So here we are, Friday. Another work week coming to a halt and the weekend is finally here. T.G.I.F. As we head into the weekend, I figure I’d post something that I thought was rather amusing.
The economy has certainly rocked Wall Street, affecting the lives of millions. Now, it’s made it’s way to shaking things up on Sesame Street. Yes, you heard right. Sesame Street. The show plans to let 20% of it’s work force go any day now. When I sit back and think about it, it’s not fun to poke fun of real people losing their jobs during these difficult times, but puppets are fair game, right?
So who should go? The San Francisco Chronicle had a rather light-hearted take on this and I thought I’d share…
Telly Monster: I’m actually a little concerned about what would happen to the depressed Telly if he got laid off. Assuming he can even get out of bed, can you imagine him in a job interview? Still, he’s essentially duplicating the work of Oscar the Grouch. And Oscar isn’t going anywhere …
Abby Cadabby: This relatively new character barely made it past her probationary period anyway. With several characters living on Sesame Street for nearly four decades, her three years of seniority aren’t going to count for much.
Mr. Snuffleupagus: As much as I love him, imaginary characters seem like the type of thing you could outsource really easily.
Slimey: He’s a worm. Not much job market for that. I’m guessing they fire him, and then hire him back as a contractor without benefits. He doesn’t have much backbone.
Mr. Noodle: Or is it Mr. Noodle’s brother, Mr. Noodle? Either way, he’s gone. Clowns are creepy, even when they’re played by good actors with ties to the Bay Area. I’m guessing Mr. Noodle takes the buyout and runs — and still gets plenty of work. He was excellent in “Rachel Getting Married.”
Ernie: This is bound to be a controversial move, but I’m guessing that dumping Ernie’s huge salary will save the entire Grouch family, plus Baby Bear. I also like the idea of the cynical, slightly unhinged Bert continuing without the balancing effect of the cheerier Ernie. Sesame Street will never be the same.