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Tickets Almost Gone for Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!

Tony Nagelmann

WCQS is bringing Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! the oddly informative news quiz from NPR back to Asheville August 1st. Tickets went on sale at 10 am June 6th and are almost sold out as of Friday afternoon, June 7th! Get yours before they're gone!

Host Peter Sagal, official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell and a few of their [yet to be named] witty panelists will return to the 'Cesspool of Sin' for a live show at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium August 1st. The Asheville performance will be recorded and broadcast nationwide on Saturday, August 3rd. Tickets are selling far more quickly than anticipated. If you want to make sure you've got your seats for the August 1st show, get your tickets today! If you have a friend who you know wants to be at the show, tell them they need to act quickly if they want to be a part of the fun.

Tickets are on sale now!

  • All tickets are $48 and seating is assigned, so the sooner you purchase, the better your seat.
  • Tickets are available online here, via phone at 800-745-3000, and at the U.S. Cellular Center Box Office on Haywood Street in Downtown Asheville.

Now in its 15th season, the Peabody Award-winning show, Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me!, uses current stories (from the global to the ridiculous) for questions and comedy. Host Peter Sagal, along with official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news.

Each week, Sagal quizzes the panelists and listeners to determine just how closely they paid attention to the week's news. He serves up questions in all forms: lightning rounds, tape from NPR news shows, multiple choice, identify the “fake” stories, and fill-in-the-blank limericks. Listeners call 888-WAIT-WAIT for a chance to win the show’s coveted prize: a custom-recorded greeting by Carl Kasell for their home answering machine or voicemail.

One of the most popular segments is “Who's Carl This Time?,” in which Kasell recites quotes from the week’s newsmakers as contestants guess who he is impersonating. The show’s “Not My Job” segment, when famous people are quizzed on subjects about which they know absolutely nothing, has attracted such names as President Barack Obama (okay, he was Senator Obama at the time…), actor Tom Hanks, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, comedian Stephen Colbert and actor, comedian and banjo player extraordinaire Steve Martin.

A rotating trio of witty panelists completes the Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! team. They include author and humorist Roy Blount, Jr., advice columnist Amy Dickinson, Washington Post columnist Roxanne Roberts, writer and performer Adam Felber, author P.J. O’Rourke, comedian Paula Poundstone humorist Mo Rocca and more. We don’t yet know who the panelists will be for the Asheville show, but as soon as we know, you’ll know.

WCQS broadcasts Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Saturday mornings at 11 and Sunday mornings at 10.

WCQS will also host a listening party for the Saturday August 3rd broadcast of the Asheville show. Details TBA.

Stay tuned for more!

Michelle Keenan is the Associate Director of Development at Blue Ridge Public Radio. She began volunteering for the station in 1996 and has been a full-time staff member since 1998.