The Peabody and Peter’s nipples

April 10, 2008

The Peabody Awards don’t exactly fall under our purview, but I figured to make mention as it turns out that one of my favorite radio programs—that’s right, radio programs—is among the winners this year. And, hey, anywhere you can hear Carl Kassell doing Mel Blanc, or Neil Patrick Harris ask host Peter Sagal if he has glitter on his nipples, well, that’s some quality programming.

For those who are unfamiliar, Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me! is described in the Peabody winners’ list as “A zippy update of one of broadcasting’s long-ago staples, this live quiz show reminds listeners of the week’s news even as host Peter Sagal and various panelists make witty sport of it.”

One of the things that’s great about this show is that it’s made for the whole family. Okay, I don’t know that for sure, but I adore the show, and when I laugh my five year-old daughter wants to laugh with me. And if I do things right, this is the sort of thing she’ll enjoy listening to in ten years when she thinks I don’t know she’s getting stoned.

I suppose I shouldn’t be so hard on the Peabody Awards. Television and radio do need writers. To the other, though, Project Runway won this year, as well. Flip a coin.

Congratulations to Peter, Carl, and everyone at Wait, Wait. Good show.



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