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Feb 5, 2021

In this meta audio game, hosts of the podcast Add to Cart, Kulap Vilaysack and SuChin Pak, hear clips from fictional TV shows that appear within real TV shows.

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Kulap Vilaysack created the show "Bajillion Dollar Propertie$" and has appeared on the TV show and podcast "Comedy Bang! Bang!" Journalist SuChin Pak has reported on ABC, NBC and is a veteran of MTV News. Together, they host the podcast "Add To Cart," about what we buy and what it says about us. Kulap, SuChin, welcome to ASK ME ANOTHER.

KULAP VILAYSACK: This is very exciting.



EISENBERG: How's it going today?

VILAYSACK: It's good. SuChin is nervous.

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah?


EISENBERG: For the games or just...

VILAYSACK: Yes, 'cause she's competitive.



EISENBERG: Oh, yeah. With everybody, SuChin, or just with Kulap?

SUCHIN PAK: Kulap brings out a certain bubbly competitiveness, if you will.



PAK: Whereas usually, my competitiveness has, like, a dagger's edge - serrated.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).


VILAYSACK: Mmm hmm. Mmm hmm. Mmm hmm. Mmm hmm.

COULTON: Wowy (ph).

PAK: But also...

EISENBERG: Yeah, I don't want to compete with you.

COULTON: (Laughter).

PAK: Yeah. Well, I'm also - you know, we're both overachieving Asian A-plusers (ph).



PAK: So any time you tell that I have to do something well, I - you know, I just go into that mode.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: So you host a podcast called "Add To Cart." It's about online shopping, which - I will say that I listened to one of the recent ones, and I made a purchase from listening to your episode.

PAK: Oh, which one?

VILAYSACK: What'd you get?

EISENBERG: It's the toilet brush.

PAK: Yeah. Yeah. Now, Jonathan...

COULTON: Oh, that is an exciting story. I'm glad you brought this up.

VILAYSACK: Jonathan...

PAK: Jonathan, do you know about this?

VILAYSACK: ...Do you know about this?

PAK: The LUMI - the LUMI toilet brush - do you know about this, sir?

COULTON: I don't, no. But I'm in the market for a new toilet brush. Tell me about it.

PAK: Look no further.

EISENBERG: Oh, it's not just a toilet brush (laughter).

PAK: Look no further.

EISENBERG: Please. Please. Let him in. Let him in.

PAK: So...


PAK: ...Jonathan, before LUMIBRUSH, if you will...


PAK: You don't have to get into the details of it, but we all know how you clean your toilet because we all clean the toilet the same way. You stick a dirty brush into a dirty bowl, you swish it around, and then you put said dirty brush right back into its little container.

COULTON: Yeah, its filthy caddy.

PAK: There's no science. There's no, as I like to say, future in that. So...

COULTON: Right (laughter).

PAK: ...Enter LUMIBRUSH, which is, I believe, the first of its kind. I'm not sure. But you put it in, and a blue UV light...

VILAYSACK: In the base.

PAK: ...Goes on for four minutes in the base when you put the brush in, and it sanitizes the brush...

COULTON: Fantastic.

PAK: ...So that it's clean every time you use it.

EISENBERG: I have this right beside me. This is the top of a water bottle that uses UV to clean it.

PAK: Ah.


EISENBERG: Now, if I put my toilet brush within this, would that...


COULTON: Yeah, just get it...

PAK: In theory...

COULTON: Put your toilet brush in your water bottle.

PAK: ...You could just drink that water.

COULTON: Save a little money.

EISENBERG: That's right. There you go.

PAK: You could just take that brush from the toilet brush base and put it right in here.


PAK: I have full faith in the science. I'm sure it works.

COULTON: (Laughter).

PAK: And I have no qualms about putting it in said water bottle.


EISENBERG: OK, fantastic. Now, we've established that you're competitive. So this is going to be great because our first game, we are going to have you basically compete against each other.


EISENBERG: All right. So we're going to play audio clips of fictional TV shows that appear within real TV shows.

VILAYSACK: All right.

EISENBERG: OK? And you just have to name the real TV show that this fictional television show comes from.



EISENBERG: Kulap, in this clip, two students at Greendale College imagine they're characters from the show "Inspector Spacetime."


DANNY PUDI: (As Abed Nadir) That was close, Constable Reggie. I thought those blorgons (ph) had us dead to rights.

DONALD GLOVER: (As Troy Barnes) What on bitter earth do they want from us, inspector?

PUDI: (As Abed Nadir) The question's not what do they want from us, constable, but when.

GLOVER: (As Troy Barnes) Inspector, look out. Blorgons.


COMPUTERIZED VOICE: Eradicate. Eradicate.

VILAYSACK: That is from "Community."

EISENBERG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: Well done.

VILAYSACK: Thank you.

EISENBERG: You knew it right from the beginning.

VILAYSACK: Right from beginning...

PAK: Oh, boy.

VILAYSACK: ...Before you started the clip.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

COULTON: SuChin, pressure is on.

PAK: Oh, boy. I just - I'm not saying - I want you to play the clip, but before you play the clip, I just wanted to say that, you know, I grew up in a non-English speaking household...

VILAYSACK: Oh, come on.

PAK: ...That never allowed me to watch television. Kulap, let me continue with my sad story of why I am who I am. Anyway, go ahead. Play the clip.


VILAYSACK: Yeah, yeah. If you guys could make sure to have a bed of strings playing underneath her excuses...


VILAYSACK: ...That would be great.

COULTON: All right, SuChin, here we go.


COULTON: This interview show within a show airs in Georgia's capital city on the fictional Black American Network.


ALANO MILLER: (As Franklin Montague) Please welcome Antoine Smalls to the show.

NILES STEWART: (As Antoine Smalls) Hello, Montague. Thank you for having me on your show.

PAK: Is it "Atlanta"?

COULTON: It is "Atlanta." That is the name of the show, right, with Donald Glover.

PAK: And that's only because I know (laughter) the capital of Georgia...

COULTON: Well, that counts. That absolutely counts.

PAK: ...Not that I've ever seen that show or recognize that clip (laughter).

VILAYSACK: Two Donald Glover answers.

EISENBERG: I'm just going to say, this whole show - all of our shows are really about Donald Glover if you listen closely enough.

VILAYSACK: Oh, wow. That's beautiful.

COULTON: Isn't everything?

EISENBERG: (Laughter) But I'm just going to say, however, SuChin, you get to the answer is - it's all the same. It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter.

PAK: Suddenly I'm wide awake and leaning in.


PAK: This is my kind of game.


EISENBERG: All right. This sitcom, called "Kevin," comes from an HBO series starring and created by Issa Rae.


UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS: (Singing) Kevin, Kevin. It's you and me, we're family, just trying to be the best that we can be. Kevin...

VILAYSACK: The answer is "Insecure." That is my final answer.

EISENBERG: Yes, that is correct.

VILAYSACK: I love that show. Although, what was the last season about? But anyway, that's OK.


COULTON: All right, SuChin...

PAK: Yeah.

COULTON: ...This is the last clue of the game.


COULTON: "When The Whistle Blows" is a sitcom within a sitcom from a British comedy starring Ricky Gervais. Here is the opening theme song.


LIZA TARBUCK: (As Rita, singing) Factory floor, what a chore, another week's graft. And 50 times a day I hear...

RICKY GERVAIS: (As Ray Stokes) You having a laugh?

TARBUCK: (As Rita, singing) Whatever happened to my dreams? Is this the life I chose? The highlight of my ruddy day is when the whistle blows.

PAK: "Extras"?

EISENBERG: Yeah, the American version.

COULTON: Well done.

VILAYSACK: Well done.

EISENBERG: The British version was called "Ancillary."

PAK: Oh, was it?



PAK: I was like, oh.


EISENBERG: No, just a dumb joke. Just a dumb joke.

PAK: No, not a dumb joke. By the way, totally gullible. I was like, of course it's called "Ancillary."

EISENBERG: So turns out that it's a tie.

VILAYSACK: It's a tie.

PAK: Oh, you guys.

VILAYSACK: It doesn't feel great. I've got to tell you guys, it doesn't feel great.

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