Preview: The Panel Show Pilot (Presented by CBC Radio)

Illustration of Ned Petrie by Jeff Blackburn for The Panel ShowYou know that exciting feeling of getting in on something on the ground floor? Well, this Monday night (March 23, 2014) you can have that by attending a live taping of the pilot of The Panel Show for CBC Radio Comedy at Bad Dog Theatre.

Now, just because it’s the pilot for radio doesn’t mean it’s a new show, just new to radio. In fact, Mooney on Theatre covered the very first The Panel Show back in 2011. That means they’ve been doing this now for four and a half years and it’s a well-oiled machine.

A panel show is a pretty standard format, and one I happen to adore. I recently discovered the BBC podcast of The News Quiz, and it has made me a very happy woman. NPR has Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me, which makes me actually snort upon occasion. Wikipedia will tell you that The Debaters is the current Canadian panel show offering, but I feel like only the segment called ‘The-Firing-Line’  really fits the bill of a panel show for me. So, I for one am very pleased to see CBC Radio piloting a proper old fashioned panel show.

Plus, this group has offered up a special treat for Mooney on Theatre readers: advance online tickets for MoT readers are available for $5 (well, $6.19 once you include the service fee, instead of $10 at the door, or $11.39 in advance), all you have to do is use the promo code ‘PANEL’ when checking out. It’s important to note that this deal and promo code is only available for advance tickets.

Don’t show up at the door telling the poor box office folk that you read Mooney on Theatre and saying “The password is ‘Panel!’ Panel I say!” Not only will you will still have to pay $10, but you will also hold up the line, and probably feel silly ta boot. So really, to save yourself, and others from all of that, just order your tickets in advance online.

I will be checking out the taping of the pilot on Monday evening at Bad Dog Theatre – why not use the fancy-shmancy discount offered to Mooney on Theatre readers and join me?



  • The Panel Show Pilot taping happens on Monday March 23, 2015 at Bad Dog Theatre (875 Bloor St W)
  • Showtime is 7:30pm
  • Tickets are $10 at the door, or $5 ($6.19 including service charge) in advance online for Mooney on Theatre readers – Use promo code ‘PANEL’ – (please note that the promo code is only valid for advance purchases and cannot be used at the door)

 Illustration of Ned Petrie, one of The Panel Show hosts, by Jeff Blackburn