This is a bit different from our usual 'Not My Job' segments of the NPR quiz show, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! Actually, it's A LOT different.
In honor of the show's 20th anniversary, panelist Faith Salie sits down with the show's host and creator Peter Sagal, along with announcer Bill Kurtis (a former very popular news anchor for the CBS TV outlet in Chicago), and several of her fellow panelists, as well as even a few handful of producers to give a behind-the-scenes look of the show. They're calling it Wait Wait: Naked and Ashamed.
The second guest on the "series" is longtime panelist Paula Poundstone, who I'm a huge fan of. It was deeply unfortunate (for any number of reasons) when her life hit a brick wall, and I was so happy she got her life turned around and then her career back on track. As I wrote here a long-while back, one of the funniest comedy acts I've seen live wasn't even exactly a comedy act per se -- it was at the Consumer Electronics Show a few years ago when Paula Poundstone had been hired by some vendor to bring some attention to their booth (as happens on occasion at the show). I was walking by, and there she was with a microphone, just talking to people on the show floor, and it was hilarious. Total strangers, nothing prepared, all ad lib, just chatting with people, and it was as drop-dead funny as one could imagine. Though I was rushing through, I stopped for about 15 minutes to watch and revel in it. I wanted to stay longer, but I had a schedule to keep and was already far behind.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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