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

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Vienna, VA (Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts)Peter Sagal "End the witch hunt. There's no Bill-usion" Bill Kurtis 
Alonzo Bodden: 17 (3/7)
Mo Rocca: 16 (4/6)
Helen Hong: 11 (1/5)
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
James Comey: 2 *
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a news outlet that went above and beyond to get to the bottom of a story, Not My Job about loyalty reward programs, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big hit during next year's Amazon Prime Day?
Mo Rocca suggested the name "nut juice" as a replacement for nut or seed-based milk products, now that the FDA has ruled that they can no longer be called "milk". The suggestion did not really go over that well.

James Comey initially chose "A" for the third Not My Job question; but, Peter Sagal then gave him a big clue of what the correct answer was. James responded with "I meant to say I wouldn't take 'A';" in reference to what President Trump in response to him having "misspoken" about Russia's interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections. Since James only answered one Not My Job question correctly, Peter pulled out another Not My Job question for him to answer; in which, James answered it correctly and won. Since he won with an additional question, an exception has been noted in the database.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey there, ovaries. How do you like your eggs? I'm your Bill-opian tubes" Bill Kurtis 
Paula Poundstone: 16 (2/7)
Adam Burke: 14 (2/6)
Faith Salie: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Paula Poundstone
Correct: Adam Burke
Christine Lagarde: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone getting busted for a surprising reason, Not My Job about Fiorello La Guardia, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next feel good story in the news?
The last name of the listener contestant for the Who's Bill This Time? was "Trump" and that piqued the interest of Peter Sagal and the panel.

Peter accidentally called Bill Kurtis, "Boo," when he asked Bill who the listener contestant was for the Not My Job segment. After Christine Lagarde initially chose "C" for the third Not My Job question, the audience disapproved of her choice. Paula Poundstone relayed that to Christine Lagarde, who changed her answer to "B".
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Forget your constitutional protections and just listen to me, I'm the Bill that's right" Bill Kurtis 
Alonzo Bodden
Brian Babylon
Phoebe Robinson
Paula Poundstone
Mo Rocca
Maz Jobrani
Helen Hong
Bobcat Goldthwait
Faith Salie
Peter Grosz
Roy Blount, Jr.
Roxanne Roberts
Adam Felber
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Correct: (N/A)
Eddie Izzard: 1
Keegan-Michael Key: 2
Chris Wink and Phil Stanton: 1
Trisha Yearwood: 2
Garth Brooks: 1
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring several favorite Not My Job guests and a singing overture from the Wait Wait... Don' t Tell Me! Jr. special live show
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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "I'm just a legendary anchorman looking for his anchor baby" Bill Kurtis 
Negin Farsad: 13 (3/5)
Paula Poundstone: 12 (2/5)
Tom Papa: 6 (2/2)
Chosen: Negin Farsad
Correct: Negin Farsad
Fabien Cousteau: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a property listing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Not My Job about Phish, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the least popular question people ask Alexa?
After Fabien Cousteau chose "B" for the third Not My Job question, Peter Sagal and the audience nudged Fabien to reconsider his choice to "C". Fabien changed his answer to "C", which was the correct answer.

Negin Farsad hilariously failed at figuring out what the correct answer was for her panel question during the second panel round.

Each of the panelists' final question for the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round involved a drunk person and a dog, in some manner.
Lenox, MA (Tanglewood/Koussevitsky Music Shed)Peter Sagal "Getting rid of some old clothes? Take 'em to Good-Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Faith Salie: 17 (3/7)
Mo Rocca: 14 (2/6)
Alonzo Bodden: 9 (3/3)
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Faith Salie
David Wise: 1
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new way couples can keep things interesting, Not My Job about normcore, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the first thing the new Space Force does?
Mo Rocca finally figured out why a "half pipe" is called a "half pipe".

David Wise initially chose "B" for the second Not My Job questions and the audience disapproved of the choice and David was given a chance to change his answer to the audience's choice of "C". After all three options were given for the third Not My Job questions, both David and the audience seemed to agree that "A" would be the correct answer; but, both were shocked that "C" was actually the correct one.

Mo Rocca hilariously took a long time to answer the 8th Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question.