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On With Their Heads

Jan 24, 2013
Originally published on January 25, 2013 11:47 am



Alright. Let's welcome our next two contestants, Jamie Fried and Tom Kelso.


EISENBERG: Hi Tom Kelso.

TOM KELSO: Hello Ophira.

EISENBERG: Do you have some experience in the theatre, being onstage in the past?

KELSO: Quite a bit, I've done shows in Louisiana, here in New York, Chicago, Baltimore.

EISENBERG: As an actor or?

KELSO: Both as an actor and backstage.

EISENBERG: Oh really? Okay, any theatrical experience situation that particularly comes to mind that you'd like to share?

KELSO: I was the first person to appear onstage in American doing a Vaclav Havel play.


KELSO: Thank you.


EISENBERG: And hello Jamie Freed.

JAMIE FRIED: I can't follow that, I haven't really done anything yet.


KELSO: Give her time, give her time.

EISENBERG: Give her time, right. Have you ever been on a game show before?

FRIED: Not really, I was on "Millionaire Dollar Password" but not really. Like when they were building the show and figuring it all out. So I got to go on the sound stage with Regis and stuff, but like there was no real money involved or any - like this, you know.


FRIED: I'm just kicking, there's a lot at stake here.

EISENBERG: No, no, no there is, there is, your reputation, all kinds of things. No, of course. Okay, so you helped develop a show.

FRIED: I was just - I was a bartender and I had nothing to do during the day, so my friend said, they give you 50 bucks to come fake play a game show and it was - and so I did.

EISENBERG: I love your life Jamie, I'm gonna say that right off.

FRIED: Oh thanks.

EISENBERG: And you just finished Nursing School?

FRIED: Yes I did.

EISENBERG: Alright, cute...


EISENBERG: You may be able to use these skills in our next game. Let's first welcome back our puzzle expert, Art Chung.


EISENBERG: And this is a game that we call On With Their Heads.

ART CHUNG: That's right Ophira. I'm gonna give you a word and a letter and you're gonna anagram them together to make another word. Now the catch is that that word, put in front of the word head, will form a familiar word or phrase. For example: if I gave you the word rev, plus the letter O, you would mix all the letters up and you would get over, or overhead.

JONATHAN COULTON: Art, the rules to this game are so complicated that it makes me afraid and a little bit angry.


CHUNG: I'm sorry Jonathan, this is over your head.

COULTON: It is over my - absolutely over my head.

CHUNG: Oh really? Oh.


CHUNG: I'm just reading the lines, I don't know.


CHUNG: Remember, you're anagramming the letters we give you to form a word that precedes the word head and here's a tip, the letter we give you is always the first letter of the new word. So ring in when you know the answer. Eon plus the letter B. Eon. Jamie.

FRIED: Bonehead.

CHUNG: Bonehead is correct, yes. Whoa!


CHUNG: Sat, plus the letter M. Tom.

KELSO: Masthead.

CHUNG: Masthead's correct.


FRIED: Whatever.

CHUNG: Ink plus the letter S. Tom.


KELSO: Kinshead.

FRIED: Skinhead, skinhead, skinhead, skinhead.


CHUNG: That's right Jamie, Skinhead.

FRIED: Sorry.

CHUNG: You got very excited for that.

EISENBERG: Jamie, yeah, Jamie's got some good agility too in this game.


COULTON: I've never heard anyone chant the word skinhead with such alacrity.


EISENBERG: Right, makes you wanna join, makes you wanna join.

CHUNG: The next word is late, plus the letter M. Jamie.

FRIED: Metal head.

CHUNG: Metal head is correct.


FRIED: They're nicer than skinheads.


EISENBERG: Every answer tells a story doesn't it Jamie?

CHUNG: Okay. This one is a proper noun. Domain plus D. Tom.

KELSO: Diamondhead.

CHUNG: That is correct, Diamondhead.


EISENBERG: Yes. Whoa. Yeah, that's a hard one.

COULTON: Alright so...

FRIED: I was nowhere near that.

COULTON: So I guess I'm the idiot, this game is too easy, obviously.

CHUNG: I think it's a little easy for them, they're much better than you. So...

EISENBERG: I don't see that anywhere in the script.


CHUNG: Alright, let's change the rules up a bit. The answer words are now gonna follow the word head in familiar phrases, like headstrong. So all the answers from now on will begin with the word head. Okay?

FRIED: Okay.

CHUNG: Din, plus the letter W. Tom.

KELSO: Headwind.

CHUNG: Head wind is correct. Nice.


CHUNG: Same plus the letter G.

FRIED: Oh maybe he forgot, can I go?


KELSO: Head games.

CHUNG: Those are head games, yes.



KELSO: Thanks for the clue.


EISENBERG: Tom is our winner. Jamie... you were an unbelievable contestant, I would have you onstage all the time. How about a hand for Jamie being tons of fun. Congratulations Tom, you'll be moving onto our final Ask Me One More at the end of the show.

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