Shotgun Willie's strip joint gets shout out on NPR's Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! -- really!

The latest edition of Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!, NPR's enormously entertaining current-events quiz show, featured not one but two Colorado references -- including an unlikely plug for Shotgun Willie's, whose website proudly proclaims it to be the "Best Strip Club in Denver."

The nods came during the so-called "Lightning Fill in the Blank" round, during which contestants Alonzo Boden, a past winner of Last Comic Standing, and authors Roy Blount Jr. and Amy Dickinson were asked about recent news stories with one key element missing.

First up was Boden, who was asked his by host Peter Sagal:

SAGAL: A pair of teenagers who stole a car in Colorado Springs were easily caught because blank.

Mr. BODEN: It was a police car.

SAGAL: No, they didn't know how to drive a stick shift.

But the more amusing Colorado shout-out came during Dickinson's turn. Here's the exchange:

SAGAL: The owner of a Denver strip club revealed she sends her employees to be, quote, "trained by blank."

Ms. DICKINSON: Wait, the owner of a Denver strip club sends her employees to be trained by seals.

SAGAL: No. To be trained by Mickey Mouse.

Ms. DICKINSON: Oh, I was so close.

SAGAL: In a revealing interview, Debbie Matthews of Shotgun Willie's Strip Club in Denver says customer service at her place is so good because her managers are trained at Disney.

Ms. DICKINSON: Wait a minute. Whoa, whoa, the name of the place is Shotgun Willie's?

SAGAL: Shotgun Willie's Strip Club.

Ms. DICKINSON: Would you go into a place called Shotgun Willie's?

Mr. ROY BLOUNT JR.: It's a Willie Nelson song.

Ms. DICKINSON: It just sounds dangerous.

SAGAL: If there were naked ladies inside, men would go into a club called Moldy Anthrax... Men would go into a club called Your Armed Ex-Wife.

No word as to whether Shotgun Willie's is considering a name switch to either of these last two suggestions. But don't be surprised during your next visit if the person sitting beside you is an NPR news junkie.

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