Nicole Byer: It's A 'Ghost' Quiz

Jun 28, 2019
Originally published on November 1, 2019 9:07 am

Nicole Byer returns to the stage for her Ask Me Another challenge, where she answers trivia questions about her self-proclaimed favorite childhood film, the 1990 hit Ghost.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

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Before our final round, let's bring back our special guest Nicole Byer.


EISENBERG: Welcome back, Nicole.

NICOLE BYER: Thank you.

EISENBERG: So before our show, you told us that your favorite movie is "Ghost."

BYER: I love the movie "Ghost."

EISENBERG: What do you love about it?

BYER: Well, I call it a rom-com, and people have said that it's not (laughter) because it is pretty dramatic, and there's a murder. But Whoopi Goldberg is so funny in it. And I think when I was a kid, I guess I didn't realize how much representation matters. So I think as a child, I saw Whoopi Goldberg, a very dark-skinned woman, on TV or in a movie being very funny who didn't look like everybody else. And I didn't look like anybody else. So I was like her - I love her. And I still to this day can sit down and watch "Ghost." I love it.

EISENBERG: Well, I mean, you're not alone. That was the highest-grossing film of 1990, so we made a whole quiz about it for you.

BYER: Oh, boy.

EISENBERG: If you don't know, "Ghost" stars Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze as her murdered lover who becomes the ghost and Whoopi Goldberg as the psychic. So if you do well enough at this quiz, Scott Iwata from Seattle, Wash., will win an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube.

BYER: OK. Oh, boy, that's pressure. OK.

EISENBERG: All right, here's your first question. In "Ghost," the most famous scene, Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze are making sweet pottery together.

BYER: Mmm hmm.

EISENBERG: But the scene wasn't in the original script of "Ghost." In fact, Demi Moore's character worked in a completely different artistic medium. What was it?

BYER: This I don't know.

EISENBERG: Oh, you - you nodded your head like you knew.

BYER: Yes...

EISENBERG: I was excited.

BYER: ...A real fakeout.

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah. Good one.

BYER: No, I don't know. But let's see, if she was - they have her doing pottery. They thought it would be too - what?

EISENBERG: They thought it was - well, actually - yeah, I'll tell you that Jerry Zucker wanted to change it because he thought it was too cliche, so he changed it...

BYER: Cliche...

EISENBERG: ...To pottery.

BYER: ...Oh, God. An art curator, I don't know. I don't know.

EISENBERG: I mean, art curator is exactly what I would think. It was wood sculptor.

BYER: He thought that was cliche.


JONATHAN COULTON: I've never seen anybody do wood...


COULTON: ...Sculpting in a movie.

EISENBERG: I mean, Jerry Zucker must have really bizarre friends...

BYER: Yes.

EISENBERG: ...That he was like, oh, another wood sculpting script?


COULTON: Whoopi Goldberg won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "Ghost." What famous warning does she relay from Patrick Swayze to Demi Moore that has since become an...

BYER: Molly, you in danger, girl.

COULTON: ...Internet meme?



COULTON: Yeah, that's exactly right.


EISENBERG: Should we hear the clip just for fun?


WHOOPI GOLDBERG: (As Oda Mae Brown) You in danger, girl.

COULTON: What song by the Righteous Brothers appeared...

BYER: "Unchained Melody."


COULTON: Let me rephrase the question.

BYER: Sorry.

COULTON: "Ghost" song.

BYER: "Unchained Melody."

COULTON: OK, great.

EISENBERG: I think we should hear it.




COULTON: Oh, yeah.

BYER: (Singing) My love...

COULTON: Just making a little pottery, doing a little wood sculpting on the side.


COULTON: Just whittling to this music.

EISENBERG: Good whittling music.


RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS: (Singing) ...Your touch.

COULTON: Chisel, hammer.

EISENBERG: OK, at the end of "Ghost," dark spirits come to take the bad guy, Carl...

BYER: Yes.

EISENBERG: ...Played by Tony Goldwyn...

BYER: Tony Goldwyn.

EISENBERG: ...To Hell. And they make this sound.


UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As ghost, screaming).

BYER: (Laughter) I'm sorry. I guess I'm supposed to (laughter)...


UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As ghost, screaming).

BYER: (Imitating ghost screaming).


EISENBERG: So the question is, how did filmmakers create that sound, but you sort of showed us.


BYER: Let's see. How did they make it?

EISENBERG: It's super creepy. The answer is super creepy.

BYER: Does have to do with animals?

EISENBERG: Well, no.

BYER: OK. Does it have to do with, like, children crying and slowing it down?


BYER: Oh, really?

EISENBERG: Yes. It is the sound of babies crying slowed down.

BYER: (Laughter) I can't believe I got that.

EISENBERG: Can we hear it again?


UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As ghost, screaming).

BYER: (Laughter).

COULTON: That's the one.

BYER: Yeah, that baby was really having a time.

EISENBERG: That was nuts.

COULTON: I don't care for that at all.

EISENBERG: Exactly. Nicole, you did it. You and listener Scott Iwata both won ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cubes.

BYER: Yay.


EISENBERG: Nicole co-hosts the new Earwolf podcast "Best Friends" with Sasheer Zamata, and Season 3 of "Nailed It!" is streaming on Netflix. Give it up for Nicole Byer.


BYER: Thank you.

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