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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sesame Street

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the Sesame Street character, Alistair Cookie, was based on the original host of "Masterpiece Theatre," Alistair Cooke.

Alistair Cookie was not the first, and is certainly not the last character based on a real person. Do you remember Meryl Sheep? Here, the Muppet character is playing against the in-the-flesh actress, Susan Sarandon!

If you enjoyed the two clips above, you're sure to like the two DVDs full of Sesame Street parodies, titled The Best of Sesame Spoofs, volumes 1 and 2 [J DVD SES]. Most of the people and things being parodied should be familiar, but some may have slipped away from memory, like Hill Street Blues, the 1980s police series upon which Sesame Street's "Hill Street Twos" is based. Others are quickly fading, like the reality stars, Jon and Kate Gosselin, parodied in "Jon and Kate Count to 8."

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