A Moment With Jeff Tweedy
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
We've been talking about Christmas, but you know who probably didn't celebrate Christmas this year? Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.
BILL KURTIS: We know this because in August, Jeff told us the terrifying story of his recent religious conversion.
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JEFF TWEEDY: I converted when my youngest son...
TWEEDY: ...Was being bar mitzvahed.
BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Did you - were you bar mitzvahed together?
TWEEDY: He was bar mitzvahed, and I had a conversion ceremony.
TWEEDY: And I know what everyone is thinking.
AMY DICKINSON: I know. I didn't want to ask, but...
DICKINSON: Did it hurt?
TWEEDY: I had the proper style...
TWEEDY: But apparently, that's not good enough.
SAGAL: Yeah. Really? No. No. Really? Even though you were all set, they had to go back and do it over again. Is that what you're saying?
TWEEDY: They didn't have to do it over again, but they did have to do something. And I was...
TWEEDY: I was picturing an operating suite.
SAGAL: So they had to do a sort of faux procedure on you - a ritual procedure, as it were?
TWEEDY: They took me into a storage closet at a temple..
SAGAL: So they bring you into the closet.
TWEEDY: Yeah. Well, this guy with a black leather bag...
TWEEDY: And he asked me on the way to the closet, do you understand what this entails?
SAGAL: And you said...
TWEEDY: And I said, I think so.
TWEEDY: And so we get in the closet, and he says, take your pants down. And then he - like, I don't know what the NPR word for a [expletive] is. It's, like, I guess phallus.
TWEEDY: Is that what you were saying?
SAGAL: That would be the NPR word right there.
TWEEDY: So he had my phallus in his hand with a...
TWEEDY: ...Little bit of gauze - or a lot of gauze, actually. It was a large amount of gauze.
SAGAL: Oh, yeah.
TWEEDY: Yeah, it was almost a whole roll...
TWEEDY: ...Of gauze.
GOLDTHWAIT: It was...
TWEEDY: And so he was - he reached down in his bag, and he got a sharp object...
TWEEDY: And he looked up at me and he said, my sons are big fans.
SAGAL: (Screaming) Oh.
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SAGAL: When we come back, our brand-new interview with late-night host Seth Meyers, and our panelists get quizzed on weird holiday traditions from around the world. That's in a minute on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME from NPR.
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