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Posted on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 10:03 a.m.

'Wait...Wait...Don't Tell Me!' to be broadcast live at local cinemas

By Ann Dwyer

Find out if Peter Sagal has a face for radio when Quality 16 and Rave Cinemas broadcast "Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!"

There will be a special live performance on Thursday, May 2 at 8 p.m. Theater audiences around the country will be able to experience it at the same time. There will be an encore on Tuesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m.

For this stage adaptation of the weekly radio show, Sagal and Carl Kasell will quiz "Wait Wait" panelists Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett, special guests and listener contestants through a comic review of the week’s news.

“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 “That said, ‘Little Carl’ has shown a real propensity for handling simple tasks and grunting the hour’s news," says host Peter Sagal in the press release.

Both WEMU (89.1 FM) and Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7 in Ann Arbor) carry the program at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. WEMU staff will be at the May 2 event at Rave with station and "Wait...Wait..." giveaway items.

Live Thursday, May 2, 2013. 8 p.m. Encore Tuesday, May 7, 2013. 7:30 p.m. $18 to $22. Tickets are available at theater box offices and also at Q16 is located at 3686 Jackson Road. 734-623-7469. Rave is located at 4100 Carpenter Road. 734-973-4823.


Jenn McKee

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 5:41 p.m.

I love "Wait, Wait," and I believe Steve Martin and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will be part of this show. Sounds awesome. Now if I could only find a babysitter...


Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 11:34 a.m.

$20 to watch a radio show in a theatre. Imagine how expensive the tickets would be if they weren't subsidized by taxpayers.

The Picker

Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 11:09 a.m.

Wait... Wait... Don't tell me this show is not lame !


Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 6:39 p.m.

Paula Poundstone is hilarious and the show is great. I don't know about Peter's ego, but it's certainly no bigger than Alex Trebek's.


Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 4:48 p.m.

I love this show on the radio! Trying to guess the news trivia answers is quite fun. I wish the tickets were less expensive, though. It's an interesting money-making strategy for the show. They'll earn more money by showing and charging for live shows around the country, getting more customers than at their one location weekly taping show usually in Chicago (or on the road somewhere). Anyway, it is a fun show, I think!


Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 3:36 p.m.

Peter Sagal has a humongous ego and the show is all about him. If you like that kind of thing, go for it.