- Ernie forces Bert to play the Rhyming Game. At one point Jim Henson messes up his line, making Ernie inexplicably ask "What what hmm?" but Frank Oz (as Bert) just goes with it.
- This early skit where Kermit speaks about the letter B. Then Cookie Monster (unnamed at the time) emerges and starts consuming the letter piece by piece. The B turns into an R, then a P, to an F, to a I? A small L? Number 1?, so Kermit tries to keep up with the letter change.
- Even though Kermit can't at the moment think of any words for the letter "P", in reference to the letter "F" is: "Now the letter 'F' starts a number of words I can think of." Including the word "frog", but he didn't mention that.
- Also in the longer version of this sketch is Kermit's humorous rant about the future Cookie Monster's manners which prompts the monster to come back and apologize... with a big, slobbering, monster kiss on Kermit's face followed by Kermit's patent "Yeesh" face.
- Cookie Monster's Saturday Night Live audition tape.
- At Luis and Maria's wedding, Big Bird cheers loudly, and Gina snaps his beak shut with both hands.
- In the first scene of the episode, Maria tells Linda that she wants to shout about getting married from the rooftops at 6:30 in the morning. Linda encourages it, because in her words, "I am deaf."
- Kermit showing what "mad" is to Cookie Monster as Cookie demonstrates "sad". Who would've thought Kermit was capable of losing his temper?
- Psst. The Tough Pigs site's list of a number of times Kermit lost his temper. Includes a few Sesame Street skits, such as the one featuring Kermit's immortal line "This is a terrible place for a bus stop! What kind of bus is going to drive into my living room?!"
- The whole "bus stop" skit is a tour-de-force of Comedic Sociopathy at its most savage. Oscar, representing the Department of Grouch Transportation, has a bus stop sign put in Kermit's living room, which results in several grouches intruding to wait for the bus, and then the bus driving through Kermit's house.
- In an early episode, the aftermath of Kermit's rectangle lecture visited by Cookie Monster. "It's a wreck, and a it's a tangle! Ahahahaha."
- A hilarious Take That! at both those who believe the Veggie Monster rumors and the media in general.
- After Grover pesters Kermit too many times to purchase earmuffs, Kermit confesses he doesn't have any ears.
- The skits that have dog-headed humans acting out various mundane activities:
- Don Music banging his head on the piano while songwriting with Kermit the Frog. Want something more hilarious than banging his head on the piano? Check out the nonsensical lyrics and Don's over-the-top reactions to them.
- "Up above the world so high, like a diamond in a pie" (even funnier, when Kermit later suggests "a cherry in a pie", Don asks what a cherry pie is doing in the sky.)
- "Yankee Doodle went to town riding on a kitty." (He also points out the nonsense of the original song and asks why you would call anything macaroni, except for macaroni.)
- The Mary Had a Little Lamb one introduces a yellow lamb and a blue canary in the failed rhyming attempts. Considering Big Bird is the color of a canary and ended up being covered in blue paint at one point, it's even funnier.
- Bert teaches his pigeon to play checkers. Ernie is suitably impressed, and says that a pigeon that plays checkers has to be the smartest pigeon in the whole world.Bert: She's really not that smart, Ernie. [...] Out of ten games we've played... she's only beaten me twice.
- Bert is It! For context, Ernie declares Bert to be "it" but Bert says he doesn't want to play tag, however, Ernie keeps running around and saying, "Bert is it!".
- A crossover funny moment with The Daily Show: After Jon Stewart pointed out that Grover's harried restaurant customer looked just like Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele, they were able to get that Muppet (or at least a replica) as their own Muppet Michael Steele, responsible for some of the show's best moments.
- The Sesame Muppets appearing on talk shows. They tend to get a little more PG-13 when there aren't kids watching.
- Elmo on Jimmy Fallon.
- Elmo on Australia's Rove Live.
- Elmo's performer on Rove, along with Elmo's favorite cereal.
- Big Bird on Jimmy Kimmel.
- Also from Jimmy Kimmel: Introducing the letter "Yook"!
- Cookie Monster on The Colbert Report.
- "Me have crazy times in '70s and '80s."
- "Me like the Robert Downey Jr. of cookies!"
- (Pointing to Stephen's Peabody Award) "Is that cookie?"
- At the end of that show, the Award mysteriously disappears as Cookie Monster wipes his lips...
- David Rudman performing Cookie Monster on-stage at Ragtag Cinema (one of the few Muppet performances where you can actually see the performer), talking about the media rumor that he's now the Veggie Monster. It evolves into a hilarious monologue in which he first claims "It TRUUUUUE! Yeah! No longer am me going to eat...delicious... crunchy... chocolatey... COOOOKIIIIES!", and then claims to have beat the addiction with a "cookie patch," and briefly renames himself "Brussel Sprout Monster," only to discover he doesn't like brussel sprouts. Finally, he gives up, claims that he'll remain Cookie Monster, even though he will continue to eat other things too: "Me eat, you know... Truck! Bicycle! Fire hydrant! That food group, right?"
- And then there's possibly Cookie's earliest off-the-Street appearance, joining Henson, Oz and the rest of the Sesame/Show Muppets for Dick Cavett's 1971 Thanksgiving special. After Cavett confesses he forgot to get his favourite snack, Cookie decides to chow down on a handy boom mike instead. Then he pulls the comically dismayed host in for a confidence: "You know, microphones on Carson show... bleccchhh!" (Later, Oscar gets in on the act when Cavett asks if he'd mind waiting for a commercial: "Oh great, I love trash!")
- The Count's song from the 1975 Bert and Ernie Sing-Along album: "One bat hanging in the steeple/One bat flies in through the door/That makes two bats in my belfry/Wonderful! But wait... there's more!/Two bats hanging in the steeple, etc." ...and then the rest goes on just as you'd expect. Until he gets thrown in the shower.
- "I am on a horse... Moo! ... cow." Not to mention everything before it.
- In Christmas Eve on Sesame Street during a discussion of Santa Claus:Kermit: Who knows more about Santa Claus than anybody?Patty: The elves!Big Bird: Uh, Mrs. Claus?Patty: Macys!
- The entirety of the classic sketch "The Magic Apple" from Sesame Street. Bob is narrating a book that is in turn being performed by Ernie and a couple of other muppets. Fourth-wall violations abound. But this sketch gets especially funny when they trot out a very reluctant Bert in drag, who had to play the part of the princess in the script because no one else was around to do so. "You look great, Bert. You're beautiful!"
- The entirety of Bert and Ernie Fish Call. Here Bert and Ernie go fishing in a classic example of Sesame Street's brilliant humor, especially when Ernie's rather unorthodox method of catching fish proves to be far more successful than Bert's more traditional approach.
- "Heeeeree FISHY! FISHY! FISHY! FISHY! Heeeeeeeereeee FISHY! FISHY! FISHY! FISHY!"
- And then when Bert tries this method himself, he keeps trying to raise his voice louder and louder, until he successfully catches... a shark!Shark: You called? (laughs just like Ernie)(Bert collapses on the boat)Ernie: That's one for you, Bert! (both he and the shark laugh in unison)
- Robert DeNiro teaches Elmo how to act. Hilarity and Surprises ensue. He even gives Shout Outs to some of his previous roles:
- Forgetful Jones singing "Oklahoma" wrong (and Kermit's reaction each time).
- Kermit's visit to the Wonderful World of T-Shirts. He wants a shirt with his name and species on it, but he keeps getting shirts for Kermit the "Gorf" and "Forg". Even funnier, there are two creatures that share his name called a Gorf and a Forg.Kermit: I'M KERMIT THE FROG, AND I WANT MY KERMIT THE FROOOOOOOOOOG T-SHIRT!!!!
- ABC Cookie Monster: A little girl sings the alphabet song with Kermit, but every so often, giggling hysterically, she replaces one of the letters with "Cookie Monster". Kermit's reactions are priceless. After the fourth time (she switches "next time won't you sing with me?" to "next time Cookie Monster"), Kermit says, "Next time Cookie Monster can do this with you. I'm leaving! Hmmmph!" and storms off. It becomes a Heartwarming Moment when the little girl immediately says, "I love you!" and Kermit comes back on: "I love you, too." And she kisses him. You can actually hear the usually imperturbable Jim Henson barely stop himself from cracking up as he says "You're just teasing me."
- Oscar was, on the day of Gabi's birth, the only one making regular contact with Luis. Oscar, doubting his honor as a grouch, refuses to tell a soul whether the baby has been born. Bob uses reverse psychology to assure Oscar that he is as grouchy as ever. It doesn't work. Pretty soon, David and Gordon are at their last hair and about to explode at Oscar. Take a look at this!
- Spider Monster. There's absolutely no educational value in this sketch (aside from Mr. Johnson describing a pulley system). It's just a massive Take That! towards the disastrous Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, satirizing the dangerous stunts, the amount of times it opened and closed, the poor reception, and it even takes a stab at co-creator Bono by having a Muppet monster named after him. Add to that the fact it's a Grover and Mr. Johnson sketch (and Frank Oz is voicing Grover in one of his occassional return performances), and this sketch feels like a family-friendly episode of South Park. In other words: the funniest Sesame Street sketch ever.
- The forty third season premiere features Alan hosting an important function for a cookie lovers' club. He tells Chris to take Cookie Monster far away from Sesame Street, "...maybe Canada..."
- When a woman complains about her friend (who turns out to be a Yip-Yip) living very far away, Telly says, "Like China?", prompting her to say, "Even farther", so he says, "Like New Jersey?".
- Normally the martians are seen as Nightmare Fuel, and they are for Ernie, but...Ernie: Bert! BERT! The Martians are here, Bert! What'll we do, Bert?!Bert: (completely deadpan) Ask them if they want any oatmeal.
- And then the Martians wiggle off to the kitchen to get some oatmeal.
- The whole "Waiting for Elmo" skit, parodying, of all things, Waiting for Godot. Especially when the tree itself has enough of it and just leaves the set.Tree: Okay, that does it. I've been standing out here waiting for this play to make some sense, I don't get it! It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen! I'm outta here! (starts to inexplicably move) Why couldn't they do Oklahoma? I understand Oklahoma! (starts singing the main theme of Oklahoma!)
- Kermit, Cookie Monster and the Mystery Box. It's performed expertly and it is gut-bustingly hilarious seeing Kermit lose his temper, and CM performing Wild Mass Guessing.
- Even better, Cookie Monster shows a hilariously uncharacteristic Deadpan Snarker side.Cookie Monster: No cookie, no guessing game from clues. Arrivederci, frog!
- The first few seconds has this gem:Cookie Monster: Is it cookie?Kermit: Uh, no, it is not a cookie.Cookie Monster: Buh-bye.
- The skit is even funnier in slow motion.
- Even better, Cookie Monster shows a hilariously uncharacteristic Deadpan Snarker side.
- One episode from Season 37 has Cookie Monster doing his own version of "Elmo's World" called (naturally) "Cookie's World". It's an Internal Homage that goes close to Self-Parody at some points.
- "Eighty-five bats hanging in the steeple..." Back in the shower, Count!
- Kermit resolving a conflict between Cookie Monster and Herry Monster over a bicycle. There are two funny things in this skit— one is that apparently Cookie and Herry have never heard of sharing (they say, "Share?!" in puzzlement) and two, it turns out that they were planning to eat the bicycle instead of ride it.
- Ernie has trouble sleeping, so he tries Counting Sheep, which is visualized to the audience. However, their bleating is so boring that Ernie then moves onto counting fire trucks, which Bert considers too loud, and finally balloons. Ernie imagines blowing up a balloon, which gets so big that it explodes loudly, shaking Bert out of bed, screaming like a girl.Ernie: Um... one?
- It comes back to haunt Ernie. In another sketch, the Count sleeps over at Ernie and Bert's place, but he isn't sleepy yet, so Ernie suggests counting sheep. The next morning, we learn the Count had a good night, but Ernie did not — the Count's counting had kept Ernie awake all night long, and now he is walking and counting like a zombie.Ernie: Forty-three thousand, eight hundred and ninety-one... forty-three thousand, eight hundred and ninety-two...
Ernie: Forty-three thousand, eight hundred and ninety-three...
Bert: Ernie, I'm over here.
Ernie: Forty-three thousand, eight hundred and ninety-... four...
Ernie: Forty-three thousand, eight hundred and ninety-five...
Bert: (right into Ernie's ear) ERNIE!!
Ernie: (turns to Bert for a brief second) ... sheep... Forty-three thousand, eight hundred and ninety-... six? (wanders off again) Forty-three thousand, eight hundred and ninety-seven...
The Count: (to Bert) Could I sleep over again tonight, Bert?
Ernie: (off-screen) AHHHHHHHH! (THUD)
- In another nighttime sketch, Ernie accidentally left the faucet on after washing his hands before going to bed, which results in a Dripping Disturbance that keeps Bert awake. So Bert sends Ernie to turn it off. But instead of simply turning off the faucet, Ernie tries to drown out the dripping by turning on a radio that plays loud music (the music heard is quite hilarious in and of itself, and would alone make this scene funny). When that doesn't work, instead of turning off the radio, Ernie turns on an even louder vacuum cleaner to drown out the radio.Bert: (yelling over the noise) WHY DID YOU TURN THE VACUUM CLEANER ON?!?
Ernie: (yelling over the noise) WHAT'S THAT, BERT? I CAN'T HEAR YA!
Bert: I SAID, "WHY DID YOU TURN THE VACUUM CLEANER ON?!?"
- Finally, a frustrated Bert shuts off the racket and then finally settles down into bed for peace and quiet. But alas and alack, Ernie snores as he sleeps!Bert: (sadly) It's not fair.
- Finally, a frustrated Bert shuts off the racket and then finally settles down into bed for peace and quiet. But alas and alack, Ernie snores as he sleeps!
- In a third nighttime sketch, Ernie wants to know what time it is. But it's too dark to read the clock, so, unable or unwilling to wait until morning, he tries a new method: he leans his head out the window and sings some loud, off-key opera: "O SOLE MIO, O SOLE YOU-O!" This wakes up the whole neighborhood who all yell at him to stop singing because it's 3:00 AM. Satisfied that he knows the time now, Ernie goes back to bed. The whole time, Bert, of course, is not amused.
- While no one besides Bert and Ernie is shown on screen, it's implied his singing wakes up the usual human adult cast. Hearing these normally kind individuals yell at Ernie to shut up is hilarious in its own right.
- Even better, one of them says "Sounds like Ernie again", hinting that this is not the first time Ernie did this.
- In yet another nighttime sketch, Ernie gets up and breaks into a song and dance routine, singing "Dance Yourself To Sleep." Then he produces a group of background tap dancers called The Boogie Woogie Sheep, and starts playing a solo on the bugle. Bert's harrowed reactions raise the scene from silliness to plain hilarity, especially when Rubber Ducky starts playing a bugle solo— and then the sheep pick up Bert's bed and dance out the door with it.
- In a fifth nighttime sketch, Ernie imagines what it's like if he was Bert and Bert was him, only to regret it when Bert now acts exactly like he does, keeping him from sleeping. It's absolutely hilarious seeing Bert act like Ernie down to his laugh, while Ernie is the one getting annoyed.
- "Share It Maybe", another Carly Rae Jepsen parody.
- Pre-School Musical, a parody of High School Musical, ends with the cast belting out the word "musical" with an Incredibly Long Riff while the announcer shills two sequels, an ice show, a Broadway adaptation, and an amateur production.
- Melodic arguing. John Tartaglia clearly had a great time.
- The first appearance of the Martians, where they attempt to communicate with a telephone. Literally with the telephone.
- In one installment of "Abby's Flying Fairy School", Mrs. Sparklenose delivers this It Makes Sense in Context line with the calm inflection that only a Seen It All preschool teacher can muster:Settle down now; this isn't the first time a chicken has gone hurtling through the roof of this classroom and I'm sure it won't be the last.
- Cookie Monster listening to a game pitch. Tim Schaefer pitches a project about zombies, boring Cookie Monster to death.
- Jack Black defines Octagon is both this, and Memetic Mutation. Here, Jack Black tries to define the word "Octagon" to the viewers. However, he forgets to bring one. Cue Elmo with a stop sign. But Jack is completely unaware of the octagon right in front of him.Jack: If I stop, how can I find an Octagon? How Elmo, HOW?!
- SIX HUNDRED AND FOUR BATS HANGING IN THE STEEPLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!
- While the 1991 version of Monster in the Mirror didn't add much besides making the song a Celebrity Edition, it adds this hilarious bit at the end, courtesy of The Simpsons.Bart: Hey, wubba man!Homer: BART!Bart: AH!
- ''LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL LETTERS UNIT''....Especially the jokes and Breaking the Fourth Wall involving the "Chung Chung" noisenote .
- The Crumby Pictures shorts, in which Cookie Monster parodies movies, such as James Bond, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Karate Kid, The Hunger Games, Star Wars, Twilight, and The Avengers.
- The Hungry Games: Catching Fur has Cookie (as Cookiness Evereat) exclaiming, "Being strong heroine of entire franchise hard work!" and Peeta as... an actual pita. Plus, Cookie's Big "NO!" at the end of the sketch after Finnicky tells him that there's going to be a third "Hungry Games" movie.
- The Spy Who Loved Cookies spoofs the title songs of Goldfinger and Skyfall, with the singer of the former evoking Shirley Bassey pretty well. Plus, every time Cookie Monster (as Double-Stuffed 7) doesn't listen to the instructions of his superior (who he refers to as "Bossy English Lady"), resulting in him getting hit by falling chickens.
- Star S'mores has a lot of references to the Star Wars trilogy, including a multi-layered meta joke with Grover playing the part of Yoda (here, he is called "Groda"). Also, "use the force" is turned into "use the four", which is just counting to four.
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Cookie is a Take That! to the Twilight films. It's also one of the few instances where someone other than Cookie gets voracious: his otherwise-stoic girlfriend Belly.
- As far as sketches absent from that list go, The Aveggies-Age of Bon Bon has Captain Cauliflower and the Mighty Corn lament becoming absolutely useless after Cookie (as Dr. Brownie) eats their Iconic Items, and Cookie arguing with Zuccineye over the latter's usefulness to the team. Plus, after Cookie Hulks Out and gobbles Bon Bon's Chocolate Ship, he still has enough room for veggie shawarma.
- In the Harry Potter parody, the reason why the Giant Spider traps Cookie-Monster-As-Harry in a web is because he wasn't listening to the instructions properly.Spider: "NO! You weren't listening carefully!"
- Grover and Madeline Kahn performing "Sing After Me" in which Kahn twice vocalizes the "Fiddle-diddle-dee" line. When she starts to do it a third time, Grover turns to her as if to say, "Don't you dare!" Kahn proceeds to vocalize the line anyway after Grover sings his part.
- Cookie Monster and Sir Ian McKellen demonstrate the word "resistance". Sir Ian demonstrates with a gold ring, but Cookie is "not really a jewelry kind of guy", so the lesson falls a little flat. So Ian pulls out a cookie. That gets the point across. He also mentions resisting the attraction... like a magnet.
- An independent youtube sketch where Carroll Spinney spoofs Birdman. There's a heartwarming moment at the very end when the camera pans down to reveal that Carroll is wearing the Big Bird feet.
- "Game of Chairs", which imagines the Game of Thrones Succession Crisis as a round of musical chairs and is filled with Parental Bonus Gallows Humor references to the series' many dark and morbid moments.Robb: (after surviving the first round) Can we hurry this up? I've a wedding to get to.Grover: (after Joffrey gets eliminated) I'm sorry, it looks like you choked, Joffrey.Robb: (after Grover accidentally wins the Game) I cannot think of a more horrible ending than this.Cersei: (after losing the game) I'm telling my brother!Grover: (After Ned's Big "NO!" in response to Grover winning) Do not lose your head over this Neddy baby!Grover: (after sending Tyrion to fetch a cushion for the throne.) And bring a sweater! I think Winter is Coming.
- "The monster is blue and full of errors". The fact that Melisandre shows up from nowhere (and leaves just as spontaneously) is not lost on Ned.
- A separate SNL sketch involving the Sesame Street cast and Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon (from ''The Empire''). There's plenty of funny moments of her interacting with the Sesame Street cast, but what really takes the cake is the implication that she skinned Elmo to make her new red coat.Murray: Oh no! I can't find Elmo anywhere.(Murray notices Cookie's new coat)Murray: Wait... where did you get that red fur?!Cookie: Don't worry about it baby.(Murray gasps in horror)
- In this video, Cookie Monster waxes philosophical about food while touring the Guggenheim Museum:"Your stomach thinks all potatoes are mashed.""Cookie dough is the sushi of deserts.""What was the best thing before sliced bread?"
- This Bert and Ernie skit consists of Ernie putting a cooking pot on Bert's head. Bert asks Ernie why and he says that it was because he broke the cookie jar and put the cookies in the sugar bowl, the sugar in the flower pot, the flower in the milk bottle, the milk in the soda bottle, the soda in the fish bowl and the fish in Bert's cowboy hat.
- In the song "But I Like You" Ernie and Bert take turns singing about things that they like, with the other one singing the same line after, to indicate agreement. Then Bert sings that he likes lentil soup, and Ernie doesn't even try to sing it. He just repeats the line in a deadpan monotone, as if he's so surprised and/or disgusted that he can't muster any more enthusiasm than that. Watch here.
- The unintended side-effect of being a celebrity teaching the word "awful" on the Street.
- An unfortunate typo in a news article about Sesame Street Live. (Slightly NSFW)note
- Bert and Ernie go to see a movie that makes Ernie emotional, disturbing the other theatergoers around him. And guess who gets punished for this!
- "Am I thirsty. Am I thirsty! AM I THIRRRRRRRRRRRSTY!" More specifically, Ernie got thirsty in the middle of the night and was hamming it up. This scene really shows off the comic brilliance of the Jim Henson/Frank Oz duo.Ernie: [after Bert gets up to get him a third glass of water] Oh, Bert is the salt of the earth, isn't he? Salt... ohh, am I thirsty.
- All of the "Monsterpiece Theater" sketches are a riot, but the very first one (spoofing Upstairs Downstairs) may just be the funniest of all.
- In Cyranose de Bergerac, the queen is looking for a rhyme to end her poem "the greatest flower I know is the rose, that I see with my eyes and I smell with my—". The answer is obviously "nose", but the servants suggested "toes" and "bellybutton".Queen: That doesn't even rhyme!
- "Little Red Riding Cookie". Particularly the fact that Cookie Monster views it as a melodrama masterpiece. Not to mention how hilarious the Grandma is.
- Cookie Monster retells Little House on the Prairie with Prairie Dawn's head in place of the prairie.
- The most recent segment taped and broadcast, The Horse Whisperer, is a strong contender for the funniest of all. After Alistair introduces the film, a cow instead enters and whispers its sound, then a chicken, both of which result in Alistair saying "Cut! Wait, that not the Horse Whisperer, that the Cow/Chicken Whisperer!" Then, the correct animal (a horse) enters the scene, but whispers, "Cock-a-doodle-doo!" This leads to Cookie looking at the camera as if to say, "Are you freaking kidding me?!" before complaining that the horse is sounding like a rooster, before the horse next whispers, "Quack, quack, quack!" (the sound of a duck). It takes Cookie nearly losing his patience before the horse finally remembers to whisper its own sound. Special mention goes to the end of the sketch, where the cow licks Cookie and the host exclaims, "Cow saliva! Nothing worse!"
- In Cyranose de Bergerac, the queen is looking for a rhyme to end her poem "the greatest flower I know is the rose, that I see with my eyes and I smell with my—". The answer is obviously "nose", but the servants suggested "toes" and "bellybutton".
- For some underrated gems, check out the Alphabet Chat segments from the '70s. Hosted by Mr. Chatterly, a scholarly British man who discusses different letters in each episode (or tries to), they eventually devolve into chaos as other Muppets barge in and ruin everything. They basically are just the classic main four Muppeteers (Jerry Nelson as Chatterly and Henson, Oz, and Hunt as the various goofy passers-by) goofing around with each other and improvising, and they're almost always funny. The later, more tightly-scripted segments are also decent, but the chaos of the originals is always funny.
- In this episode, when Telly is disguised as a banana, and two monkeys think he is a real banana, then he runs away, one of the monkeys says, "Hey, did you see that banana split?"
- This skit has this memorable exchange:
- From Goodnight Natasha, these two lines:Goodnight to your beak. Uh, whoops! You're not a bird.Goodnight to your mouth and your moustache above it. Oh, you do not have a moustache, do you? Well, I'd love it even if you did.
- And just after the song:Humphrey: She's sleeping just like a baby. Oh, she is a baby!
- And just after the song:
- The News Flashes, with Kermit as a roving reporter covering various fairy tales and nursery rhymes, provide plenty of laughs in their subversions of the plots we expect.
- During a Rapunzel News Flash from 1972 (with a heavily Brooklyn-accented Rapunzel), Prince Charming (who was anything but) yelled "OH, SHUT UP!" to Rapunzel after her wig fell off her head and he couldn't find his horse. This moment could also be as close as Sesame Street could get to a Precision F-Strike. The official Sesame Street YouTube clip fades just as the Prince is about to yell. However, an "Old School" DVD release retained the original ending, plus a few extra seconds which had never been aired before.
- The Hare and the Tortoise News Flash from 1973 opens with a hilarious Is This Thing On? joke at Kermit's expense as he tells a technician, "Yeah, Teddy, put $2 on Goody Two Shoes in the fourth... On Camera? No, on Goody Two Shoes- oh, I'm on camera!" As for the sketch itself, the tortoise trundles off slowly while the hare, true to the source material, relaxes by the starting line, planning to sprint to the finish after giving the tortoise a generous head start to make things more interesting. So Kermit goes to the finish line to cover the outcome... and is declared the winner instead!
- The Three Little Pigs News Flash from 1973 opens with another Is This Thing On? gag as Kermit asks an off-screen crew member "So Jeff, how's the wife?... She's on camera??... Oh, I'm on camera!" As for the sketch, the pig in the straw house laughs uproariously at the idea that the Big Bad Wolf might blow his house down, but when the Big Bad Wolf shows up and starts blowing a gale-force wind, everything but the straw house is blown away - including, inevitably, Kermit himself.
- The Sleeping Beauty News Flash from 1973 doubles as an illustration of the concepts of "near" and "far" at first, but takes a turn for the hilarious when Prince Charming kisses Sleeping Beauty and she wakes up - and turns into a frog. She and Kermit take an almost immediate shine to each other and go off together as the prince looks under the bedclothes, evidently wondering where the beautiful sleeping princess went.
- The Snow White News Flash from 1974 sees Kermit interviewing the Magic Mirror (face and voice provided by Jerry Nelson), who, before the queen's arrival, tells Kermit that she will ask who the fairest of them all is, and that his answer of Snow White always drives her up the wall. When the queen arrives, Kermit hides, but the queen decides to change the question to enforce an Overly Narrow Superlative on the mirror. It backfires:Queen: [enters with a microphone, cackling to herself] Ah, Mirror, I'm gonna getcha this time! [cackles] Let's see, this mic working here? [blows on it a few times, then makes a few clicking noises into it] Testing, one two! Okay, okay. [into the mic as if it were a two-way radio] Mirror, Mirror, come in Mirror, over!
Mirror: [appearing in the glass] Mirror here.
Queen: [cackling] All right. Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?
Kermit: [peeking out of his "place of concealment" behind a curtain] Uh, well, uh, that's the question, folks, uh, we all know what's going to happen next, don't we? Mmm. [hides again]
Kermit: [peers out again] Hold it! She's changing the question!
Queen: [cackles to herself] Who's the fairest of them all and is wearing a hat, has two beautiful eyes, is green, is in the same room with you right now, and is holding a microphone! [cackles]
Kermit: Wow, this is certainly very clever of the witch, because, uh, the mirror cannot possibly answer "Snow White" because Snow White doesn't have all that stuff. [nods, and hides again]
Mirror: Who's the fairest of them all... [the queen cackles] Is wearing a hat...
Queen: [indicating it with her mic] Right here, kid!
Mirror: Has two beautiful eyes...
Queen: [indicating them with her mic] Look at these, baby!
Mirror: Is green...
Mirror: Is in the same room with me right now...
Mirror: And is holding a microphone...
Queen: Lay it on me, baby! [Kermit peeks out of his hiding place]
Mirror: Kermit the Frog! [Kermit and the queen are stunned]
Kermit: Me?? Me? I'm the fairest? Oh really? Uh, well, uh, thank you! [the Mirror gets a knowing look and vanishes again]
Queen: You know what?
Kermit: This is Kermit the Fair Frog here...
Queen: He is kinda cute!
Kermit: ... returning you to your regularly scheduled, uh, programme.
Queen: Those are sweet flippers, where'd you get them?
Kermit: Oh, thank you...
- As a Cinderella News Flash from 1979 gets under way, Kermit is telling Cinderella and her stepsisters not to wave at the camera or "act stupid" when they get the cue that they're live. No prizes for guessing what happens when Kermit starts his "Hi-ho, this is Kermit the Frog of Sesame Street News" spiel! And then Prince Charming shows up with the glass slipper, setting off a Running Gag in which he strikes suitably heroic poses that involve looking skyward, causing Kermit to repeatedly trail off mid-sentence and look in the same direction, visibly thinking "What is he looking at!?" As for the glass slipper, it doesn't fit the stepsisters or Cinderella - it fits their cow.Kermit: [sighing] These fairy tales are beginning to get me down. [to camera] Uh, this is Kermit the Frog, returning you to your regularly-scheduled shoe- er, show.
Prince Charming: [completely straight-faced] Funny, you look different than that night at the palace. [to the fourth wall] Dad will be udderly surprised. [the cow nods]
- In the Rumplestiltskin one, "Rumpelstiltskin" is actually his last name, with guesses for his first name including "Fred" and "Barry".
- In Old Mother Hubbard, Kermit points out the Painful Rhyme of "bone" and "none". Also, Lamont the dog can talk, and he ends up ordering food over the telephone.
- The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe sketch introduces the eponymous old woman's neighbours— the Young Man Who Lived in a Glove, and the Young Woman Who Lived in a Hat (who also makes animal noises for no apparent reason).
- In Season 37, Cookie Monster is eating fruit. Nothing too out of the ordinary until Matt Lauer from NBCs Today comes in and starts reporting that Cookie Monster is eating fruit, and asks if the rumors that's he giving up cookies and becoming Fruit Monster are true. Cookie Monster, on his part, questions where Lauer even came from in the first place when the latter appears onscreen, then refutes the rumor, stating he eats his fruit first, then has cookies for dessert. He even gives a scathing Take That! towards the news media, accusing them of blowing things way out of proportion. In fact, the entire segment is a Take That! towards the 2005 rumors that Cookie Monster would become "Veggie Monster" and be recolored green. The segment ends with Cookie Monster eating Lauer's microphone, as Lauer laments that it will come out of his paycheck.
- Back in the 80s as part of a pledge drive special, Robert MacNeil of The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour interviewed Cookie (with Kermit acting as his lawyer) over "Cookiegate". It must be seen to be believed. Extra points for Robert MacNeil not breaking his composure despite the goofiness of the whole thing.
- While this episode was mostly serious, there was a funny song about Telly and Baby Bear's friendship, especially these lyrics.Baby Bear: I'm Tweedle-Dee and you're Tweedle--Telly: Dum. Wait a minute, I want to be Tweedle-Dee!
- Whenever Ernie tries to make his and Bert's share of food or drink "equal" by eating or drinking some of Bert's.
- This episode.
- This conversation between Zoe and Telly.Telly: Guess what I'm going to do today!Zoe: You're gonna boing on your pogo stick?Telly: No, I'm going to welcome people to Sesame Street while I'm boing-ing on my pogo stick.
- Telly on "boing-y-ness":Telly: You need to boing with just the right amount of boing-y-ness.Zoe: 'Boing-y-ness'?!Telly: Yeah. Not too boing-y, just boing-y enough.
- This conversation.Oscar: Why don't you borrow my pogo stick?Telly: Your pogo stick?!Oscar: Well, ya know what they say, don't you? "You give a pogo stick, you get a pogo stick".Telly: I never knew they said that!Gordon: Neither did I.
- This conversation between Zoe and Telly.
- The episode where Big Bird gets "C is For Cookie" in his head:
- Eventually, he can stop singing it but doesn't want to.
- Marilyn Horne sings opera of "C is For Cookie" (which leads to the Bird pulling off a "I am getting sick and tired of this" look as he sings with Telly and Rosita), which inspires a group of kids to dress up as ancient Egyptians and walk around the street singing "C is For Cookie", calling themselves "opera people". Maria basically sums this up.Maria: Did I see a group of singing kids dressed up as Egyptians?
- Followed by this line from Oscar the grouch.Oscar: Yeah, aren't they annoying? Hey, come back!
- Followed by this line from Oscar the grouch.
- When the "opera people" parade past Oscar's can.Oscar: Hey, that's really annoying." (they leave) "Hey, come back here! I like being annoyed!"
- Big Bird's failed attempt at singing the alphabet.Big Bird: A, B, C...is for cookie, that's good enough for me.
- This Bilingual Bonus from Luis and Maria at the end, when Big Bird chooses to sing the song of his own accord.Luis: El esta loco. noteMaria: Es increible. note
- With "C is for Cookie" a main part of the episode's plot, one would expect Cookie Monster himself to make an appearance on the street. And he does, a few times. The second time, though, is a particular laugh-worthy moment: he tells Big Bird to quiet down so he can watch a Monsterpiece Theater sketch. Yes, Cookie Monster told Big Bird to stop singing HIS OWN SIGNATURE SONG!
- Mr. Johnson brings a painting of a very elderly-looking woman to Grover's framing shop.Grover: What a sweet painting of your great-great grandmother.Mr Johnson: That's my wife!Grover: (beat) ...ouch.
- This skit.(Shows Ernie and Bert in their living room and a green capital Q is on the desk).Ernie: Hi, Bert!Bert: Oh, hi, Ernie.Ernie: This is a nice letter Q that I have here.Bert: Oh, that's what it is. Yeah, yeah, it's nice.Ernie: See, it's big and round there—Bert: Yeah.Ernie: And it's got this little squiggly tail right there.Bert: There. (points)Ernie: That's how you can tell it's a Q.Bert: Yeah, it's nice.Ernie: You know what I have?Bert: What?Ernie: I have a very exciting game that we can play with this letter Q.Bert: Not me.Ernie: Do you want to play an exciting game, Bert?Bert: No, not me.Ernie: But this is a very neat game, Bert. We can practice learning our numbers and at the same time we can learn about the letter Q.Bert: Ernie, you always trick me in these games. Always.Ernie: (shaking his head) No, no, nuh-not this time, Bert. See, this is how the game is played. You see, I say "One, Q" and then I point to the letter Q. And then you say "Two, Q" and then point to the letter Q. And then it goes on like that and that's all there is to it.Bert: That's all, really?Ernie: It's your kind of game, Bert.Bert: That does sound kind of fun, actually. Do you start or do I start?Ernie: I start.Bert: Okay.Ernie: One, Q.Bert: Uh, two, Q.Ernie: Three, Q.Bert: Four, Q.Ernie: Five, Q.Bert: Six, Q.Ernie: Seven, Q.Bert: Eight, Q.Ernie: Nine, Q.Bert: Ten, Q.Ernie: What's that, Bert? (puts his hand to his ear)Bert: Ten, Q.Ernie: I couldn't hear you, Bert.Bert: Ten, Q, ten, Q, ten, Q!Ernie: You're welcome, you're welcome, you're welcome, Bert! (chuckles)Bert: I don't get it.
- The Watermelons and Cheese song, about how when you answer the telephone, (unless you're a watermelon or a cheese yourself), don't say "watermelons and cheese". That's funny enough on its own, but also funny are Bert, Cookie Monster and the Count's phone answers.Bert: Hello. No, this isn't Ernie's duckie.Cookie Monster: Hello. You got cookie for me please?Count: Hello. You have called a number one.Bert: Hello. Bernice, it's for you.Cookie Monster: Hi. Me get off now. Me eating cookies.Count: Hello, you are caller number two.
- Katy Perry once did a parody of her song "Hot 'n' Cold" with Elmo. The line "You're hot and you're cold" was demonstrated with Katy chasing Elmo through a desert and the arctic respectively.
- Cookie Monster's "Letter of the Day" segments.
- In this one, Cookie Monster raps about how he wants to eat the cookie with the letter of the day ('R') frosted on it, but his rule is he's not allowed to eat it while singing—then, he eats it anyway because there's no rule against eating it after singing.
- In this one, the letter's "K" and Cookie Monster claims that he has "turned over a new leaf, in fact he's turned over a whole tree."
- In this one, the letter is "H" and he decides to hide the cookie (because hide starts with H), but hides it in his tummy.
- In this one, the letter is "D" and he makes a sign saying "Don't" to remind him not to eat it. However, he gets so hungry that he eats the "n't" part of the sign and concludes that the sign now says, "Do" so he does eat the cookie.
- Cookie Monster's Letter of the Day segment for the Letter L from Season 33. Cookie Monster tries to sing to maintain self-control so as not to eat the cookie, singing famous Sesame Street songs at first but ultimately breaking out into Beethoven's Fifth Symphony before he quickly consumes the cookie!
- Cookie Monster thinking the moon is a cookie. Highlights include:
- Oscar calling Slimey a bookworm for taking many books out of the library.
- Cookie Monster saying "Says who?" when Gordon tells him the moon is not a cookie.
- Slimey saying that he doesn't know whether or not the moon is a cookie because he didn't taste it, and later saying that he wished he had.
- Cookie Monster wondering if he could jump or climb a ladder to the moon.
- At the beginning of this episode, Elmo says that Ruthie is selling new stuff. Then, we get this.Ruthie: Well, it's not exactly new, Elmo. You see, people give me their old stuff to sell when they don't need it anymore.Elmo: Oh, so it's old stuff, but Ruthie just got it, so it's new stuff. It's new old stuff.
- In the same episode, Elmo saying "Earth to Ruthie" when Ruthie is deep in thought.
- When Ernie wonders why he scared Bert and Bert replies that he didn't think Ernie was there, Ernie wonders if he's not there.
- In this skit, Bert asks Ernie to put a vase away. He imagines that if he put it on the small shelf, it would break and then goes on, imagining that Bert would throw him out of the house and it'd be too cold. This makes him cry, and Bert asks what the matter is. Ernie says that he'd been imagining what would happen if he put the vase on the small shelf. Ernie imagines Bert throwing a party for not breaking the vase, and then thanks him for doing it when he didn't really.Bert: He's gone bananas, right?
- Several in this episode.
- The entire premise is that Telly learns that you can put all kinds of things on a sandwich and adds each thing to his sandwich, until he gets a really tall "everything" sandwich.
- Telly's utter bewilderment at foods that would seem normal together to most people (example: "Wow! You can put fudge sauce on vanilla ice cream?!")
- Telly worries that if he eats lettuce on his sandwich, he'd lean back, fall off his stool, roll down the street and crash into Lexine who's bouncing on her pogo stick and she'd fly through the air and land in Oscar's can.
- Speaking of sandwiches, there is a scene in the 1998 video "Big Bird Gets Lost" As it begins Big Bird and Maria have gone to the store to buy Snuffy some new roller skates. When the salesman asks them what size they need and they are not sure, he tries to compare them to the only object he has on hand, which is a submarine sandwich. Cue the salesman cramming the sandwich into his mouth until it is shortened to the right size.
- This 1969 sketch involving a proto-Grover who sounds like Cookie Monster, and a hippie puppeteered by Henson. In it, proto-Grover constantly demands to be first in line, and nothing else. The sketch was banned because proto-Grover was essentially partaking in civil disobedience. Just the very concept of civil disobedience on Sesame Street makes this sketch a classic.
- Maria's Wacky Cravings during pregnancy are satisfied by grouch cooking. Oscar is delighted and Luis is very disgusted.
- This skit focuses on a cat who hates the rain. A fairy offers him three wishes: first he wishes it would never rain again but things dry up so he wishes he knows what's going on. The fairy explains that rain is important, so the cat wishes it would rain. The fairy then says this hilarious line.Fairy: "Those are the worst three wishes I'd ever gotten from anyone."
- During the episode where we see how Elmo, Big Bird and Prairie Dawn met when Elmo was an infant, Big Bird was three and Prairie Dawn was four, little Prairie Dawn greets her mother and the mom says, "Say hi to Mommy again!", to which Prairie literally says, "Hi to Mommy again!".
- The ending to Prairie Dawn's pageant about heavy and light. Monty gets so tired of lugging around a boulder that he drops it on Prairie's piano. But that isn't what causes it to break, Merry Monster's feather does.
- In this skit, Ernie has collected some ice cubes and put them on top of the electric blanket (in a box) to warm them up. When he opens it up, they (obviously) have melted, but he thinks they ran away, then when Bert says that it's impossible, Ernie says that Bert is right because "they don't even have suitcases". He then suggests they were stolen and when he sees the water, he thinks a fish stole them. When Bert explains that the ice cubes melted, Ernie thinks a fish melted them.
- From Elmo's Potty Time, some kids list synonyms for pee and poop, which causes some childish laughs when they shout out words like "doodie". One especially funny part is when they shout out, "I really need to urinate!".
- In this 1970's cartoon insert, A Doctor has patient weighing in the opposite pattern of light and heavy with the chorus humming to Stars and Stripes Forever, When it reached the boy with the king's crown weighing in heavy after previous tall heavy man, The doctor grabs the boy and shakes all of his belongings and weighs in light.
- From this episode:
- A woman mistaking her radio for a toaster.Customer: My toaster plays radio programs and it doesn't make good toast at all.Maria: This isn't a toaster, it's a radio.Customer: Oh.
- In Elmo's story, there is an official position called the Royal Elmo and the sandwich maker is having a problem because "everybody wants a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but he only knows how to make jelly and peanut butter sandwiches."
- "Sesame Street was brought to you by the royal letter S and the very royal number 18".
- A woman mistaking her radio for a toaster.
- When Oscar goes to the dump, he misses a call from his Aunt Crabella. Maria is near the telephone, but everytime the phone rings, she picks it up and Aunt Crabella hangs up. She tries again, and again, but still the same thing happens. When Oscar comes back, Maria complains about it, and Oscar points out that Aunt Crabella only calls to hang up on people.Oscar: Did my Aunt Crabella call?Maria: Yes, she called several times, but everytime she calls, she hangs up on me!Oscar: Well, of course she hangs up! My Aunt Crabella does not call to talk to me on the phone!Maria: She doesn't?Oscar: NO! Every time she calls, she can hang up! Boy, that makes me grouchy!
- When Ernie calls Elmo "little Elmo", Elmo calls Ernie "big Ernie".
- In one episode, Telly's uncle gives him a pogo stick he's too young for because he mistook his nephew (who's in daycare) for a teen.
- Pretty much all of the Waiter Grover sketches, in particular:
- Little Hamburger, Big Hamburger: Fat Blue orders a hamburger, and Grover offers him either a little or a big hamburger. He starts off with a little hamburger, but it is way too little. Against Grover's wishes, Fat Blue orders the big hamburger, which turns out to be HUMUNGOUS!!! During this skit, Mr. Johnson says that the little hamburger is too small to feed a flea. Grover jokingly says that he wouldn't know because he's never fed a flea before.
- Grover's Waiter's Memory: Fat Blue orders a cheeseburger with french fries and a pickle, but Grover doesn't write that down, instead relies on his "Waiter's Memory" relying on making up a poem about it. ("Round and tasty on a bun / Pickles, french fries, yum yum yum! / In a hurry to be fed / Beady eyes and big blue head") Unfortunately, this system turns out to be flawed, as Grover brings out a grapefruit on a hamburger bun instead. When Mr. Johnson asks Grover to just bring him his meal, Grover refuses, stating that it is time for his lunch break. He decides to eat a cheeseburger with french fries and a pickle.
- The sketch is even funnier when placed in the context of the episode's street scenes. Mr. Johnson originally went to a different restaurant and ordered a cheeseburger there, only deciding to eat at Grover's restaurant because of the monster's assurance that the service had improved. After the events of the Waiter's Memory sketch, Mr. Johnson returns to the original restaurant and asks for his cheeseburger, but the worker reveals she had given it to a different customer. The scene cuts to Grover nonchalantly eating the burger.
- Grover the Singing and Dancing Waiter: At a Spanish restaurant, Grover offers Fat Blue four specials: Numero Uno, Numero Dos, Numero Tres, and Numero Cuatro. But each time he serves each tray, the guitarist plays, indicating it is time for him to dance, each time, causing the food to fall off the table.Graaaa-NAAAAAAAAA-DAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Granada, Cadiz, Sevilla
Where butter is called mantequilla
You are treated so fine
When you come here to dine
I'm always delighted to see ya!
- Grover messing up with the pizza that Mr. Johnson ordered. Grover says the pizza will take a long time, even though the company is called Speedy Pizza. When Mr. Johnson points this out, Grover explains that they have to grow the ingredients. Also, when Mr. Johnson asks for "something on top", he puts something (namely a flowerpot) on top of himself and he runs off in the middle of Mr. Johnson's request for sausage and mushroom, and so thinks he ordered a pizza with "saw".
- Really, any Grover and Mr. Johnson sketch is absolutely hysterical. Particularly if you recall the early sketches, in which Grover was competent but Mr. Johnson was unreasonable - sure, it's just a case of Characterization Marches On, but it's funny to think that Grover's tormenting of his customer for all these decades was in revenge for the events of those first couple of sketches.
- One exquisite moment is when Mr. Johnson looks at the camera in absolute horror and exclaims, "Does he work everywhere?" In yet another sketch, he actually asks Grover that question directly, and Grover gives him a Blunt "Yes".
- In one skit where his customer is Simon the Soundman who orders a chicken sandwich, he still gives out the wrong order as he always does with Mr. Johnson. First he brings out an elephant sandwich, then a telephone sandwich (when Simon sends it back, Grover can be heard telling Charlie the cook, "Wrong number on the telephone sandwich!"), then a guitar sandwich; Grover flinching when Simon "says" a few extra guitar chords to him - twice - is the icing on the cake.Simon the Soundman: I don't know why my brother recommended this place, the service is terrible.
Grover: [toward the kitchen as he brings out the guitar sandwich] You know this man eats with his raincoat on? He's really weird, Charlie...
- This skit has Mr Johnson at an Italian restaurant, where he orders spaghetti but Grover only serves him one piece. He asks for more and only gets one more piece of spaghetti. When he asks for more again, he gets one piece again, which is actually less spaghetti. And when Grover finally serves him enough, he gives him way too much spaghetti.
- During the skit, Mr Johnson asks Grover if he works everywhere, to which Grover replies, "Well, yes, sir, I do.".
- Grover and Mr Johnson on the single piece of spaghetti.Mr Johnson: You call this lunch?Grover: At this time of day, yes, sir. At night, I would call it dinner.
- In one skit from 1980, there are just nine entries on the menu, numbered 1-9 - in order, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a hot dog, pastrami on rye, lentil soup, arroz con pollo (which Grover goes full Large Ham to recite), the "ever popular" chicken croquettes, tuna salad, egg salad, and the special of the day. Mr Johnson decides to order a number 9, the special of the day... and it turns out Grover was speaking literally when he said "Number 9 is the special of the day", as he brings out a tray with a 9 on it. Mr Johnson, however, tells Grover he doesn't want the 9 - it's medium rare, and he likes his 9s well done!
- In "Baby Bear's Baby Doll", Telly and Baby Bear argue over whether the dinosaur or the baby doll should be the driver of the toy bulldozer. Telly claims that babies are too young to drive but Baby Bear reasons that cars and trucks didn't exist in dinosaur times and "a baby is a human and humans can drive".
- One animated skit involves a letter U talking about words that begin with U and showing them to a dog. The dog says that he can't read because he's a dog, so the words are useless to them.
- One animated skit involves a dog stealing a boy's letter I, thinking it's a bone. Eventually, the boy writes out the word "ICICLE" so that they have one I each, and the dog starts gnawing on his "bone"... and says it tastes just like a letter I.
- One cartoon involves a witch turning a girl into various things and the girl insists she's still herself.
- This 70s skit involves Cookie Monster and the Count cooperating, agreeing to count the three cores from the apples Cookie Monster ate. When the Count does his Signature Laugh, Cookie Monster starts imitating it, and they keep at it for a while, and the result is hilarious.
- In The Magical Wand Chase, when the bird is in her human disguise, she says "Hi! I'm a person!" when Elmo, Abby, and Rosita encounter her.
- From this cartoon about size:
- One very short man with very big feet stands on his tiptoes and says, "Now I'm big!", but is told, "No, you're still small."
- Another very short guy (although taller than the big-footed one) is playing a regular-sized violin and calls it big. A regular-size man snatches it and says, "It's small."
- A man is holding a bone up to a weenie dog and saying, "You're small." The dog stands on his hind legs and snatches the bone, to which the man says to himself, "He's big, this is small." and holds up a balloon. When it's blown up, a creature says, "Now it's big." and pops it.
- A man says, "I'm big," but a bird says, "Uh-uh, small." and reveals that the man was on stilts. Then, a second bird comes and says, "I'm big, you're small!". The two begin making themselves taller and arguing about who's the biggest until the second one puffs himself up, winning.
- In this skit, the police are trying to arrest a big, bad wolf. They bring in a little, bad wolf, a big, good wolf, and a big, bad chicken before finding the big, bad wolf, who is wearing a fake beard.
- Elmo's stick sketch with the late Robin Williams is great enough on its own, but a series of outtakes from the sketch shown as part of HBO's documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind adds a new layer of hilarity to it, especially the ending where, when Williams gives Elmo the stick, performer Kevin Clash slips up and calls him "Mr. Robins", prompting Williams to yank the stick away and walk off, leaving Elmo to duck into the fence and complain about being upstaged.Elmo: I only had three lines!
- From Sharing Things:
- The opening title has Oscar the Grouch telling the audience they should just skip this part, which is a well-known option when playing a television series on Netflix.
- For a bit of irony, Barb is the only one of the older teens to be featured.
- Another bit of irony is that Dustin is the only character with teeth. This includes the Cookie-Gorgon (Cookie Monster as the Demogorgon), who is based on a creature with a face that's nothing but teeth.
- Hopper is a rabbit and Eleven and Eight are talking numbers.
- From the licensed games:
- In "Elmo's Potty Time", the characters say silly things if you idle.Clown: "I really need to go to the bathroom and that's no joke!"Elmo, Zoe, or Baby Bear: "Can you read the story really, really loudly so I can still hear it while I'm in the bathroom?"Baby Bear: (in his spacesuit) "*fake static noise* Let's play for awhile! I can go to the bathroom later!"
- In the winter sports game, Grover is hit by a snowball and says, "I told you, Eugene, not while I'm on camera!".
- One of Elmo's songs in the egg-counting game is so nonsensical it's hilarious.(to the tune of the Chicken Dance) "Elmo wants to be a chicken, Elmo wants to be a chicken, Elmo wants to be a duck. Cluck, cluck, click, cluck."
- In "Elmo's Potty Time", the characters say silly things if you idle.
- At the end of Dont Eat The Pictures, after the gang finally leaves the Metropolitan Museum after being locked in all night, and Cookie Monster is forced to not eat any of the pictures or statues on display, he is now famished. Because he behaved himself, Bob takes Cookie Monster to a nearby hot dog stand and offers to treat him to anything that he wants.Bob: You can have hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream bars, anything. You name it.Cookie Monster: Ok. Me want to eat hot dog... STAND! (proceeds to do just that)
- In this clip , Oscar tries to mess around with The Count by asking him to count the number of the day, which is 0. The Count catches onto this, and has fun messing with Oscar, such as saying he has 0 horns. Oscar's increasingly annoyed behavior sells this.
- Harvey Kneeslapper is so wrapped up in his pranks, to the point of maniacally laughing while he's trying to talk, and his pranks are so horrendously corny and dumb, you're laughing at him, not with him. His bits often cross the line into Anti-Humor. And it's even funnier when his pranks backfire. It helps that he was performed by Frank Oz at his hammiest.
- During the final scene of "Baby Bear's Just Right Cafe", Mr. Johnson asks if he's still serving lunch. Baby Bear says yes, and that they hired a new employee... which is Grover. Cue Mr. Johnson fainting.
- The Kermit/Grover demonstration sketches are always good for laughs, especially on the rare occasions Kermit turns the tables on Grover for a bit of revenge for the many demonstrations his overexuberance has ruined.
- "Short and Long" from 1973 starts with Kermit demonstrating "short" by singing a note for a short time, then telling Grover to sing a note for a long time - so long that he almost passes out from lack of oxygen when Kermit finally tells him to stop. Next, Kermit hops on one foot for a short time, and then tells Grover to hop on one foot for a long time - once more, so long that he falls over from the exertion. Grover insists that for the third iteration, he should demonstrate "short" while Kermit demonstrates "long". Kermit agrees, and tells Grover to tickle him for a short time, which he does... then Kermit starts tickling Grover for a long time!
- The 1974 "Up and Down" sketch starts with Kermit at the bottom of a very long staircase, and when Grover insists on helping, Kermit tells him he can demonstrate "up" by climbing the staircase... which turns out to be much longer than he anticipated, forcing him to stop for breath several times before obeying Kermit's instructions to keep climbing. Finally, he gets to the top... and is stunned to find Kermit there waiting for him! Kermit innocently explains that he took the elevator, whereupon Grover faints and falls back down to the bottom of the staircase - leading to Kermit congratulating him for demonstrating "down".
- "Light and Heavy" from 1975 sees Kermit dealing with Grover's intrusion (he insists his help will be "a Christmas favour") by taking the lead to demonstrate light by lifting one of Big Bird's feathers, then telling Grover to fetch an upright piano from off-screen. Grover's Big "WHAT?!" when Kermit tells him to stop for a moment while holding the piano, followed by Kermit showing more concern for the piano when Grover staggers off screen and drops it, are the icing on the cake. The routine then repeats itself with Kermit lifting a ping-pong ball and Grover Tempting Fate by predicting he'll have to lift "a huge boulder" - and, sure enough... and once again, Kermit is more concerned about the piano when Grover accidentally drops the boulder on it. Grover insists they demonstrate the opposite qualities for the third iteration, so Kermit fetches a giant submarine sandwich three times the size of his head before placating a miffed Grover by telling him to pick up a nearby helium balloon that is larger than his entire body. The demonstration over, Kermit tucks into the sandwich... then looks up in surprise to see Grover floating away with the balloon!
- In "Elmo The Engineer", Elmo doesn't want to put away his toys before bath time, and pretends that his arm is hurt. His father Louie sees through this, and gets Elmo to expose himself by saying he'll make him a snack, making him raise his arm. We then get this:Louie : Look at that, a miraculous recovery.
- During the Monster Foodie Truck segment involving pineapple pizza, Cookie Monster reveals he accidentally ate pineapple for a snack. Gonger acts annoyed at first, but then he flips his lid when Cookie Monster brings out a pinecone and an apple as a substitute.
- "Let's Draw" has two notable moments of this:
- Elmo and Abby ask Alan to be their model while they draw pictures of him holding some cups. While Abby creates a great drawing of him, Elmo only draws the cup.
- Charlie says this when she compliments Abby's drawing, and gets confused looks: "I think the vertical line creates a visual rhythm that puts it all together." It's then followed up with Elmo's "I can't believe she said that" face before she says "Red's my favorite color. Yay red.".
- This skit has Ernie and Bert going to the farm in a taxi driven by The Count. As it turns out, they're in the On The Go game show hosted by Guy Smiley, where they have to guess animal sounds. Bert correctly guesses Ernie making a pigeon sound without even trying. When he makes a quacking sound, Ernie had a hard time guessing even when he has rubber duckie in his hand. When Bert moos, Ernie guesses a duck, not a cow, and then rubber duckie starts mooing .
- This skit where Grover tries to teach the viewers about exits, except he keeps getting run over by a crowd since he is standing in front of the exit door. He then moves out of the door's way to avoid getting trampled again...but the exit sign follows him, so he once again gets run over by another exiting crowd, who then smash through the wall since the exit sign is above it.
- In this skit, Cookie Monster has to guess what Elmo is imagining he's doing. Cookie Monster always guesses "eating cookies" because whenever he imagines what Elmo is imagining, he always eats imaginary cookies. When offered a real one, he pretends he's not hungry from all the imaginary cookies, then comes back claiming he'll "save it for the afternoon", but it is afternoon, so he eats it then.
- All the stories about silly kings:
- King Richard the Chicken-Hearted, who ate only chicken. Richard calls Chicken a la King "Chicken a la Me". He and his chef have apparently never heard of eating anything but chicken and inexplicably don't know what a meal is, even though they have the words "breakfast", "lunch", and "dinner" in their vocabulary.
- Wasteful the Fifth, who deliberately wasted paper.
- The King Who Couldn't See So Well, who didn't realise he had bad eyesight and thought things just looked that way.
- For a behind the scenes example, there's this mashup to promote the Being Green DVD. With Elmo accidentally turning himself green, they promote it as if he's staying green forever. The funny part comes from the insertion of classic clips of characters screaming or sobbing uncontrollably to drive it home .
- From the special Elmo's Playdate:
- The Running Gag of Grover having trouble using his new phone, causing weird things to happen like the screen turning upside down, him accidentally muting the volume and, as the punchline, accidentally changing his background to outer space.
- Rosita's reaction when Elmo leaves for the bathroom.
- In this Share The Laughter video, Ernie and Bert are challenged to come up with a joke. Ernie however, didn't tell Bert until it was time. Ernie then says he'll tell the joke while Bert will help out. However, it's a knock knock joke and he has Bert start. Bert realized he was duped and is not happy.
- The "Cowboy X" cartoon from 1971, with all voices provided by special guest Jean Shepherd, sees the frontier town of Sniddler's Gulch living in fear of the title character, a boisterous outlaw who tags everything he can get near with his X-shaped branding iron.note The townsfolk evidently have never considered simply asking him to stop, as they react to a young boy's suggestion to do so by describing it as just crazy enough to work. And it does; Cowboy X immediately agrees to literally and figuratively re-brand as Cowboy O. The final line is the cherry on the sundae; you can almost hear the narrator rolling his eyes as he says...Narrator: [over a shot of the town, now covered in Os] And the citizens of Sniddler's Gulch lived happily ever after, because they really weren't very smart.
- "Welcome Baby Chicks" has Elmo, Abby, Ernie, and Bert passing the time waiting for chicks to hatch by doing arts and crafts at Hooper's Store with Chris. When Abby gives Ernie glue, he accidentally drops it on Bert. He then accidentally sneezes feathers on him, and we get this exchange:Ernie: Hey Chris. One of the chicks hatched. (laughs)Bert: ERNIE!
- In this sketch, a barber is getting ready to give a hard-of-hearing man a trim, and asks how short he'd like his hair. Cue Guy Smiley bursting through the wall, complete with a marching band, to sing a song about how awesome air is. After the song is over and the band leaves, the customer is upset, so the barber urges him to lean back in his chair—and guess what happens again, this time through the other wall? Finally, after it seems like everything has calmed down, the customer asks if this happens often. "No," the barber replies, "actually, it's exceedingly rare." And sure enough...
- What makes it even better is that whenever Guy Smiley enters, he screams "DID SOMEBODY SAY 'AIR?'"...and the gobsmacked barber and customer respond with small nos, as if they're too stunned by the entrance to react properly.
- This Sesame Street News segment where Dr. Nobel Price "invents" a robotic double of Kermit named "Sherman the Hoppity Hop." The real Kermit is even more frustrated with Dr. Price than usual, and Sherman even copies Kermit's trademark scrunched-up frustrated face! The cherry on top is Sherman's voice being Richard Hunt doing a wacky robotic Kermit impression!
- Sometimes, Oscar is tricked into helping, or accidentally helps, with the Letter or Number of the Day. For instance:
- The three-short video series "What's That Snack?" (a game show where a Muppet's parent or friend has packed said Muppet a snack and another Muppet gives them three clues to guess what it is), especially the first one. Elmo hosts the show, with the contestant being Cookie Monster. The first few times, Cookie Monster guesses a cookie as his snack, until he learns that the snack is a "crunchy and sweet" fruit that grows on trees. Cookie eventually fires off wrong answers left and right until he asks if he can phone a friend. He calls Ernie, who is also stumped as to what the snack is, and decides to eat an apple to help them think better. Ernie's apple, which is a crunchy and sweet fruit that he picked off a tree, turns out to be the right answer. What sells this is Cookie Monster's attitude throughout the video (trying to leave upon discovering it's not a cookie, then having to be reminded constantly to focus on the clues), and Elmo's epic "WTF" look as Cookie guesses a carrot, eggplant, potato and radish as his snack.
- The third entry also qualifies. Cookie Monster hosts the show, with Ernie as the contestant. Near the beginning, Cookie mentions that Bert packed Ernie's snack, and before he can give out the first clue, Ernie utters, with subtle contempt in his voice, "Oatmeal." (If Bert packed the snack, Ernie adds, it would most likely be oatmeal.) Cookie, though agreeing with this assessment, replies that the snack is not oatmeal. The snack in question turns out to be banana slices with almond butter. How does Ernie guess correctly? He treats a banana like a phone and does the old "banana in the ear" routine with Cookie.
- The parody of the disaster-prone Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. When SESAME STREET is making fun of you, you know you've got problems. Notice how increasingly annoyed the announcer gets everytime the show restarts.
- In the episode where Big Bird is angry about Granny Bird not visiting, while it concludes in an unfortunate way, it's kind of funny how he shouts Angrish that includes the words "basil" and "sassafras".
- The "ABC-DEF-GHI" song, in which Big Bird sees the alphabet and mistakes it for a humongous word, pronounced "ab-kuh-deff-gee-juh-kll-muh-nop-quir-stoov-wux-izz".
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