Behind the microphone

Speaking of “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” here’s a link to a nice little behind-the-scenes news story about it from the public TV station in its home base of Chicago. It’s fun to see what Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell look like (there are still photos on the show’s web site, but it’s different to see someone on video).

If you’re a “Car Talk” fan, you may want to look for Doug Berman, who is the executive producer of both “Car Talk” and “Wait, Wait.”

Miss Scarlett in the Conservatory with the Bravo host

Inside Inside, by James Lipton
This week’s guest on “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” is James Lipton, the host of “Inside The Actor’s Studio” who was parodied so frequently by Will Ferrell on “Saturday Night Live.”

The interview included two interesting facts about Lipton, who has a new autobiography out:

  • His wife was the model for the sultry “Miss Scarlett” in the artwork for one of the most popular releases of the board game “Clue.” (I’d heard this one just recently, somewhere else where Lipton was promoting the book.)
  • He is, seriously, one of the world’s leading experts on collective nouns (like “a pride of lions” or “a murder of crows”), and has written a book on the subject, “An Exultation of Larks.”

Who’s honoring him now

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve encouraged you to listen to “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.”

Well, this week you have even more of a reason to listen, because the “Not My Job” guest is, according to the opening credits of his TV show over the months,

  • grippy
  • megamerican
  • Lincolnish
  • superstantial
  • freem
  • eneagled
  • flagaphile
  • good
  • gutly

I Am America
Yes, it’s the author of “I Am America (And So Can You!),” and perhaps the next president of the United States, Stephen Colbert.

What would Silent Bob say?

The weekly guest on “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” plays a game called “Not My Job,” answering questions about a topic about which the producers assume the guest isn’t familiar.

They had not reckoned on “Clerks” director Kevin Smith. All of the questions they’d picked for Smith came from a book about mad scientists; turned out Smith had discussed that very book on his podcast recently.

You can hear the show at the web site.