Since I’ve now heard every joke that could possibly be on this week’s episode of “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” you’d think I’d be willing to skip the show this week. Oh, no, no, no.
I’ll be in the living room with the radio on, a newspaper on my lap and two dogs trying to oust the dead tree interloper from their rightful place. Maybe we’ll make popcorn. The show is only an hour on the air, but the live show recorded in Atlanta last night was closer to two. I have to know what makes the cut.
Although I was in the very, very, very back, against the wall in the “Grand Tier” of far-away seats, I had a clear view of panelists Roy Blount Jr., Amy Dickinson and Charlie Pierce, the table for producers and engineers, the podiums for host Peter Sagal and announcer Carl Kasell and a chair for guest Rick Sanchez of CNN. It’s a simple set-up, but watching “Wait, Wait…” was the most fabulous night I’ve had at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. David Sedaris: I’m sorry.
You can get a more detailed review of the show from Rodney Ho’s Radio TV Talk blog. (It’s true, half the AJC was there. Journalists all have NPR crushes.) But here are a few other tidbits from the show:
In the end, we were all rewarded with the most fabulouslyNPR-ish non-mug, non-T-shirt prize you can imagine: a tote bag.
Want to Listen? The “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” episode recorded in Atlanta this week will air on WABE 90.1 at 11 a.m. Dec. 12. The podcast will be available later on NPR.org.
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