Sing Yourself Silly! is a Sesame Street video compilation, released in 1990 on VHS by Random House in the Sesame Songs Home Video series, and later on DVD by Sony Wonder in 2005. In 2008, the video was released again by Genius Entertainment, paired with Elmo's Musical Adventure: Peter and the Wolf as a Sesame Street Double Feature.

A follow-up video, Sing Yourself Sillier at the Movies, was released in 1997.


Picture Segment Description
FRAME 1 Big Bird pops up wearing a spinning bow tie and explains what "silly" is. He then presents the series of silly songs.
Muppets Ernie sings "The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree."
(First: Episode 1920)
FRAME 2 Maria and Luis pop out wearing Groucho glasses and say "Now that was silly!"
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
Celebrity James Taylor performs "Jellyman Kelly" with a bunch of kids.
(First: Episode 1800)
FRAME 3 Gladys comments, "Now that was silly!" and walks off laughing, only to trip and fall off-screen.
Muppets Polly Darton sings "Wavin' Goodbye to You with My Heart."
(First: Episode 1475)
Introduction cut
FRAME 4 The Amazing Mumford and his duck appear in a puff of smoke, with the duck exclaiming "Now that was silly!" in Mumford's voice, while Mumford lets out a quack.
Muppets "Old MacDonald Cantata"
(First: Episode 2350)
Beginning edited
FRAME 5 Forgetful Jones comments, "Now that was spinach!" and realizes he forgot what the right word was.
Muppets Oscar and Grundgetta sing about the "Everything in the Wrong Place Ball."
Edited from Episode 2596
FRAME 6 Forgetful still can't remember the word "silly," and asks the viewers if they remember the word.
Muppets "One Banana"
(First: Episode 1941)
FRAME 7 Count von Count counts seven bananas.
Cartoon Jim Thurman sings "Calcutta Joe."
Animation by Buzzco Associates, Inc.
(First: Episode 2492)
FRAME 8 Big Bird and the Honkers take some time to address that silly songs are no laughing matter.

Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Don Music tries to write "Mary Had a Little Lamb," but he can't come up with a word that rhymes with "snow." Kermit suggests that Don try another angle, which leads to Don writing the hit song "Mary Had a Bicycle." Don sings the song, with back-up vocals from the Monotones.
(First: Episode 0698)
Kermit's intro is cut
FRAME 9 Oscar comments "Now that was yucky! I'm not gonna say 'silly'," until Elmo points out he did say "silly," before he heads back into his trash can.
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)

Muppets / Celebrity Hoots tells Ernie to "Put Down the Duckie." (celebrity version)
(First: Episode 2534)

Closing lines cut.


FRAME 10 Big Bird asks how the song was. The Kids confirm, "Now that was silly!" and they dance to "The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree" while the credits roll.

Afterwards, the video concludes with Maria and Luis donning Groucho glasses and exclaiming "Now that was silly!" (repeated from Frame 2).



  • Cookie Monster is present on the back cover of the Australian double feature of this video (with Get Up and Dance), but is not seen on either video featured, despite him being featured on the Sesame Songs Home Video logo.

DVD chapters

  1. The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree
  2. Ladybug Picnic
  3. Jellyman Kelly
  4. Wavin' Goodbye to You With My Heart
  5. Old MacDonald Cantata
  6. Everything in the Wrong Place Ball
  7. One Banana
  8. Calcutta Joe
  9. Mary Had a Bicycle
  10. Ten Tiny Turtles on the Telephone
  11. Put Down the Duckie


Sesame Street "Puppet Performers"


Special Guests

James Taylor, John Candy, Andrea Martin, Keith Hernandez, Mookie Wilson, Jane Curtin, Madeline Kahn, Joe Williams, Paul Reubens, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Wynton Marsalis, Celia Cruz, Itzhak Perlman, Gordon Jackson, Jean Marsh, Paul Simon, Jeremy Irons, Pete Seeger, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Carl Banks, Mark Ingram, Sean Landeta, Karl Nelson


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