NPR's 'Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!' to hit the big screen
Published: February 5, 2013 12:40PM
Updated: February 5, 2013 12:40PM
PASADENA, CA - MAY 22: Paula Poundstone poses for photographer Michael Schwartz in an exclusive portrait session at the Ice House on May 22, 2008 in Pasadena, California (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Paula Poundstone

The NPR news quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” will be on the big screen for a special LIVE performance in select cinemas nationwide (including some in Utah) on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. MT, with an encore in select theaters on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell will lead the event, broadcast live from New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

For this stage adaptation of the weekly radio show, Sagal and Kasell will quiz “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” panelists – Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett – and special guests and listener contestants through a comic review of the week’s news.

Tickets for “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! – Live” are available at participating theater box offices and online at

For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

From the press release: During the event, audiences will see celebrities sweat it out during “Not My Job,” where stars (past players include Tom Hanks, then-Senator Barack Obama, Martha Stewart and Alec Baldwin) are interviewed and quizzed on subjects outside their area of expertise. Contestants will guess what newsmakers Kasell is impersonating in “Who’s Carl This Time?” and select the one true story out of three unlikely tales from our panelists in “Bluff the Listener.” Players vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by Kasell for their voicemail.

“’Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! – Live’ will feature all the fun and games of the weekly radio show, brought to life on the big screen for a unique experience fans will remember for years to come,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president for NCM Fathom Events.

Now in its 15th season, the Peabody award-winning “Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!” has an audience of more than 3.2 million listeners weekly on nearly 630 NPR Member public radio stations.