Peter Sagal

Host of NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!

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Sagal takes audiences behind the scenes of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! to explore the show’s beginnings, some of its more memorable moments, and a look at today’s news stories. An adept moderator, Sagal is an excellent emcee whose wit and wisdom consistently make for an uproarious and unforgettable evening. Whether providing insightful, colorful commentary on current events or a behind-the-scenes peek at the funniest show on radio, Sagal never fails to inform and entertain.

After hosting Wait Wait… for 20 years, Sagal knows a thing or two about telling a joke. In a separate program, Sagal looks back at his career to educate audiences on “the art of joke telling.” Having spent decades making people laugh, Sagal shares what he’s learned about jokes, giving audiences a rare behind-the-scenes look at how he personally writes and delivers them, and explores why humor is the best way to get a reaction from a crowd.

Peter Sagal was absolutely charming, delightful, fun, and just enough seriousness to make his presentation both entertaining and thought-provoking.

- Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center

About Peter Sagal

  • Peter Sagal is the beloved host of Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me, one of NPR’s most popular radio programs, reaching more than 3.3 million listeners for nearly 2 decades
  • Sagal is both funny and profound at the podium, delivering witty, spontaneous, and insightful presentations about writing, performing, news, politics, and more
  • Sagal is the perfect emcee, able to apply his quick wit to even the most esoteric stories, weave in jokes and personal anecdotes, and deliver audiences an uproarious and unforgettable evening

As the host of National Public Radio’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! for its 20 year run on NPR, Peter Sagal is heard by more than 5 million people every week, broadcast on more than 600 public radio stations nationwide and via a popular podcast. The hour long show has captivated news junkies across the country with its lighthearted approach to current events, and has become the biggest and most beloved weekend radio phenomenon since “A Prairie Home Companion.” It received the prestigious Peabody Award in 2008.

Each week, Sagal leads NPR veteran newscaster Carl Kasell and esteemed guest panelists like humorist Roy Blount Jr., comedians Paula Poundstone and Paul Provenza, media personality Mo Rocca and author P.J. O’Rourke through a satirical review of the week’s news in the form of a quiz. It’s a revival of You Bet Your Life crossbred with the irreverence of The Daily Show.

Peter Sagal is the author of The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How To Do Them and The Incomplete Book of Running, forthcoming from Simon and Schuster fall of 2018.

Speech Topics

  • Behind the Scenes with Radio's Funniest Program
  • Current Events: Why Satire is the Only Reasonable Response to the Times We Live In
  • The Art of Telling a Joke
  • The Book of Vice: How and Why Other People are Having More Fun Than You
  • Constitution USA with Peter Sagal

Books and Media

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