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About The Panelists

Roy Blount, Jr.'s 22nd book is Hail, Hail Euphoria: Presenting The Marx Brothers In Duck Soup. Before that was Alphabet Juice, whose sequel, Alphabetter Juice: The Joy of Text, will come out in May. He has contributed to many magazines, currently writes a column for Garden and Gun, and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Brian Babylon, the self-crowned Prince of Bronzeville, has managed to make people laugh outside the confines of his hometown. He made the finals of the New York Comedy Contest in 2009 and can be seen in Los Angeles at the historic Comedy Store and Laugh Factory. Babylon hosts and produces The Morning Amp, a radio show on Vocalo 89.5FM, a sister station to WBEZ. He contributes to BBC Radio and hosts The Moth Story Slam in Chicago.

Alonzo Bodden is an international headliner, having performed comedy worldwide. Since winning season two of Last Comic Standing, Bodden has quickly made a name for himself. He hosted numerous shows on the Speed and Travel Channels and his brand new one-hour comedy special, Whose Paying Attention? premiered on Showtime in 2011. He can be seen as a host of the new ITV show Inside the Vault also premiering this year.

Tom Bodett is an author and radio anomaly. He left a promising career building houses to become a writer and subsequently a commentator on All Things Considered. Bodett lived in Alaska for 25 years, is the author of seven books, and has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Redbook, and lately, the Dummerston Views in Windham County, Vt. His voice has been heard on Saturday Night Live, National Geographic Explorer, and Steven Spielberg's Animaniacs, and can still be heard in some people's faulty dental work saying "We'll leave the light on for you" about a 110 times a day.

Luke Burbank grew up as one of seven kids, and learned early on how to vie for attention. Those profound childhood issues have propelled him to various media projects including his current gig hosting the daily podcast Too Beautiful To Live. He's also at work on his first book Failure Is An Option. In his spare time, Luke enjoys embarrassing his teenage daughter by simply being alive.

Amy Dickinson writes the syndicated advice column "Ask Amy" for The Chicago Tribune, following in the footsteps of the legendary Ann Landers. She has also written for Time, Esquire, and O magazines. She has contributed radio stories to NPR programs for the past 10 years, and was an original "cast member" for the pilot of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! in 1998; ultimately she was offered a job as Roxanne Roberts' radio stunt double.

Adam Felber is a writer/performer who currently writes for Real Time with Bill Maher. Author of the 2006 novel Schrödinger's Ball, Adam's work can be seen and heard all around the TV and the Internet, as well as on the pages of Marvel Comics' recent Skrull Kill Krew miniseries. Other writing credits include Lewis Black's Root of All Evil, Talkshow with Spike Feresten, and Wishbone — the little dog who gave Adam his start on the small screen.

Peter Grosz has been performing improvisation and sketch comedy since 1995. He is an alum of The Second City's ETC stage; a founding member of the Improv Olympic ensembles Preponderate, JTS Brown, and Four Square; and improvised with Asssscat at the UCB theater in New York. Grosz has appeared in the films The Weatherman, Stranger Than Fiction and The Promotion, and has written for The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show and The Colbert Report. If you're craving a burger when you hear his voice it's because he also co-starred with TJ Jagodowski in a bunch of commercials for Sonic drive-in restaurants.

Maz Jobrani is best known as a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which featured some of the top Middle Eastern-American comics in the world. The Axis of Evil Comedy Central Special premiered in 2007 as the first show on American TV with an all Middle Eastern/American cast. Jobrani followed up his Axis of Evil Tour with his own solo tour titled Maz Jobrani: Brown and Friendly, which again took him all over the world including the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. The Brown and Friendly Comedy Special premiered on Showtime in the Fall of 2009 and is now out on DVD.

Kyrie O'Connor is deputy managing editor/features at the Houston Chronicle and writer of the daily blog MeMo on the Houston Chronicle Web site. Before becoming a Texan by choice in 2003, she was assistant managing editor/features at The Hartford Courant in Connecticut. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in newspapers nationwide, and in Commonweal magazine. She devotes her time to tending an epileptic 120-lb. chocolate Lab, supporting a bad soy latte jones, and downloading transgressive ringtones onto her celly. She is aesthetically but not morally opposed to the inside-out Reese's peanut butter cup.

P.J. O'Rourke is the best-selling author of 16 books including, Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, Eat the Rich, Don't Vote — It Just Encourages the Bastards and his most recent The Baby Boom. He has written for such diverse publications as Automobile, The Weekly Standard, House and Garden, Foreign Policy, The New York Times Book Review, Forbes FYI , Rolling Stone and the Atlantic Monthly. He's known as a hard-bitten, cigar-smoking conservative but, in fact, he bashes all political persuasions. He was Editor-in-Chief of the National Lampoon from 1978 to 1981 and international affairs correspondent for Rolling Stone from 1985 to 2001. His most recent book

Charles P. Pierce writes the politics blog for esquire.com, and is a contributing writer to Esquire and a staff writer for Grantland. He has been a panelist on Wait, Wait since the show's launch in 1998. He began his professional career as a forest ranger for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he learned how to retrieve disposable diapers from trees so the raccoons wouldn't choke to death on them. He is the author of four books; his latest, Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free, is now available in paperback. In it, surprisingly, he does not explain why people throw disposable diapers into trees in the first place. Some questions are beyond human understanding.

Paula Poundstone is one of the country's foremost topical humorists and stand-up comedians. She has provided humor and commentary for the Emmy and Oscar Awards shows, and served as "official correspondent" for The Tonight Show during the '92 Presidential race. Poundstone has earned two Cable ACE Awards, an Emmy and the American Comedy Awards' Best Female Stand-Up award. Her writing credits include Mother Jones magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and Glamour magazine.

Roxanne Roberts is co-author of The Washington Post's Reliable Source column, the paper's daily chronicle of Washington's A-listers, powerbrokers and assorted scoundrels. She's worked as a journalist for 23 years covering White House state dinners, boxing smokers and everything in between. She spends her free time (ha!) attending to one teenage son and two Siamese cats.

Mo Rocca is a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood and the host of The Tomorrow Show with Mo Rocca on CBSNews.com. He has appeared on most every cable network, including Telemundo, where he wowed audiences in a small but pivotal role in the hit telenovela Amor Descarado. He appeared on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. His book, All The Presidents' Pets, blows the lid off the White House's deepest, darkest secrets.

Faith Salie is a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and is the co-host of the podcast RelationShow, a slightly nerdy take on love and sex. She was an ethics columnist for O Magazine and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson, and The O' Reilly Factor. As the host of the national public radio show Fair Game from PRI with Faith Salie, Faith interviewed over 1,000 newsmakers and got to call Robert Redford "Bob." Faith's probably the only Rhodes scholar who has been a standup comedian, and she's been beamed up on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, landing her on a DS9 collectible trading card that must be worth hundreds of cents.

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