The NPR game show and podcast “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me” is launching a stand-up comedy tour. This fall, the weekly hour-long program will travel to ten cities across the U.S. a stand-up comedy show featuring some the signature show’s funniest panelists.
The tour hits Ann Arbor, MI on Oct. 21 at the Michigan Theater and Kalamazoo, MI on Oct. 22 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre. Shows are also booked in Eugene, OR; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Dallas, TX; Austin, TX; Raleigh, NC; Tampa, FL; and Atlanta, GA, although dates and venues have not yet been announced.
The tour launched in June with pilot shows in Denver and Salt Lake City. "We love doing this," said comedian and host of the tour Alonzo Bodden. "It's not your typical Saturday morning comedy. These are the funniest Wait Wait panelists, uncensored."
“Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me” is now in its 24th year and has an audience of more than 3.9 million listeners weekly on 727 NPR member stations. The Wait Wait podcast is downloaded 800,000 times a week. The radio show is a co-production of NPR and Chicago Public Media.
"The stand-up tour has the smarts and surprise of Wait Wait, but it's a little more raw, with more laugh-out-loud moments," said Doug Berman, the creator and “Benevolent Overlord” of “Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me.” "There's just not enough time during an hour of ‘Wait Wait’ to really get to know the panelists. They're some of the smartest and funniest people on the planet, and this is a chance to spend an evening laughing with them."