Bad To The Future II

Dec 4, 2020
Originally published on December 4, 2020 1:20 pm

Comedians and actors Fortune Feimster and Jillian Bell guess what people in the past thought the future would be like.

heard on: Rosie Perez, Fortune Feimster & Big Mouth's Ayo Edebiri: Fight And Flight

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our contestants are two amazing comedians and actors. Fortune Feimster appears in the movie "Chick Fight," available right now on demand, and Jillian Bell plays a fairy godmother in "Godmothered," which debuted this weekend on Disney+. Fortune Feimster, Jillian Bell, hello.

FORTUNE FEIMSTER: Hi.

JILLIAN BELL: Hi.

EISENBERG: Fortune, new movie I'm excited about, finally - "Chick Fight."

FEIMSTER: Finally, the "Chick Fight."

EISENBERG: Well, it is sort of interesting because we - you know, you see all these, like, female versions of great stories in the past that we're - and now I was like, "Fight Club." This is the one that should be done.

FEIMSTER: Yeah. I've been waiting for the time that we get to see women kick some booty.

(LAUGHTER)

FEIMSTER: And it's - yeah. It's cool because it's not like the female version of "Fight Club." That's such...

EISENBERG: Right.

FEIMSTER: ...An iconic movie. It's impossible to try to remake that. It's a fun movie where these women happen to have a fight club to work out their therapy issues. And before we started filming, the director was like, can you send me a video of, like, what you know about fighting?

(LAUGHTER)

FEIMSTER: And I was like - I said, sure, man.

JONATHAN COULTON: I'm just trying to think of how embarrassing...

FEIMSTER: Sure, bud.

COULTON: ...It would be if somebody asked me to do that. That video would be, like - I wouldn't know what to do.

FEIMSTER: So I'm, like, recounting, like, every video game I've ever watched. And Jax (ph), my now wife, was videoing me or filming - whatever you call it. And I'm trying to do the kicks in the air. And she's laughing the whole time.

COULTON: (Laughter).

FEIMSTER: I'm like, this is the action part of the movie. This is not the comedy part of the movie. I'm like, this is not meant to be funny. So it worked out that I was the ref. I could just yell, fight.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: And, Jillian, you have a new project. It just debuted on Disney+ this weekend.

BELL: Yeah.

EISENBERG: "Godmothered." You play a fairy godmother. That - I mean, that's kind of - for the little Ophira, that's the dream role.

BELL: Oh, my gosh. All I've ever wanted to play in my life is a witch.

(LAUGHTER)

BELL: Fortune knows this. I love like, "Hocus Pocus," "Practical Magic." And this movie has a ton of spells. And I was just so excited to get to play her.

EISENBERG: It's also a comedic role.

BELL: Yes. She finds a letter from a little girl. And when she shows up, she finds out the letter was old. And the little girl is now a 40-year-old woman who is...

(LAUGHTER)

BELL: ...A single mom and does not want her help.

FEIMSTER: Oh, that's hilarious.

EISENBERG: And goes to a fight club at night to work things out?

FEIMSTER: (Laughter).

BELL: Yes.

FEIMSTER: That's for "Godmothered 2."

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK. Well, in your first game, you're going to be competing against each other.

FEIMSTER: OK.

BELL: Here we go.

EISENBERG: It's a multiple choice game about incorrect historical predictions.

FEIMSTER: OK.

EISENBERG: Fortune, this one's for you. In 1900, Ladies' Home Journal published a list of predictions about the future. Which of the following guesses did it make about the future of the English alphabet?

FEIMSTER: Oh, that's a - that's...

EISENBERG: Here you go.

FEIMSTER: ...Quite a prediction.

EISENBERG: Here's your choices - that the letters C, X and Q would be removed due to redundancy...

FEIMSTER: Oh.

EISENBERG: ...That U and W would join forces to become triple U.

FEIMSTER: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: Or that the alphabet would be replaced by a new, more streamlined alphabet called Alpha-zed.

FEIMSTER: Well, I didn't know that Ladies' Home Journal went back to 1900.

BELL: I did. I don't know if that gains me a point.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah. Yeah. That's good.

FEIMSTER: Clearly, they weren't allowed to talk about anything taboo if they were like, let's predict the alphabet.

EISENBERG: Exactly.

(LAUGHTER)

FEIMSTER: You're not allowed to have opinions unless it's about alphabet. I guess A.

EISENBERG: Yes, A is correct. A is correct.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: They thought the letters C, X and Q would be removed due to redundancy.

FEIMSTER: The ladies were drinking tea, like, who needs X?

(LAUGHTER)

FEIMSTER: Get rid of it.

BELL: Can we talk about it?

COULTON: I certainly agree, Margaret.

BELL: Can we talk about it?

FEIMSTER: Can we just - I mean, don't you think we should just get rid of it?

COULTON: All right, Jillian, here's one for you. Isaac Asimov predicted that, by 2014, household televisions would take the form of, A, magazines filled with turnable glass pages, B, transparent, rotating cubes filled with 3D holograms or C, a tiny handheld screen that ruins your life.

BELL: Well, I'm going to guess that the last one's a joke. The first two...

(LAUGHTER)

FEIMSTER: You jokesters.

BELL: I know that that's a humorous joke.

(LAUGHTER)

BELL: And I'm going to guess that the gentleman thought B.

COULTON: Transparent, rotating cubes filled with 3D holograms - you're absolutely right.

FEIMSTER: Nice.

BELL: Yes.

EISENBERG: Fortune...

FEIMSTER: Yes.

EISENBERG: ...In the 1930s, some fashion designers were asked to predict the fashions of the future.

FEIMSTER: I love that.

EISENBERG: Which of these hair trends was predicted for the year 2000?

FEIMSTER: OK.

EISENBERG: A, buzz cuts for men and women to avoid getting space helmet head...

FEIMSTER: Oh.

BELL: ...B, flashlights in your hair or, C, cat-ear headbands?

FEIMSTER: Cat-ear headbands are fun.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Very popular, very popular.

FEIMSTER: I feel like in the '30s, I don't know that they knew that was possible.

(LAUGHTER)

FEIMSTER: They were like, we'll go to space before we have a thing called get cat-ear headbands.

COULTON: We didn't have the technology.

(LAUGHTER)

FEIMSTER: The first one was buzz cuts for men and women for space helmets?

EISENBERG: Yeah, yeah.

FEIMSTER: I feel like in the '30s that's something that - they would think that, like, by the 2000s, everyone would be in space. So I'm going to go with A.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. You're incorrect. Flashlights - the answer is flashlights.

BELL: Wow.

EISENBERG: I know. For women, one designer predicted a dress of aluminum and an electric headlight to help her find an honest man.

FEIMSTER: Was that fashion designer on mushrooms?

(LAUGHTER)

FEIMSTER: That's weird.

EISENBERG: It is weird.

COULTON: Jillian...

BELL: Yes.

COULTON: ...In 1949, Popular Mechanics predicted that computers of the future would have what features? A, they would have a mere 1,000 vacuum tubes, B, they would weigh a mere 1.5 tons, or C, both of the above?

BELL: What?

(LAUGHTER)

BELL: I would say A.

COULTON: Yes, and also B.

BELL: Oh, and B.

COULTON: It is both of them.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yes.

FEIMSTER: That was, like, when I used to have science tests. I had a professor who I would go up to and be like, I'm not sure. I was thinking that the answer's B. And he's like, hmm. I was like, but I thought that first.

(LAUGHTER)

FEIMSTER: And now I'm leaning towards D. And he's like, hmm.

(LAUGHTER)

BELL: Fortune, when I was a junior in high school, I had never done this before, but I was so bad at math that I actually cheated on my final exam. And it was - I've never done it before. I'm such a goody two shoes.

FEIMSTER: Yeah.

BELL: But I cheated. And I didn't put enough of the work showing how I got to the answers. So I gave it to him, and he goes, did you cheat? And I go, no.

(LAUGHTER)

BELL: And he goes, sit down. Like, he knew immediately. And I gave him a no with a question mark.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Well done. Nice job.

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EISENBERG: I feel like we learned something as well.

FEIMSTER: Yeah.

EISENBERG: More with comedians Fortune Feimster and Jillian Bell after the break. Plus, Ayo Edebiri and Olivia Craighead pop in to play a game about songs with the word yeah in them. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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