89.7 WKSU and 90.3 WCPN ideastream Present NPR’S “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”
Show to broadcast live in Cleveland at Playhouse Square on Dec. 8
After a competitive election season, the news will have the chance to provide a little humor to Northeast Ohio as 89.7 WKSU and 90.3 WCPN ideastream® team up to present NPR’s popular news quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” live in Cleveland, Ohio, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. This is the second time the “Wait Wait” crew will bring the action to Playhouse Square’s State Theatre, following a sold-out event in 2012. The show will be recorded and edited for national broadcast on Dec. 10 and 11.
Tickets are on sale to the general public through the Playhouse Square box office at 866-546-1353 or online at playhousesquare.org/events/detail/npr-presents-wait-waitdont-tell-me. Information also can be found at WKSU.org and ideastream.org/waitwait.
Now in its 19th season, “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” is NPR’s Peabody Award-winning quiz show. Host Peter Sagal leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news. Contestants vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by scorekeeper emeritus Carl Kasell for their voicemail. “Wait Wait” is NPR’s most-popular entertainment show and ranks just behind the networks newsmagazines for listenership with an audience of nearly 4 million people.
Each week, Sagal quizzes panelists and listeners on their knowledge of current events, offering fill-in-the-blank limericks, the challenge of picking a true story from three unlikely options and the winner-take-all lightening round. The show’s popular “Not My Job” feature invites a guest celebrity to answer questions on a subject completely out of the realm of his or her expertise. The three panelists for the Cleveland show are comedian Paula Poundstone, humor writer Peter Grosz and author Faith Salie. The “Not My Job” celebrity contestant will be announced at a later date.