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Sesame Street Characters Interviewed on Rocketboom

nomnomCookie Monster, Elmo, and Abby Cadabby were interviewed on Rocketboom. Some readers of this blog already know that my favorite Sesame Street character is Cookie Monster, because he eats with such passion. While I am not going to eat like that, his passion is still quite inspiring. In this interview, I learned that the term “nom nom nom” that people had been using on the internet to express their desire for something yummy (literally or metaphorically) came from the noises Cookie Monster makes when he eats. How cool is that? Got to love Cookie Monster.

Some people said that they think it’s great that Cookie Monster is now teaching children to not just eat cookies all the time and that a cookie is a sometimes food. He is telling viewers that it’s good to have a balanced diet with lots of veggies and fruits. On the rational level, I can understand that. I guess, as part of the cast of an educational program on PBS, he has a responsibility to say those things, but it just seems totally out of character to me. It’s like making a movie about how Jesse James sits down with his enemies to talk about their differences peacefully, sort things out and make out with one another. It might be sending a good message about peace and talk, but that’s simply not what Jesse James would do.

Enough of my rant. Enjoy the interviews here:

Sesame Street on Daytime Emmy Awards

The cast of Sesame Street made an appearance on the Daytime Emmy Awards over the weekend. Can you believe that Sesame Street has been around for 40 years? (Daytime Emmy actually has only been around for 36 years.) There was a video montage and of course, the Sesame Street cast singing a song. The puppet characters that made an appearance on stage are Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Zoe, Cookie Monster, Oscar, Telly and Big Bird. (The human characters like Maria and Gordan are there too, but somehow I do a better job naming the puppets. :-P)

(If you can’t see the embedded video, view it at

This year, Daytime Emmy gave the Life Time Achievement Award to Sesame Street. And I was a little disappointed at first, because they handed the trophy to the producer. Of course, that’s the way they should do it, but I can’t help but wonder how much fun it would be if they handed it to a puppet. I think Elmo would be so excited and going “Yay! Yay!” and Cookie Monster would probably eat it.

Yeah! They should do that! Someone should hand the trophy to Cookie Monster so he can eat it! That’s what I would love to see! Oh well, but it’s probably the right decision to let the producer take the trophy instead of Cookie Monster.

But let me just say that I was still pleased with the ending, which I’ll let you watch for yourself.

PS. At the end of the song, the puppeteers come out from wherever they were hiding and stand together with the rest of the cast. They stood with the puppets still in their arms, while the producer gave a brief speech. At this point, although the song’s already over, the puppet characters did not just hang there looking dead. They still look attentive, and curious as ever to their surroundings. The puppeteers weren’t paying full attention to the puppets, but it has become instinctive to these puppeteers (or their arms) to continue to make the puppets look full of life. I think that’s a wonderful thing to watch.

(via Puppeteers Unite)

Sesame Street Characters on A Capitol Fourth

Yesterday was Independence Day (Fourth of July) in the United States. People celebrated with BBQ and fireworks. While I didn’t have any BBQ that day, we did watch our city’s fireworks show in front of the house since we are very close to the high school that they were releasing fireworks from. There were also TV specials for Fourth of July, among which is A Capitol Fourth, an annual PBS special which airs live from the West Lawn of the US Capitol followed by the finale fireworks show in Washington, D.C.

This year, Sesame Street characters Cookie Monster, Oscar, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, and Big Bird appeared on A Capitol Fourth singing a medley of songs. They were introduced by President Barack Obama. Big Bird sang “Sunny Days”, Elmo sang “Elmo’s Song”, Oscar sang “I Love Trash”, Abby sang “Somebody Come and Play”, Cookie Monster sang “C is for Cookie”, Rosita’s sang “Sing” with Natasha Bedingfield. The whole group then sang “Yankee Doodle Boy” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag”.

I happened to have caught it on TV while channel surfing. I only found the Natasha Bedingfield part online though. Here it is. Enjoy!

School Pageant: Flower

Recently I’ve talked about the voiceover gig, Huell Howser, Spring Sing, 1000 tweets, and Star Trek. But somehow I haven’t talked about puppets that much. Actually I’ve been watching videos and reading about puppets too. (I came across an awesome podcast about puppet making.) Just haven’t written much lately.

Here’s something from Sesame Street that’s sort of a crappily (yep, that’s a word) executed school play, but it’s downright endearing (as always).

I realized what Prairie does in this video is what Kermit does all the time on Muppets: putting on a show while trying (okay, failing) to keep the crazy cast under control. Then again, that’s always fun to watch. Oh, and here’s a spoiler (that’s not quite a spoiler): Cookie Monster ends up eating what’s in front of him.

Cookie Monster’s Choice of Instrument

Animal plays the drums; Rowlf plays the piano; what does Cookie Monster play?

Why, the xylophone, of course!

I am amused. (via @bainelaker)

Elmo Interviews Kevin Clash (Elmo)

This is an interview of Kevin Clash, the puppeteer for Elmo, done by… Elmo? Normally, like this interview on Rove, Clash would appear with Elmo in his hand. But in this particular interview, Elmo is the host and Clash is sitting next to him. Either they did some camera tricks or the Elmo part is done by an understudy (I think the latter is more likely). It was pretty cute overall, but I’ve got to ask this:

Is it me or the ending is unbelievably awkward?

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