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Om nom nom nom! NPR's In Character interviews Cookie Monster. In addition to the video interview, there is are articles (written and audio) about The Big C.
posted by CrunchyFrog (40 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Excellent. Thanks.

Side note: I wish I could find some indication if it is Frank Oz performing Cookie here, or if its is David Rudman (who does most of Cookie's Sesame Street performances now)?
posted by anastasiav at 12:01 PM on February 15, 2008


Kevin Clash (the voice/hand of Elmo) interviewed by Rove McManus.
posted by ericb at 12:04 PM on February 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


I'd have to guess Rudman; that doesn't sound like Oz.
posted by mcwetboy at 12:11 PM on February 15, 2008


Why did you just debase the wonder that is Cookie Monster by introducing the Elmo? The Elmo is a curse.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:12 PM on February 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


The only muppet worse than Elmo is the creature that my wife and I refer to as simply "Speech-Impediment Bear". Ugh. He's tewwible.
posted by ColdChef at 12:16 PM on February 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


I think Frank Oz's sense of humor is a bit more wacky and subversive. Definitely not him. CM was sticking to a lot of patent Sesame Street answers. Instead of saying if he was someone else he'd choose to be a snuffleupagus, I tend to think Frank Oz would've probably said something off the wall like "Tibetan monk. Definitely Tibetan monk."
posted by miss lynnster at 12:19 PM on February 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


I ♥ Elmo!
posted by ericb at 12:19 PM on February 15, 2008


Remember the Elmo!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:19 PM on February 15, 2008


known alias: Computer Monster
posted by arialblack at 12:26 PM on February 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


Tickle this, Elmo.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 12:28 PM on February 15, 2008


I agree with miss lynnster and also I think Oz would do a better job of staying in character.
posted by DU at 12:28 PM on February 15, 2008


See also Cookie Monster on Martha Stewart (youtube part 1 and 2).
posted by bigtex at 12:28 PM on February 15, 2008 [3 favorites]


I think Frank Oz's sense of humor is a bit more wacky and subversive. Definitely not him.

The moment he downed the plate of broccoli I knew it wasn't the Cookie Monster I grew up with. Which is too bad, because asking him the James Lipton questions was inspired.
posted by Gary at 12:30 PM on February 15, 2008


And you call this state of art?
posted by Gary at 12:31 PM on February 15, 2008 [3 favorites]


One question I recently started wondering about the production of Sesame Street:

Where did they get the cookies for the cookie monster?

During the course of an episode, he might "eat" several plates of cookies, with cookies more or less ending up destroyed. Presumably there might be multiple takes. So in every episode he's got to destroy dozens of cookies. They must go through hundreds a season.

Are these "prop" cookies? Yesterday's cookies from a local bakery? Is there an official supplier of Cookie monster's cookies?
posted by justkevin at 12:37 PM on February 15, 2008


When I read "Om nom nom nom", I was sure this was going to be about some new wave method of meditation.
posted by wittgenstein at 12:56 PM on February 15, 2008


Very rarely did Cookie Monster actually "eat" real cookies on the set. He mostly gobbled on rice crackers, which were sometimes decorated to look like cookies.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 12:59 PM on February 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


That's good enough for me.
posted by Miko at 1:05 PM on February 15, 2008 [3 favorites]


I very much wanted to hear Cookie Monster say "motherfucker." and get bleeped.
posted by killy willy at 1:50 PM on February 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


Om nom nom nom!
Is that a cookie-monsterism? I'm not very children's television-literate. My whole concept of the phrase what that it was something that, for lack of a better word, idiots type on the internet as a sort of shibboleth to identify themselves.
posted by Wolfdog at 1:54 PM on February 15, 2008


This definitely calls for a link to www.omnomnomnom.com
posted by TheJoven at 2:06 PM on February 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


Rat bastard sold us out with that "Cookies are a sometimes food" shit.
posted by stevis23 at 2:13 PM on February 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


The moment he downed the plate of broccoli I knew it wasn't the Cookie Monster I grew up with.

See, and because of this I saw it coming and actually figured he was going to downplay cookies and go off about the joy of broccoli. Which would've pissed me off. Because... I mean... A Cookie is a Sometime Food????? For a guy CALLED the Cookie Monster?
posted by miss lynnster at 2:13 PM on February 15, 2008


Because... I mean... A Cookie is a Sometime Food????? For a guy CALLED the Cookie Monster?

Normally I'd agree and say something about parents coddle their kids too much and cartoons and characters for our generation were edgier and funnier etc., and furthermore what's WRONG with cookies but... but...

Have you seen the size of the average kindergartener these days? The big C has to say it, 'cause certainly their parent's ain't.
posted by Zinger at 2:21 PM on February 15, 2008


Me no care. Me no feel pain.
Cookies like Novocaine.


Thank you for that, bigtex. I will cherish that couplet for the rest of my life.
posted by darksasami at 2:26 PM on February 15, 2008


I'm not sure what is worse: bowdlerized broccoli-eating Cookie Monster or cynical, embittered Grover.
posted by Slap Factory at 2:35 PM on February 15, 2008


"Outtacookies": the Muppet "Fuggedaboutit". Is it correct to capitalize "Muppet"?
posted by No-sword at 3:12 PM on February 15, 2008


The Elmo is a curse.

Grover fan for life. Little red punk.

I think Frank Oz's sense of humor is a bit more wacky and subversive.

Yeah, and the voice is not as good. To think Oz never really wanted to be a puppeteer. He was so good at it. *wistful*

Cookie Monster contacts Santa: 1, 2, 3.

"Cookie Monster isn't a letter of the alphabet."
posted by Tehanu at 3:44 PM on February 15, 2008


the martha stewart clip is DEFINITELY Frank Oz. Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about.
posted by miss lynnster at 3:46 PM on February 15, 2008


On the show, I'd be nice to see a little less Elmo and a little more classic characters like Cookie Monster and the others.

But for TV interviews, I'd much rather see Kevin Clash as Elmo than non-original performers as classic characters. Elmo/Kevin is actually really funny when free to deviate from a preschool-oriented script. I'd say Kevin Clash was funnier on Rove's show than Cookie was on npr, but not as funny as Cookie on Martha (that must be Oz, right?). Elmo has been very funny on Martha, too, I remember.

I love seeing Muppets on Martha. She always seems so annoyed that they can't stay on task for the project. It's delicious in its awkwardness! I guess that's true of most of Martha's guest spots, but especially so when Martha seems to be trying to boss around a fictional 3-1/2-year-old.

Cookie has always eaten anything and everything. In Follow That Bird, he eats a car! Broccoli may not be cookies, but I bet it tastes a lot better than a Volkswagen!

In conclusion, that ABCDEF Cookie Monster vignette is my favorite clip.
posted by lampoil at 5:21 PM on February 15, 2008


Are these "prop" cookies?

You can't be watching Sesame Street very closely. Even as a small child I could tell they were styrofoam. And that he purposefully spills them fast and early to make them disappear.
posted by DU at 5:58 PM on February 15, 2008


Poor, mad Cookie Monster. All those years, attempting to eat cookies, and only crumbling them to bits in his mouth; never the sweet satisfaction of actually swallowing them, as his lack of throat prevents it. He reminds me of the Hungry Ghosts of Buddhism, desperate to consume, but their throats are too small to allow fulfillment.

His continuing efforts to eat the cookies have a twisted and somewhat admirable determination to them, but the ultimate futility of his act, and the relatively petty object that is the focus of his obsession makes him the archetype of the postmodern first-world consumer.
posted by sciurus at 6:41 PM on February 15, 2008 [2 favorites]


Plates of beans are a sometimes food, sciurus.
posted by Gary at 6:55 PM on February 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


I like to make my beans taste as ridiculously as possible.
posted by sciurus at 7:03 PM on February 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


Proto-Cookie Monster ad for Munchos potato chips
posted by jonp72 at 7:11 AM on February 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Wolfdog: something that, for lack of a better word, idiots type on the internet as a sort of shibboleth to identify themselves

You're thinking of "Eme meme meme meme!"
posted by eritain at 11:44 AM on February 16, 2008


Before Elmo, there was Grover.

*nostalgia*

Some things I'd rather forget though.
posted by Tehanu at 6:52 PM on February 16, 2008


Oh who am I kidding. Grover's disco dancing is hilarious.
posted by Tehanu at 6:54 PM on February 16, 2008


Is it correct to capitalize "Muppet"?

Yes...and mandatory! Muppets Rule!
posted by ericb at 9:27 PM on February 16, 2008


Grover and 'John John' Count Backwords.
posted by ericb at 12:17 AM on February 17, 2008


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