Peter Sagal

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 8PM

Peter Sagal has filled theaters across the country with “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” since he joined the cast and became host in 1998. 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.

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. He knows a thing or two about telling a joke and can share fascinating insights on how he writes and delivers a joke, exploring why humor is the best way to get a reaction from a crowd.

Peter Sagal is, has been, and perhaps someday will be again many , a husband, father, playwright, screenwriter, author, journalist, columnist, marathoner, Jeopardy contestant, dramaturg, podcast host, documentary host, foreign correspondent, wedding officiant, and magician’s assistant. As a playwright, his award-winning work has been produced or commissioned by the Long Wharf Theater, Seattle Rep, and many other esteemed companies His screenwriting career however, began and pretty much ended with “Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights” which he wrote without meaning to.

Besides his award-winning career as a comedian and appearances on numerous television shows, he is the author of two books and numerous essays in publications from Opera News and Saveur to Runner’s World.

Note that starting Friday, Oct 1, all Bankhead Theater patrons 12 and older are required to show proof of full vaccination as they enter the lobby. Patrons will be asked to show either their vaccination card or digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccination along with valid ID. Anyone under the age of 12 will be asked to complete a short questionnaire. Bankhead Theater staff and volunteers also will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. In keeping with Alameda County Health guidelines, patrons, theater staff and volunteers also are required to wear masks at all times in the theater.

Thank you to the Bankhead Theater for co-sponsoring this evening’s presentation.