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Quizzy Lipton Thinks: James Lipton Asks, I Answer

james liptonI’m about to go all James Lipton on you.

Being a former student of The Arts, most notably acting. So I can appreciate the probing questions of Mr. Lipton, however pretentiously they may be delivered.  The questions are not his originally, but were taken from a mentor or most admired muse of his, if you will, a Frenchman named Fou Fou…Fou Fou Fou…somethingI dunno…I don’t care.

I thought it would be fun to answer the questions and I invite you to do the same, if you feel so inclined, and leave the link in comments.

Be sure to read these in the proper Liptonian tone. (Think a little bit of Pythonesque “WHAT is your favorite color?”)

So here they are…my Fizzy Lipton Thinks: My Answers To the 10 James Lipton Questions!

1. What is your favorite word? 

Balderdash! It should never have fallen out of fashion. It’s an attention getter.

2. What is your least favorite word?

It’s a tie: selfie and bestie. Are we in second grade or something?

3. What Turns You On? 

The all you can eat buffet.

4. What Turns You Off?

Humble brags

5. What Sound Do You Love? 

Laughter – particularly from my kids

6. What Sound Do You Hate? 

The sound of silence. Deep in a Simon & Garfunkel kinda way, right?

7. What Is Your Favorite Curse Word?

Motherfucker. It’s horrible, but it just seems to be the go-to. Of course, with kids around, it comes out sounding more like “mother fedder-redder…”, but that does the trick just fine.

8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? 

All the ones I’ve already attempted: acting, music, photography, cooking, writing.

9. What profession other than yours would you not like to attempt?

In the words of the great Lloyd Dobler…

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

You’re finally here. Tom Petty is waiting for you onstage. Here’s your guitar and your drink. You’ll be doing “The Waiting”.  Ironic, huh? (Editor’s note: Sorry, Tom Petty. You’re gonna have to take one for the team.)

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  1. Kim's Gravatar Kim
    March 31, 2014    

    Love your answers! And I’d definitely have to agree with you on bolderdash. Such a great word.

    • March 31, 2014    

      Right? And I can even hear James Lipton saying it effortlessly.

  2. March 31, 2014    

    1. Bestie. Possibly the worst word ever.

    • March 31, 2014    

      Your post totally inspired me on the Lloyd Dobler quote!

  3. March 31, 2014    

    I once had an adult woman call me her bestie when she was inebriated. I couldn’t stand her before that moment, after it I wanted to punch her. I have to say my favorite curse word is a toss up between god dammit and fuck. And I would like to think God would say to me, you know what – all that shit I threw at you was cause you could take it – You got balls of steel.

    • March 31, 2014    

      I can picture that Alyson. “Maaaaannnn….yer my bessstttiieee….I love you maaaannn.” Gah. And I like what God would say to you. You do. You’re the chick with the balls of steel.

  4. March 31, 2014    

    THE VERY BEST “If heaven exists” answer, ever. The best. Bar none. So hilarious…and real!

    • March 31, 2014    

      Thank you Carol! It came from the heart.

  5. March 31, 2014    

    Hysterical! I like you even more if that’s possible! Now, I’m off to write my answers! Great idea!!

  6. March 31, 2014    

    My favorite word also happens to be my favorite swear word. My least are trousers and buttocks. Love your post!

    • March 31, 2014    

      Is there a connection with the trousers/buttocks thing? Because my buttocks make my trousers rip, so I’m not loving those two words either. 😉

  7. kathyradigan's Gravatar kathyradigan
    March 31, 2014    

    I have always been a big fan of James Lipton’s questions so I really, really adore this!!! Totally love answers,9 and 10!

    • March 31, 2014    

      I get such a charge outta James Lipton.

  8. March 31, 2014    

    Is it weird I predicted these answers for you before I read them? I’m really getting to know you well.

    You know me, I don’t curse so I make up words like dadgumit or goshamicky so my kids laugh at me. But I like hearing mothereffer said…I always laugh especially when women say it. Next time we hang, drop it a few times.

    I did the actor’s studio quiz a long time ago

    • April 1, 2014    

      Huh. I wonder which ones. :) I liked your answers. I know you don’t cuss, so your faux cuss word was pretty good.

  9. April 1, 2014    

    *strokes beard* oh I like this idea for a post very much. You’ve got me thinking! And I LURVE LIPTON. He’s fascinating to watch, but I’m a sucker for accents. His interviews are classic!

    I have to agree with you on motherfucker and bolderdash. :) (autocorrect wants to have me spell that balderdash….wth? is that right?)

    • April 1, 2014    

      Isn’t Lipton a trip? He cracks me up. Hey! You and autocorrect are indeed correct! I spelled it wrong. Thank you! I’m going to fix it now. :)

  10. April 2, 2014    

    Tom Petty! Yep, you’re an American girl. I like to make up creative swear words like “Purse Horse” which is a real thing my daughter got as a gift, a horse that goes inside a giant purse to carry it around. It works as a kid-safe exclamation when you stub your toe, or when my teenage son acts like a big, fat baby Pursehorse who can’t get himself up to work on time.

  11. April 5, 2014    

    Humble brags make me want to gouge out my eyes! Love the word Balderdash and now vow to use it more! Great answers! :)-Ashley

  12. April 5, 2014    

    I believe I’ll be [cough] “borrowing” your splendid Lipton interview idea. Very timely as I need to interview The Dog. No, not the dog. The Dog. The one we’re raising for a service dog organization. She’s going back to the org in a month and I’ve been awaiting an inspiration for the blog story. Thanks for being there for me with this bit of awesomeness.

  13. January 23, 2015    

    I’m still laughing at the Fou Fou Fou Fou.

  14. lablover22's Gravatar lablover22
    January 23, 2015    

    Motherfucker…. Man I love that word too.

  15.'s Gravatar
    January 23, 2015    

    HA! Love your answers Linda!! I found myself nodding to most of them!! Hey, I’ll make sure to catch your show when I make it to Heaven…. drink in hand. It’s gonna be awesome.


  16. January 23, 2015    

    Your mind is like my favorite bar. I feel all homey and comfortable and I know I’m in for a bunch of laughs!

  17. January 23, 2015    

    Thank you for sharing this while I am taking a blog reading break with my Friday lunch as I concur on a few of your answers, especially Mother-F*cker and the sounds of laughter, too. Maybe not quite together, but you get my point 😉

  18. January 23, 2015    

    He’s old as dirt and can’t possibly live much longer–you should take over. Oh, and mine is Fu ck.

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