Apr 242013
 

In this episode of the Wait Wait… This week, Wait Wait comes to you from the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Turns out, singer Erykah Badu was a student at the high school for the performing arts directly across the street. We’re guessing she used to gaze across the street and say to herself: “Someday I’m going to be in a theater that’s not yet built, performing on a public radio news quiz.” And today, that dream comes true.

We’ve invited Badu to play a game called “Tall, courtly newscaster with deep, resonant voice and comforting manner seeks same.” Valentine’s Day is coming up, and if you don’t have a date — don’t worry. There’s help for everybody out there. Everybody. Buzzfeed has posted for very specific types of people. Badu will answer three questions about the wide world of super-specialized dating.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

And now, the game where we ask people who have done amazing things with their lives and talent to completely waste their lives and talent just for a few minutes.

ERYKAH BADU: Sure.

SAGAL: When singer Erykah Badu was a student at the high school for the performing arts directly across the street from this theater here in Dallas…

BADU: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: We are certain that she used to gaze across the street and say to herself, “Some day, I’m going to be in a theater that won’t be built for some decades, performing in a public radio news quiz.” Happy to say her dream has come true. Erykah Badu, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!

BADU: Thank you so much.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Now, the story I have been telling is true, that you attended high school across the street.

BADU: I did, from 1985 to 1989.

SAGAL: Right, and this was a high school for the performing arts.

BADU: It still is.

SAGAL: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: You weren’t Erykah Badu then, you were Erykah Wright was…

BADU: I was. I am.

SAGAL: You are, you still are, but how did you come across the name Badu for your performance?

BADU: When I used to do cabaret in Deep Ellum here in Dallas.

SAGAL: Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

BADU: A rich history of blues in the city, I used to sing jazz cabaret and my scat would be…

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

 

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