Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Stats and Show Details

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Durham, NC (Durham Performing Arts Center)Peter Sagal "I'm the man now dog" Bill Kurtis 
Faith Salie: 14 (2/6)
Adam Felber: 13 (3/5)
Bobcat Goldthwait: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Clay Aiken: 3
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a creative way to fight a hipster invasion, Not My Job about claymation, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the surprise solution to the California water crisis?
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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "I'm the only Bill to get unanimous support in both Houses of Congress" Bill Kurtis 
Gabe Liedman: 16 (4/6)
Luke Burbank: 14 (2/6)
Paula Poundstone: 11 (1/5)
Chosen: Gabe Liedman
Correct: Gabe Liedman
Tony Robbins: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone taking a creative stand against Russia, Not My Job about incredibly lazy people, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will win the last season of American Idol?
When the Bluff the Listener contestant initially chose Luke's bluff as the correct one, Peter Sagal had a heavy hand in making the contestant change her mind and switch to Gabe's bluff. Peter has done this more than once in the past. The last and most memorable one was back on 2006-11-11 when Peter made the contestant switch away from Aamer Haleem. Aamer made a bit of a stink on-air about it.

In the edited version of the show, Paula had only answered four questions correctly during the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, even though Bill Kurtis said she answered five correct. The fifth one would have been the one edited out.
Brooklyn, NY (BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music)Peter Sagal "I'm a man, I'm a man, I'm a mighty, mighty anchorman" Bill Kurtis 
Jessi Klein: 14 (0/7)
Peter Grosz: 13 (5/4)
Mike Birbiglia: 10 (2/4)
Chosen: Peter Grosz
Correct: Peter Grosz
Steve Buscemi: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff The Listener about exciting office intrigue, Not My Job about government jobs, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who's going to run for president that will actually surprise us?
After Steve Buscemi answered "C" for the third Not My Job question, Peter Sagal said, "Yes, it's C again." The correct answer for neither the first or the second Not My Job questions were "C".

It is pretty rare, or ever done in the past, for a panelist to start the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round with zero points, but Jessi Klein did so. Even with zero points, Jessi answered seven of eight questions correctly and ended up winning the game.

In the edited version of the show, Mike Birbiglia was asked six Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions and answered three of them correctly, instead of four as stated by Bill Kurtis. The fourth correct answer was probably cut out.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "By the power of Grayskull, I am He-Anchorman" Bill Kurtis 
Roxanne Roberts: 15 (3/6)
P.J. O'Rourke: 11 (3/4)
Brian Babylon: 6 (2/2)
Chosen: P.J. O'Rourke
Correct: Roxanne Roberts
Jonathan Adler: 3
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a brand new superhero, Not My Job about New Coke, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big surprise at this weekend's boxing match?
Jonathan Adler's husband, Simon Doonan, was the Not My Job guest for the show aired on 2015-02-07 and answered only one question correctly.