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Paparazzi Descend On Wait Wait... Cinecast!

On May 2, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! beamed our beloved news-quiz show live into movie theaters across the country, from Seattle to Miami.

Fans gathered to experience Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! like never before. Just like the radio version, this big-screen debut created a communal experience that was big fun.

The standard movie-going etiquette was tossed aside as audiences happily broke into bursts of applause and cheering throughout the two-hour show: when the public radio stars were introduced (especially Carl Kasell), after Steve Martin and the panelists gave a correct answer or when Peter Sagal delivered a particularly hilarious quip. In some theaters, audiences weren't even shy about blurting out the answers.

And what would our quasi-Hollywood event be like without paparazzi? We kept the flashes popping all night long so you could see more of the fun from the stage in the slideshow below. And if you weren't able to make it, buy tickets for the encore showing in select theaters tonight, May 7 at 7:30 PM (local time).

  • Last Thursday, May 2, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! made its big-screen debut in a national cinecast. Here is a bit of the action and fun of the evening, as (l-to-r) NPR Host Peter Sagal guides special guest Steve Martin and the show's panelists through a comic review of the week's news.
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    Last Thursday, May 2, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! made its big-screen debut in a national cinecast. Here is a bit of the action and fun of the evening, as (l-to-r) NPR Host Peter Sagal guides special guest Steve Martin and the show's panelists through a comic review of the week's news.
    Ryan Muir/NPR
  • The Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! team preps for its national cinecast. The voices you don't often hear on the show are pictured here (l-to-r): editorial assistant Eva Wolchover, associate producer Emily Ecton, executive producer Doug Berman, producer Ian Chillag and senior producer Mike Danforth.
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    The Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! team preps for its national cinecast. The voices you don't often hear on the show are pictured here (l-to-r): editorial assistant Eva Wolchover, associate producer Emily Ecton, executive producer Doug Berman, producer Ian Chillag and senior producer Mike Danforth.
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  • Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Host Peter Sagal warms up the crowd at New York University's The Skirball Theater.
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    Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Host Peter Sagal warms up the crowd at New York University's The Skirball Theater.
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  • The man, the legend Carl Kasell. Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!'s official judge and scorekeeper, diligently keeps score while waiting for an opportunity to crack wise.
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    The man, the legend Carl Kasell. Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!'s official judge and scorekeeper, diligently keeps score while waiting for an opportunity to crack wise.
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  • A view of the audience at New York University's The Skirball Theater, watching the live staging of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!'s national cinecast.
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    A view of the audience at New York University's The Skirball Theater, watching the live staging of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!'s national cinecast.
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  • The wait wait is over; let the games begin at Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! with (l-to-r) NPR's Carl Kasell, Peter Sagal and panelists Mo Rocca, Paula Poundstone and Tom Bodett.
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    The wait wait is over; let the games begin at Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! with (l-to-r) NPR's Carl Kasell, Peter Sagal and panelists Mo Rocca, Paula Poundstone and Tom Bodett.
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  • Panelist Tom Bodett (r) accepts approving applause from the audience after a well-placed zing. He's joined on state by humorists (l, c) Mo Rocca, Paula Poundstone.
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    Panelist Tom Bodett (r) accepts approving applause from the audience after a well-placed zing. He's joined on state by humorists (l, c) Mo Rocca, Paula Poundstone.
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  • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings played between segments and even offered a funky version of the Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! theme music.
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    Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings played between segments and even offered a funky version of the Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! theme music.
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  • Steve Martin (r) takes questions from Host Peter Sagal about the mundane and dull during "Not My Job," a Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! favorite.
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    Steve Martin (r) takes questions from Host Peter Sagal about the mundane and dull during "Not My Job," a Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! favorite.
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  • It's possible that Mo Rocca (c) is describing the show's popularity in this photo while chatting with Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Host Peter Sagal (l) and fellow panelist Paula Poundstone (r).
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    It's possible that Mo Rocca (c) is describing the show's popularity in this photo while chatting with Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Host Peter Sagal (l) and fellow panelist Paula Poundstone (r).
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