It didn't take long for Cookie Monster to interrupt The Count's enthusiastic introduction and call for a cookie break during the Sesame Street gang's recent trip to NPR studios for a Tiny Desk concert performance. The 15-minute episode posted on Monday morning (June 10) is everything you'd want from the furry friends celebrating the iconic kid show's 50th anniversary.
Once Cookie and The Count worked out their differences, the backing band dug into the shiny groove of "The Sesame Street Theme (Sunny Days)," with Elmo and Rosita taking the first verse before handing it off to best lifelong pals Bert and Ernie, with Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and Cookie getting in on the action as well. Sure, the Tiny Desk has hosted everyone from Erykah Badu, to Gary Clark Jr., Weezer and Wu-Tang Clan, but having the Sesame gang made things extra special for the packed room of parents and children.
"People in Your Neighborhood" branched out to include a shout-out to reporters, with the show's producer, NPR's Bob Boilen, jumping in for his own verse, along with Arts Desk reporter Neda Ulaby. There were also runs through the uplifting, jazzy "What I Am," Big Bird helping Bert overcome his nerves for the group singalong "Sing After Me," a medley of classic Sesame tunes and the big finale, "Sing."
Watch the Sesame Tiny Desk below.