NPR Launches 'Everyone & Their Mom' from 'Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!' The first episode will publish on February 23, with new episodes every Wednesday in the Wait Wait feed.

NPR Launches Everyone & Their Mom from Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Emma Eun-joo Choi will host Everyone & Their Mom, a new short-form comedy show from Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!. Photo by Ken Richardson/NPR; Design by Chelsea Conrad/NPR hide caption

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Photo by Ken Richardson/NPR; Design by Chelsea Conrad/NPR

Emma Eun-joo Choi will host Everyone & Their Mom, a new short-form comedy show from Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!.

Photo by Ken Richardson/NPR; Design by Chelsea Conrad/NPR

February 21, 2022; Washington, D.C. — NPR is thrilled to announce Everyone & Their Mom, a new short-form comedy show from Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! hosted by writer, comic and college junior Emma Eun-joo Choi. The first episode will publish on February 23, with new episodes every Wednesday in the Wait Wait feed.

In this new mid-week show, listeners will have the chance to spend more time with Wait Wait panelists and meet new comedians as they go in depth on the topic everyone's talking about that week. Choi will take listeners on unexpected field trips, connect with surprising people and experts, and introduce the audience to hilarious comedians.

"It's incredibly cool to be able to build a new comedy space at NPR and show off the weirder side of Wait Wait," Choi says. "Comedy is changing faster than ever before, and I can't wait to give our listeners an entry point into the exciting and diverse wave that's coming up today!"

Choi joined the Wait Wait team in 2021 as an intern, where she became known for running the show's Instagram account. Choi's plays have appeared in the DC Fringe Festival, and her short fiction has been featured in print, online and on her family's fridge. She is set to graduate from college in 2023 with a major in English. A proud second-generation Korean-American, she has just enough Korean language skills to order for her white friends at KBBQ.

"We all need more fun these days," says Anya Grundmann, NPR's SVP of Programming. "The Wait Wait podcast will be twice as clever and charming with Emma at the microphone every week for this special new episode."

Says Wait Wait host Peter Sagal, "The only thing my career at NPR has lacked is a vicious backstabbing fight for dominance with a much younger, more talented rival, à la 'All About Eve.' Now that we've launched a podcast with the immensely charismatic (also devious and without a moral compass) Emma Choi, I can finally enjoy a savage fight for stardom. Good luck, Emma!"

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! is NPR's weekly news quiz. Have a laugh and test your knowledge with today's funniest comedians. And if you can't get enough, try our new mid-week show, Everyone & Their Mom. Each Wednesday, host Emma Choi takes the story everyone's talking about and uses it as an excuse to hang out with culture makers, Wait Wait panelists, and hilarious new comedians. And if you hate free content, try Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Plus. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at https://plus.npr.org/waitwait.

Now in its 24th year, the Peabody Award-winning show has an audience of more than 3.9 million listeners weekly on 727 NPR member stations. The Wait Wait podcast is downloaded eight hundred thousand times a week. The radio show is a co-production of NPR and Chicago Public Media. All episodes are also available as a podcast in the NPR One app and wherever podcasts are available. To see a schedule of upcoming live shows, visit www.npr.org/waitwait.

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