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'Wait Wait' Takes On New York City, With Mayor Bloomberg, Nora Ephron

by Anna Christopher
Oct 5, 2010

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Everyone's favorite weekend radio news-quiz show is making a triumphant return to New York City this week for two nearly sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall on Thursday and Friday. It's the second time Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! will grace the illustrious Carnegie stage and tape the show in New York, after a hugely successful debut at the venue last fall.

Standing ovations! Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell in tuxes! Ensuing hilarity at the expense of newsmakers! It doesn't get much better.

But in this case, it does. The intrepid Wait Wait producers have booked two outstanding celebrity guests to play "Not My Job," when the famous are interviewed and quizzed on subjects outside their area of expertise. Taking the stage on Thursday is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Friday's guest is writer-director Nora Ephron (Julie and Julia, Sleepless in Seattle).

Tickets to both shows are still available at the Carnegie Box Office. Thursday's taping with Bloomberg will air this weekend on stations nationwide.

The full release announcing our guests is below:

NPR'S NEWS QUIZ SHOW "WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!"
RETURNS TO CARNEGIE HALL FOR TWO SHOWS, OCTOBER 7 & 8 AT 7:30PM

MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG TO APPEAR ON STAGE THURSDAY AS "NOT MY JOB" GUEST; SHOW AIRS THIS WEEKEND ON WNYC

WRITER NORA EPHRON PLAYS "NOT MY JOB" FRIDAY

October 5, 2010; Washington, D.C. - NPR's news quiz show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! is bringing the laughs to Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage for two nights this week - and has convinced Mayor Michael Bloomberg and writer-director Nora Ephron to get in on the act. Mayor Bloomberg will appear on stage with Wait Wait on Thursday, October 7 to play its "Not My Job" segment, where famous people are interviewed and quizzed on subjects outside their area of expertise. Ephron is the celebrity guest for the show's second engagement at Carnegie, on Friday, October 8. A limited number of tickets are available for both evenings through the Carnegie Hall box office.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! is returning to New York City after a successful debut at Carnegie last fall. Thursday's show will be broadcast Saturday at 11AM on WNYC 93.9FM and 820AM, and throughout the weekend on NPR Member stations nationwide. The program is also available as streaming audio and a free podcast at www.npr.org/waitwait

"We're delighted to be returning to Carnegie Hall, because this means they've forgiven us for last year," says Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!. "Maybe this means we can finally get our security deposit refunded."

The "Not My Job" segment that will feature Mayor Bloomberg and Ephron has attracted such notable names as White House advisor David Axelrod, whose quiz - "No, We Can't!" - was about utopian dreamers whose plans ended badly; rapper and reality TV star Rev Run, asked about competitive race walking; U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, quizzed on various types of scooters; and Star Trek alumnus Leonard Nimoy, who answered questions about child-rearing expert Dr. Spock.

Now in its 13th year, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! uses current stories (from the global to the silly) for questions and comedy. Joining Sagal is official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, and a rotating panel of humorists, journalists, comedians and others. Contestants vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by Kasell for their voicemail. Panelists for Thursday night's show are author Tom Bodett; sportswriter Charlie Pierce; and Washington Post columnist Roxanne Roberts. Friday's panelists are humorist Roy Blount Jr.; stand-up comedienne Paula Poundstone; and Mo Rocca, a comic and regular on CBS's Sunday Morning.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, produced in Chicago, goes on the road to produce the show in a number of markets each year. The program has an audience of more than 3 million listeners weekly on 555 NPR Member public radio stations; its audience has grown in every ratings period since its premiere in January 1998. For stations and broadcast times, visit www.npr.org/stations

The show is produced by NPR and Chicago Public Radio; Doug Berman is Executive Producer.

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