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Jimmy Fallon, the Roots, and its residents tell you how to get to Sesame Street -- VIDEO

Warning: The following video will make you grin uncontrollably.

Late Night‘s occasional “classroom instruments” videos — in which Jimmy Fallon, the Roots, and special guests perform popular songs accompanied only by woodblocks, toy xylophones, and the like — are generally pretty great. For pure joy value, though, none of the previous clips can compare to this one — which features Fallon and his band performing Sesame Street‘s theme song with Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, and the rest of that show’s principal cast of muppets.

They’re counted in by The Count. Partway through, Cookie Monster devours his instrument. The Roots’ Black Thought does a Sesame Street-themed rap, assisted by Abby Cadabby. This video is, in short, awesome, and you should watch it immediately.

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Bert and Ernie celebrate landmark SCOTUS decisions in next 'New Yorker' cover -- PHOTO

Sesame Street‘s official party line on Bert and Ernie is as follows: “Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

Uh huh. Sure, guys. Just don’t tell that to the New Yorker, which just revealed its next cover — a piece called “Moment of Joy” that pictures two “roommates” looking awfully snuggly as they watch a certain major news event play out on TV.

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Happy Hanukkah! 8 memorable clips for 8 crazy nights

RUGRATS-CHANUKAH

L’chaim, chaverim: Chanukah/Hanukkah/Chhaaannukkahhh is finally here!

Maybe the Jewish Festival of Lights, which begins tonight at sundown, isn’t as culturally dominant as Christmas, or as glitzy as New Year’s Eve, or as charmingly quaint as Boxing Day. Maybe it’s a holiday that nobody even really knows how to spell. (I grew up using no “c” and two “k”s, so that’s what I’m going to stick with for the rest of this post.) Still, it’s impossible not to love an occasion that exalts fried food, present-giving, and the menorah (or hanukiah, if you want to get technical), a celebratory candelabra that can be either sophisticated or silly.

And even though Hanukkah is much less visible in pop culture than other holidays, it’s still been immortalized on screen at least eight notable times — one for each night of the festival. Great miracles happen after the jump:

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: The best and the worst of this year's Turkey Day mainstay

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade isn’t the type of parade that gives out awards to the best floats, what with nearly all the floats being the same every year. So EW’s here to make sure that the highlights of this year’s parade all get their due accolades. Here are the moments from this year’s kickoff to Turkey Day that were deserving of recognition, for better or worse.

Best Marching Band Uniforms: This one goes to Father Ryan High School Band from Nashville, Tenn. Any trombone player that looks like a combination of a hockey player, Judge Dredd and the Power Rangers we saw a few minutes before is definitely the clear winner for a prize like this.

Worst Lip-Syncer: It saddens me to present this award to Don McLean. The poor guy got off to a bad start when he totally missed the recorded spoken words “Sing it with me!” The rest of his “performance” of “American Pie” on the Mount Rushmore float just didn’t feel authentic at all. And then he also missed the spoken “Good and loud!” Of all the music acts here, he’s probably the one least used to the insult of having to lip-sync (Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted and Cody Simpson seemed well-practiced in that particular art), so maybe in some small way, we can look at it as a good thing he’s not skilled in the art of lip-syncing.

Best Effort to Match the Theme: Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn gets this one for sporting a red headband and dark green pea coat for his appearance on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles float. READ FULL STORY

New Obama ad mocks Romney's Big Bird remark; 'Sesame Street' does not approve -- VIDEO

President Obama’s reelection campaign knows not to look a gift Muppet in the mouth. For nearly a week, the left has been making hay out of Mitt Romney’s pledge to cut PBS’s funding — and now Obama for America has followed in the DNC’s wingprints, releasing an ad that mocks Romney for vilifying public broadcasting. Update: Sesame Street has disavowed the Big Bird ad on its website, writing,”Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”

Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, you’ll probably be amused by this faux-serious clip. “Bernie Madoff. Ken Lay. Dennis Kozlowski,” a sonorous movie trailer voice intones as pictures of the aforementioned crooks flash onscreen. “Criminals. Gluttons of greed. And the evil genius who towered over them?” That’d be Big Bird. After all, Mr. Snuffleupagus’s best pal is eight feet tall.

Yes, he’s big. He’s yellow. He’s “a menace to our economy.” Then comes the kicker: “Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about — it’s Sesame Street.” It isn’t fair to pretend like Romney’s entire platform is centered on demolishing Big Bird’s nest, but hey — at least some fun has come out of that exaggeration. Watch the new ad below:

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Fired Big Bird meme continues with new DNC video

Big Bird is the new Invisible Obama is the new “long-form birth certificate” is the new “I can see Russia from my house!” (Plus dozens of other memes, huge and tiny, that have faded into the ether between 2008 and now.) Since Mitt Romney’s quip about liking Big Bird despite wanting to cut PBS’s funding was one of the few memorable moments in Wednesday’s presidential debate, we can expect to see this thing really get beaten into the ground over the next week or so — or longer, depending on whether next Thursday’s Paul Ryan/Joe Biden debate yields pay dirt.

In the meantime, the Democratic National Committee is capitalizing on our collective love for Sesame Street with this new video, which cuts together various news reports mentioning Romney’s “Big Bird” remark.  It’s worth watching, if only for Al Sharpton’s concluding dig at the former governor of Massachusetts: “The math doesn’t add up! Hmm… maybe Mr. Romney needs a little Sesame Street.READ FULL STORY

Big Bird winner of the debate -- on social media, anyway

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared early on in the first presidential debate Wednesday night “I love Big Bird,” but said he would still vote to cut funding for public broadcasting, everyone’s favorite oversized, yellow-feathered friend got a whole new level of fame: Internet fame.

During the debate, several twitter feeds popped up, including @BigBirdRomney, @BigBird, @FiredBigBird, and more, each gaining from hundreds to thousands of followers within minutes. There’s even a Big Bird for President Facebook page. #BigBird and his friend #OscartheGrouch both became Twitter trending topics during the course of the debate. Romney’s quip also spawned several memes and .gifs.

Twitter’s official politics feed, @gov, posted that there were “17,000 Tweets per minute for ‘Big Bird’ and 10,000 Tweets per minute for ‘PBS’” after that moment during the debate.

Some tweets from the newest birds on the Twitter block:

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'Birdwalk Empire': It's ducks vs. clucks in 'Sesame Street' parody

To say that HBO’s Boardwalk Empire is a dark show is a bit of an understatement, but leave it to the geniuses at Sesame Street to find a way to lighten the mood. In a new four-minute video, ducks and chickens faceoff on the legendary “birdwalk.” But this time it’s Nucky Ducky Thompson who’s staking claim to the Birdwalk and Agent van Cuckoo who’s trying to keep the peace.

Check out the inspired parody below. You’ll be singing “Waddle, waddle, waddle, quack, quack, quack” for the rest of the day.
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Cookie Monster and Grover take on 'The Avengers,' 'The Hunger Games,' and more...in song!

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We still may not be able to tell you exactly how to get to Sesame Street, but the neighborhood’s beloved denizens know their way to the EW offices. Last year, Elmo and Cookie Monster dropped in to give us their versions of some popular TV shows, but this time around Elmo was too busy working on Elmo: The Musical—the show’s new singing-and-dancing segment that will replace the popular Elmo’s World—to make another visit. Luckily for us, Grover and Cookie Monster (a.k.a. the Blue Brothers) had enough wiggle room in their schedules to stop by to sing a few musical numbers of their own, parodying the likes of The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Doctor Who, and even The Newsroom. So if you were one of the many viewers who thought Aaron Sorkin’s biggest mistake was not saddling his newsman protagonist with a crippling cookie addiction, then this video is for you!

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Cookie Monster's 'Call Me Maybe' spoof -- VIDEO

C is for cookie “Call Me Maybe”?

This post really only needs one sentence: Cookie Monster sings a brand-new song “Share It Maybe” to the tune of (as if I had to explain!) “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. The chorus? Lyrics such as “Me just met you, and this is crazy/ But you got cookie, so share it maybe?”

Watch the video below:

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