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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Famous People Who Returned Our Calls: Celebrity Highlights from the Oddly Informative News Quiz Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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One segment of the show is called "That's Not My Job". This is where a well-known person is quizzed about something that is NOT in their expertise or does NOT fit their image. So, Phillipe, who was so fearless when walking a tightwire between the two World Trade Centers, is quizzed about phobias that other famous people have had.
The premise of the main block of the show is taking real current news items and quizzing the panelists or call-in-listeners about them. As you may guess, the news items selected are not about health care or Afghanistan or other serious topics. They are more likely to ask, for example, why were Jim and Jane Doe caught as they returned to the scene of a crime after they robbed a pet supply store? To make it easier, the contestant is given three multiple choice answers. But you still may not correctly guess that the correct answer is that Jane dropped her pet duck, which they'd taken along on the heist.
Wait Wait gives you weekly proof that truth is stranger than fiction. And you're taking the quiz along with the participants, so you have plenty of opportunity to feel informed or smart or without a clue yourself. The kids and I announce our choices out loud and then eagerly wait to see who's right. And remember, nothing is serious, this is comedy.
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While much of the CDs are terrific, they have two problems. At 2 CDs in length - just 2-1/2 hours of listening time -- there is not enough "Wait! Wait!" to satisfy the avid fan's thirst for great shows. Also, though most segments will put a smile on your face, only a handful are really notable. Mavis Staples, of the famed Staples Family Singers, was easily the standout. She was warm, funny and sassy, and had the added benefit of being historically important. (Her family sang for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the freedom movement.) Paula Deen, whose ultra-hi-calorie Southern cooking has drawn so much attention also kept the panel buzzing with "bons mots" and puns at her (and their own) expense. Deen's comebacks were spot on and hilarious. Other guests were decent - Leonard Nimoy in particular, but few elicited the kind of comic feeding frenzy that makes good shows into great ones. An exception was Paula Poundstone's mock duel with Michael Pollan, author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma." In a wild-eyed, enormously funny segment, Paula pounded Pollan for demonizing Ring Dings - the food that gives her life meaning.
Suggestion for future releases: I would have been OK with cutting the often disappointing game sections of the tapes. It was depressing to see my favorite guests pummeled in their efforts to win Carl Kasell's voice on a home participant's voice mail. Anyway, the interviews and back-and-forth with the panel were the choicest bits.
Still, the CDs are worth a listen for the unexpected and luscious bits of unscripted humor they provide.
They truly are all funny. Even the people who I had never heard of like Philippe Petit and Michael Pollan were funny and interesting. Other, more well known personalities (at least to me), like Carrie Fisher (Star Wars), Jane Curtin (Saturday Night Live, 3rd Rock from the Sun) , Neal Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, How I Met Your Mother), and Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek) were as funny or funnier than I expected.
This audiobook focuses on a part of the show - the "Not my job" segment. In this segment a celebrity is asked 3 questions about a topic about which they may not have any particular expertise and if they get 2 of the 3 correct they win a prize for a listener. For example, Leonard Nimoy, who is famed for playing Mr. Spock on Star Trek was asked questions about advice from baby experts like Dr. Benjamin Spock. Fearless tightrope walker Philippe Petit was asked questions about the phobias of certain celebrities.
For me, the funniest moment came when one of the hosts (comedian Paula Poundstone) went after healthy food expert Michael Pollan about Ringdings. Of course, it was all done in fun and this is one truly enjoyable audiobook.
I give the best of not my job a huge 5 stars. I absolutely loved it....Beth
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These highlights were pretty good and depicted a nice variety of guests. I have been happy to share it with many others.Published 20 months ago by SinSeattle
I just started listening, when I remember, to Wait Wait this year. The shows are usually pretty funny. This is a good sampling of the famous people portion of the program.Published 21 months ago by J. Spurway
Half the fun is listening to the stories but the other half is sharing them with family and friends.
This CD will make the drive to work fly.
Great. Wonderful for road trips in the car, and still has a contemporary feel even though some of the interviews are older.Published on June 2, 2013 by patricia a taylor