6 Odd Celebrity Appearances on Sesame Street

 
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    November 22, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Every morning, while I’m pouring a cup of coffee on my crotch to wake up, my infant son watches Sesame Street. At least once an episode, a celebrity will make a cameo to talk about numbers, letters, sharing or some other lesson that they are trying to drill into the head of youngsters. Most of the time I know exactly who the celebrity is but every once in while I’ll wonder “who the hell is that?” and have to use the info button for answers. If I’m not sure who it is how the hell would young kids know who the stranger is on television mouth out the number 4.

    While doing some research on a recent celeb cameo (it was Feist) I found a list of all the stars to stop by Sesame Street. Most made sense but more than a couple where headscratchers.

    Here are a couple odd celebrity appearances on Sesame Street.

    Kofi Annan

    Kofi Annan, who was then the Secretary-General of the United Nations, helps defuses a conflict between the Muppet monsters. Annan did fine but it just seems like an odd choice considering pre-schoolers probably have no idea what the hell the United Nations does particularly because most adults don’t know what the hell the United Nations does.

    Johnny Cash

    This might be personal preference but when I think of the “Man In Black” I think of the booze, drugs, Folsom Prison, middle fingers at the world and general bad mother. Sure, it’s all a persona for the most part, but seeing Johnny singing next to a garbage can just doesn’t seem in character.

    Ken Jennings

    Jennings is known for holding the record for the longest winning streak on the game show Jeopardy! and is the all-time leading money winner on any American game show. It’s hard to qualify Jennings as a celebrity, even though he did make national news for a short period time, and doing well on Jeopardy doesn’t exactly make a guy popular with the preschool crowd.

    T-Pain

    Odd thing here, while the Wikipedia page lists T-Pain as a guest on Sesame Street, there is no record of him being on the show. I’m sure Wikipedia is incorrect but for a moment let’s just imagine T-Pain teaching kids about numbers, letters and the proper way to auto-tune. Here is probably how it would go down.

    Jeff Smith

    Jeff Smith, known as the Frugal Gourmet, seems like an odd choice given the fact he was a famous TV cook but he did star on PBS for years so that might of had something to do with the guest spot. What makes Smith’s appearance so odd, and borderline creepy, is that starting in 1992 and over the next few years, Elmo made periodic appearances as Smith’s cooking assistant. Smith’s public career came to an halt in the late 90’s when two of his male assistant chefs brought charges of sexual harassment against him, when they were teenagers. A few years later, seven men alleged that Smith had sexually assaulted them in the 1970s. Yikes! Let’s hope he didn’t tickle Elmo too often.

    Tracy Morgan

    Morgan is hysterically unpredictable and his jokes seem a little too…huh? It’s not? You’re kidding. Is it his dad? Are you sure? Is it Tracy Jordan maybe? No kidding. Eh, let’s dance anyway and pretend it’s him.

     
     
     
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