NPR News Quiz “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! – Live” Brings Laughs to the Big
Screen with Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell
NCM Fathom Events, NPR, WBEZ-Chicago and BY Experience Present the Cinematic
Debut of Popular Radio Show in Select Movie Theaters Nationwide on Thursday,
Event Features Panelists and Comedians Paula Poundstone, Tom Bodett and Mo
WASHINGTON & CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- February 5, 2013
Watch the week’s news get the treatment it deserves when the NPR news quiz
show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” brings its star power to the big screen for a
special LIVE performance in select cinemas nationwide on Thursday, May 2 at
8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed at 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT,
with an encore in select theaters on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. local time.
Host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell will lead the
event, broadcast live from New York University’s Skirball Center for the
Performing Arts. For this stage adaptation of the weekly radio show, Sagal and
Kasell will quiz “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” panelists – the comedians,
writers and style icons Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett – special
guests and listener contestants through a comic review of the week’s news.
Tickets for “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! – Live” are available at participating
theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of
theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters
and participants are subject to change). Presented by NCM Fathom Events, NPR,
WBEZ-Chicago and BY Experience, the event will be broadcast to more than 600
select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital
“We’ve always wanted to do our show all over the country, simultaneously, and
finally turned to this idea of a nationwide simulcast when our experiments in
cloning didn’t come out as well as we hoped,” says host Peter Sagal. “That
said, ‘Little Carl’ has shown a real propensity for handling simple tasks and
grunting the hour’s news.”
During the event, audiences will see celebrities sweat it out during “Not My
Job,” where stars (past players include Tom Hanks, then-Senator Barack Obama,
Martha Stewart and Alec Baldwin) are interviewed and quizzed on subjects
outside their area of expertise. Contestants will guess what newsmakers Kasell
is impersonating in “Who’s Carl This Time?” and select the one true story out
of three unlikely tales from our panelists in “Bluff the Listener.” Players
vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded
greeting by Kasell for their voicemail.
“’Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! – Live’ will feature all the fun and games of the
weekly radio show, brought to life on the big screen for a unique experience
fans will remember for years to come,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice
president for NCM Fathom Events.
Now in its 15th season, the Peabody award-winning “Wait Wait... Don’t Tell
Me!” has an audience of more than 3.2 million listeners weekly on nearly 630
NPR Member public radio stations. The radio show is produced by NPR and WBEZ.
To find local stations and broadcast times, get the free podcast and digest
the culinary courageousness of Sandwich Monday, visit www.npr.org/waitwait.
About National CineMedia (NCM)
NCM operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching
U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. The
NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema advertising and events
across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters
owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal
Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits.
NCM’s theater advertising network covers 183 Designated Market Areas® (49 of
the top 50) and includes over 19,300 screens (over 18,400 digital). During
2011, approximately 680 million patrons (on an annualized basis) attended
movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema
advertising agreements in place. The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast
network (“DBN”) is comprised of over 720 locations in 170 Designated Market
Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers
360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema,
encompassing 41 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile
applications. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 48.6% interest in
and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information,
visit www.ncm.com or www.FathomEvents.com.
NPR is an award-winning, multimedia news organization and an influential force
in American life. In collaboration with more than 900 independent public radio
stations nationwide, NPR strives to create a more informed public – one
challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of
events, ideas and cultures.
About BY Experience
BY EXPERIENCE kicked off the digital revolution of live events to movie
theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie’s 2003 Reality album
launch and since then, over 17 million tickets have been sold worldwide for
cinema events BY Experience has distributed globally. Credits: Worldwide HD
Distribution Representative, The Met: Live in HD series (2006 to present);
International (ex-UK) Distribution Representative, the U.K.’s National Theatre
Live series (2009 to present); Executive Producer for Cinema Leonardo Live
(February 2012), the public radio shows This American Life – Live! with Ira
Glass (2008, 2009, 2012) and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor
(February and October 2010), the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of
The Importance of Being Earnest (June 2011), Red Hot Chili Peppers Live: I’m
With You (August 2011); The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax
(June 2010), St. Olaf Christmas Festival (2007 and 2011), the New York Times
speaker’s series TimesTalks LIVE (2009), David Gilmour: Remember That Night —
Live from the Royal Albert Hall (September 2007), Distributor to Cinema
Westlife: The Farewell Concert (June 2012), the classic music celebration BBC
Last Night of the Proms (2009 - 2012), BBC Electric Proms: Robbie Williams
(October 2009). BY Experience distributes to over 60 countries, to 2,000 movie
screens. For more information, visit: www.byexperience.net.
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