Ian McKellen Meets Gandalf In Sesame Street's Upcoming Lord Of The Crumbs Parody

By Nick Venable 2013-12-10 22:42:49discussion comments
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Major spoiler alert: If you donít want to know what happens on Thursdayís episode of Sesame Street, look away! Todayís letter is "J," for "just kidding."

Since its inception, Sesame Street has appealed to adults by utilizing celebrity guest stars, but itís only in recent years that the writers began tapping into the wide world of parodies on a regular basis, with the last year or so seeing a host of pop culture riffs getting the educational (but still quite amusing) spoofing. And while not exactly timely, the beloved series will take on Lord of the Rings this week, with none other than Sir Ian McKellen appearing before a yellow and bearded Gandalf while trying to get into Mr. Hooperís store.

All it takes is a little politeness, though, and McKellen is as genial as they come, but will he be the "Lord of the Crumbs?" I certainly hope heíll be meeting up with different characters like Frodo and Legolas, and that a lot of cookies are involved. Sure, other foods leave crumbs, but cookies are the worst, especially when Cookie Monster gets a hold of them. And he usually isnít so polite, so maybe McKellen will school him on sweeping up the floor once heís done hogging all the snackage. Also, if they wanted to throw a Magneto joke in there, I donít think anyone would be offended. (Let the nerd wars commence.)

It isnít shocking that theyíll be going for a J.R.R. Tolkien reference, given The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is coming out on Friday, but I wonder why they didnít just come up with something to go along with that movie. Maybe Oscar will make a smog joke, or there will be a bunch of people hiding inside of barrels. Am I trying to start Sesame Street rumors? Maybe. Iíve been watching the show on a near-daily basis since my daughterís infancy two years ago, so itís possible my entertainment priorities are skewed.

You can catch the episode this Thursday, December 12, at whatever time your PBS affiliate is keen on airing it. If you need a few more puppet-filled spoofs in your life, youíll do no better than the following videos sending up The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Les Misťrables. Tick tock! Tick tock!

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