7-Eleventh Heaven With Kristin Chenoweth

Oct 11, 2019
Originally published on October 11, 2019 11:55 am

In tribute to Kristin Chenoweth's love of the 7-Eleven Slurpee, she answers trivia questions about the history of the convenience store chain.

Heard on Kristin Chenoweth: No Rest For The Wicked.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Before our final round, it's time for us to play another game with our special guest Kristin Chenoweth, everybody.

(APPLAUSE)

KRISTIN CHENOWETH: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: So, Kristin, in researching you, we learned that you love 7-Eleven...

CHENOWETH: Yes. I love it.

EISENBERG: ...And 7-Eleven Slurpees.

CHENOWETH: Love me.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: What's your favorite flavor?

CHENOWETH: Coca-Cola.

EISENBERG: Coca-Cola. Yeah. So why do you love Slurpees so much?

CHENOWETH: It's the combination of the crushed ice with the Coca-Cola feel. So it's the burn of a Coke...

(LAUGHTER)

CHENOWETH: Do you guys know what I mean? Some of you know.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

CHENOWETH: And then with the ice - and it never gets melty. I love Slurpee, OK.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah.

CHENOWETH: And I love 7-Eleven. I'm not kidding.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah.

CHENOWETH: And I'm not being paid.

EISENBERG: No. Listen. 7-Eleven was born in Texas, so we have a multiple choice quiz for you...

CHENOWETH: Got it.

EISENBERG: ...Called 7-Eleventh Heaven.

(LAUGHTER)

CHENOWETH: Got it. I'm ready. I'm not even nervous.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: The man who started 7-Eleven was named Uncle Johnny Green. In 1927, he began stocking bread, milk and eggs in his store. But before that, he sold one thing. What was it? - A - postage stamps, B - ice, C - lottery tickets.

CHENOWETH: I mean, it has to be B - ice.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Of course, it's ice. That's right.

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EISENBERG: In the early 1970s, 7-Eleven played a pivotal role in the creation of what alcohol-related invention? - A - the beer hat, B - the giant novelty martini glass, or C - the frozen margarita machine.

CHENOWETH: Well, it has to be C; hello.

EISENBERG: Yeah, it is.

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CHENOWETH: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Mariano Martinez was trying to perfect his restaurant's frozen margaritas. And one day, he saw a Slurpee machine. And he thought, I could put booze in that.

(LAUGHTER)

CHENOWETH: So smart.

EISENBERG: That's so smart.

(LAUGHTER)

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: In 1970, 7-Eleven released an original song. What was it called?

CHENOWETH: Now I'm nervous.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: A - "Roll That Dog"...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: ...B - "Working Seven To 11"...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: ...Or C - "Dance The Slurp"?

(LAUGHTER)

CHENOWETH: These are hard, y'all.

COULTON: This is a hard one.

CHENOWETH: It's whatever C is.

COULTON: C is "Dance The Slurp."

CHENOWETH: Yes.

COULTON: You are correct.

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CHENOWETH: Dang, I wish I knew how it went.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: No problem. Let's roll the clip.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DANCE THE SLURP")

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: (Singing) Slurp, slurp.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Slurp, slurp. What amazing lyrics - slurp, slurp.

(LAUGHTER)

CHENOWETH: Genius.

EISENBERG: Genius.

COULTON: All right, this is your last one.

CHENOWETH: OK. I'm still doing well.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: You're doing great.

EISENBERG: You're doing great.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: In 2017, a former 7-Eleven owner in South Boston opened a competing convenience store. He tried to one up 7-Eleven by calling it what? - A - 6-Twelve...

(LAUGHTER)

CHENOWETH: Genius.

COULTON: ...B - 7,000-Eleven...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: ...Or C - 7-El-even-better-than-7-Eleven (ph).

(LAUGHTER)

CHENOWETH: Is this real?

COULTON: Well, one of them is.

(LAUGHTER)

CHENOWETH: Is it A?

COULTON: It is A - 6-Twelve. That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

CHENOWETH: Are you kidding?

EISENBERG: I know. That's right. As of this recording, that store still exists, 6-Twelve. They're open 25 hours a day.

(LAUGHTER)

CHENOWETH: I'm so going there.

EISENBERG: I know, right? Kristin, you were fantastic.

CHENOWETH: Thank you. Thank you for having me.

EISENBERG: Kristin Chenoweth's new album is called "For The Girls." Kristin Chenoweth, everybody.

CHENOWETH: Thank you, guys.

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