When National Public Radio’s weekly news quiz, Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, began, way back in 1998, host Peter Sagal and his sidekick, radio veteran Carl Kassell, weren’t even in the same room, let alone in front of a studio audience. The call-in show was recorded remotely from different studios. Now the pop-culture-laced, headline-driven exam is a live, interactive experience that brings hosts, panelists and players together on stage — and tonight, for the first time, that stage will be at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
“The fact that me and my friends can fill Red Rocks — the hallowed ground where John Tesh himself played while somebody did gymnastics next to him — is just crazy,” says Sagal. While tonight’s special guest will most likely not be Tesh, Sagal will be joined by panelists Paula Poundstone, Tom Bodett and Brian Babylon, as well as Kassell’s recent replacement, former news anchor Bill Kurtis.
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For the uninitiated, the weekly program invites game players of the famous and everyday-Joe variety to ring up Sagal and company for a chance to play rounds of “Not My Job” and “Lightening Fill in the Blank,” as well as partaking in the “Listener Limerick Challenge” — all based on contemporary news stories. Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! starts at 7:30 p.m. at Red Rocks, 18300 West Alameda Parkway in Morrison; tickets are $40 to $70. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ticketswest.com/waitwait.
Thu., July 10, 7-10 p.m., 2014