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Once, during a gutbuster of a taping of "Wait, Wait don't tell me: The NPR News Quiz", The radio program came within two words of a major lawsuit.
It had been a long and hilarious show with brilliant witticisms by panelists Mo Rocca and Adam Felber. The already giddy host Peter Sagal overemphasized two words and put the entire show into danger. While reading the list of sponsors, Sagal read the words "Robert Wood Johnson Foundation" with the stress on "Wood Johnson"
It was done discreetly enough that the exhausted editors missed it on the first run through. Luckily, panelist Sue Ellicott, already somewhat annoyed by the largely male presence on the show made reference to the "Wood Johnson" gag, saying it was "a sophomoric remark at best, but about par for this boy's club.". On the final cut session before the show aired, someone caught on, and the necessary edits were made.
Thus, that plucky British humourist saved NPR from potential embarassment and litigation, and won again over American male sardonicism by simply muddling through the "boys club". Good show indeed!

Date Written: June 09, 2004
Author: Ferucio P. Chhretan
Average Vote: 3

06/15/2004 Benny Maniacs (3): I like that you're tackling the big issues - NPR and the like. But I think the idea was probably funnier when you thought it than when you wrote it.
06/15/2004 Will Disney: yes, benny, i agree that this short probably *seemed* funnier than it actually was. however, i liked the mo rocca reference. mo rocca also seems funnier than he actually is.
06/15/2004 qualcomm: what about when he lisps out a punchline in a smug deadpan? that's pretty funny. no, ewan, not lewis
06/15/2004 anonymous: BZZZT!
The Finch
06/15/2004 TheBuyer: That's like that time two years ago when Liberal MLA Cristy Clark referred to the NDP Leader Joy McPhail's cure for the province's deficit spending as, "budget cunts."
06/15/2004 anonymous: I knew it.
06/15/2004 TheBuyer (3): seems like the work of a fresh face [ie no swearing, wife-beating, feces, etc]
06/16/2004 TheBuyer: it's a TheBuyer error trifacta, fuck!