Wait, Wait….A Great Show

Those of us who love KNPR-FM (88.9), National Public Radio, typically laugh every weekend. One of the reasons is the show called, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me” hosted by Peter Sagal.

'Wait Wait Don't Tell Me' host Peter Sagal.
Photo by Diane Taylor

Sagal, his announcer Carl Casall, and guest panelists discuss the week’s news, talk to a celebrity guest and have listener callers and panelists participate in somewhat silly quizzes. The result is bright, topical humor.

Last night “Wait Wait” came to town for a taping at the Paris Las Vegas. Tickets weren’t cheap, from $50 to $150 plus plus, but for my money, even the expensive seats were well worth it.

The evening began with a long “bit” by magician Mac King. He’s always wonderful and he was again. Who else produces the audience member’s missing card from….well, go see Mac King at Harrah’s and find out.

Sagal gave a few introductory remarks — very funny in themselves — then the show began. We listened as panelists Paula Poundstone, Adam Felber and Faith Salie added comments to reports of the week’s news. These clever folks can really think quickly and frankly, few shows in Las Vegas have been as funny. (Panelist Salie did, however, call herself “dumb” for missing one quiz question about National Public Radio itself.)

Storyteller Wayne Newton.
Photo by Diane Taylor

The guest celebrity last night was Wayne Newton, and he was quite charming — trading quips and telling stories. He was given a rousing welcome by the mostly-local audience and was treated by Sagal as an entertainment legend, so one wonders if his plans for the future won’t indeed be successful. Yes, he was able to tell a national audience about his plans for tours of his estate. He definitely bristled at the term “Graceland West” preferring the name “Shenandoah”.

Clearly the program we saw was longer than the final product. Editing will take care of the overtime, but the show should be fun. Tune in at 10:00 a.m. Saturday or 1:00 p.m. Sunday — 88.9 FM. Podcasts are available, too. Las Vegas listeners should particularly enjoy this week’s program.

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