSKI: If Obama has a speech writer named Vince Vaughan that's pretty -

EISENBERG: Yes. No, but he did get a speech where you are - you are money is written in it, so -

CHANESKI: She may have been the wife of William Shakespeare, but she had the hots for Jake Gyllenhaal, her co-star in the film "Love and Other Drugs."

BALUTANSKI: I know who she is, I -

EISENBERG: Yeah.

BALUTANSKI: Think I had a screen saver of her.

CHANESKI: You have a screen saver of this person?

EISENBERG: Wow!

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BALUTANSKI: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Wow!

CHANESKI: It's not her name you're interested in [unintelligible].

BALUTANSKI: Beautiful, long brunette hair.

CHANESKI: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

BALUTANSKI: First letter of her name.

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EISENBERG: I - it's sort of interesting how you're running the game.

BALUTANSKI: Anne -

CHANESKI: Yes. Yes.

BALUTANSKI: Hathaway.

CHANESKI: Yes, Anne Hathaway. Very good.

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BALUTANSKI: Through the haze.

CHANESKI: He was the historical subject of an HBO miniseries starring Paul Giamatti, and he wrote the 1987 opera "Nixon in China."

BALUTANSKI: Paul Giamatti. Hughie Long?

CHANESKI: No.

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EISENBERG: Oh my god, I -

CHANESKI: I can see where you would get that, but no.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that was a great HBO series.

CHANESKI: Do you want - why don't you give him the clue?

EISENBERG: He once said, "fear is the foundation of most governments," but how would he know he was just a second president.

BALUTANSKI: Oh, John Adams. John Adams. John Adams.

CHANESKI: Yes, John Adams.

EISENBERG: Yes.

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CHANESKI: Good.

EISENBERG: You're doing great. I'm glad this isn't the lightning round, but you're doing great.

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CHANESKI: He seems like such a mellow guy, a former surfer from Hawaii turned folk/rock singer, but he was also the first African-American boxing heavyweight champion of the world.

BALUTANSKI: Oh.

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BALUTANSKI: I know it.

EISENBERG: Would you like a hint?

BALUTANSKI: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Yeah, OK. good. They're both looking out for a great white hope.

CHANESKI: And one of them doesn't wear any shoes.

BALUTANSKI: Yeah, I -

CHANESKI: That guy, yeah.

BALUTANSKI: Yeah, he's kind of annoying, right?

EISENBERG: I don't have it in the question, but I understand that might be your personal hints.

CHANESKI: I'll give it to him for he was kin - he's kind of annoying.

BALUTANSKI: Jack -

CHANESKI: Yes. What?

EISENBERG: Yes.

BALUTANSKI: Jack Johnson.

CHANESKI: Yes, Jack Johnson.

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EISENBERG: All right.

BALUTANSKI: It's there.

EISENBERG: No, David, what I appreciate about what you're doing too is that you're sort of working us through your process. I like that. All right.

CHANESKI: That was it. David, you got six points.

EISENBERG: You got six points, congratulations.

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BALUTANSKI: Thank you. Thank you.

EISENBERG: So stick around, you are moving on to our final round, Ask Me One More, at the end of the show.

BALUTANSKI: Thank you. Thank you.

EISENBERG: Give him a hand, everybody.

BALUTANSKI: I'll see you guys later.

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