Final Round: The Danza

Jul 13, 2018
Originally published on August 24, 2018 10:11 am

In this final round, every answer is an actor who played a character with his or her same first name. For example, Tony Danza played Tony Banta on Taxi.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Liz Allen, who caught a known warlock shoplifting...

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EISENBERG: ...And Ed Beck, who is not your boyfriend, but he could be.

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EISENBERG: Liz, Ed, your final round is called The Danza. On the TV show "Taxi," Tony Danza played a character named Tony Banta. There are many television shows where actors play characters with their own first name but a fictional last name. So in this final round, I'm going to give you the name of a TV show followed by the fictional last name of a character on that show. You tell me the full name of the actor who had the same first name as the character he or she plays. For example, if I gave you the TV show "Taxi" and the fictional last name Banta, you'd answer Tony Danza, who played the character Tony Banta - easiest one ever.

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EISENBERG: OK, and our big winner will receive an Ask Me Another Rubik's Cube signed by Darlene Love. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Liz is going first. Liz, the show is "Ellen." The character's last name is Morgan. Who played her?

LIZ ALLEN: Is it Ellen DeGeneres?

EISENBERG: Yes.

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ALLEN: OK. I've never seen that show.

EISENBERG: Ed, the show is "Reba." The character's last name is Hart. Who played her?

ED BECK: Reba McEntire.

EISENBERG: Correct.

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EISENBERG: Liz, "30 Rock" - Jordan.

ALLEN: Tracy Morgan.

EISENBERG: Correct.

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EISENBERG: Ed, "Home Improvement" - Taylor.

BECK: Tim Allen.

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EISENBERG: That is correct. Liz, "Everybody Loves Raymond" - Barrone.

ALLEN: Raymond Romano.

EISENBERG: That's correct.

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ALLEN: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: Ed, "I Love Lucy" - Ricardo - three seconds.

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EISENBERG: You're going to kill me. We were looking for Lucille Ball. It's all right.

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EISENBERG: You're doing great. Liz, "Sister Sister" - Landry.

ALLEN: Is it Tamera? I don't know this one.

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EISENBERG: OK, we were looking for Tia Mowry.

ALLEN: Yeah (laughter).

EISENBERG: Yeah, OK. Ed, "Kenan And Kel" - Rockmore.

BECK: Kenan Thompson.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: We're at the halfway point, and the score is tied. Liz, "Bob's Burgers" - Belcher.

ALLEN: Tina Fey.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. That was a good guess but incorrect. We were looking for Eugene Mirman, who is Gene Belcher - full name is Eugene Belcher. Ed, "The Mindy Project" - Lahiri.

BECK: Mindy Kaling.

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EISENBERG: Correct. Liz, "Cybill" - Sheridan - three seconds.

ALLEN: Cybill Brown (laughter).

EISENBERG: I'm sure there is a Cybill Brown.

ALLEN: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: We're looking for Cybill Shepherd. Ed, "The Nanny" - Fine.

BECK: Fran Drescher.

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EISENBERG: Fran Drescher is correct. OK, here's the situation. Ed is in the lead 5 to 3. Liz, if you get this question wrong, Ed wins. "Cheers" - Boyd.

ALLEN: Oh, boy.

EISENBERG: Three seconds.

ALLEN: Frasier Crane (laughter).

EISENBERG: Good guess - one of my favorites. We were looking for Woody Harrelson, who was Woody Boyd on "Cheers." Well done - great, great contestant. Thank you so much, Liz.

ALLEN: (Laughter) Thank you.

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EISENBERG: And congratulations, Ed. You're our big winner.

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EISENBERG: That's our show. Ask Me Another's house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

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