The answer to the debut trivia question is that all the names on the list were unseen narrators on popular television series. "Unseen" is relative, of course. Some, like Waylon Jennings and Ron Howard, made onscreen cameos on their shows, and Brenda Strong appeared on hers occasionally in flashbacks. Still, the idea that we were going after "unseen" narrators ruled out series stars who also narrated their shows, such as Zach Braff on Scrubs or Mindy Kaling on The Mindy Project.
Here are the specific answers, plus a little trivia about each AND an additional question for each. All the answers are at the bottom of this post, so no peeking! Also, the comments have been enabled. Say nice things.
Kristen Bell provided the voice of the title character on the recent TV series Gossip Girl. (In the final episode, it was revealed that the "Gossip Girl' blogger was actually a guy, but, whatever.) Bell is best known for playing the title character in Veronica Mars and is married to actor Dax Shepard of the TV series Parenthood.
Question 1: On the recent final episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Ferguson and many of his most popular guests appeared in a music video set to "Bang Your Drum" by the Scottish group Dead Man Fall. In the video, most of the celebrities were seen playing drums. What unusual percussion instrument did Kristen Bell play?
Question 2: In 1952, on radio, Conrad was the first to play an iconic fictional character. Another actor played the role on television for twenty consecutive seasons. What role did Conrad originate?
Question 3: Featuring such songs as "There is a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute" and :"Join the Circus", Dale's one Tony Award win was for playing the real-life title character in what 1980 musical?
Question 4: Dozier also provided the narration for what Batman companion series of the 1960s?
Question 5: In a radical departure from The Waltons, Hamner also provided eight teleplays for what anthology series of the 1960s?
Question 6: Everybody remembers little Ronnie Howard as Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, and many know that he played Winthrop in the film version of The Music Man. Around that same time, Howard co-starred with Glenn Ford in a 1963 film that would inspire a TV series of the same name. What was that film?
Question 7: Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse are a Canadian folk trio who perform under what unusual name?
Question 8: When a game show fan yells "Big Bucks...No Whammies...STOP!", he's referencing what game of the 1980s that featured Roddy as the announcer?
Question 9: Saget hosted what game show?
Question 10: Stern provided the voice for the title character in an animated TV series based on what popular comic strip?
Question 11: Strong's first break after college was a small part in what comic's 1984 music video entitled "You Look Marvelous"?
Question 12: In the original series, who starred as Eliot Ness, the leader of The Untouchables?
1. Bell played percussion on her own very pregnant tummy. Coincidentally, she gave birth to her daughter on the same day that the music video aired on Ferguson's last show.
2. Conrad was the original Marshal Matt Dillon on the radio version of Gunsmoke, the role James Arness would take over in the television version.
3. Dale played P.T. Barnum in the Broadway musical Barnum. His co-star was a young and not-yet-famous Glenn Close.
4. Dozier contributed his voice to not only Batman but also The Green Hornet, the show which introduced American audiences to martial arts master Bruce Lee.
5. Hamner wrote eight episodes of The Twilight Zone.
6. Howard starred in the film version of The Courtship of Eddie's Father. In the TV series, his role was played by Brandon Cruz.
7. Jennings' name was twisted by the Canadian folk trio, who call themselves "The Wailin' Jennys"
8. Roddy was the announcer for Press Your Luck, hosted by Peter Tomarken. A remake of the show that appeared years later on Game Show Network was simply called Whammy!
9. Saget hosted the game show 1 vs 100 which, just as its name implied, featured a single contestant competing against a "mob" for a top prize of one million dollars.
10. Stern provided the voice of Scott Adams' famous office drone Dilbert
11. Strong appeared in Billy Crystal's music video "You Look Marvelous", in which Crystal played his fictionalized version of Fernando Lamas.
12. Robert Stack played Eliot Ness in the original series. Stack (along with many other actors known for their straight-faced, serious roles) would lampoon his image in the 1980 film Airplane!, though reportedly, Stack wasn't really in on the joke.