Dec 182012

In this episode of the Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! : Sesame Street’s Elmo and master puppeteer Kevin Clash play our game called “Shut up! Shut up! I’m Going to Cut Your Mike!” Three stories about Bill O’Reilly taken from an article in GQ.

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CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I’m Carl Kasell, and here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.


Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody.


SAGAL: This week, we are diving deep, deep into the archives to bring you back some of the best Not My Job interviews ever recorded.

KASELL: Think of me as a pearl diver, naked except for loincloth and knife between my teeth.

SAGAL: Or if that’s too distracting, listen to this. Puppeteer Kevin Clash looks nothing like his famous alter ego because he is not tiny, furry and red. But both of them came along when he joined us in September of 2006, along with Sue Ellicott, Charlie Pierce and Tom Bodett.


ELMO: Well, what kind of title is WAIT WAIT?

SAGAL: It’s not a very good one.


SAGAL: But, you know, if we…

ELMO: Elmo second that emotion.


SAGAL: There you are. Thank you, Elmo. Now, Elmo, you’re there with your friend Kevin. Hello, Kevin.


SAGAL: Now, Elmo, of course, is known all over the world. You show the picture of that red monster to kids everywhere and they just start smiling. Kevin, your appearance, of course, because you’re a puppeteer, not as well known.

CLASH: Right.

SAGAL: Could you describe yourself for the audience? I know they can’t see you or at home.


CLASH: Well, I’m 6 feet…

SUE ELLICOTT: Long red hair.

CLASH: I weigh about 195.

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