Monsterpiece Theater Presents Waiting for Elmo, Calls BS on Samuel Beckett

Throughout the years, Sesame Street aired 37 episodes of Monsterpiece Theater, a fun-loving parody of PBS’s long-running drama series Masterpiece Theatre. In this particular episode, the host Alistair Cookie (aka Cookie Monster) introduces “a modern masterpiece, a play so modern and so brilliant that it makes absolutely no sense to anybody.” Yes, we’re talking about Waiting for Elmo, a two-minute clip that lampoons — or dare I say politely calls bull$hit on — Samuel Beckett’s absurdist 1953 play, Waiting for Godot. If you’ve never experienced the original play, you can watch a staging that Beckett directed in 1985 or read the original play here.

In the meantime, it unfortunately looks like we’re all going to be waiting for Elmo a bit longer … or, then again, maybe not.

via Biblioklept


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  1. Barbara Froman says . . . | November 13, 2012 / 10:05 am

    Wonderful!!! Thanks!

  2. martin j brancato jr says . . . | November 14, 2012 / 11:28 am

    I performed in an award winning production of “Waiting For Godot” a number of years ago which makes “Monsterpiece Theater” even funnier to me! We spent HOURS of rehearsal time discussing the meaning of the play and its religious context.

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