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Sympathy For The Tasmanian Devil

Nov 21, 2013
Originally published on October 22, 2015 3:04 pm

Mick Jagger was reportedly inspired to write The Rolling Stones' hit song "Sympathy for the Devil" after reading Mikhaíl Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita. We were inspired to re-write "Sympathy for the Devil" after watching Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes. As such, house musician Jonathan Coulton's musical clues in this game are about various Looney Tunes characters, from Tweety to Elmer Fudd.

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

First let's bring out our next two contestants, Jerome Socolof and Camille Bryan.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now, Camille, I am told you won "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego" in 1992. But you're not happy about that, or it's taken you a while to deal with it.

CAMILLE BRYAN: Well, on the show I have bangs and sparkle shoelaces and it's one of these things you don't really want people to see, like, when you're applying for jobs and things.

EISENBERG: Oh.

BRYAN: I kept it under wraps. But it's been 20 years so I've accepted it now.

EISENBERG: Yeah. You should celebrate that. That's kind of amazing. All right. Jerome, you are a word game lover.

JEROME SOCOLOF: I will go with that. Yeah.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Yes, you are.

SOCOLOF: On long trips my parents would decide that they and my sister and I could only communicate in two-word sentences. Which...

EISENBERG: This is brilliant.

SOCOLOF: Yeah. At the time, like, ooh, cool. Games, yeah. And now I look back like that was a really great way to keep us shut up for long car trips.

EISENBERG: Right.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So this game is called Sympathy for the Tasmanian Devil.

JONATHAN COULTON: Yes. We have taken the Rolling Stones song "Sympathy for the Devil" and ruined it by paying tribute...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: ...to the pal so many of us hung out with while eating our Saturday morning cereal. I'm of course talking about Warner Brothers Looney Tunes characters. I will sing a verse with clues about one of those characters and when I stop you will have to tell me which character it is.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

COULTON: (singing) Please allow me to introduce myself. I hail from a southwestern state. Go by many Latin names; there's one creature that I hate. I get my anvils from the Acme Corp. as well as rocket-powered roller skates. I'm a super genius but my plans don't seem to work out great.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Camille.

BRYAN: Wiley Coyote.

COULTON: Wiley Coyote is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

COULTON: (singing) Pweased to meet you. Hope you guess my name. My head is wound and bawd and my job is hunting game.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jerome.

SOCOLOF: Tweety Bird.

COULTON: Oh, no.

(SOUNDBITE OF GROANS)

SOCOLOF: Oh. Oh. Ugh. Ugh.

EISENBERG: Well?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Not who you were thinking of. Camille.

BRYAN: Elmer Fudd?

COULTON: Elmer Fudd. Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

COULTON: (singing) I enjoy root vegetables. I'm a trickster; don't mean to brag. Sometimes I channel Groucho, other times I dress in drag. Hunt and harass, you won't get a pass 'cause here's what's up: I'm a true smart ass.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Camille.

BRYAN: Bugs Bunny.

COULTON: Bugs Bunny.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

COULTON: (singing) Pleased to, I said, pleased to meet you. Hope you guess my name. I am Southern, boy, and don't you, I said, don't you call me game.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jerome.

SOCOLOF: Porky Pig.

COULTON: Oh.

SOCOLOF: Oh, god. Ah. Oh.

(SOUNDBITE OF GROANS)

COULTON: Oh, Jerome. You're a heartbreaker. Camille, do you want to guess?

BRYAN: I can't remember the name. It's a rooster of some kind.

COULTON: I'm afraid you need to be more specific.

(LAUGHTER)

BRYAN: Mr. - I can't remember.

COULTON: OK, audience. Who is it?

UNIDENTIFIED MEN AND WOMEN: Foghorn Leghorn.

COULTON: Foghorn Leghorn. That's right. A rooster of some kind.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: He was a cocky rooster, is what he was. That's the kind.

WILL HINES: A rooster that is larger than almost every other creature in that universe.

COULTON: It's an enormous rooster.

HINES: Yeah.

EISENBERG: And every time something happened and all those feathers, you know, he was, like, naked underneath. He wore, like, polka dot boxers for some reason.

HINES: Yeah. He wore human boxers, got a chest like Babe Ruth.

(LAUGHTER)

HINES: But a rooster, yeah.

EISENBERG: But a rooster.

COULTON: A lot of roosters wear underwear, it's true.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

COULTON: (singing) Some say I need anger management. I'm the roughest, toughest dude you'll see. Well, shout it out and say your prayers, varmint, once again Bugs outsmarted me. Let me please introduce myself. I've been a cowboy, a pirate, a cop. But I'm always an outlaw with a distinctive red facial mop.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jerome.

SOCOLOF: Yosemite Sam.

COULTON: You got it.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

COULTON: (singing) N-n-n-n pleased to meet you. Hope you c-c-c-c-can figure out my name. I wear a jacket and bowtie but I have no p-p-p-p-pants to claim.

(LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SOCOLOF: That one is Porky Pig.

COULTON: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

COULTON: (singing) Just as Bugs remains triumphant, I rarely have such luck. I'm always running a greedy scheme but sometimes I just run amok. So if you meet me, have some courtesy because I can barely keep my beak on straight. And if you are dessspicable, I turn from frustrated to irate.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Camille.

BRYAN: Daffy Duck?

COULTON: Daffy Duck is right.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Who won that game, Will?

HINES: Jonathan, they both played wonderfully but our winner is Camille.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Jerome, a fantastic contestant. Camille, you will be moving on to our final round at the end of the show. Thank you to you both.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "TOM AND JERRY THEME SONG") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.