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.
The guest on this week's 'Not My Job' segment of the NPR news-comedy game show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! is Daniel Handler, the author of the Lemony Snicket series of Unfortunate Events books (which is now a series on Netflix). His interview with host Peter Sagal is, as you might expect, sardonic and funny.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Rainer Klaus of Madison, Alabama. The hidden song is hidden with good humor, but it's eventually guessable. The composer style was one that I thought I came close to, but I was wrong, and probably should have gotten it.
This week's contestant is Lessa Virnya from Syracuse, NY. The composer style came down to two people in my mind...and to my surprise and pleasure, I guessed it correctly. As for the hidden song, it too seemed to be between two songs, as far as I could make things out, and though both the contestant and host Fred Child couldn't get it...huzzah, I was right, again.
We have a slightly bit different posting of the NPR news-comedy game show, Wait, Wait...Don'd Tell Me! The show is hosted by its creator Peter Sagal, but he's off this this week. Instead, they have a guest host for the hour. The fellow's name is Tom Hanks. Yes, that Tom Hanks. So, instead of just posting the "Not My Job" segment, we have the full show. And it may not shock you to know that he's wonderful. Charming, witty, quick, and with an enthusiasm that's as if he was doing a sketch of SNL.
We still do have the "Not My Job" segment, of course. And the guest contestant is Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles.
So, here's the full hour. Hanks, you're welcome.
This week's contestant is Ray Lancaster from Columbia Hill, South Carolina. I got the hidden song pretty quickly, and then it becomes very clear. The composer style came down to two composers...and I guessed the wrong one. Actually, it turned out to be someone else entirely, though the same country as my guess. If that counts for anything, which it really doesn't.
Host Peter Sagal's guest contestant on this week's "Not My Job" segment of the NPR comedy-public affairs quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! is actor Terry Quinn of Lost.
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.