Mahna mahna (Happy 40th Sesame Street!)
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If you’ve been Googling at all in the last week, you’ll have seen the various Sesame St characters popping up as part of the Google design.
It’s all part of the lead up to today, Sesame Street’s 40th Birthday.
Even though it caused chaos in Australia – does the alphabet end in “zed” or “zee”? – it’s hard not to see it as a work of genius.
Let me count the ways…
- Big Bird’s imaginary friend, Alyoysius Snuffleupagus
- The Count
- Ernie singing an ode to pigeons (weird, but still good)
- Grover (who’s insane self-belief makes him my all time favourite character)
And of course, it’s the origin for me of one of the greatest songs ever – and which featured on the first ever episode – Mahna Maha
Here’s the Muppets doing one of their versions
Who’s your favourite character? How did Sesame Street rock your world?