Even Sesame Street is poking fun at 'Spider-Man' musical. Has this show suffered enough?

After months upon months of preparation, rehearsal, previews, and epically bad press, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is finally opening on Broadway tonight. Reviews (including EW’s — read it here) appear to be roughly 50 percent less scalding than the acid-tipped notices of the incomplete version of the show that hit last February, but you’ll still be hard-pressed to find anything close to a rave not penned by Glenn Beck. Still, the show is finally, officially finished, and finally, officially open for business. So can we just cool it with the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark jokes for a while?

I mean, even Sesame Street debuted a parody of the Spidey musical this week, in which Grover, playing the lead role of SpiderMonster, repeatedly falls upon a poor, mustachioed patron. I’m loathe to criticize anything Sesame Street does lest I squelch what is left of my childhood heart, but watching this clip (which you can as well, below), just made me sigh, not laugh (or even smirk). I mean, look, this show has been roasted on not one, but two successive Tony Awards. Even The New Yorker got in on the Spidey-bashing action. We get it. Actors keep getting stuck (or worse), and Bono doesn’t know what he’s doing, and it’s sensationally expensive, and still not really that good. That poor horse is dead, and has been for quite some time.

Or maybe there is plenty of humor still to be mined from the show and I’m just not seeing it. Check out the Sesame Street clip below, and then tell me — are Spider-Man musical jokes so over?

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Read more:
EW’s official review of ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’
Bono and the Edge talk ‘Spider-Man’ troubles
‘Spider-Man’ draws Broadway crowds after reboot


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  • LOL

    Sesame Street is a little late to the game here.

    • AcaseofGeo

      Why is Sesame Street STILL in production? ABC’s and 1-2-3’s are the same as they were in the 70’s. You could show a 3 year-old a SS episode from 1976 and that child would NEVER know the difference. So WHY? Must be for the adults.

      • Jeff

        Kids’ tastes evolve, based on their surroundings. A child will know about Spiderman, and maybe the musical, so it keeps the child interested. More importantly, though, Sesame Street has always attempted to add humor that is also geared directly at the parents of the kids, so that adults are not bored with the show. This Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark” parody is a prime example of this.

      • Jason

        one word, AcaseofGeo: money. Lot’s of people make a lot of money off of SS, so they keep on going…

      • Shaun

        Jason, that’s ridiculous. Sesame Workshop is a not-for-profit group. Sure, they have paid staff and all… But all that “money” you seem to think they generate goes back into the show(s) and all the other research and educational endeavors they do.

        There’s a lot of crappy children’s programming out there, and a lot of specious ways for corporations, CEOs, and politicians to make money, but don’t lump Sesame Street in with that lot. It remains an important program.

      • Caitlin

        As the world eveolves, so does Sesame Street. While ABCs and 123s are the same, issues facing our children are not. Sesame Street does more than teach the basics – it teaches kids how to be a good friend, to be inclusive, so be safe in a world where it becomes increasigly difficult. It helps kids deal with difficult situations. There is a great need for Sesame Street in the lives of children and adults alike. AcaseofGeo – I’m sure there are more worthy targets of your outrage.

      • ALM

        Sad, bitter, cynical and twisted. You obviously don’t have children. Sesame Street keeps evolving and getting better, and there’s still plenty of new things to teach kids. They rock!

      • SaveFerris

        That’s ridiculous. Why NOT have SS still in production? Just because it’s a kids show, it doesn’t deserve to evolve and make new material?

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  • Susan79

    Well, I don’t think the pre-school set has really been keeping up with all the bad press. They probably just thought it was funny.

  • sweetestbaboon

    Grover + Spider-Man = best thing ever.

    • Jay

      I agree!!! My son watches SS, and I loved Grover’s “Iron-Monster”, and this is just as good :)

    • Gates

      Ditto!

  • deedeedragons

    Frank Oz is playing Grover here, so it rocks!

    • Peter

      Is it him? I was thinking they really nailed the voice this time (while at the same time thinking they made whatsisname’s eyes too big).

  • Linda

    Hehehe, I think is funny!!

  • Mr. Holloway

    I wondered if there’d be a “backlash to the backlash” with regards to this show…I’m still not sure this piece counts, but now that the show is finally open (and assuming no one else gets hurt) I’d expect things to cool down.

    Personally, I don’t even care about the mountain of bad press: for me, reading “Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark” makes me crack up every time. (Such a lame, stupid title.)

  • Jelana

    I might have agreed with you, except Grover can do no wrong.

    • BJohnson

      AGREED!

    • ALM

      X2

  • rac76

    I agree that the jokes are getting tiring, but I thought that the clip was harmless. I mean come on..it’s Sesame Street, and the coolest monster ever..Grover!! I smirked just a little. :-)

  • Myprettypony

    You blaspheme!!

  • FishBulb

    As long as the show charged obscene prices for previews, they deserved to get roasted.

  • shdrew

    I think this is a riot!!! 40+ years since it’s inception, Sesame Street is still cool :)

  • Joseph

    Is that Stan Lee voicing the the mustachioed Muppet?

    • Seidan1

      Sounded like him to me too.

    • kat

      I was more excited that he looked like the Sesame Street character who inspired the Daily Show’s Puppet Michael Steele!

  • Joe

    It wasn’t so bad. I kinda liked it.

  • Pete

    I don’t remember Sesame Street trying to be topical when I was a kid. Were they?

    • Peter

      That depends. It’s been on for over 40 years. When were you a kid?

    • Leila

      Sesame Street always made references to pop culture and you can even tell that in the evolution of the graphics used on the animations over the years, the stars they invite, etc. My first memory of Sesame Street is from a “Yellow Submarine” clip (70’s).

  • MM

    At least the music’s an improvement on the actual show.

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