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Mad Muppets


While my anti-Elmo position prevents me from saying much about Sesame Street — though considering that I grew up considering the third Gordon to be the “real” Gordon, it would be pretty hypocritical of me to chide today’s kids for considering Elmo the star of the show — I must embed this clip.

Also note that there’s a lot of interconnectivity going on around here: Jon Hamm appeared on 30 Rock, which not only did a Muppet-themed episode and featured Muppet references in two of his episodes, but is itself a secret remake of The Muppet Show. All of this leads me to believe that the secret arc of Mad Men is that the whole show is leading up to an important historical event: the creation of Sesame Street and Don Draper’s previously-unknown role in selling it to America. Do you think it’s a coincidence that the current season takes place in 1963 — the same year Jim Henson moved to New York? (And what was he mostly doing with his Muppets? That’s right: advertising.) No, the writers have a plan for the series, and this is clearly it.

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  1. Such a great clip, and it's even better because Frank Oz is back as Mr. Draper. That's his first new character in at least fifteen years. He hasn't been on the show for the last couple of seasons, and he was only shooting Cookie Monster, Grover, and Bert sketches a couple days per year since the mid-90s. So to have him showing up as a random one-off character is really something special.

  2. Enter text right here!ani-elmo- outrageous!

  3. "Good work, sycophants!" Wonderful.

  4. Don't forget that Don Draper has already referenced Jim Henson's attempt to use early muppets to sell coffee.