“Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” about which I often gush in this space, has also impressed someone else:
The Peabody Award judges.
Host Peter Sagal is understandably proud.
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.”
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock is a very entertaining, quick-witted “Not My Job” guest on this week’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” You can hear it streaming online, or on NPR.
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:
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,
Yes, it’s the author of “I Am America (And So Can You!),” and perhaps the next president of the United States, Stephen Colbert.
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.