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'''''Crank Yankers''''' is a puppet series (aimed at mature audiences, though rated TV14 usually) originally broadcast on Comedy Central from 2002- 2005 and later on MTV2 in 2007 in which the characters (voiced by professional comedians) make prank phone calls. The calls are then dramatized via puppets and sets.
 
   
''Crank Yankers'' uses the slogan "The calls you are about to see are real. The names have not been changed. Screw the innocent." The calls dramatized on ''Crank Yankers'' are often of a somewhat adult nature. Some of the more risque calls have related to drugs or sex. Some, however, are of a more humorous or irritating nature, such as a woman who has her phone call to UPS hijacked by people who are intent on giving her anything but service.
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'''''Crank Yankers''''' is a puppet series (aimed at mature audiences, though rated TV-14 usually) originally broadcast on Comedy Central from 2002-2005 and later on MTV2 in 2007, in which the characters (voiced by professional comedians) make prank phone calls. The calls are then dramatized through puppets and sets. The series was revived on September 25, 2019.
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''Crank Yankers'' uses the slogan "The calls you are about to see are real. The names have not been changed. Screw the innocent." The calls dramatized on ''Crank Yankers'' are often of a somewhat adult nature. Some of the more risque calls have related to drugs or sex. However, some are of a more humorous or irritating nature, such as a woman who has her phone call to UPS hijacked by people who are intent on giving her anything but service.
   
 
==Muppet Mentions==
 
==Muppet Mentions==
* '''Short insert''': Camera zooms left to a building that says 321 with a trashcan nearby and at the far end is a [[Big Bird]] parody smoking a cigarette. He notices the camera and remarks in his typical friendly voice, "Oh, hi!" until he starts to cough and is bothered by an itch on his bottom.
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* '''Short insert''': Camera zooms left to a building that says 321 with a trashcan nearby and at the far end is a [[Big Bird]] parody smoking a cigarette. He notices the camera and remarks in his typical friendly voice, "Oh! Hi!" until he starts to cough and is bothered by an itch on his bottom, uttering out, "Christ!".
   
* '''Crank Call''': At the beginning of Special Ed's phone conversation with a man in a swamp, a [[Kermit the Frog|Kermit]] parody is sitting on a log playing the banjo until the hillbilly's wife throws a soda can at him. He then yells out "Ow! Damn it!"
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* '''Crank Call''': At the beginning of Special Ed's phone conversation with a man in a swamp, a [[Kermit the Frog|Kermit]] parody is sitting on a log playing the banjo until the hillbilly's wife throws a soda can at him. He then yells out, "Ow! Damn it!".
   
 
* '''Crank Call''': In Elmer's "crank call" segment and most of Special Ed's "crank call" segments, a Big Bird parody can be seen on a chicken wing bucket.
 
* '''Crank Call''': In Elmer's "crank call" segment and most of Special Ed's "crank call" segments, a Big Bird parody can be seen on a chicken wing bucket.
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* '''Short insert''': At the same building where Big Bird was before, Kermit and [[Miss Piggy]] parodies are seen mating on top of a trashcan.
 
* '''Short insert''': At the same building where Big Bird was before, Kermit and [[Miss Piggy]] parodies are seen mating on top of a trashcan.
   
* '''Short insert''': Billy West announces a trailer for the shockumentry "When Puppets Explode!". A parody and tribute of [[Muppet Explosions]].
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* '''Short insert''': Billy West announces a trailer for the shockumentry "When Puppets Explode!". A parody and tribute of [[Muppet explosions]].
   
* '''Crank Call''': At the beginning of Hadassah Guberman's "crank call" for a nanny position, the beginning had a blue background with toys as a voice says, "Today's show is brought to you by the letters, F, U, and K." Then alphabet blocks appeared with the announced letters on them. A parody and reference to the [[Letters of the Alphabet|sponsor letters]] on ''[[Sesame Street]].''
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* '''Crank Call''': At the beginning of Hadassah Guberman's "crank call" for a nanny position, the beginning had a blue background with toys as a voice says, "Today's show is brought to you by the letters, F, U, and K." Then alphabet blocks appeared with the announced letters on them. A parody and reference to the [[Letters of the Alphabet|sponsor letters]] on ''[[Sesame Street]]''.
   
* '''Crank Call''': In another Hadassah Guberman's "crank call," she calls a landfill to recover her diary and the scene ends with a trashcan thrown onto a pile of garbage bags and out pops a beat-up [[Oscar the Grouch|Oscar]] parody.
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* '''Crank Call''': In a call Gladys makes to a video store, a poster is seen for ''[[Elmo]]'s Fire'' with an illustration of an Elmo parody.
   
* '''Crank Call''': In a "crank call" between Robbie, an anti-fur protester, and a fur salonist, a coat made of [[Grover]] can be seen in the background.
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* '''Crank Call''': In another Hadassah's "crank call", she calls a landfill to recover her diary and the scene ends with a trashcan thrown onto a pile of garbage bags and out pops a beat-up [[Oscar the Grouch|Oscar]] parody.
   
* '''Crank Call''': At the beginning of Cammie's "crank call" for a house sitter from Season 3, a dark city alley had a graffiti art of [[Ernie]] & [[Bert]] parodies with machine guns with R.I.P. on the bottom on them. Then it pans to a character beating up Oscar the Grouch. As soon as the character leaves, Oscar moans, quickly pulls out a tissue or handkerchief and cries out loud.
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* '''Crank Call''': In a call Terrence places to a doll-store posing as an assistant to [[Demi Moore]], a poster is seen behind him for ''St. [[Tickle Me Elmo]]'s Fire'', with an Elmo parody wearing a graduation cap and a cigarette in his mouth.
   
* '''Crank Call''': In a season 3 crank call, Birchum, a Vietnam vet, volunteers to help a man hunt Bigfoot. In the background, there are 3 mounts in the background, one of which is [[Cookie Monster]].
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* '''Crank Call''': In a "crank call" between an anti-fur protester named Robbie and a fur salonist, a coat made of [[Grover]] can be seen in the background.
   
* '''Crank Call''': OCD Ken's "crank call" to a theater with the title of a show entitled "Bi-Bi-Birdie" with a picture of a Big Bird Parody.
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* '''Crank Call''': At the beginning of Cammie's "crank call" for a house sitter from Season 3, a dark city alley had a graffiti art of [[Ernie]] and [[Bert]] parodies with machine guns with "R.I.P." on the bottom on them. Then it pans to a character beating up Oscar the Grouch. As soon as the character leaves, Oscar moans, quickly pulls out a tissue or handkerchief, and cries out loud.
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* '''Crank Call''': In a season 3 crank call, Birchum volunteers to help a man hunt Bigfoot. In the background, there are 3 mounts in the background, one of which is [[Cookie Monster]].
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* '''Crank Call''': OCD Ken's "crank call" to a theater with the title of a show entitled "Bi-Bi-Birdie" with a picture of a Big Bird parody.
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* '''Crank Call''': Two characters who debuted in the revival, Brad and Mork, have a bedroom modeled after Ernie and Bert's [[Ernie and Bert's apartment|apartment]].
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* '''Crank Call''': In the November 13, 2019 episode, Demetri Martin, posing as an aspiring actor, does a Kermit impression.
   
 
<gallery widths=200 orientation=landscape spacing=small>
 
<gallery widths=200 orientation=landscape spacing=small>
Image:06-07.jpg|[[Big Bird]] Parody
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06-07.jpg|[[Big Bird]] parody
Image:cy.bbchicken.jpg|Big Bird parody on a chicken wing bucket
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Cy.bbchicken.jpg|Big Bird parody on a chicken wing bucket
Image:cy.kermit.mp.jpg|[[Kermit the Frog]] and [[Miss Piggy]] parody mating
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Cy.kermit.mp.jpg|[[Kermit the Frog]] and [[Miss Piggy]] parody mating
Image:CyKermitBanjo.jpg|Kermit Parody playing the banjo
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CyKermitBanjo.jpg|Kermit parody playing the banjo
Image:CyOscarGrouch.jpg|[[Oscar the Grouch]] Parody
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CyOscarGrouch.jpg|[[Oscar the Grouch]] parody
Image:CYgrover.jpg|[[Grover]] Coat
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CYgrover.jpg|[[Grover]] coat
Image:Cy.ErnieBert.jpg|Graffiti artwork of [[Ernie]] and [[Bert]] Parodies
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Cy.ErnieBert.jpg|Graffiti artwork of [[Ernie]] and [[Bert]] parodies
Image:Cy.Oscar2.jpg|Oscar Parody beaten-up
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Cy.Oscar2.jpg|Oscar parody beaten-up
Image:Cy.CookieMonster.jpg|[[Cookie Monster]] Parody's head
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Cy.CookieMonster.jpg|[[Cookie Monster]] parody's head
Image:Cy.bibibirdie.jpg|Bi-Bi-Birdie
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Cy.bibibirdie.jpg|Bi-Bi-Birdie
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   
 
==Connections==
 
==Connections==
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* [[Fred Armisen]] voiced Chip Douglas
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* [[Hank Azaria]] voiced Chief Yellow Feather and Crazy Yitzhak
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* [[Greg Ballora]] serves as puppeteer for the revival
 
* [[Jack Black]] voiced himself
 
* [[Jack Black]] voiced himself
 
* [[Carol Binion]] puppeteered various roles and served as costume designer
 
* [[Carol Binion]] puppeteered various roles and served as costume designer
* [[Ronald Binion]] puppeteered various roles Special Ed, Elmer Higgins, Dick Birchum, Niles Standish
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* [[Ronald Binion]] puppeteered Special Ed, Elmer Higgins, Dick Birchum, Niles Standish, and various roles
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* [[Tim Blaney]] serves as puppeteer for the revival
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* [[Matt Brooks]] was a puppeteer and puppet builder
 
* [[Julianne Buescher]] puppeteered various roles for an appearance at [[MTV]] Awards
 
* [[Julianne Buescher]] puppeteered various roles for an appearance at [[MTV]] Awards
 
* [[Tyler Bunch]] puppeteered various roles in the third season
 
* [[Tyler Bunch]] puppeteered various roles in the third season
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* [[Tim Burns]] wrote for the series
 
* [[Kevin Carlson]] puppeteered various roles
 
* [[Kevin Carlson]] puppeteered various roles
 
* [[Stephen Colbert]] voiced various roles
 
* [[Stephen Colbert]] voiced various roles
 
* [[Dane Cook]] voiced Sav Macauley, Gene Winterbuck, and Foreign Guy
 
* [[Dane Cook]] voiced Sav Macauley, Gene Winterbuck, and Foreign Guy
* [[Alice Dinnean]] puppeteered various roles in the second season
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* [[Gretchen Crookes]] built puppets for the series
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* [[Carole D'Agostino]] built puppets for the series
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* [[Lisa Davis]] served as puppet builder
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* [[Alice Dinnean]] puppeteered various roles in the second season and the revival
 
* [[Snoop Dogg]] voiced himself
 
* [[Snoop Dogg]] voiced himself
* [[Eric Engelhardt]] puppet builder and puppeteered various roles
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* [[Eric Engelhardt]] was a puppet builder and puppeteered various roles
*[[Fred Armisen]] voiced Chip Douglas
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* [[Artie Esposito]] puppeteered Elmer Higgins, Tony DeLoge, and Deaf Frat Guy for seasons 4 & 5 and various roles
* [[Artie Esposito]] puppeteered Elmer Higgins, Tony DeLoge, and Deaf Frat Guy for seasons 4 & 5 and various roles
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* [[Charles Fleischer]] provided voices in season three
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* [[Jim Gaffigan]] provided voices in season two
 
* [[Jeff Goldblum]] voiced Ira Fermstein
 
* [[Jeff Goldblum]] voiced Ira Fermstein
* [[Jason Schwartzman]] voiced Jammer Knight
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* [[Gilbert Gottfried]] voiced George Zucco
 
* [[Seth Green]] voiced Travis Grummin
 
* [[Seth Green]] voiced Travis Grummin
 
* [[David Alan Grier]] voiced Danny and Landalious "The Truth" Truefeld
 
* [[David Alan Grier]] voiced Danny and Landalious "The Truth" Truefeld
* [[Kathy Griffin]] voiced Marion Simons
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* [[Kathy Griffin]] voiced Marion Simons and Francine Johnson
 
* [[BJ Guyer]] served as coordinating producer, puppet builder, and puppeteered various roles
 
* [[BJ Guyer]] served as coordinating producer, puppet builder, and puppeteered various roles
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* [[Tiffany Haddish]] provides voices for the revival
 
* [[Michelle Hickey]] puppeteered various roles
 
* [[Michelle Hickey]] puppeteered various roles
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* [[Patrick Johnson]] serves as puppet builder and puppeteer for the revival
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* [[Sean Johnson]] serves as puppet builder and puppeteer for the revival
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* [[Donna Kimball]] was a puppeteer
 
* [[Jimmy Kimmel]] co-created and voiced Elmer Higgins, Terrence Catheter, The Nudge, and Jimmy
 
* [[Jimmy Kimmel]] co-created and voiced Elmer Higgins, Terrence Catheter, The Nudge, and Jimmy
 
* [[Denis Leary]] voiced Denis
 
* [[Denis Leary]] voiced Denis
* [[Rick Lyon]] served as chief puppeteer, designed, and puppeteered during the first season
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* [[Rick Lyon]] served as chief puppeteer and as designer during the first season
* [[Gilbert Gottfried]] voiced George Zucco
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* [[Amanda Maddock]] serves as puppeteer for the revival
* [[Hugh Martin]] served as director for the second and third season
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* [[Hugh Martin]] served as director for the second and third seasons
* [[Hank Azaria]] voiced Chief Yellow Feather and Crazy Yitzhak
 
 
* [[Drew Massey]] puppeteered various roles
 
* [[Drew Massey]] puppeteered various roles
* [[Ted May]] served as director for the first and second season
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* [[Ted May]] served as director for the first and second seasons
 
* [[Paul McGinnis]] puppeteered various roles
 
* [[Paul McGinnis]] puppeteered various roles
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* [[Tracy Morgan]] voices Spoonie Luv
 
* [[Alison Mork]] puppeteered various roles
 
* [[Alison Mork]] puppeteered various roles
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* [[Bobby Moynihan]] provides voices for the revival
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* [[Brett O'Quinn]] serves as puppeteer for the revival
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* [[Sharon Osbourne]] voiced herself in season three
 
* [[Patton Oswalt]] voiced Boomer
 
* [[Patton Oswalt]] voiced Boomer
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* [[Chelsea Peretti]] provides voices for the revival
 
* [[Marc Petrosino]] puppeteered various roles
 
* [[Marc Petrosino]] puppeteered various roles
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* [[Andy Richter]] voiced Lloyd
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* [[Jeff Ross]] provides voices for the revival
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* [[Paul Scheer]] provides voices for the revival
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* [[Adam Schlesinger]] composed the theme song
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* [[Jason Schwartzman]] voiced Jammer Knight
 
* [[Sarah Silverman]] voiced Hadassah Guberman
 
* [[Sarah Silverman]] voiced Hadassah Guberman
 
* [[Robert Smigel]] voiced various roles
 
* [[Robert Smigel]] voiced various roles
 
* [[Nicole Sullivan]] voiced Esperanza Torres
 
* [[Nicole Sullivan]] voiced Esperanza Torres
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* [[Wanda Sykes]] voiced Gladys Murphy
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* [[Kirk Thatcher]] was a director for the fourth season
 
* [[Allan Trautman]] puppeteered various roles in the third season
 
* [[Allan Trautman]] puppeteered various roles in the third season
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* [[Stacey Weingarten]] serves as puppet wrangler for the revival
 
* [[James Wojtal]] served as puppet builder
 
* [[James Wojtal]] served as puppet builder
* [[Wanda Sykes]] voiced Gladys Murphy
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* [[Victor Yerrid]] served as chief puppeteer in the second season and puppeteered Spoonie Luv, Hadassah Guberman, Cammie Smith, and various roles
* [[Victor Yerrid]] served as chief puppeteer in the second season and puppeteered Spoonie Luv, Hadassah Guberman, Cammie, and various roles
 
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://www.tv.com/crank-yankers/show/11170/summary.html TV.com Show Guide]
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* [http://www.tv.com/crank-yankers/show/11170/summary.html TV.com Show Guide]
   
 
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Crank Yankers is a puppet series (aimed at mature audiences, though rated TV-14 usually) originally broadcast on Comedy Central from 2002-2005 and later on MTV2 in 2007, in which the characters (voiced by professional comedians) make prank phone calls. The calls are then dramatized through puppets and sets. The series was revived on September 25, 2019.

Crank Yankers uses the slogan "The calls you are about to see are real. The names have not been changed. Screw the innocent." The calls dramatized on Crank Yankers are often of a somewhat adult nature. Some of the more risque calls have related to drugs or sex. However, some are of a more humorous or irritating nature, such as a woman who has her phone call to UPS hijacked by people who are intent on giving her anything but service.

Muppet MentionsEdit

  • Short insert: Camera zooms left to a building that says 321 with a trashcan nearby and at the far end is a Big Bird parody smoking a cigarette. He notices the camera and remarks in his typical friendly voice, "Oh! Hi!" until he starts to cough and is bothered by an itch on his bottom, uttering out, "Christ!".
  • Crank Call: At the beginning of Special Ed's phone conversation with a man in a swamp, a Kermit parody is sitting on a log playing the banjo until the hillbilly's wife throws a soda can at him. He then yells out, "Ow! Damn it!".
  • Crank Call: In Elmer's "crank call" segment and most of Special Ed's "crank call" segments, a Big Bird parody can be seen on a chicken wing bucket.
  • Short insert: At the same building where Big Bird was before, Kermit and Miss Piggy parodies are seen mating on top of a trashcan.
  • Short insert: Billy West announces a trailer for the shockumentry "When Puppets Explode!". A parody and tribute of Muppet explosions.
  • Crank Call: At the beginning of Hadassah Guberman's "crank call" for a nanny position, the beginning had a blue background with toys as a voice says, "Today's show is brought to you by the letters, F, U, and K." Then alphabet blocks appeared with the announced letters on them. A parody and reference to the sponsor letters on Sesame Street.
  • Crank Call: In a call Gladys makes to a video store, a poster is seen for Elmo's Fire with an illustration of an Elmo parody.
  • Crank Call: In another Hadassah's "crank call", she calls a landfill to recover her diary and the scene ends with a trashcan thrown onto a pile of garbage bags and out pops a beat-up Oscar parody.
  • Crank Call: In a call Terrence places to a doll-store posing as an assistant to Demi Moore, a poster is seen behind him for St. Tickle Me Elmo's Fire, with an Elmo parody wearing a graduation cap and a cigarette in his mouth.
  • Crank Call: In a "crank call" between an anti-fur protester named Robbie and a fur salonist, a coat made of Grover can be seen in the background.
  • Crank Call: At the beginning of Cammie's "crank call" for a house sitter from Season 3, a dark city alley had a graffiti art of Ernie and Bert parodies with machine guns with "R.I.P." on the bottom on them. Then it pans to a character beating up Oscar the Grouch. As soon as the character leaves, Oscar moans, quickly pulls out a tissue or handkerchief, and cries out loud.
  • Crank Call: In a season 3 crank call, Birchum volunteers to help a man hunt Bigfoot. In the background, there are 3 mounts in the background, one of which is Cookie Monster.
  • Crank Call: OCD Ken's "crank call" to a theater with the title of a show entitled "Bi-Bi-Birdie" with a picture of a Big Bird parody.
  • Crank Call: Two characters who debuted in the revival, Brad and Mork, have a bedroom modeled after Ernie and Bert's apartment.
  • Crank Call: In the November 13, 2019 episode, Demetri Martin, posing as an aspiring actor, does a Kermit impression.

ConnectionsEdit

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