Win Tickets ($90): Peter Sagal @ Revolution Hall | Comedy, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Peter Sagal @ Revolution Hall  on November 25. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed November 22.


From our sponsors:
Peter Sagal
November 25, 2019
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $45 | All Ages
More info:

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

Sagal has traveled all around the country with “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” playing to sold-out theaters from Seattle to Miami. As one of the nation’s premier radio humorists and commentators on current events, and the host of “Constitution USA” on PBS, Peter speaks about the intersections of politics, civics, humor and entertainment, and how they all draw from each other to create the American experience. An adept moderator, Sagal is also the perfect emcee, able to apply his quick wit to esoteric company stories, weaving in jokes 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 more than 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.” With a decades-long career in making people laugh, Sagal shares what he’s learned about jokes, giving audiences a rare behind-the-scenes look at how he writes and delivers them, and explores why humor is the best way to get a reaction from a crowd.

Peter Sagal is, has been, and perhaps someday will be again, a husband, father, playwright, screenwrit- er, author, journalist, columnist, marathoner, Jeopardy contestant, dramaturg, podcast host, documen- tary host, foreign correspondent, wedding o ciant, and magician’s assistant.

As a playwright, his work has been produced or commissioned by the Long Wharf Theater, Seattle Rep, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Florida Stage and many others here and abroad, and he’s won awards from the Lannan Foundation, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and fellowships from the Camargo and Jerome Foundations. His screenwriting career began and pretty much ended with Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights which he wrote without meaning to.

In 1997, Peter got a call from a friend telling him about a new show at NPR, which was looking for “funny people who read a lot of newspapers.” He auditioned and appeared as a panelist on the first broadcast of Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! in January of 1998, and moved with his family to Chicago to become the host in May, alongside our original judge and scorekeeper, Carl Kasell. In the two decades since, he has traveled the country with the show, playing in venues such as the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, Red Rocks, Tanglewood, the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, and Carne- gie Hall. He’s interviewed two Presidents, a number of Nobel Prize winners, astronauts and rocket scientists, musicians Elvis Costello, Yo Yo Ma, and Ice Cube, actors Tom Hanks and Scarlet Johansson and many, many others. Wait, Wait… has grown from 50,000 weekly listeners on nine stations at its launch to over five million listeners on more than 700 stations, making it the most listened-to hour in public radio. This, however, has not gone to his head.

In 2008, he accepted a Peabody award on behalf of the panelists, crew and producers of this show. He’s also won the Kurt Vonnegut Award for Humor from the Kurt Vonnegut Library. He’s the author of The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How To Do Them and The Incomplete Book of Running, a memoir about the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing and other adventures while running long distances. He’s contributed essays to Opera News, Saveur, Finesse, The New York Times Magazine, and was the “Road Scholar” columnist for Runner’s World.

On TV, Peter has made appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and other shows, and hosted Constitution USA with Peter Sagal for PBS, and National Geographic Explorer for the NatGeo Channel. He also appears on a narrowly popular podcast, Nerdette Recaps Game of Thrones with Peter Sagal, because he is a giant nerd.
He has three daughters, Rosie, Gracie and Willa, and lives in the Chicago area with his wife Mara and two dogs, DeeDee and Dutchie, who like to see their names in print.

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53 Responses to Win Tickets ($90): Peter Sagal @ Revolution Hall | Comedy, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

  1. Steven Estes November 5, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

    Would love to attend for a date night with the wife!

  2. Jenny Evers November 5, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

    I would love to see Peter Sagal. I drag out my errands just a bit longer so that I can listen to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell me on Saturday mornings.

    • Kathleen November 7, 2019 at 8:29 pm #

      Oh my how my husband LOVES this guy, listens to every podcast!!

  3. Cindy B November 5, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

    My favorite laughter medicine! I’d love to attend.

    • Crystal November 8, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

      Panelist Predictions: Who will Crystal bring as her plus one on November 25th?

  4. Michael Duey November 5, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

    Best show on the radio!

  5. GJ Newmyer November 5, 2019 at 1:49 pm #

    Don’t wait don’t wait… Pick me!

  6. Jessica November 5, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

    Love his book! This would be a lot of fun!

  7. Denise November 5, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

    I listen to the show every week. It’s my favorite. Thanks

  8. Heidi November 5, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

    No one blends intelligence and humor better!

  9. Jennifer November 5, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

    Please please please.

  10. Jennifer November 5, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

    I would really love this!!

  11. Heidi November 5, 2019 at 7:34 pm #

    I always listen to wait wait, don’t tell me on my walks with my dog! My girls and I would love to see him at my old high school. Class of 74.(Formerly Washington High school)

  12. Cath Busha November 6, 2019 at 4:10 am #

    We love this show!

  13. Brig November 6, 2019 at 4:07 pm #

    My wife and I have been listening to this show on the radio forever. Would be a REAL TREAT to get to go see it in person.

  14. Cara November 6, 2019 at 4:58 pm #


  15. elfina alongi November 6, 2019 at 9:54 pm #

    Listen and love this show weekly! Chance to see it live would be an honor- wait, wait, waiting to be the lucky winner:))))

    • Crystal November 8, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

      Panelist Predictions: Who will Crystal bring as her plus one on November 25th?

  16. Rianna Lowrance November 7, 2019 at 1:38 pm #

    Would love a good laugh!

  17. April November 7, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

    My bf loves this show.

  18. Mary Jane Pierce November 7, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

    I would love to have a funny evening with Peter Sagal!

  19. Paula November 7, 2019 at 5:01 pm #

    Would love to win and take my guy. Pick me please lol!!!!

  20. Carol B November 7, 2019 at 5:20 pm #

    Would love to go and laugh

  21. Angie B November 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

    I would love to win and bring my husband for his birthday! We are huge Wait, Wait fans!

  22. Bob MacKay November 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm #

    Hold on… I know that one!

  23. Stacey Marolf November 7, 2019 at 8:19 pm #

    Yes, please!!

  24. Pam November 8, 2019 at 6:13 am #

    Wait Wait is one of the funniest shows on the radio. Would love to see Peter in person!!!

  25. Dana Goodale November 8, 2019 at 6:39 am #

    Oh goodness we listen to peter every weekend!! My spouse and in would absolutely love to see this show live!!

  26. Debra Spencer November 8, 2019 at 7:03 am #

    We listen to ‘Wait, wait, don’t tell Me’ every Saturday for years from the east coast to the west! Now, it’s time to see!

  27. Lindsey November 8, 2019 at 8:39 am #

    I have always wanted to be in the audience for this show!

  28. Aleks November 8, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

    I need a laugh.

  29. Melissa Fowler November 8, 2019 at 7:45 pm #

    This would be cool

  30. Johanna November 9, 2019 at 9:22 am #

    I need a luagh!

  31. Mar C November 11, 2019 at 8:37 am #

    My favorite npr show, I never miss it. It’s so great to see them come to Portland, I would love to go!

  32. Jopey November 11, 2019 at 2:12 pm #

    Jeez! So many comments. But Revolution Hall is fantastic. This one is not to be missed!

  33. Maya November 11, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

    What a laugh riot. I pretty much need these!

  34. melanie November 11, 2019 at 2:22 pm #


  35. Melanie November 11, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

    I need to go!

  36. Whitney November 11, 2019 at 5:09 pm #

    I need some comedy in my life!

  37. Robin November 12, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

    Wait wait… pick me!

  38. aurianna November 12, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

    In need of a comedy show!

  39. William J Stewart November 12, 2019 at 1:13 pm #


  40. David K. November 12, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

    I’ve wait waited all my life to see Peter Sagal in person!

  41. Gregory Garabedian November 12, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

    I just read his book recently, and love Wait Wait even more because of it. I’d love to be able to see him.

  42. Ranj Bhaskar November 12, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

    Please don’t pick me … no, please don’t … I’d really hate to go see my favorite NPR show live. The horror!!!!

  43. Mickey November 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

    We have really enjoyed listening to Peter Sagal’s show and would love to see him in person. Thanks!

  44. Nicole November 12, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

    Love the quick wit and current events – always gives me a laugh every time I listen – would love to see in person – thank you!

  45. Jen November 12, 2019 at 2:41 pm #

    We would love to go! He always makes me laugh.

  46. Victoria C Gantz November 12, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

    I listen to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me every weekend. I would love to win!

  47. Danielle November 12, 2019 at 4:16 pm #

    I love his show, always get a good laugh out of it! Would love to see him in person!

  48. Andrea November 12, 2019 at 4:57 pm #

    would love to take my sister in law for her birthday. She is such a huge fan.

  49. Bobbie November 12, 2019 at 5:43 pm #

    We are big fans!

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