Show Details: 2012
The aired version of the show had four instances of censor bleeps: Peter got bleeped during the Who's Carl This Time? round, Paula got bleeped twice when telling her Bluff the Listener story and one other bleep in that same round. Peter was slightly obsessed with David Cross's being a out and proud bald person.
Brian Babylon had his first outright win, beating Roxanne even!
The Bluff the Listener contestant noted that he was calling from his sister's bathroom and that lead to an interesting exchange with Peter and Paula.
Peter had a little bit of trouble with saying "harsher sanctions" during the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, in which Paula answered the question in the same way that Peter's tongue-tied manner. Peter then said, "I don't know if I'm going to give you that point."
At the end of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, everyone was shocked that Tom Bodett beat Roxanne Roberts and I think Tom said something like "that never happens". In fact, Tom has outscored Roxanne three times in 2009. Each time, Roxanne had 14 points while Tom had 18 (2009-03-07), 15 (2009-08-08) and 16 (2009-10-10) points.
The audience led Nick Pearson to choose the wrong answer for the third question during the Not My Job round. After Carl said that Nick did not answer enough questions correctly to win, Peter had the audience say "I'm sorry" to Nick all at once.
In the usual Mo Rocca fashion, Mo spent about a minute trying to figure out an answer for one of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions and ended up answering it correctly.
Alec Baldwin called Carl Kasell the "Marlon Brando of public radio".
At the beginning of the show, Peter was lamenting about the show being ignored because it was on radio, Carl responded with "Peter, you slut!". Mostly done as reference to Rush Limbaugh's recent incidents of calling Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute".
One of Brian Babylon's Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions was discussed during the Not My Job segment; to which, Brian Babylon answered the question correctly.
Note: The show's page on NPR.org has the Bluff the Listener segment listed as "Panel Round Two" (the first of two listed).
The gang had fun with the Who's Carl This Time? listener contestant's name when she introduced herself.
This show's panel consists of three comedians.
Brian Babylon was able to flex his impressions of President Obama several times during the show. There was a bleep in the transition song between the Listener Limerick Challenge and the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round (the song was Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue [Live]".
Paula finally has won a game outright for the first time since 2010-09-18. Between that time, Paula has tied for first four times: 2011-02-26, 2011-09-10, 2011-09-24 and 2011-10-08.
Another uncommon instance in which all three panelists answered six Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions correctly. The last three times that this has happened have been on 2011-06-11, 2010-06-04 and 2009-09-12.
After Paula answered all eight Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions correctly, Peter stated "that may not have ever happened before". Actually, it has. The last time that Paula answered all eight correctly was on 2009-11-21; in which, Paula also got a total of 18 points and won.
When Peter said that Kyrie was in third place that the beginning of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, Kyrie said that she was sort of in second place. Peter would be correct when using the standard competition ranking and it is also the ranking method used for this site.
In the podcast version of the show, P.J. O'Rourke only answered four questions correctly versus the six that Carl stated. I'm not sure if this was due to editing of the show for air/podcast. P.J. was only asked five questions in the podcast version of the show. The number of questions Luke answered correctly matched that of the count Carl stated; though, in the podcast version, Luke was asked six questions. I'm not sure if this matches what was actually asked during the live recording.
Before Paula started her round, she described that the last time she was on, 2012-04-28, Paula not only answered all eight questions correctly; but, did so very quickly that there was still time left on the clock. Paula now has a winning streak of three shows that she's been on recently. Paula's panelist prediction response was bleeped out.
In all three Not My Job segments in this best of show had Faith Salie as a panelist.
- Sam Kass 3
Peter did a great reference to the Kanamits's book "To Serve Man" from the Twilight Zone episode of the same name. Mo Rocca got tripped up over Peter's joke and reference.
In the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, Maz Jobrani answered six questions correctly (Peter said right, yes or correct six times and there were six dings), but Carl stated that Maz only had answered five correctly. Even the show's transcript lists six "(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)" for Maz. The correct score breakdown should have been: 3 / 6 / 15, not the 3 / 5 / 13 as noted by the show. If the points had been tallied correctly for Maz, Maz and Amy would have been tied for first.
Paula Poundstone yelled, "Are you nuts?!?!" when the caller chose Luke's bluff. Rob Reiner answered the same number of Not My Job questions correctly as his father, Carl Reiner, did on an earlier show. Rob Reiner got bleeped while excited that he won the round.
During the second panelist round, while Kyrie was starting to work out and spit out possible answers, she said, "I'm turning into Mo."
Before playing the clips of Carl Kasell yelling "GOOOOAL" and mimicking the sound of a vuvuzela, Peter mentioned that the clips came from two shows in July 2010. In fact, the first clip came from the Not My Job round of the 2010-06-12 show and the vuvuzela clip came from the "Who's Carl This Time?" round from 2010-06-19.
Since the Mo Moments segment is a repeat of the one from the 2011-08-27 show, my name is mentioned on this show as well. w00t!
Bobcat Goldthwait joins the panel.
The listener was a bit impatient and wanted to move on to the next question after answering the first Listener Limerick Challenge question. This also happened with a listener from the Listener Limerick Challenge from the 2006-09-30 show.
This marks another show in which all three panelists are comedians.
Paula noted that she had won the last three times that she has been on the show. In fact, Paula has won the last four times she has been on: 2012-03-31, 2012-04-28, 2012-05-26 and 2012-06-23. Paula was also having fun with the fact that she has won the last four times she has been on. By winning this game, Paula's winning streak has been extended to five games.
First appearance of Simon Amstell as a panelist. Simon either really didn't know or feigned ignorance about Pippa Middleton. Simon's comment about falling out of a certain body part was carefully trimmed out of the radio/podcast version of the show; but, it did make it, albeit bleeped, in the 2012-11-24 Best Of show.
The listener for the Listener Limerick Challenge noted that she worked for the Word division at Microsoft. Peter started to provide a suggestion and the listener retorted that he would "have to get close", as in the spelling of the word for auto-correct/spellcheck to work. Mo Rocca would use this same retort back to the listener after she could initially guess one of the answers.
During the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, Simon was trying to figure out an answer while questioning/repeating the bits of the question repeatedly. This caused Peter to ask Simon "we speak the same language, do we not?". Normally Mo usually has the "stream of consciousness" when it comes to answer questions and leads to a long Lightning round, but was easily beaten by Simon in this show.
Simon may have had the last laugh when Mo Rocca was working on figuring out an answer and Simon swiped Mo with "Oh, dear", causing Mo to crack up and feel shamed.
I can safely say that the edited version for radio and for the podcast will be pretty tame compared to what was at the live taping. The live taping version gets a rating of 11 out of 10. And yes, I was there and lived to tell about it. :)
Peter mispronounced Bobak Ferdowsi's last name as "Ferdowski" when he introduced them at the beginning and end of the Not My Job segment. It doesn't seem like Peter is alone in mispronouncing Bobak's last name.
Another three-way tie. Although Paula did not win outright in this game, Paula's winning streak is now up to six games.
In the edited version of the show, they only included five of Paula's questions for the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round; in which, Paula answered four of those correctly.
Special topic show with a look at politics, here and abroad, past and present.
In the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, Tom Bodett didn't get the "correct" and a ding on the sixth correct answer; but, Carl did count it as correct in the score. When Carl was asked how many questions Charlie Pierce need to answer correctly to win, Carl said seven. In fact, Charlie would have only needed six to win: Tom Bodett had 15 points and Charlie started with 4, meaning answering six questions correctly would add 12 points for a total of 16 points. 16 > 15. Either way, Charlie did answer seven questions correctly.
Tom Bodett snapped Paula Poundstone's six game streak of coming in first after the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round.
In the edited version of the show, only six of Mo Rocca's questions was played even though he had answered seven questions correct.
Another show that ended in a three-way tie. The last three-way tie happened on 2012-08-18, in which all three panelists also had 14 points each.
Paula Poundstone went through her rants about the dubious and pointless studies.
The last time Maz Jobrani was on the show, 2012-06-16, Carl only credited Maz for five correct answers even though he had answered six correctly. This error was not mentioned or corrected on this show.
Another case in which each of the correct answers for the Not My Job segment questions were "B".
All three panelists finished in a tie with 12 points each. Last show that ended with a three-way tie was the 2012-09-29 show.
Drew Carey had a bit of fun with saying that he was a soccer fan while Peter Sagal was not. This is in reference to the several times that Peter has mocked soccer, the World Cup and during the Not My Job segment with Steven Cohen on 2006-05-27. Drew is also a co-owner of the MLS team: Seattle Sounders FC.
Drew Carey had Tom Bodett do the "We'll leave your head on for you" a la Motel 6 ads. Tom then said, "Deep Six Morgue Hotel: We'll leave your head on for you".
All three panelists each answered six Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions correctly. The last two times this has happened was 2009-09-12 and 2012-04-14.
Due to an editing quirk, the gong sounded before Peter started asking Paula's last Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round question.
Martha Stewart got bleeped while saying that she couldn't stop correcting people who don't know how to properly remove pomegranate seeds from the shell.
The phone call audio cut out while the listener contestant for the Listener Limerick Challenge said what she does, right after she said "I am a horse...". The word that got cut out was "trainer". Peter and the panelists had a bit of fun with that. Right after Carl said the second Limerick, the audience completed the limerick before the listener contestant could.
The last time that a panelist has scored 19 points was on 2011-09-17 by Roxanne Roberts.
When the listener tried to decide which bluff to choose, the listener mentioned that she didn't want to initially choose Roxanne's bluff as many other listeners have and did not choose the correct bluff. In this case, Roxanne's bluff was the correct one.
Refer to the show notes from the original show, 2012-08-25, for the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round.
Special topic show with a look at politics, here and abroad, past and present.