On this week's "Not My Job" segment of NPR's comedy-quiz show, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, host Peter Sagal's guest contestant is Jordan Peele -- of the Key & Peele show, and writer-director of the new film Get Out. The interview beforehand isn't all that substantive, but it's breezy and enjoyable.
From the archives. This week's contestants are Nancy Parton and Ron Morebello from San Diego, California. At least I got the composer style, but didn't have a clue on the hidden song -- which is really deeply hidden. I was even listening in the right place for it, but couldn't hear it. I even listening closely when pianist Bruce Adolph said where to listen, and I had been listening there, and he slowed to down to be more clear. Zero idea. Even when he gave the answer and I listened again, I had a hard time picking it out. But...it's guessable, because the contestants got it on the second time around. Not me...
From the archive. This week's contestant is Mirabai Knight from New York, New York. At first, I thought I knew the hidden song right off, but then it went off into a different direction. And in fact, the contestant had the same guess. But then halfway through I figured it out right and got it. And the contestant's guess on composer style was mine, too -- and wrong. But close. In fact, the correct answer was my first thought. So...yep, I should have stuck with my instinct. Especially since it quotes a well-known piece.
On this week's "Not My Job" segment of the NPR comedy-quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, the guest contestant is singer Josh Groban who tells host Peter Sagal a charming story about getting his start on the Grammy's, along with a few twists and turns along the way.
On this week's "Not My Job" segment of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, host Peter Sagal's guest contestant is romance novelist Nora Roberts, who writes thrillers, as well, under the pseudonym JD Robb -- who has 198 novels on the New York Times best-seller list. How is that even possible, to even write that many books?? If you start writing when you're 20, and keep writing until you're 66, as she is, that means you'd have to write four books every year -- and all of them on the best-seller list. Bizarre. And this doesn't count the books she's written that didn't make the best-seller list. (I think that may be why she's a bit uncommunicative at the beginning of the interview when host Sagal asks her a few times about how long it takes her to write a book. She probably doesn't want to say, "Seven weeks.") She opens up later, though, and it's an enjoyable interview..
I mean, just simply reading 198 novels in 40 years would be a lot. That's five a year, every year, for almost half a century.
This week's contestant is Lauren Cason from Greer, South Carolina. You're on your own with this one. It's not a style of music most people are terribly familiar with, I think. I took a stab, but was wrong. But the contestant and even Fred Child were stumped, too, until a barrel of clues came in. And even at that, Ms. Cason -- a piano teacher -- only threw out a guess and was right. As for the hidden song, I heard about four that I thought it might be. I picked one without the greatest confidence, but actually got it. (For as difficult as it was, there is an amusing method to composer Bruce Adolphe's madness on this one.) But even Fred said that this was "this is one of the hardest Piano Puzzlers we've had in a while."
The guest contestant on this week's comedy-news quiz from NPR Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! was supposed to be Lena Dunham, but alas she had to cancel. Instead, host Peter Sagal had to get a last-minute fill-in contestant, a fellow by the name of Stephen Colbert! Making the "Not My Job" segment all the more fun -- because his appearance was last-minute -- is that all of the questions that Peter Sagal asks Colbert are ones which were intended for Ms. Dunham. But I don't mean just all the quiz questions, which always have a them centered around the guest ...but all the questions, including for the interview portion!
This week's contestants are Peter and Mary-Bess Staffel from Bethany, West Virginia. This is an oddity: although I got both parts, it was touch-and-go that I would. I could tell the composer of the hidden song right away, but it took me a short while to "sing through" the song to get the title, but I did get it. It's well known, but might not be so for everyone. And the composer style was very guessable...but...it came down to two possibilities who overlap a bit. But I guessed right.
Aloha, from the archives. This week's contestant is Steven Buchtal from Honolulu, Hawaii. I think it's gettable. The song is nicely hidden, but well-known and becomes fairly recognizable. The composer style should be clear, because of the piece of music it's based on, though whether people know who wrote it is another matter...
On this latest "Not My Job" segment of the NPR comedy-news quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, the guest contestant who host Peter Sagal interviews is legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples.
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and the Writers Guild of America. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.