Sesame Street celebrates 41 years today; we celebrate Ernie, a comic genius

Sesame Street is celebrating its 41st anniversary today. I know what you’re thinking: Why are we writing about that? So, I’ll tell you why. Although the show is an educational one for children, throughout its history, its used comedy to drive its lessons home and to keep parents engaged.

And as a parent of a two year old boy, I currently spend a shit ton of time watching Sesame Street. And I love it. Granted, I can do without some of the new-ish characters (Abby Cadabby, Elmo). And one of the main reasons I love the show is Ernie (of “Burt and” fame), who doesn’t get as much screen time as he once did. But that’s what retro Sesame Street DVDs are for.

The duo are the classic odd couple with Bert playing the more straight-laced Tony Randall-type character (he loves pigeons but not as much as oatmeal) while Ernie represents the Jack Klugman part– always cracking jokes and having fun at the expense of Bert. I’ve dropped a video below showing some typical interaction between the puppets. It’s a two-parter. The simplicity in its comedy is brilliant. Enjoy!

Dylan P. Gadino

Dylan is the founder and editor emeritus of Laughspin.

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