Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip

Madame Weebles —  July 10, 2012 — 95 Comments

I got nothing today.  Something in my brain probably short-circuited from Sailor Malan’s hotness.

Anyway, the other day I spent some quality time on YouTube to watch some of my favorite Sesame Street clips.

This is one of my favorites—I love these little guys, they always make me laugh out loud.  I hope they make your day a little more fun.

95 responses to Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip

  1. 

    Good grief! I remember this. Isn’t Sesame Street some of the funniest stuff? I always loved that crazy drummer guy in the band, Animal. And Grover — loved Grover. For some reason I did not like Big Bird or that Snulfulupagus thing. And Oscar, he was cool.

    That’s me — my personalities — Grover, Animal and Oscar. Anyhoo, didn’t mean to ramble on but thanks for this, MW. Made me smile and laugh and have a yippy, happy day.

    • 

      My faves have always been Oscar, Cookie Monster, and the Count. Remember the Count? AH! AH! AH!

    • 

      I *still* want to know how in the world they transitioned Snuffleupagus from being Big Bird’s imaginary friend to something that everyone could see…can you imagine the psychological trauma on the kids that witnessed THAT…?

      • 

        That’s true, I wonder how they explained that. I never actually saw the shows when the change happened. What I found heartbreaking was WHY they made Snuffy visible to everyone—apparently they were being sensitive to the issue that abused kids are often accused of making up stories and not being believed. Oy.

        • 

          I didn’t see the change either. Just knew he was invisible when I watched (or thereabouts, I guess), then several years later found out he wasn’t invisible anymore.

          I didn’t know why they made the change. Oy, indeed.

  2. 

    What’s funny to me is that people are doing those voices and controlling them. Humans. I’d love to watch it happening. Hilarious.

  3. 

    Now, you’re talking my language!

    OK a long story:

    Years ago, when I watched Sesame Street as a kid, Snuffleupagus always had this annoying habit of wandering off whenever Big Bird tried to introduce him to the other people in the neighborhood. BB would run off to get Mr. Hooper or whoever and Snuffy would suddenly decide he needed to go home and take a nap. Hooper would arrive, and Snuffy would be nowhere to be found.

    As a result of this, everyone on SS thought Snuffy was BB’s imaginary friend. And, MAN, did that piss off my four-year-old self.

    I was mad at Snuffy for always leaving, but I was REALLY mad that the otherwise lovely and understanding folks like Maria, Luis, and Bob, would sort of berate BB for dragging them away from whatever it was they were doing to look at an empty room.

    I told my son, Alex, about this chapter in Sesame Street history when he and I were recently watching an episode — now with Snuffy as a fully integrated member of the neighborhood. Alex asked me when Snuffy was discovered by the folks on Sesame Street. I admitted that I had no idea.

    So I dug up the clip on YouTube and watched it with him. When it was over I was surprised by just how emotional I was. I had tears in my eyes. It was a beautiful moment.

    And, well, that is the power of Sesame Street. Even when logic tells you that you’re much too old for the show, you still can’t help but remain invested in these characters lives.

    Best. Show. Ever.

    • 

      WORD, writerfellow. I don’t think anyone can ever top that show, for so many reasons. You can’t help but get invested. And even though I *know* the Muppets aren’t real, I always react to them like they are. Several years ago the Muppets “took over” the Today Show and it was HILARIOUS. And I may as well have been 5 years old again.

      Here’s the clip if anyone’s interested:

      They skewered everyone on the Today Show, which made it even funnier.

  4. 

    you guys are too much and now i have the damn Mahna Mahna song stuck in my head… grrrr

  5. 

    Yip yip yip sounds like my brain every day! Loved watching Sesame Street with my daughter (for several years I watched nothing but SS, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and Nickelodeon – thank god for Linda Ellerby!) and REALLY loved The Muppet Show. What a fun post, Madame! :)

    • 

      I loved the Muppet Show too. They really don’t make kids’ shows like that anymore, Margarita. Then there was the original Electric Company (not that crappy remake that’s out now), which was one of my favorites.

      • 

        Didn’t watch Electric Company, but we did love Wishbone, classics re-interpreted with a Jack Russell Terrier as the lead character, and Ghostwriter, about a group of teenagers who communicate via a ghostly writer. Eventually, we wound up with a Jack Russell Terrier and my daughter’s love affair with reading and writing continues!

  6. 

    I. LOVE. THOSE. GUYS.

  7. 

    OMG I freaking love Sesame Street. Although when I was a little kid, those yip yip aliens scared me for some reason. Like, primal fear. Who knows? Watching old Sesame Street clips on YouTube has got to be one of my favorite timesucks. Thanks for reminding me of this clip, Madame W :)

  8. 

    And here I thought you were going for this.

    • 

      Sorry to disappoint, John—although I’ve been a Robyn Hitchcock fan since college (ie, a long long time), if that’s any consolation. In fact I had “Madonna of the Wasps” running through my head the other day.

  9. 

    Haha! Good ol’ Sesame Street. I was actually fond of Grover and Ernie and Bert. I’ll tell you who I could have done without… Big Bird. Even as I kid I found Big Bird to be a snore and total waste of my precious six-year old time.
    I also loved the Electric Company and Zoom. I still remember all the songs and activities. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  10. 

    Robyn Hitchcock–now there’s a name I haven’t heard in many a year. I saw him in concert back in the day (he wasn’t great). “Down the veins…of her majesty the Queen…they’re so regal and serene…”

    Loved this bizarre clip. Sounds like these critters are early forerunners of rave culture.

  11. 

    Can I admit I tell my kids to watch sesame street only cause I wanna watch lol. You can never be too old for cookie monster

  12. 

    One thing I miss about the kids being all grown up is I don’t get to watch Sesame Street anymore. Well, I suppose I could but the neighbors might talk.

  13. 

    Man, these guys are my all-time favorite aliens. But, I favorite Sesame Street clip was the pinball machine cartoon. Each one honored a different number as we followed the ball through the machine.

    With that being said, “Letter People Land” was almost as good as Sesame Street.

    • 

      I remember the pinball machine cartoon, that was a good one too. And we had the Letter People in kindergarten! I LOVED them. My favorites were Mr. B, Mr. D, and Mr. P. I have no idea why. And I learned what “obstinate” meant thanks to Miss O.

  14. 

    YUP,YUP,YUP,YUP,YUP,YUP,YUP,YUP,YUP,boing,boing,boing…
    Ah, goodness, how I needed that! Thanks so much!!!

  15. 

    My favorite muppet was on the Muppet Show—Beaker. And the two crotchedy old guys in the balcony. :)

  16. 

    Thanks for the study break, Weebles! This is one of my faves–Beaker, Animal, and the Swedish Chef sing Danny Boy: : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLl9k6tHCM8
    (Sorry it’s a clunky link, but a link just the same.)

  17. 

    Ah ah, nope, nope. Ahhhhhhhh! Nope, nope… Happy happy happy boing boing boing! Thanks — me enjoy this!

  18. 

    Great clip! I have always been more muppet show than sesame st but this had me laughing :D
    my favourite muppet song is Movin Right Along from the muppet movie. but then fozzie is my hero

    • 

      You’re in good company, many of us here have been reminiscing about the Swedish Chef, Beaker, Bunsen Honeydew, Animal, the two judges, etc etc etc. My husband, Mr. Weebles, loves Fozzie Bear too.

  19. 

    Ha! Clearly a good day on youtube :) Kids programs and films like Cars, Toy Story, and Monsters Inc have such great stories, nothing complex, nothing that’s not needed. No wonder we remember them years later.

    Hope you enjoyed your day :)

    Cheers!

  20. 

    One of my favorite clips of “Sesame Street” is their take on “Waiting for Godot,” “Waiting for Elmo.” hahaha

  21. 

    Great way to start my day … actually my first blog of the day.

  22. 

    I loved the martians…the phone one is hilarious! I loved Oscar and Cookie because I could relate to them. The count was funny Ah a ah a ah! I wanted a friend just like Snuffy…someone I didn’t have to share with anyone else.

    • 

      I can relate to Oscar and Cookie Monster best too, Wanda. :) The phone one with the martians is great too—I almost put up that one but I decided on the radio one instead. The fan one is funny too.

  23. 

    Sesame Street! Too cool. I was a big fan of the Count…
    Do you remember those mini cartoon clips that would come on Sat. morn – Conjunction junction, whats your function.. I thought those were cool, too! Thanks for the laugh!

  24. 

    Yes these two were always fun, they weren’t on that much, so it was a ‘treat’. Thanks for sharing, my day is made!

  25. 

    I wonder if this is where Stan Ridgeway got the idea for “Mexican Radio”?

    I think I remember seeing this as a kid. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    • 

      Good question, purple! I also wonder if this is where the creators of Ren & Stimpy got “Happy Happy Joy Joy”–from the “Happy happy boing boing” of the martians.

  26. 

    It’s funny… I can’t remember what I did yesterday, but I still remember clips like this. Well, I guess remembering THESE guys shouldn’t surprise me (since they used to scare the doubles out of me when I was a kid), but… still. :)

    • 

      It’s funny how things from childhood just get lodged in your brain forever. I wasn’t afraid of these little guys, but I’ll admit that Scooby Doo scared the shit out of me. I watched it religiously, but it still scared me.

  27. 

    i never got this show before….
    until now
    thank you

  28. 

    Like Like Like!!!! Stop by my blog for Muppet Mondays. I was blessed to grow up in the Jim Henson generation. I feel bad for my kids that they didn’t get that honor.

  29. 

    I’m reading back issues after your Freshly Pressed triumph, and can’t help but agree with the general Muppet-love and the Martian-specific glee. And because it’s a poor guest that doesn’t bring something along to share: http://youtu.be/UVrQ-NYIz54

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