“Throwback Thursday” has become a thing on the Internet, so want to take part. Here’s one of the best ways we could think of to dive back in public television time.
Take a peek at this great photo from the very first cast of Sesame Street in 1969. Orange Oscar! Mister Hooper! Jim Henson and Frank Oz on the ground as Ernie and Bert! I love it! Want more? Watch the first season’s show open at the bottom of this post and sing along to the song that is still familiar after all these years.
I am proud to say – like so many of us – that I grew up a devoted Sesame Street kid. I’m also one of the biggest Sopranos fans that I know.
So, there might not be a better Christmas gift than this video that arrived online from our friends at Sesame Workshop via the 2007 Elmo’s Christmas Countdown special. Seems like our old friends Ernie and Bert have decided to produce their very own Christmas special and they didn’t feel that they were the right pair to play themselves.
In a brilliant casting turn, they tapped Sopranos stars Tony Sirico and Steve Schirripa (Paulie Walnuts and Bobby Bacala, respectively) to play their roles. The outcome – hilarious. The scowl on Sirico’s face while he’s wearing classic Bert eyebrows is worth the price of admission alone. And his Bert laugh? Too much!
Were you raised with Sesame Street? If you were born sometime in the past 43 years, there’s a good chance that you were.
As the lauded children’s program advances through the years, it evolves with each new generation. This ensures that the curricular material always resonates with young learners. But, that also means that each generation has its own personal memory of a distinct era of Sesame Street characters and segments. Now, we can all relive our favorite memories for free on the Web.
Visit the SesameStreet.org Classic Clips page at this link to explore hundreds of favorite videos, including Monsterpiece Theatre, Star Wars‘ C3PO and R2D2’s visit, Forgetful Jones and many more.
Most of these clips are also available on the Sesame Street YouTube page. I’ve posted my favorite below. Share your favorite in the comments!