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Heart Transplant

May 28, 2021

From the Hulu series Shrill, Lolly Adefope and E.R. Fightmaster work together in a music parody game where songs with the word "heart" in the title are rewritten to be about other things starting with H.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

We're playing games with Lolly Atefope and E.R. Fightmaster. Are you ready for another one?

E R FIGHTMASTER: Can't wait to sweep this one.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Well, this is exciting because guess what? Jonathan Coulton is going to sing you the clues in this game called Heart Transplant.

JONATHAN COULTON, HOST:

Yes, we have changed the titles of songs with the word heart in them, swapping the word heart for a different word starting with H, and then we rewrote the lyrics to reflect that change. So let me give you an example. If I sang "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," but with the lyrics changed to be about a hat, you would answer "Don't Go Breaking My Hat."

FIGHTMASTER: I'm getting water.

COULTON: E.R.'s not coming back.

FIGHTMASTER: Fully stressed.

COULTON: The last time we ever saw them. All right, E.R., this is for you.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

COULTON: (Singing) I care for my cheap underwear, so I know that...

FIGHTMASTER: (Singing) My Hanes will stay on.

COULTON: ...Yes. Very well done.

FIGHTMASTER: I'm going to throw up. I was so anxious just now. That was legitimate fear.

COULTON: Oh, that was great. No, you killed it. That was really exciting. That was great.

EISENBERG: I heard a little Celine right in there.

FIGHTMASTER: Thank you.

COULTON: Yeah, you sounded exactly like Celine - Celine Dion, of course. All right, Lolly, here's one for you.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

COULTON: (Singing) Oh, no, it smashed - the bottle fell from the fridge door and my fries have no sauce. Don't give me Hunt's. There's only one ketchup for me.

LOLLY ADEFOPE: Unbreak my Heinz.

COULTON: Heinz, yes. That is correct.

EISENBERG: Yes.

COULTON: Well done.

ADEFOPE: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Although, back when I used to go out for dinner, you know what phrase I really did not like? That comes with our house-made ketchup. I'd be like, no.

ADEFOPE: Yeah.

FIGHTMASTER: Spend your time somewhere else.

ADEFOPE: Yeah.

FIGHTMASTER: Some things don't need to be organic.

COULTON: That's right.

ADEFOPE: That's the name of your new album.

FIGHTMASTER: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: OK, E.R., here is one for you.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

COULTON: (Singing) In my stable, there's a stallion named Jack. We went out for a ride, but we had to come back. He just didn't have the strength to keep pace, because his belly was empty, that's why the long face.

FIGHTMASTER: OK. So something I do know...

COULTON: Yes.

FIGHTMASTER: ...Is that it's - so the word horse is involved.

COULTON: Yes.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

FIGHTMASTER: Yep. Well done.

COULTON: Do you know the song?

FIGHTMASTER: Well, Lolly had whispered kind of while you were saying - she was like, I know this song, you just come up with the H-word. And I was like, OK.

COULTON: Horse is what I was singing about. Lolly, do you know the song? Do you want to sing the line that we're looking for?

ADEFOPE: I don't know the song.

FIGHTMASTER: I don't either.

COULTON: Well, it's Bruce Springsteen. He's going to be very disappointed to hear that you didn't know his song.

ADEFOPE: Wow.

FIGHTMASTER: And I'm seeing him after this.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Really?

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

COULTON: (Singing) Everybody's got a hungry horse. That would be the credit.

ADEFOPE: Wow.

COULTON: We are down to the last question, you will be sorry to hear. And, Lolly, this is for you.

ADEFOPE: OK.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

COULTON: (Singing) Each time you try to say that you've had enough to eat. Well, I've still got some rye and Swiss cheese and a pound of sliced pig meet I want you to nom on, nom on, nom on. Just take it.

ADEFOPE: Take another little piece of my charcuterie board?

(LAUGHTER)

FIGHTMASTER: Yeah.

EISENBERG: I don't care what the answer is, that's how it should be.

COULTON: I will accept that as being a much more fun answer.

ADEFOPE: OK.

COULTON: We were looking for ham. Oh, and I should say that was a Janis Joplin song, "Piece Of My Heart."

ADEFOPE: Right.

COULTON: But, yes, ham would definitely be included on a charcuterie board.

(LAUGHTER, SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EISENBERG: Oh, well done, both of you. Thank you so much.

ADEFOPE: Thank you.

FIGHTMASTER: No, thank you guys.

COULTON: Very fun, thank you guys.

FIGHTMASTER: Thank you guys.

EISENBERG: E.R., could you just dial the sarcasm down, OK? Please?

FIGHTMASTER: I had a really lovely time.

COULTON: Oh, boy.

EISENBERG: Lolly Adefope and E.R. Fightmaster star in season three of the Hulu series "Shrill." And you can catch every episode of "Shrill" on Hulu right now. Thank you so much for joining us.

ADEFOPE: Thank you.

FIGHTMASTER: Thank you for having us.

EISENBERG: Coming up, I'll talk to Broadway's original Elder Price in the "Book Of Mormon" and star of Showtime's "Black Monday," Andrew Rannells. And he's a big fan of HGTV, so we're going to quiz him on trendy interior design jargon. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.