September 2, 2009
Anna Christopher, NPR
BRINGS IRREVERENCE TO CARNEGIE HALL OCTOBER 22
FOR FIRST NEW YORK CITY SHOW
TICKETS ON SALE TODAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 11AM
NOTE: PETER SAGAL, CARL KASELL AND PANELISTS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS
This is the first time Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, produced in Chicago, will tape the program in New York City. The Carnegie Hall show will air Saturday, October 24 at 1PM on WNYC-AM and Sunday, October 25 at 11AM on WNYC-FM, and throughout the weekend on NPR Member stations nationwide. The program is also available as streaming audio and a free podcast at www.npr.org/waitwait
"Carnegie Hall means glamour: artists in formal wear, audiences in furs and jewels," says Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!. "But mostly, it stands for excellence: the finest artists in the world at the pinnacle of their craft. Or rather, it used to mean all that. Now that we're booked there, it means that just about anybody can rent the place. Watch out for mass weddings, next."
Now in its 12th year, Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! uses current stories (from the global to the silly) for questions and comedy. Joining Sagal is official judge and scorekeeper, NPR newscaster Carl Kasell, and a rotating panel of humorists, journalists, comedians and others. Contestants vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by Kasell for their voicemail. Panelists for the New York City show are stand-up comic Paula Poundstone; comedian and TV personality Mo Rocca; and blogger and writer for HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Adam Felber.
The show will also feature a special guest for its popular "Not My Job" segment, when famous people are quizzed on subjects about which they know absolutely nothing. The segment has attracted such notable names as White House advisor David Axelrod, whose quiz – "No, We Can't!" – was about utopian dreamers whose plans ended badly; Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, asked about the habits of rock stars; U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, quizzed on various types of scooters; and Star Trek alumnus Leonard Nimoy, who answered questions about child-rearing expert Dr. Spock.
Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!, produced in Chicago, goes on the road to produce the show in a number of markets each year. The program has an audience of 2.75 million listeners weekly on nearly 500 NPR Member public radio stations; its audience has grown in every ratings period since its premiere in January 1998. For stations and broadcast times, visit www.npr.org/stations
The show is produced by NPR and Chicago Public Radio; Doug Berman is Executive Producer.