"Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" Brings Laughs to the Big Screen

Apr 3, 2013

Watch the week’s news get the treatment it deserves in the comfort of your neighborhood theater, when the NPR news quiz show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! brings its star power to the big screen for a special LIVE performance in select cinemas nationwide.

Host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell will lead the cinecast, broadcast live from the New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Local showings & public radio host

It all happens live, locally, on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. KUAR is pleased to host this rare event at Breckenridge Village Cinema in Little Rock. For advance tickets, go to fandango.com.

For this stage adaptation of the weekly radio show, Sagal and Kasell will quiz Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! panelists – the comedians, writers and style icons Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett – special guests and listener contestants through a comic review of the week’s news. Carl reading limericks! Celebrity guests answering oddball questions! Faces made for radio! You’ve heard it in 1D, now see it live in glorious...2D.

"We’ve always wanted to do our show all over the country, simultaneously, and finally turned to this idea of a nationwide simulcast when our experiments in cloning didn’t come out as well as we hoped,” says host Peter Sagal. “That said, ‘Little Carl’ has shown a real propensity for handling simple tasks and grunting the hour’s news.”

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! – Live will feature all the fun and games of the weekly radio show, only this time NPR has to add a budget line for pants. See celebrities sweat it out during “Not My Job,” where the famous (past players include Tom Hanks, then-Senator Barack Obama, Martha Stewart and Alec Baldwin) are interviewed and quizzed on subjects outside their area of expertise. Contestants will guess what newsmakers Kasell is impersonating in “Who’s Carl This Time?,” and select the one true story out of three unlikely tales from our panelists, in “Bluff the Listener.” Players vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by Kasell for their voicemail.

Now in its 15th season, the Peabody Award-winning Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! has an audience of more than 3.2 million listeners weekly on nearly 630 NPR Member public radio stations. The radio show is produced by NPR and WBEZ. It's heard on KUAR each Saturday at 1 p.m.