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Panel Round One

An Apology for a Lame Joke.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Before we move on, last week on the show we presented a made-up story in our Bluff the Listener game about union members in Poland fighting over who would replace a light bulb, right. So they basically reenacted the classic how many Poles does it take to screw in a light bulb joke. Members of the greater Polish community were not amused by this.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And let us know. So to make amends, what we're going to do is to invite a Polish-American onto our show to allow him to make jokes about us. So comedian and improviser TJ Jagodowski is on the line now. TJ, hello.

TJ JAGODOWSKI: Yes, hello.

SAGAL: Hello. You are a proud Polish-American, is that right?

JAGODOWSKI: Without a doubt, at least half of me is.

SAGAL: And so did you, like all Polish-Americans, take offense at our little attempt at humor last week?

JAGODOWSKI: Well, I'm half-Polish, half-Irish. So half of me was offended, and the other half was too drunk to care.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: I understand.

All right, so what we've done is we've decided turnabout is fair play. So NPR people were making fun of Poles. You, a Pole, can now make fun of NPR people. Go for it.

JAGODOWSKI: All right, well get ready to get stung.

SAGAL: Here we go.

JAGODOWSKI: I - this is not personally easy for me to do because I love NPR. It somehow manages to be self-important and irrelevant.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: There you are, we do both.

JAGODOWSKI: What's the hardest part about being an NPR listener?

SAGAL: What is the hardest part of being an NPR listener?

JAGODOWSKI: Getting reception in your coffin.

(LAUGHTER)

JAGODOWSKI: Do you guys know that the cliffs of Dover are the only things older and whiter than you are?

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: That stung a little.

JAGODOWSKI: OK, all right. I'll let you off the hook with this one. Knock-knock.

SAGAL: Who's there?

JAGODOWSKI: Cool, young, new NPR listeners.

SAGAL: Cool, young NPR listeners who?

JAGODOWSKI: Exactly.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Ladies and gentlemen, TJ Jagodowski, a proud son of Poland, one of the stars of "TJ and Dave" at Chicago's IO Theater. TJ, thank you so much, we deserved that.

JAGODOWSKI: Thank you so much for having me.

SAGAL: Bye-bye.

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