It was a little drier inside than it was outside, on a rainy evening this past week. People came into theaters in order to view the telecast of “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! – Live” the Popular Radio Show that was hosted by Peter Sagal and monitored by the official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell (or were they just trying to get out of the rain and wait for Iron Man?).
“Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! – Live” started a little after 8:00 p.m. in over 600 theatres in the US and Canada. This live taping will later be broadcasted to people all over the world.
This writer did not find any humor in the latest NCM Fathom Events showing of “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! – Live” showing at the Orange Park Florida Theater which had about 30 people. Some attendees were laughing, clapping and talking back to the screen as if they were in the New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts where the program was being transmitted live. Even though the broadcast reminded one of the popular syndicated “TV show Frasier” or a little like the “Radio Show hosted by Delilah”, it did not come anywhere close to that form of entertainment. A little like the board games Taboo or Balderdash, contestants were asked to select the one true story out of three unlikely tales from the panelists.
A woman, who sat near me, had accompanied her teenaged daughter and actually slept through the entire presentation. It was more enjoyable to follow the chatter on Twitter (#wwcinecast) than to try and follow the ‘preppy’, ‘slapstick’, interactions of Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett. I looked forward to hearing the funny antics that comedy’s “Wild and Crazy Guy” comedian Steve Martin is usually famous for, but that time never happened. More laughter would have come from his appearance on the old TV show ‘Laugh-In’ than was experienced the other night.
The only saving grace for the evening was the melodious New York night club, smooth-jazz style brought to the audience from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, who entertained before the main show and during the brief intermission. Again, it was more entertaining to Tweet Sharon (#SharonLJones) and receive a ‘Thank You” from her after the radiocast.
The fact that I was wet, cold and unentertained for most of the time spent in the theater was not satisfied by popcorn and a drink. There may be more favorable reviews here on Examiner, but, as you see, this is not one of them. You have a couple more chances this month, to formulate your own opinion if you go here and see the dates and times of a showing near you.
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