This afternoon I found myself yelling at the radio in my car in utter frustration and annoyance.
Believe it or not, I wasn't listening to conservative talk radio. In fact, I had NPR on.
There's an utterly fabulous quiz show on NPR called Says You! It's largely a word and game, where they do lots of things like pulling really obscure words from the dictionary, and having contestants pick the definition from a real one and two made-up ones. It's literate and witty and one of my favorite things to listen to.
Sometimes they veer off a little bit, though, and today they had a category that was made for me. "This one is a musical theater quiz. I'll give you the first line of a well-known song from musical theater. For three points, tell me what show the song is from. For seven more points, sing the next line of the song."
The panelists are pretty literate and educated, and I expected them to do at least moderately well on this.
The first question: "I'm as corny as Kansas in August". A no-brainer for this group, for sure.
"That's from Oklahoma."
"No, it's not Oklahoma".
"Oh! Then it must be Carousel."
"Not Carousel either." Richard Sher, the host, is eminently patient.
I'm not. "South Pacific! South Pacific, you dummies! No, it's not Carousel. Jeez." Eventually they get it, and then actually sing the next several lines of the song. Well, actually, they do the second stanza but so did I. They get full credit for it, though.
I manage to nail almost all of them, and the panel fumbles their way through most. With every fumble I find myself shouting at my radio. "No, you idiots! It's..."
It's probably a good thing I wasn't listening to conservative talk radio.
P.S. I just noticed they'll be taping in San Francisco in April of next year. Anyone want to go?
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