You know, Skeeter, someone said it would have been nice at the end of my last EW parody to have Kiersten getting Elmo to say "I", but that's exactly why I didn't, what you say about making new characters too perfect. Since there's never been an episode where Gabi babysits Elmo (though * could have used her I suppose), I inserted a somewhat Gabi-like character based on my youngest cousin. However, like my real cousin she's very patient but can't alwys get Elmo to do what she wants, gets a little flustered with him, and tries really hard but can't quite get it right when trying to teach him to talk in 3rd person. And yet in the little time I have in those sketches, I try to make her 3-dimensional, too. I think when we insert people that we know, it's a little easier than if we'd insert ourselves, b/c we tend to have a more objective view of others. SS is unique b/c of the number of children on the street, you can probably get away with 1-2 OC's like I've done. But then, you have to balance it out - can you make them 3-dimensional enough, or just the fall guy for jokes - if the former, fine, but if the latter, well, an anything muppet can do thaat. Not to say that you can't - when the letter I in Dorothy's bowl turns out to be a French fry and Kiersten's one brother plucks it out and eats it in my next EW parody, tht's fine for one time, but don't make it a habit.