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Tickets on sale Sept. 12 for taping of NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me in Tampa



wwdtmcast_092606.jpg(Correction: due to the venue's error, an incorrect date for ticket sales was posted earlier on the blog)

Tickets go on sale Sept. 12 for a Tampa stop by NPR's Saturday morning news quiz Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me at the Straz Center in Tampa.

The show was last in the Tampa Bay area back in 2006, when host Peter Sagal brought his rolling caravan of news-based jokes and limerick challenges to the Van Wetzel Hall in Sarasota.

The show features Sagal, announcer Carl Kasell and a panel of three competitors/commentators who riff on questions inspired by the day's news (read here about my adventure in Los Angeles this past July with sometimes panelist Mo Rocca). There's also a celebrity who shows up to answer similarly odd questions, which are so meticulously scripted, they sound incredibly spontaneous.

"We do a lot of preparation, so we can be as spontaneous as possible," Sagal said back then, remembering that "the single funniest thing that may have ever happened on our show" was an unsceripted ad-lib during an appearance by Tom Hanks.

wait-wait.jpg"The theme of the question was how Errol Flynn met his second wife as she was working the concession stand at the courthouse during his trial for statutory rape," the host recelled. " Tom Hanks was musing on this and he said 'Do courthouses even have snack bars?' There was a pause and Paula Poundstone says, 'Yes!'" (See, Paula -- the show's wisecracking, news-oblivious secret weapon -- has had her own legal, um, experiences years ago.)

Tickets prices at $39.50 go on sale at noon next tuesday for the general pulbic. Show stats at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 inside Carol Morsani Hall.

Click here to access the show's website and check out some past programs.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 7:59am]


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