Tomorrow night I’m off to Hartford with a friend for a taping of NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”, the “oddly informative” news quiz show. The tickets are a pledge benefit but since I pledged last October, it feels almost like a freebie. I totally adore the show and am happy dancing to have the chance to watch they have so much fun with the news.
If you don’t know “Wait Wait”, you can listen to a podcast of the most recent shows from their website. There are 3 panelist who compete against each other on behalf of folks at home, who can win Carl Kassel’s message on their answering machine. Each show features a pretty big name person answering questions in the “Not My Job” segment. The final segment is a lightening round to determine a winner, with questions based on recent stories in the news.
This all sounds pretty blah but trust me, it’s hysterical. The panelists bring wit, sarcasm, humor, and smarts and the show is not only entertaining but, well, oddly informative. Tomorrow night we’ll have 2.5 hours to enjoy a taping and spotting our favorite panelists and personalities from the nosebleed seats in the balcony. But hey, they were free tickets. What’s not to like?