Four-Letter Friends

Apr 24, 2014
Originally published on March 4, 2015 11:28 am

We don't have to bleep a single word in this final round. Rather, identify famous folks who have four letters in both their first and last names, like the Grammy-winning singer of "I Try," Macy Gray.

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Now we're ready to crown this week's grand champions from Be Kind, Rewind, Steven Feldman, from Animal Lamina, Tom Toce, from Let It Go, Emily McSpadden, and the Working Title, Jessica Trimble.


EISENBERG: Our puzzle guru, Greg Pliska will take us out.

GREG PLISKA: This final round is titled Famous Four-Letter Words. In this game, every answer will be the name of a famous person who has exactly four letters in both their first and last name. For example, if we said this actress from the "American Pie" movie franchise and "The Big Lebowski" may be better known for her party girl reputation. You would say, Tara Reid. Now we're going to play the spelling bee style. So one wrong answer and you're out. You'll only have a few seconds to give us an answer. The last person standing will be our ASK ME ANOTHER grand winner.

OK. Here we go. Steven, you're up first. This movie star became romantically involved with his "Mister and Mrs. Smith" co-star, Angelina Jolie.


PLISKA: That is correct.


PLISKA: All right. Tom, German philosopher who wrote the Communist manifesto "Das Kapital."

TOM TOCE: Karl Marx.

PLISKA: Karl Marx is correct.


PLISKA: Emily, a legendary Yankee, he was nicknamed the Bambino and the Sultan of Swat.


PLISKA: That is correct.


PLISKA: Jessica, New Orleans' born topic novelist who wrote best-sellers featuring the Vampire the Lestat.


PLISKA: Correct. Very good. Back to Steven. A frequent collaborator of Judd Apatow, this comedic actor's breakthrough role was in the 1995 movie "Clueless."

FELDMAN: Paul Rudd.

PLISKA: Correct.


PLISKA: Tom, rocker who got her start in the all-female band The Runaways and had a number one hit with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll."

TOCE: Don't know.

PLISKA: No answer. All right. Emily, do you know?


PLISKA: That is correct.


PLISKA: Tom, I'm sorry but you're out. Thank you for playing. We're now up to Jessica. Despite accusations of stealing other comic's material, do standup comedian generated a huge following through MySpace and starred in films such as "Employee of the Month," and "Good Luck Chuck."

TRIMBLE: Carl Mencia?

PLISKA: No. I'm sorry. Steven, do you know what this is?

FELDMAN: Is it Dane Cook?

PLISKA: That is correct. Very good.


PLISKA: Jessica, thank you. I'm afraid you're out. We're down to our last two, Emily and Steven. Emily, in 2013, she won an Emmy for playing the long-suffering wife, Skyler White on the TV series "Breaking Bad."

MCSPADDEN: I don't know that.



PLISKA: Steven, do you know that?

FELDMAN: Anna Gunn.

PLISKA: That is correct. Congratulations, Steven.


EISENBERG: Steven, you're our ASK ME ANOTHER big winner. Congratulations.


EISENBERG: And for your grand prize, Bobby and Kristen Lopez said that they would consult on the next song you write or Oscar speech you give.


EISENBERG: So congratulations and thank you again to Bobby and Kristen.


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