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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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“A distillation of 12 of the best visits from a very funny crop of celebrity visits. . . . This is one truly enjoyable audiobook.”
      —DWD’s Reviews

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Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is NPR's "oddly informative" weekly hour-long news quiz program. Over 3 million listeners on over 600 stations nationwide turn in to hear host PETER SAGAL lead a group of panelists and listeners through a series of games designed to test their knowledge of the week's news—and showcase their wit. NPR newscaster CARL KASELL serves as judge and scorekeeper. When not touring, the program is recorded at the Bank One Auditorium in Chicago.


Internationally acclaimed, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly, and, unlike other media, NPR’s audience continues to grow. NPR member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.


Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is NPR's "oddly informative" weekly hour-long news quiz program. Over 6 million listeners on over 600 stations nationwide turn in to hear host PETER SAGAL lead a group of panelists and listeners through a series of games designed to test their knowledge of the week's news—and showcase their wit. When not touring, the program is recorded at the Bank One Auditorium in Chicago.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HighBridge Audio; Unabridged edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598878964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598878967
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.5 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have all three of the Wait Wait Don't Tell Me CD's currently available. I put them in the car and the kids and I listen to them. That's a 13 year old, a 16 year old and an over-50 year old. We all enjoy them - not just "enjoy" but laugh out loud. This is a funny funny show. I particularly love it when Paula Poundstone is on the panel, but everyone is hilarious.

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.

You can catch the show live on Saturdays.
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As with many Americans, "Wait! Wait" is a favorite part of my Saturday NPR fix. I have grown to admire and depend on the wit and topical humor of Peter Sagal and his panelists, including Roy Blount, Jr., Paula Poundstone, Tom Bodett and others. This CD strings together the appearances of 12 of the shows guests from 2008-2009.

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.
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If you have not discovered NPR's weekly radio show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! , then I pity you. This clever show is truly one of the funniest shows on radio or television or just about anywhere and this collection is promoted as a distillation of 12 of the best visits from a very funny crop of celebrity visits.

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.
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I grabbed this audio book for a road trip and OMG! I laughed through the entire thing! I know the other drivers were looking at me like I was on something but I couldn’t help but laugh the entire time. I wish I would have gotten the other audio collections! I highly recommend to anyone planning a road trip, or just needing something to listen to at work. If you have a chance to hear this audio book, take it. You will love it!
I give the best of not my job a huge 5 stars. I absolutely loved it....Beth
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