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

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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Got an infection? Try some Peni-Bill-in" Bill Kurtis 
Roxanne Roberts: 17 (3/7)
Tara Clancy: 16 (4/6)
Tom Bodett: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Tara Clancy
Correct: Tara Clancy
Cyndi Lauper: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone getting their name in a unique way, Not My Job about the Titanic, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the royal couple's favorite wedding present?
The last question in the Trump Dump game played during the first panel round was fielded to Roxanne Roberts which she got it wrong. She got a ribbing from Peter Sagal because it was based on an article that she wrote for the Washington Post.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Helen Hong "I know you're tired LeBron. Pass the ball to me, I'm LeBill" Bill Kurtis 
Adam Felber: 17 (3/7)
Paula Poundstone: 12 (2/5)
Hari Kondabolu: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Retta: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone leaving on a trip and forgetting something, Not My Job about dog who have been on their best behavior, Listener Limerick Challenge
Hari Kondabolu's bluff story was based entirely on the plot of the first Home Alone movie. While Hari was reading his story, Paula Poundstone didn't think it was true and Adam Felber said that he had seen it somewhere before.

The show did not have a Panelist Prediction segment that would normally happen at the very end.
(TBD)Peter Sagal "I'm the guy who rebeled from the two party system and founded my own. I'm the Bill Moose" Bill Kurtis 
Alonzo Bodden
Paula Poundstone
Tom Bodett
Mo Rocca
Maz Jobrani
Faith Salie
Luke Burbank
Negin Farsad
Roy Blount, Jr.
Amy Dickinson
Chosen: Maz Jobrani
Correct: Maz Jobrani
John Hickenlooper: 3
Neil Patrick Harris: 2
Aubrey Plaza: 3
John Nixon: 1
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring several segments from the Wait Wait Junior special show that was recorded in Chicago and favorite Not My Job interviews
The location in which the Best Of show introduction and inter-segment bits were recorded was not mentioned at the beginning of the show.

For the Bluff the Listener segment, each panelist paired up with a Wait Wait Junior to write and present their bluff story. The bluff story that Mo Rocca worked with his Wait Wait Junior included a person named "Polly Poundsteen" in reference to Paula Poundstone. The two Wait Wait Juniors that paired up with Maz Jobrani were actually his own kids.

To determine who would get the point for the Bluff the Listener segment, the audience was polled to see which one they thought was the correct one by way of applause level.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Come on in, the water's hot. I'm bub-Bill bath" Bill Kurtis 
Luke Burbank: 17 (3/7)
Bim Adewunmi: 15 (5/5)
Peter Grosz: 12 (4/4)
Chosen: Bim Adewunmi
Correct: Peter Grosz
Keith Hernandez: 1
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone getting endorsed or sponsored for a surprising reason, Not My Job about Fifty Shades of Grey, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the winning talent that will win the next Miss America contest?
Keith Hernandez first chose "B" for the second Not My Job question and got ribbed for what that choice was (a kids cereal named "Domina-Trix") and was urged to change it. He changed his answer to "C", which was not correct either. All three choices for the third Not My Job question were actually real excerpts from "Fifty Shades Freed".
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey Pixar, put me in your next movie. I'm Incredi-Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Roxanne Roberts: 16 (2/7)
Hari Kondabolu: 15 (3/6)
Roy Blount, Jr.: 15 (3/6)
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Louie Anderson: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone's penny-pinching ways got them well rewarded, Not My Job about the song 'Louie, Louie', Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be next for the MPR raccoon?
Louie Anderson first chose "A" for the second Not My Job question and Peter Sagal nudged Louie to choose another answer while a few people in the audience booed Louie. Louie asked why he was being booed. Louie changed his answer to "B", which was correct.

Roy Blount, Jr. said that one day he will beat Roxanne Roberts on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Roy actually won over Roxanne on several occasions. The last four occasions were: 2007-02-17, 2007-03-03, 2011-03-05 and 2014-07-19.
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