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Ernie and Bert on Conan

Discussion in 'Sesame Appearances' started by AndyWan Kenobi, Sep 17, 2004.

  1. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    Hey folks,

    Apologies if there's already a thread on this--I couldn't find one. Anyway, did anyone see the brief appearance of Ernie and Bert on Conan O'Brien last night? He was doing a segment on how the media tends to exhibit political bias, and he showed a clip from PBS on a "controversial" topic. Naturally it was a clip of Bert and Ernie with the humor revolving around the easy "gay" joke. I don't typically find that too funny, but what was really clever about this skit was that it was actually a clip of the two from the "I Dance Myself to Sleep" number, and they had rewritten the song to be about how George Bush is against gay marriage. The lyrics were funny, and they dubbed over the characters with pretty good impersonators. So it looked and sounded like it really came from Sesame Street. Anyway, just wanted to pass it on, in case any of you would be interested. Look for it in repeats on the episode with Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, and "Drive By Truckers."

    :p :(
  2. DanDanStrawberry

    DanDanStrawberry Well-Known Member

    If you ask me, Bert and Ernie need to get a girlfriend. Either that or Henson need to at last reveal the truth about Bert and Ernie's sexuality. Even a girl room-mate would be good. But I feel so sorry for them! When the cameras are off I bet they get some stick from the rest of the Muppets!

    :p :(
    Poor guys!!!
  3. Amazing Mumford

    Amazing Mumford Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I saw this last night too and it was HILARIOUS. You're right too that this was a couple steps above the usual "Bert and Ernie are gay" jokes. As usual, a great job by the show's writers and editors.

    Does Comedy Central still show the reruns a couple days later? If so, that might be a good place to check this out for those who missed it.
  4. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    I don't think Comedy Central carries the reruns anymore, but I could be wrong. I haven't seen them in the listings recently.
  5. ceecee

    ceecee Well-Known Member

    Man! I'm so bummed I missed this! I'm always in bed by 10.
  6. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    oh knock it off! there's nothing wrong with them the way they are!
  7. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    It doesn't appear it is on Comedy Central anymore. :sympathy:
  8. FraggleRocks

    FraggleRocks Well-Known Member

    Bert and Ernie

    I totally agree with you mikebennidict. come off it already. just leave them alone. do you automatically have to be gay if you happen to be rooming with someone of the same sex and don't have a significant other? plus the fact that sesame street is mostly for kids, when i was watching it (during a more innocent time apparently) i had no idea that sex even existed. :o

    FISH'N'WOLFE Well-Known Member

    I think people also forget that Jim Henson based Bert and Ernie on Bert and Ernie (Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver) from It's A Wonderful Life, (one of Henson's favorite films) in which they were best friends and almost always hanging out together. All the gay jokes strike me as hilarious, seeing as they have no truth in them at all, and that it's simply people being ignorant of why Bert and Ernie are the way they are.
  10. homerthegreat

    homerthegreat Well-Known Member

    Bert & Ernie are cool. There's no need for this. That's why I was mad at the offensive Family Guy reference.
  11. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    Just for the record, I didn't mean to cause such discord with this thread. I personally am not a fan of Ernie and Bert "gay humor." First of all, it's usually too easy and overdone to be funny. Second, they're asexual children's show puppets. Why do we need to project any kind of sexuality on them at all? Most importantly, though, I think it does a real disservice to gay people, because what this humor is really making fun of is "gayness" in general. It tells us that it's okay and funny to ridicule people for being different. I doubt Ernie and Bert would approve.

    That being said, though, I thought that this particular skit was so authentic-feeling that I was laughing despite myself. I just wanted to mention it in case people missed it or wanted to talk about it, but I wasn't trying to get people arguing with each other.

    My bad...

  12. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    No no, you see, that's just a myth...MYTH! MYTH! :) (Yeth?)

    Check it out for yourself:


    Convincing John

    FISH'N'WOLFE Well-Known Member

    My apologies,

    My Mom maintains she read that it in fact was true in an old interview with Jim Henson. However, she does not remember what interview it was. Therefore, I can not provide hard and fast proof of it. It may or may not be true, though I'd like to think it is. Probably is a myth, however.
  14. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    it's a myth and anyone who believe it is an idiot.
  15. FraggleRocks

    FraggleRocks Well-Known Member


    There's no call to be rude about an honest mistake. :(
  16. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    I'm a myth, and anyone who believes me is an idiot. :p
  17. robinthecrow

    robinthecrow Well-Known Member

    Anyone managed to track down a clip of this appearance of Bert and Ernie yet?
  18. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    ok now i understand. i apologize. i honestly thought that you were just well you know what i mean sorry.
  19. punkNpuppets

    punkNpuppets Well-Known Member

    can i download this thing anywheres
  20. bigbirdfan

    bigbirdfan Well-Known Member

    oh my gosh that is so sad :(

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