To raise awareness for her "Eat Brighter" campaign, Mrs. Obama joined zany quizmaster Billy Eichner for a special edition of his "Billy on the Street" comedy game show, posted on the Funny or Die website.
Instead of his usual frantic sidewalk Q-and-As, the excitable Eichner welcomed Mrs. Obama to a Washington supermarket, where she competed with "Sesame Street" avian Big Bird as well as past "Billy on the Street" guest Elena in a contest he called "Ariana Grande or Eating a Carrot?"
Among the absurd questions Eichner posed to his trio of contestants:
—"Gwyneth Paltrow makes a fantastic broccoli-and-arugula soup. Does that matter, yes or no?"
"No," replied Elena after setting off her buzzer.
"Yes, it DOES!" Eichner screeched. "She has a website!"
— "Who's more deserving of a Kennedy Center honour — Martin Short or a box of frozen corn?"
"The corn," responded Mrs. Obama.
"NO!" Eichner erupted. "Martin Short! He's a genius. He played Ed Grimley!"
If these proceedings lacked the dignity of, say, a White House state dinner, Mrs. Obama wore a nonstop grin as she proved herself an intrepid sport, even when, for a special FLOTUS Bonus Round, Eichner directed her to "slow dance with Big Bird while I sing 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing.'"
She did and he did.
Then she gamely pushed Eichner through the store in a shopping cart while he recited Gwyneth Paltrow's Oscar acceptance speech for "Shakespeare in Love."
And Eichner's final challenge: "Give me a hug and a knowing look that tells me it's all gonna be OK."
Mrs. Obama's grand prize: A huge photo of pop singer Ariana Grande's ponytail.
Not to mention her leading role in a not-so-gentle reminder that fruits and vegetables can be good to eat.
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