Finally, cats and the internet come together. Nico Santos (Superstore) and Zeke Smith (Survivor) play a music parody game where songs about felines are rewritten to be about the most-Googled search terms of 2019. "Meow" is an acceptable answer, by the way.
OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:
Our next two contestants are a couple in quarantine. Nico Santos from NBC's "Superstore" and two-time "Survivor" contestant Zeke Smith. Nico, Zeke, welcome to ASK ME ANOTHER.
ZEKE SMITH: Hi.
NICO SANTOS: Hi.
EISENBERG: How is your quarantine going?
SANTOS: I think it's going pretty well, actually.
SANTOS: We've only had a couple of fights, which actually, to me...
SMITH: I feel like they were just miscommunications that led to slightly spirited disagreements.
EISENBERG: So, Nico, you were in the middle of shooting "Superstore" when all of this happened, right?
SANTOS: Yeah, we were - we had only one episode left to film, and then we had to shut down production.
SMITH: We went up to Burbank, and we cleaned out his trailer, and we took the toilet paper with us.
SANTOS: We sure did.
SMITH: We did, like, walk around the "Superstore" set seeing if we could find toilet paper...
SANTOS: Actual toilet paper.
SMITH: ...And paper towels.
SANTOS: And mysteriously, all the toilet paper on set disappeared.
JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: Really? Isn't that interesting?
SANTOS: It did. Yeah. Before any of us got to it, somebody else got to it.
COULTON: Well, I mean, you could also say that you have some really great set designers who are concerned about accuracy.
EISENBERG: That's right.
COULTON: And they knew that the "Superstore" set is going to be out of toilet paper, so let's get rid of all the toilet - take it off the...
SANTOS: That is the one great thing about working on a show set in a superstore is that anything I wanted, I could just ask for. When I first moved into my apartment - this was before I was dating Zeke - I needed a lot of new stuff for my apartment, and I just sort of went around the set and was like that espresso machine, do we have extras?
SANTOS: What about that Vitamix? Is there another Vitamix in the back?
COULTON: You went shopping...
SANTOS: Put it in my trailer, please.
COULTON: You went shopping on the set of your TV show?
SANTOS: I mean...
EISENBERG: That's amazing. Why not?
SANTOS: If you can't take advantage of the perks of this job after hustling for 15 years in this business, you know.
COULTON: That's right.
EISENBERG: OK. We have a couple great games. Are you guys ready for some games?
EISENBERG: Great. So you're going to be competing against each other in this first one. It's a music parody game that combines kitty cats and the Internet.
EISENBERG: I know. Did you know that those were two separate things? Probably not. I didn't. I just found out.
SANTOS: You learn something new every day.
COULTON: (Laughter) So we all know the Internet loves cats, so what we did is we took songs that are cat-related and rewrote them to be about search terms that were among the most Googled in 2019. So you just tell me the 2019 thing I'm singing about and/or the original song title and the artist who made it famous. And if you don't know the answer, I will also give you a point if you just say meow in a realistically catlike fashion.
COULTON: OK. This one is for Zeke. (Singing) Rising up post-World War II - gained this huge generation. Now they're older, and they're richer than you. You dismiss them with a simple OK.
SMITH: Oh, "Eye Of The Tiger." And it's boomer. The term...
SMITH: ...For the search is boomer.
COULTON: That's correct - both correct.
EISENBERG: OK. First of all, we're all clear that the only people Googling boomer are boomers, right?
SMITH: Well, I will put an asterisk to that because I'm a dedicated fan of the University of Oklahoma, and our cheer is "Boomer Sooner."
SMITH: And we will often just say, like, boomer to each other as a way to - you know, it's sort of a call and response, like, boomer, sooner. So...
SMITH: There were boomers before the boomers that we malign today, and my heart is with them a little bit.
COULTON: Oh, that's sweet. There's a whole other group of boomers that...
COULTON: ...You're extremely pro.
SMITH: It's, like, the No. 2 definition, you know, on the...
EISENBERG: (Laughter) That's right.
COULTON: OK. Nico, this one is for you.
COULTON: (Singing) On a planet, a "Star Wars" planet, the child can be found. Want to buy one? We try to find one, but there are none around.
SANTOS: "A Lion Sleeps Tonight" (ph).
COULTON: That is correct.
SMITH: Baby Yoda.
SANTOS: The search term is baby Yoda.
COULTON: Yeah, that's correct. Baby Yoda is the other side of it.
SANTOS: Baby Yoda.
COULTON: All right, let's see. Where are we? OK. (Singing) Emmy win, Emmy win was historic. You were euphoric, deserved it all - quoting James Baldwin in a large hat and sparkly clothes. "Kinky Boots," "Kinky Boots," that was you - Grammy, too. Now you're the emcee on "Pose."
SMITH: Billy Porter.
COULTON: Yes, correct.
SMITH: And I don't know the song. Do you know the song?
EISENBERG: Very close. Very close. I'll have to give you the point.
COULTON: Thank you for taking us up on that offer.
EISENBERG: I'll have to give you the point.
COULTON: But that was "What's New Pussycat?"...
NICO SANTOS AND ZEKE SMITH: Oh.
COULTON: ...As made famous by Tom Jones.
SANTOS: Billy is so nice to us when we see him at LA events.
SMITH: He's the best.
COULTON: Oh, really?
SANTOS: He always makes time and is like, hello, boys. You look great. Things are fabulous. Everything is awesome. All right, I'm done speaking with you now. Please walk away.
SANTOS: He does. He, like, lets you know when the interaction has ended.
COULTON: That's fantastic. Clarity - I appreciate that.
COULTON: All right. This is your last clue. Nico, it's for you. (Singing) Got the commissioner's trophy - D.C. making franchise history 'cause we're the world champions with fans singing "Baby Shark."
SANTOS: I mean, it's "Roar" by Katy Perry.
COULTON: That is correct.
SANTOS: Is this a sports thing?
COULTON: It is a sports thing. Yes, it is a sports thing. I know.
SANTOS: OK. Zeke, just...
SMITH: The Kansas City Chiefs?
COULTON: Oh, no. I'm sorry. It is actually the Washington Nationals.
SANTOS AND SMITH: Ah.
COULTON: 2019 World Series baseball champs.
SANTOS: OK. Well, I definitely wouldn't have gotten that clue. I'm surprised that Zeke got it.
SMITH: Well, I don't follow professional baseball that closely these days.
SANTOS: He is following Korean baseball.
SMITH: I am following Korean baseball...
SMITH: ...Because it's the only sports that we have.
SANTOS: I have a question. Does Bryce Harper still play for the Washington Nationals?
COULTON: Oh, I don't know the answer to that question. I don't follow sports either. I'm just...
COULTON: ...Reading a thing off a piece of paper.
SMITH: (Laughter) We don't know.
SANTOS: Google him. Bryce Harper - very handsome guy, was on the cover of Men's Health at, like, 19 because he was this, like, out-of-high-school baseball phenom.
COULTON: Oh, wow.
SANTOS: I had that copy of Men's Health for many years.
SANTOS: And the only thing I know about the Washington Nationals is that their logo looks like Walgreens.
EISENBERG: That's right.
SANTOS: See; I know sports.
EISENBERG: Yeah. There you go.
SANTOS: I totally know sports.
EISENBERG: OK. You guys did great. You did fantastic. I would say win, win and win.
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