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2018

Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "I'm the man with an aim that can be used for any number of comic puns. I'm adapta-Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Roxanne Roberts
Mo Rocca
Adam Felber
Helen Hong
Alonzo Bodden
Faith Salie
Adam Burke
Patton Oswalt
Paula Poundstone
Roy Blount, Jr.
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Ryan Dempster: 2
Lindy West: 2
Jerry Rice: 2
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! with a look back at some favorite Not My Job interviews and previously un-aired material from the past year, part two
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! taped two shows while in Seattle, Washington on November 30th and December 1st. The Bluff the Listener, Not My Job and App Store Game segments included on this Best Of show comes from the show that taped on December 1st.

Normally, the chosen bluff and the correct bluff from Bluff the Listener segments re-aired on Best Of shows do not get noted in the Stats Page database. In this case, the Bluff the Listener segment was not aired as part of a regular Wait Wait show, I have noted the chosen and correct bluff information for this show.

Due to technical difficulties with the phone system at the start of the December 1st taping, audience members were selected as the listener contestants for the Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener and Listener Limerick Challenge segments.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "I'm not a stable genius. I'm a genius that's sta-Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Helen Hong: 17 (3/7)
Roy Blount, Jr.: 17 (3/7)
Adam Felber: 15 (3/6)
Chosen: Helen Hong
Correct: Helen Hong
Rian Johnson: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a retailer offering a surprising promotion to potential customers, Not My Job about "Storage Wars", Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the must-have gadget at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show?
The show had a recording of Robert Siegel, who recently retired from "All Things Considered", saying President Trump's "shithole" quote.

The second option for all three of the "life hack" panel questions were all written for laughs, leaving the first option being the correct one. Peter Sagal goofed by saying "black women's maternity pants" instead of "women's black maternity pants".

Bill Kurtis stated that it was the first time in three years that all three panelists were tied at the start of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round; but, didn't state how many points they started with. The last time all three panelists were tied going into Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank was on the show that aired on 2016-06-11 in which Bill also didn't state how many points all three panelists had (which was also 3).
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey, Ebbing, Missouri, you don't need three billboards. You just need one Bill Kurtis" Bill Kurtis 
Mo Rocca: 13 (3/5)
Paula Poundstone: 12 (2/5)
Alonzo Bodden: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
Al Roker: 3
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone elsewhere in the world having a unique immigration problem, Not My Job about Coldplay, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big false alarm to freak everyone out?
Paula Poundstone used the surname "Swamu" in her Bluff the Listener story again.

All three of the options for the third Not My Job question were actually correct.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey, that guacamole is not ready yet. You need some Bill-antro" Bill Kurtis 
Faith Salie: 16 (4/6)
Peter Grosz: 11 (3/4)
Bim Adewunmi: 7 (1/3)
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Peter Grosz
Krysten Ritter: 3
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a former kids TV star doing something new, Not My Job about other people named Jones, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what souvenir will President Trump bring back from Davos?
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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey man, relax! Take a chill-Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Helen Hong: 17 (3/7)
Tom Bodett: 16 (2/7)
Paula Poundstone: 14 (2/6)
Chosen: Helen Hong
Correct: Helen Hong
Dr. Michael Rosbash: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a unique used furniture shop find, Not My Job about barflies, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big surprise from this year's Super Bowl half-time show?
Another instance in which the correct answers for all three Not My Job questions were "B"
South Bend, IN (Morris Performing Arts Center)Peter Sagal "Hello Nancy Pelosi, if you need a break, let me Bill-ibuster" Bill Kurtis 
Amy Dickinson: 16 (4/6)
Adam Felber: 16 (4/6)
Hari Kondabolu: 10 (4/3)
Chosen: Hari Kondabolu
Correct: Hari Kondabolu
Pete Buttigieg: 3
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about something positive coming from McDonald's, Not My Job about North Bend, Washingston, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next thing that will be blasted into space?
Another instance in which all three panelists starting the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round in a three-way tie
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Say, 'Ahhh'. You're about to get a tonsil-Bill-ectomy" Bill Kurtis 
Faith Salie: 20 (4/8)
Mo Rocca: 14 (2/6)
Liz Miele: 4 (2/1)
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Faith Salie
David Duchovny: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about something Disney does not want anyone to know about, Not My Job about tumultuous breakups and divorces, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big sport at the Winter Olympics?
David Duchovny was bleeped when responding to Peter Sagal explaining the correct answer to the first Not My Job question. Peter mispronounced Janeane Garofalo's first name and was corrected by David and Mo Rocca. Janeane was the Not My Job guest on the 2006-07-15 show
(TBD)Peter Sagal "I'm the man whose inner life will always be hidden, no matter how sincere I am. I'm inscruti-Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Faith Salie
Roxanne Roberts
Mo Rocca
Luke Burbank
Negin Farsad
Hari Kondabolu
Adam Burke
Paula Poundstone
John Hodgman
P.J. O'Rourke
Tom Bodett
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)
Jordan Peele: 2
Greta Gerwig: 3
Lee Daniels: 3
Liz Climo: 2
Lee Unkrich: 2
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring several favorite Not My Job interviews with movie makers and a children's book author
During the intro, Bill Kurtis will almost always state the location of that week's show taping, including when they are taping the intro and inter-segment portions of the Best Of shows. For this show, Bill didn't state the location where they recorded the introduction.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey Anthony Kiedes, put a sock on this! I'm a Red Hot Billy Pepper" Bill Kurtis 
Luke Burbank: 16 (2/7)
Roxanne Roberts: 13 (3/5)
Paula Poundstone: 10 (2/4)
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Paula Poundstone
Jessie Diggins: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a film currently in production that could win next year's Academy Award for Best Picture, Not My Job about skee-ball, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big news to come out of the Oscars?
The show started with Peter mentioning and playing a segment in which Paula Poundstone made a snarky comment about cross-country skiing. This week's Not My Job guest is Jessie Diggins, who won the first Olympic cross-country skiing gold medal for the United States in 2018 at Pyeongchang.

During the introduction of the Not My Job segment, Peter Sagal said "Pyongyang" instead of "Pyeongchang". All three of the choices for the third Not My Job question were correct.

During the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment, Paula Poundstone couldn't think of the name Spotify, but got help from the audience. Roxanne Roberts couldn't completely remember Martin Shkreli's last name but got enough of it correct that Peter accepted it. When Roxenne didn't answer enough questions to win the game, making Luke Burbank the winner, the audience started chanting "Luuuuuuke" with the help of Bill Kurtis.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Wakanda forever! I'm Bill-monger" Bill Kurtis 
Tara Clancy: 17 (3/7)
Faith Salie: 16 (4/6)
Alonzo Bodden: 16 (4/6)
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Faith Salie
Austan Goolsbee: 3
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an interesting Scotland Yard investigation, Not My Job about home economics, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next reality show scandal?
Peter Sagal kept saying "Alexa" several more times after stating that people get mad at Peter for triggering their Amazon Echo devices by saying "Alexa". Peter then used the name "Echo" instead of "Alexa".

Bill Kurtis accept Tara Clancy's overly specific answer of "running out of Gargonzola" regarding a question about the Big Cheese Festival running out of cheese.
Hartford, CT (The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts)Peter Sagal "During Lent, take a bite out of me. I'll be your Bill-et-O-Fish" Bill Kurtis 
Mo Rocca: 16 (2/7)
Helen Hong: 13 (3/5)
Tom Bodett: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Tom Brady: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a blockbuster movie causing a problem that goes beyond just being terrible, Not My Job about The Brady Bunch, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next embarrassing way a White House staffer find out that they are fired?
Until recently, Tom Brady had never eaten a strawberry and Peter Sagal asked Tom how his first strawberry tasted. Tom Brady's answer was bleeped. After Peter had called scoring a goal in football practice, Tom Brady clarified that it's a touchdown in football and a goal in soccer. For the first Not My Job question, Tom Brady initially chose "C" but was urged to change his answer because "C" was a chimpanzee. He changed his answer to "B", which was also not correct. After Peter gave all three choices for the second Not My Job question, the audience started yelling "B", which Tom Brady chose. For the third Not My Job question, Tom Brady asked Mo Rocca for help and Mo's answer was correct.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "I don't care about your fancy arts and culture, I'm a Bill-istine" Bill Kurtis 
Amy Dickinson: 13 (3/5)
Adam Burke: 13 (3/5)
Rashawn Scott: 5 (1/2)
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
LeVar Burton: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone paying the price for being ahead of their time, Not My Job about Geordie Shore, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will be the next HBO star to run for office?
During the Who's Bill This Time? segment, the topic of the feud between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall was brought up in which Peter Sagal and Amy Dickinson incorrectly pronounced "Cattrall". Rashawn Scott jumped in and corrected them.

After LeVar Burton gave his first response to the second Not My Job question, Peter nudged LeVar to change his answer; in which, he switched it to "C" and was correct.

After Rashawn named the incorrect planet during the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment, Peter said that she only had a 1 in 9 chance of getting it right. Adam Burke later corrected Peter by saying that it would be a 1 in 8 chance, since Pluto is no longer considered a planet.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "I'm legendary anchorman" Bill Kurtis 
Peter Grosz
Roy Blount, Jr.
Amy Dickinson
Alonzo Bodden
Adam Felber
Maz Jobrani
Helen Hong
Mo Rocca
Brian Babylon
Tom Bodett
Faith Salie
Janelle James
Luke Burbank
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)
Daniel Handler: 2
Michael Giacchino: 3
Ben Sasse: 2
Joe Buck: 3
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite recent Not My Job interviews and panel segments
The Bluff the Listener segment from this Best Of show originally aired on the 2017-01-28 show
Columbus, OH (Palace Theatre)Peter Sagal "March Madness is over and the winner is Bill-anova" Bill Kurtis 
Roy Blount, Jr.
Roxanne Roberts
Peter Grosz
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
John Kasich: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about youthful indiscretions, Not My Job about K-Tel, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big celebrity mystery?
John Kasich had help from the audience for the second and third Not My Job questions.

During the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank, Roxanne Roberts almost said "President Voldemort" when trying to say "President Vladimir Putin". Roy Blount, Jr. answered a question about the falling Chinese Space Station with "satellite" and Peter Sagal accepted the answer.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "I don't dance now, I make money moves. I'm Cardi-Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Faith Salie: 16 (2/7)
Tom Bodett: 16 (4/6)
Adam Burke: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Laurie Metcalf: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone getting revenge in an surprising manner, Not My Job about three short men, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: What will retiring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan do after he leaves Congress?
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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Bill Kurtis 
Maz Jobrani: 15 (3/6)
Helen Hong: 14 (2/6)
Mo Rocca: 14 (2/6)
Chosen: Maz Jobrani
Correct: Mo Rocca
Edie Falco: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone getting a break in an unusual way, Not My Job about tenors, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big food?
With Carl Kasell passing away this week, Peter Sagal remembered Carl Kasell with a dedicated segment after the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment and included a clip of Carl introducing the show from 2010 at the beginning of the show.

Maz Jobrani flexed his Italian accent in telling his Bluff the Listener story.

When Bill Kurtis was asked how Edie Falco did on the Not My Job segment, Bill said that Edie got two correct and then said "It looks like three to me" as Edie's character in The Sopranos would have said it.

Another instance of all three panelists answering six Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions correct.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "I'm 99.9% effective. I'm the birth-control Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Paula Poundstone: 14 (2/6)
Negin Farsad: 11 (3/4)
Brian Babylon: 8 (2/3)
Chosen: Negin Farsad
Correct: Negin Farsad
H. Jon Benjamin: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new frontier in home security, Not My Job about archery, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the royal baby's first words?
Another instance in which all three of the correct Not My Job answers were "B"
Austin, TX (Bass Concert Hall)Peter Sagal "I've got thick skin. I'm an arma-Bill-o" Bill Kurtis 
Luke Burbank: 18 (2/8)
Faith Salie: 13 (3/5)
Maz Jobrani: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Faith Salie
Britt Daniel: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a Broadway show tune that made it in the news, Not My Job about soups, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be President Trump's 4000th lie?
Listeners of Luke Burbank's podcast, TBTL: Too Beautiful to Live, should recognize one of the names Luke used in his Bluff the Listener story.

Maz Jobrani answered six Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions correctly, but was only given credit for five. After Maz answered the sixth question correct, there was no ding of the bell. The two points that Maz wasn't credited for would have put him in 2nd place with 15 points and Faith Salie in third with 13 points.

The panelist scores and ranking noted reflect those of the ones announced by the official scoreekeeper, Bill Kurtis.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Poopity-scoop, scoopity-doop, I'm Bill-ity-boop" Bill Kurtis 
Helen Hong: 13 (3/5)
Alonzo Bodden: 13 (3/5)
Janelle James: 8 (2/3)
Chosen: Helen Hong
Correct: Helen Hong
Mayim Bialik: 1
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a wedding announcement that went viral, Not My Job about 1980s hair metal bands, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next slogan to come out of the White House?
While Mayim Bialik was answering the second Not My Job question, she said that she would choose "B again". In the edited version of the show, she had chosen "C" for the first question and "B" for the third question. Not sure if she had first chosen "B" for the first question but it was edited out, if the order of the questions were altered in the edited version, or it was something else.
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.

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