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Peter Sagal

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:15 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 1:16 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will be the big surprise at this year's State of the Union coming next week? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: Breaking news, Obamacare will now cover yoga pants.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: You'll be in seventh heaven. Jessi Klein.

JESSI KLEIN: Tired of adhering to laws and basic decency, Florida will finally secede.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Mr. Hannibal Burress.

HANNIBAL BURRESS: Obama will say, this sucks. I'm going to just coast from here.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:15 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 12:07 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can, each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Jessi has the lead, Peter, with four points, Brian Babylon has two and Hannibal Burress has one.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:15 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 1:16 pm

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:30 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 9:14 am

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CARL KASELL: Now panel, how will the mayor of Fort Lee exact revenge on Chris Christie? Adam Felber?

ADAM FELBER: It's simple. He'll just send him an extremely attractive realistic-looking ceramic brisket.

(LAUGHTER)

FELBER: I broke another tooth.

PETER SAGAL, HOST: Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Prior to engaging in a fun and friendly round of hide and seek, the mayor of Fort Lee will block the shipment of olive oil.

(LAUGHTER)

HOST: And Charlie Pierce.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:30 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 9:14 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST: Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can, each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Adam Felber and Charlie Pierce each has three points. Paula Poundstone has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:30 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 9:14 am

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CARL KASELL: Coming up, it's Lightning Fill In The Blank, but first it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That's 1-888-924-8924. Or click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium and our upcoming shows at the University of Chicago January 30th and in Phoenix Arizona on February 13th. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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5:17 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Not My Job: Jim Gaffigan Takes A Quiz On Gwyneth Paltrow

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Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 9:52 am

This segment was originally broadcast on July 26, 2013.

Comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan lives happily with his wife and his five young children in a two-bedroom apartment in lower Manhattan. You read that right: Five kids. Two parents. Two bedrooms. His latest book, Dad Is Fat, reflects on the challenges and triumphs of raising a big family in a small space.

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5:17 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Comedian Tig Notaro Plays Not My Job

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Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 9:52 am

This segment was originally broadcast on July 19, 2013.

In 2012, comedian Louis C.K. tweeted: "In 27 years doing this, I've seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo." The set C.K. was referring to was Notaro's performance the day she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. That set became "Tig Notaro: Live," which is now out now on iTunes.

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5:17 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Amy Sedaris Plays 'Not My Job'

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Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 9:52 am

Originally broadcast Feb. 14, 2009.

Actress, comedian and writer Amy Sedaris plays our game called "Drinking this much will win me a Pulitzer Prize, or make not winning a lot easier to take." She answers three questions about the drinking habits of great authors taken from the book Hemingway and Bailey's Bartending Guide.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:03 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Not My Job: Consultant James Carville Gets Quizzed On Couples

This segment was originally broadcast on Sept. 28, 2013.

James Carville is a Democratic political consultant, a TV pundit, and one half of the most famous mixed marriage in the country — his wife is Republican consultant Mary Matalin.

We've invited him to play a game called "You're like two peas in a pod!" Three questions about freakishly similar couples.

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8:03 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Not My Job: Shirley Jones Gets Quizzed On Partridge Shooting

This segment was originally broadcast on Oct. 04, 2013.

Shirley Jones starred in some of the great movie musicals of the 1950s — Oklahoma, Carousel, The Music Man -- won an Oscar for her role in the film Elmer Gantry and then went on to be the mother in the classic sitcom The Partridge Family. She's just written a new memoir about her life onstage, on-screen and behind the scenes.

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6:52 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 8:03 am

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CARL KASELL: Sometimes fiction is stranger than truth. Now that seems to have happened with a game you wanted to hear again. It's from August of 2008 with panelists Roxanne Roberts, Charlie Pierce, Paula Poundstone and guest judge and scorekeeper Corey Flintoff.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Hi, you're on WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

JIM STAUTS: Hey there, Peter.

SAGAL: Hey, who's this?

STAUTS: This is Jim Stauts from Conroe, Texas.

SAGAL: Conroe, Texas. Where the heck is that?

STAUTS: That is one county north of Houston.

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6:52 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 8:03 am

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CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR news quiz. I'm Carl Kasell, and here's your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl, thanks everybody. So to produce this week's show, we reached out to you on Twitter, on Facebook and on the street, which by the way we hereby promise never to do again, and we absolutely swear we didn't mean anything by it.

(LAUGHTER)

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6:52 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Clippy And Paula

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 8:03 am

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CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR news quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. And here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl, thank you everybody. Thank you so much. Listen, for many years now this show has completely been ignoring our listeners' tastes, preferences and good judgment, and frankly it's worked out pretty well.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 11:14 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 11:14 am

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CARL KASELL: Now panel, what is the next thing that will turn up to be worthless? Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: I don't personally believe it but the wishes you make before you blow out the candles on your birthday cake.

(LAUGHTER)

BODETT: It turns out totally worthless.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

I can vouch for that. Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: You know how our parents always warned us that Santa only brings presents to nice girls?

SAGAL: Yes.

ROBERTS: Just not true.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Roy Blount, Jr.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 8:27 am

Our panelists predict what'll be the big baby name in 2014.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 8:27 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 8:27 am

Dog Park, Brief Distraction, Hail Me Anytime.

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