UPDATED: Neil Gaiman, Nick Hancock to Join BBC America’s ‘Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!’ Special

'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me'

UPDATE (November 30, 2011): British comedian Nick Hancock will now be joining the panel for the upcoming Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! special, along with comedians Paula Poundstone and Alonzo Bodden. Previously announced panelist Phill Jupitus is no longer able to participate.

PREVIOUSLY: Last week, we shared the news that the weekly NPR quiz show Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! would make the leap to BBC America screens with a “2011 Year in Review” special, set to premiere Friday, December 23 at 8/7c. Now, we throw another massive revelation out there: writer Neil Gaiman and comedian Phill Jupitus have been announced as guests on the special. Brilliant.

Gaiman, of course, is the best-selling, award-winning novelist and writer behind one of Doctor Who‘s most innovative and beloved episodes, Season 6′s “The Doctor’s Wife.” And Jupitus is a comedian and fixture on several British panel shows, including the popular Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Together, they have enough Twitter followers to populate a U.S. metropolis. (Follow them at @neilhimself and @jupitusphillip, respectively.)

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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