Tom Hanks to guest host ‘Wait, Wait’

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Hollywood veteran Tom Hanks will test his talents behind the microphone next year.

NPR announced Wednesday that Hanks will host the episode of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! airing the weekend of Jan. 14 and 15. Regular host Peter Sagal will be on vacation. Panelists will be Paula Poundstone, Luke Burbank and Faith Salie.

“Of course, I was excited to find out that in my absence, one of the stars of the classic sitcom Bosom Buddies would be hosting the show,” Sagal said in a press release. “I was disappointed to find out that it wasn’t going to be Peter Scolari, but I’m sure this Hanks fellow will do fine. I hope he’s been doing some useful preparation since Bosom Buddies went off the air in 1982, because this is a pretty high-profile gig.”

Co-produced by NPR and Chicago Public Media, Wait Wait airs on 727 NPR member stations.