Went to see a recording of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! at the Academy of Music last night here in Philadelphia. If people think that this weekend’s Rally to Restore Sanity is like the Gathering of the Smuggaloes, then they wouldn’t know what to make of this.
Let’s just say that Helen and I really love the show, but seeing the sausage get made wasn’t quite as appealing. Can someone start a “More Carl!” campaign? I think you could make it catchphrasey, like “more cowbell.” Who’s with me?
Overall the show wasn’t that bad, it’s just that, I dunno, it just didn’t come off quite the same live. When the jokes are flat, they’re really flat and the panelists’ hemming and hawing wasn’t all that clever, although Tom Bodett was a treat! P.J. O’Rourke got booed once when he joked that ’60s protesters deserved to be beaten and teargassed. Amy Dickinson did had to stand in for women everywhere. Weird.
We heard the show air yesterday as we drove back from D.C. Sounded much better. Probably best to not see how the sausage gets made, huh?