May 30, 2018; Washington, D.C. - NPR is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its beloved weekly hour-long quiz program Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! with a series of major live shows in 2018. Host Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis, judge and scorekeeper, along with a roster of panelists, will bring the program's signature, news-comedy to some of the country's most prominent venues.
"When the show began, we all assumed we'd be canceled any minute and decided to just make ourselves laugh by saying what we really thought about the news until someone stopped us," said host Peter Sagal. "Twenty years later, we're still waiting. I don't know what's keeping them, frankly. I mean, have you actually listened to us?"
For the listeners of more than 720 NPR Member stations, Wait Wait has become an indispensable take on current events. Debuting as one of NPR's first podcasts, Wait Wait has earned a spot among the top 20 podcasts by US audience as measured by industry ranker Podtrac. The Ringer also recently described the program as "radio's most entertaining and enlightening trivia program."
"When we started the show in 1998, we worried about whether there would be enough public idiocy to fill up the show every week," said Doug Berman, the show's creator. "In retrospect, that was a completely unwarranted concern. And, sadly, I think the future is even brighter for our show."
Save the date for these upcoming tapings of Wait Wait in a city nearby. Stay updated on additional 2018 shows by bookmarking nprpresents.org and following the program on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
June 21 - Tanglewood (Lenox, MA)
Sold out: July 19 - Wolf Trap (Vienna, VA)
Free show: August 9 - Millennium Park (Chicago, IL)
August 30: Riverside Theatre (Milwaukee, WI)
September 27: Greek Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
October 25 - Chicago Theater (Chicago, IL)
December 6 and 7: Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)
Also kicking off in June 2018 is a limited-run series of bonus podcast episodes hosted by Wait Wait regular Faith Salie. Listeners will hear behind-the-scenes stories from panelists, guests, and producers, including moments that might have been too spicy for the airwaves.Find Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! on NPR One and wherever you get your podcasts.
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Hugo Rojo, NPR Media Relations