Let's go see a live broadcast of Whad'Ya Know?. If you are not familiar with it, Whad'Ya Know? is a comedy, interview, and quiz radio show. Hosted by Michael Feldman, it was created in 1985, and is produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and broadcast weekly on NPR. Feldman is accompanied on-stage by Lyle Anderson, phone-answerer; and the Whad'ya Know Trio with John Thulin on piano, Jeff Hamann on bass, and Clyde Stubblefield on drums.
The show traditionally opens with a parody reading of "All the News that Isn't," a list of fictional headlines taken from real current events. The Whad'Ya Know Quiz, music from the Whad'Ya Know Trio (often new arrangements or original compositions), interviews with both celebrities and audience members, and other segments have become recurring staples to the show's format.
Twice during the show, usually towards the end of each hour, the Whad'ya Know quiz is played. Feldman's quickness and comedic rhythms are reminiscent of Groucho Marx, and the game is reminiscent of Marx's You Bet Your Life quiz show in that it is designed more to give the host a chance to interact with the players than to be a serious test of their knowledge.
The show runs from 10:00 to noon, just in time for us to enjoy an after-show lunch. Instead of pre-planning a lunch location, we'll take a poll of the attendees as to where we want to meet for a bite to eat, either Downtown or some other location.
The Broadcast take place at Monona Terrace. Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at[masked]-2201.
Please order your ticket when you RSVP to make sure you have a space. Tickets are general admission, so we will meet outside the auditorium at 9:30 to pick up our tickets and find seats together.
Update: 1/9/13. I will now be out of town on this date, and Denise has graciously agreed to host this event for the group. Those interested in meeting for lunch after the show, gather outside the event hall afterwards, and you can decide as a group where you want to go. Sorry to miss it, and can't wait to hear how it went! ...Nancy Jackman...