This week's contestant is Sarah Painting from South Hadley, Massachusetts. I got the hidden song pretty quickly, which is a good thing because it gets pretty well-hidden further on. As for the composer style, I could make out a particular quote but just couldn't put the name to the music -- which is a shame because he was the first name I came up with and then veered away to someone else. Silly me.|
Host Peter Sagal's guest contestant on this week's "Not My Job" segment of NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! game show is Sarah Koenig, creator of the podcast Serial.
The guest on this weeks 3rd and Fairfax podcast from the Writers Guild of America is playwright and showrunner Eric Overmyer. He developed the Amazon series Bosch, and HBO's Treme, as well as served as executive producer of The Man in the High Castle and (for two seasons) Law & Order. His many other shows include seasons on The Wire (for which he won a Writers Guild Award), Homicide: Life on the Street, Boardwalk Empire and more. In addition, Overmyer has written 11 published plays.
Host Peter Sagal's contestant on the "Not My Job" segment of the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! is country music legend Charley Pride. The interview is a bit perfunctory, but his story is pretty interesting (not only being in the country music Hall of Fame, but also a very good baseball player who came close to making the major leagues. However, once they get to the question part -- it goes wildly off the rails, and gets pretty amusing.
By the way, Charley Pride is the point of my favorite line in the Statler Bros. wonderful song, "How to Be a Country Music Star." In the song, they give "tips," the joke which is that they all are merely unique iconic descriptions of some of country music's greatest singers. (For instance, for Willie Nelson, they sing, "Get a headband like Willie's.") When it comes to Charley Pride, their "tip" is that you should "Get a gimmick like Charley Pride got." Now, that line is meaningless if you don't know who Charley Pride is. If you do, though, his "gimmick" is that he is a profound rarity in country music for being black.
Here's the song, which they premiered at an appreciative country music awards show --
This week's contestant is Marc Loudon from New Orleans, Louisiana. And it's a lovely piece which...well, I missed both. I'm sure that many people will get the composer style, but I just focused on a different composer and wrongly stuck with that. As for the hidden song, after the contestant guessed it right off (as he did with the composer style) and Bruce Adolphe played the piece again, I could hear it clearly, so I suspect others will, too.
Host Peter Sagal's guest contestant on this week's NPR quiz show, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! is Paul Shaffer, the former music director of The Late Show with David Letterman. What's little remembered is that he not only was in the original band on Saturday Night Live (which probably is remembered...), but was also an original cast member.
From the archives. As I wrote last time around -- This week's contestant is Daniel Swartz from Clark Summit, Pennsylvania. Happily, I actually got the composer style this week. Happily, because I had more trouble with the hidden song. There's a long passage where it's clear Bruce Adolph is playing the hidden tune -- but for the life of me, I couldn't get it. And it's perfectly well-known. And Adolph explains afterwards, most of the song is well-hidden...though the contestant did guess it.
On this week's 3rd & Fairfax podcast from the Writers Guild, the guest is writer Tracy Oliver, who wrote the film Barbershop: The Next Cut, and upcoming has Girls Trip,
On this week's edition of the 3rd and Fairfax podcast from the Writers Guild of America, the guests are Patrick Masset & John Zinman, screenwriters of the recent film, Gold, as well as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and the TV series The Blacklist). As a bonus, there's a conversation Gary Goldstein about playwrighting.
From the archives. This week's contest is Christina Stone of Houston, Texas. The hidden song is pretty clear, but as much as could tell I should know it, I just didn't guess it. And yes, I knew it, and should have gotten it. But I did at least get the composer style.
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and the Writers Guild of America. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.