Tom Hanks and the Tabernacle Choir
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In January 2017, NPR had a special guest host on their series "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me"—Tom Hanks. And with panelists Faith Salie, Luke Burbank, and Paula Poundstone, the show was bound to get hilarious.
But for Latter-day Saints tuning in, one segment stood out from the rest—that moment Tom Hanks labeled the Tabernacle Choir as a "celebrity choir."
During the podcast, Tom Hanks and Paula Poundstone's discussion turned toward President Donald Trump's inauguration, along with all the celebrities who would and would not attend the event.
That's when Tom Hanks announced that the Tabernacle Choir would perform at the inauguration, and Paula Poundstone quickly said, "I don't think the [Choir] is exactly a celebrity. When was the last time you bumped into the [Tabernacle Choir] at the CVS and said, 'My friends aren't going to believe this!'"
Tom Hanks followed up with, "I'm just going through all the famous choirs in my head, and out of them all I think that if any choir is, in fact, the celebrity of choirs, I'd have to give it to the [Tabernacle Choir]."
"But would you recognize them if they are not in the Tabernacle?" Poundstone asked.
Hanks hilariously replied, "I was under the impression they just wore those robes everywhere they went."
Later in the show, when Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Simone Biles called in to reveal her celebrity crush, the Tabernacle Choir got another funny mention: