WYSU hosts quiz show cinecast

"Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" host Peter Sagal.

“Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” host Peter Sagal.

WYSU 88.5 is hosting a special live showing of the popular NPR news quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at Tinseltown in Boardman.

Host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell will lead the cinecast, broadcast live from New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Tinseltown is the only local theater featuring this special live performance on the big screen.  Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available at this website and also can be purchased at the theater. In addition, WYSU will be giving away tickets during the on-air portion of the Spring Pledge Drive, April 23 through April 26.

WYSU is a proud broadcaster of “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” every weekend – on  Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. – on 88.5 FM. Now in its 15th season, the Peabody Award-winning show has an audience of more than 3.2 million listeners weekly on nearly 630 NPR member public radio stations. The event will be broadcast to more than 600 movie theaters across the country.

For this stage adaptation of the weekly radio show, Sagal and Kasell will quiz panelists Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca, Tom Bodett, and other special guests and listener contestants through a comic review of the week’s news.

“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,” Sagal said. “That said, ‘Little Carl’ has shown a real propensity for handling simple tasks and grunting the hour’s news.”

For more info about the quiz show, visit www.npr.org/waitwait.

For more information about the local event on May 2, visit www.wysu.org, or call Tricia Perry at 330-941-1777.