Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mythbusters meets Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me

As much as I enjoy The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, my favorite humorous news show is NPR's Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me. Hosted by Peter Sagal and Carl Kassell and created by the same people who developed and produce Car Talk, Wait, Wait... has a rotating panel and is consistently funny and informative. Even individuals who I don't typically find entertaining on other shows (I'm looking at you, Mo Rocca) are hilarious and engaging.

One of their segments is "Not My Job," in which they have actors, entertainers, politicians, and other notable people on to ask them about topics these individuals will supposedly know nothing about. Usually their guests, which have included Dana Perino, Barack Obama, and Stephen King, are very good sports and are surprisingly engaging. However, when I heard that this week's guest is Adam Savage of the Mythbusters, I was completely stoked to have two of my favorite things (Wait, Wait.. and Mythbusters) finally collide. Although Adam comes off as a bit more mellow on the radio (either because we don't get to see his facial expressions or because he doesn't have Jamie as a contrast), it was interesting to hear him discuss the show and answer questions about Bram Stoker. Incidentally, I actually knew one of the questions from "Not My Job" this week thanks to Secret Lives of Great Authors. Finally, my interest in the eccentricities of famous people pays off (sort of...).