Thursday, July 22, 2010
Things I learned from muppets
My friend J got me an awesome book, Sesame Street Unpaved.
It has stories about the beginning of the show, trivia, scripts, and other fun stuff. One page Mr. RK found right away was "Things I Learned From Bert and Ernie." Among them: "How to not get cookie crumbs in your bed: eat cookies in your friend's bed."
I loved watching PBS shows as a kid. I still love PBS - it's the only TV we watch.
I loved the Muppet Show, Sesame Street, the Electric Company, and Vegetable Soup. (Yes, I'm dating myself - I was a bicentennial baby.)
So on that note, I got to thinking about things I learned from muppets...
1. Interspecial relationships are OK (think Kermit and Miss Piggy.)
2. If you're a gay muppet, you're still in the closet. You also tend to collect paperclips, befriend pigeons, and have a messy roommate who likes to put bananas in his ears.
3. If you count aloud, it's so funny it's like being stoned out of your mind.
4. If you can't stop eating cookies, you don't have to join a support group, you just become a Cookie Monster. Now, mind you, this was before cookies became "a sometimes food." What the fuck, people? He's a cookie MONSTER.
5. If you have to live in a garbage can, you're not likely to be cheerful. However, you have all of this hidden, awesome space down there that we never get to see on TV. And you have awesome eyebrows. So how bad can it be?
6. If you are a muppet musician, you have to be into the 70s groove and have a funny accent.
7. The muppet show caters to people of all musical tastes, having had guests ranging from John Denver to Alice Cooper.
8. Muppet News is actually more unbiased than many of the places I worked for as a reporter.
9. Movie critics are mostly assholes (think the guys in the balcony.)
10. Pigs fly. Really! You saw Pigs in Space, didn't you?