Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird's Amateur Show
Air date May 24, 1977
Season Season 8 (1976-1977)
Sponsors X, Y, 7
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit is interviewing Cinderella and Prince Charming, who are dancing at the ball. After Cinderella leaves, she leaves one glass slipper behind. The prince wants to find he can have the other glass slipper.
(First: Episode 0516)
Film Baby turtles swim around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0294)
Pinball 07 Cartoon Pinball Number Count #7
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0989)
Celebrity Carol Burnett demonstrates "what you can do with your nose."
(First: Episode 0131)
Film Joe Raposo: Wet & Dry (Falls in pool; kid VO's)
(EKA: Episode 0597)
Cartoon A troll draws different faces on herself in front of a mirror.
(First: Episode 0800)
Cast At City Island, the adults ask Oscar to take their photo. He tells them all to step back further and further until they all fall off the dock.
(First: Episode 0932)
Muppets A Japanese storyteller tells "The Mystery of the Four Dragons". An aged emperor offers the throne to his son if he can find four hidden dragons in the room.
(First: Episode 0299)
Cartoon Miss Fortune makes guesses about a dog.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0483)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Michelle teaches Herry Monster how to say the name of several body parts in Spanish.
Cartoon Children describe how to draw an elephant.
(First: Episode 0052)
Muppets The Count counts seven flowers, and then explains that he loves to count flowers because then he gets to count sneezes.
(First: Episode 0433)
Cartoon Jazz #7
(First: Episode 0136)
Film A child watches a building "grow", step by step, from a hole in the ground to the roof. (part one)
(EKA: Episode 0184)
Cartoon The Typewriter: Y for Yo-Yo
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0769)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and John-John count a penny.
(First: Episode 0438)
Cartoon A man demonstrates Spanish words that start with the letter Y.
(First: Episode 0470)
Film A child watches a building "grow", step by step, from a hole in the ground to the roof. (part two)
(EKA: Episode 0184)
Cast Maria, Luis, Gordon and three kids all have umbrellas with different patterns, which a voiceover uses to put them into different groups.
(First: Episode 0821)
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Everything is getting wet, because it's raining and a window is stuck open. But Ernie explains that he can't fix it now because he'd get wet in all that rain. When the rain stops, he explains to Bert that since it's not raining anymore, nothing's getting wet, and there's no reason to fix it.
(First: Episode 0344)
SCENE 1 All seems normal on the street, when Big Bird rushes out of his nest area with various sheets of paper. He announces to everyone that he's written his very own variety show ("Just like Sonny and Cher and Donny and Marie and the Captain and Kangaroo and all those other guys on television who kiss a lot."). His show involves everyone on the block and he hands out the sheets of music. Everyone launches into the big opening number. Maria asks what comes next, but Big Bird wasn't aware he needed anything more. A cow thinks she can do her impressions, but Bob shoos her out.
SCENE 1 cont'd The Count arrives with a number of his own. the arbor suddenly transforms in a gypsy campfire scene as the Count (playing violin) leads everyone in doing "The Transylvania Polka." Once the song ends, the wagon and everything disappear. "For some reason they always disappear at sunrise. I never understood that," says the Count. Luis thinks that now should come a nice, quiet piece. The cow thinks she can do a pantomime act, when...
SCENE 1 cont'd ...BLAM! Herry Monster bursts through the fence with a gentle song. Two monsters (Harvey and Maurice) back him up as he croons about that "Furry Blue Mommy of Mine." Big Bird observes, "I can write better than I thought!"
Swingin' Alphabet - Olivia Susan Maria
SCENE 1 cont'd Everyone turns their attention to the stoop of 123 Sesame Street, where Olivia, Susan and Maria sing the "Swingin' Alphabet."
SCENE 1 cont'd Big Bird wonders what will come next, when Mr. Hooper hands him an introduction. Big Bird reads the dignified intro for Mr. Hooper, who does a brief rendition of "My Dog Has Fleas." Maria then introduces a song about the Three Musketeers, though Big Bird thinks she means the Mousketeers at first.
SCENE 1 cont'd Bob, Luis and Gordon pose as the Three Musketeers as they sing a song about themselves.
SCENE 1 cont'd Olivia thinks they now need a big finish for the show. The cow tries horning herself into the show again, but instead, they give the big finish to David, who sings "Listen to the Music."
SCENE 1 cont'd The street is stripped of all the fancy sets and lights as the cast gathers for a finale reprise of "Big Bird's Totally Amateur Show."

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