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9:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

A Family Affair

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 11:03 am

Snap your fingers as Jonathan Coulton performs the The Addams Family theme with the lyrics rewritten to be about other families, both real and fictional. Your job? Tell us what clan we're describing.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's meet her next two contestants, Jill Farrington and Sam Zhao.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Sam, Jill, was there a TV family that you watched growing up and you were like god, I wish I was in that family? Sam?

SAM ZHAO: Well, this family wasn't alive when I was growing up, but...

EISENBERG: OK.

ZHAO: ...the House Targaryen.

JONATHAN COULTON: Ah.

EISENBERG: Nice.

ZHAO: Yeah. I could be a good father of dragons.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Wow.

EISENBERG: I know a lot about the right, Sam.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Very revealing. Jill?

JILL FARRINGTON: Well, my first instinct was to late safe and say the Cosbys because that seems like a really well balance supportive family.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

FARRINGTON: But I think if I'm really honest with myself, I'm going to have to go nontraditional and I'm going to have to say that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

EISENBERG: All right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Two great answers.

COULTON: Wow.

EISENBERG: Not what I expected at all. That was the best part of it.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So this game is called A Family Affair. And that's just like us on stage, right, one big happy puzzle family.

COULTON: Well, we pretend to be one big happy puzzle family.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Totally.

COULTON: That's right. Yeah. And this game is specifically about "The Addams Family." We've taken the ridiculously catchy theme song from the 1960s sitcom "The Addams Family," but we have changes the lyrics so they are close to other famous families. So contestants, let us know which families were talking about and feel free to senior answers. In fact, I recommend it.

After each musical snippets, Ophira will have a follow-up question that either of you can ring in an answer. Are you ready?

ZHAO: Ready.

FARRINGTON: Ready.

COULTON: Here we go. (Singing) Their musical and sunny, there TV show was funny. Shirley Jones was the mommy.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Sam?

ZHAO: (Singing) The Brady family.

COULTON: Oh, no. I'm sorry. That's incorrect. Jill, do you know what it is?

FARRINGTON: (Singing) The Partridge family.

COULTON: You've got it.

EISENBERG: Right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Same era. Same era. I don't understand why you went there, Sam.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: One of the Partridge children was played by actress Susan Day who later went on to play attorney Grace Van Owen in the late 1980s legal drama? Susan Day, attorney Grace Van Owen.

COULTON: It took place on the West Coast in Southern California.

(LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jill.

FARRINGTON: "LA Law?"

EISENBERG: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Did you ever watch that show?

FARRINGTON: I really didn't.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Sam? No?

ZHAO: I wasn't alive.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: All right, you don't have to rub it in, Sam.

ZHAO: You guys...

EISENBERG: That's your excuse for everything, Sam.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I do love imagining what "LA Law" is. Like I do remember the show but if someone is like what is LA? You know, it just like he stole my monologue like this just LA problems. I didn't get a call back.

(LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

COULTON: (Singing) They're writers and they're sisters, they're literature A-listers. Their pseudonyms were misters.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jill.

FARRINGTON: (Singing) The Bronte family.

COULTON: That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: The Bronte sisters publish their novels using male first names, Currer, Ellis and Acton. What was the last name of these foe brothers?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jill.

FARRINGTON: Bell?

EISENBERG: Yes. Exactly.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

COULTON: (Singing) They're actors and they're brothers. There's Alec and three others. They're probably awesome lovers.

(LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: I mean maybe. Jill?

EURYDICE DECKER: (Singing) The Baldwin family.

COULTON: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Was it the lovers' part that gave it away?

FARRINGTON: Absolutely.

COULTON: Yeah. Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: I hear that, sister.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here's your follow-up question. Name all four acting Baldwin brothers.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jill.

FARRINGTON: This is going to be sad. OK. Alec, Stephen, Billy and Daniel.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

COULTON: Wow.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Wow.

FARRINGTON: Not sure where I judged that up from.

EISENBERG: I know. That's amaze - like even Stephen forget Daniel.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Makes for an awkward Thanksgiving, huh?

(LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

COULTON: (Singing) They're an animated couple. Fred always gets in trouble. They're friends with Barney Rubble.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jill.

FARRINGTON: (Singing) The Flintstone family.

COULTON: Yup.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Who played Fred Flintstone in the 1994 live-action movie version of the popular animated TV series?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Sam?

ZHAO: John Goodman?

EISENBERG: Exactly.

COULTON: Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

ZHAO: I think I was alive during that.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Nice one, right?

ZHAO: Thanks.

EISENBERG: You're totally alive for that.

ZHAO: Totally.

(LAUGHTER)

ZHAO: Living and breathing, baby.

(LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

COULTON: (Singing) They're singers, that's the lowdown, five brothers signed with Motown. But Michael didn't slow down.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jill?

FARRINGTON: (Singing) The Jackson family.

COULTON: That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Six of the Jackson siblings were members of USA For Africa, the super group that recorded what charity single in 1985?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Sam.

ZHAO: "We Are the World."

EISENBERG: Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Were you alive for that?

ZHAO: Eighty-five? No. No. Sorry.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Sam is nine years old.

EISENBERG: That's right.

(LAUGHTER)

ZHAO: I look pretty good, right?

EISENBERG: Looks pretty good. Looks pretty good.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

COULTON: (Singing) It's a sitcom with appeal. It features Ed O'Neill, Phil Dunphy's a schmeal.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Sam?

ZHAO: (Singing) The Dunphy family.

COULTON: No.

ZHAO: Oh, well, I guess.

COULTON: Not the answer we're looking for.

ZHAO: (Singing) The Modern family.

COULTON: There you go.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: On "Modern Family," Ed O'Neil plays the patriarch of the Pritchett family. In 1990, he starred in "Married With Children" as the head of another sitcom family - doesn't matter anymore...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: With what last name?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jill.

FARRINGTON: Bundy.

EISENBERG: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Exactly. Serial killers and hilarious. Now, they were not that but that was the last thing. All right. John Chaneski, how did our contestants do?

JOHN CHANESKI: Our winner for Family Affair is the altogether ooky Jill Farrington.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Jill, you'll be moving onto our Ask Me One More final round coming up at the end of the show.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll see how well our VIP, Sarah Janssen knows the book she edits, the "World Almanac." So stay tuned. This is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR News.

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