What would life be like if Tony Sirico and Steve Schirripa played the roles of Bert and Ernie? Let’s watch.
No okay, but seriously, can we talk about the levels of meta here? Because this is FASCINATING and answers questions I’ve asked many times, although it raises new ones.
According to this clip, Bert and Ernie are both aware that they appear on television. In fact, they are aware of the repeated beats of their own jokes; the gingerbread man is a conscious callback to the banana in Ernie’s ear. Prairie Dawn is in charge of props.
But they don’t seem to be aware of the fame levels of the actors involved. And I’m not sure who the intended audience WITHIN THE TEXT is for this one- I mean, I understand who Sesame Street expects to watch the video, but not who BERT AND ERNIE expect to watch this.
Most interestingly, Bert and Ernie are literally directing a staged reenactment of their lives. Or are they? Is this a reenactment of their lives, or of the version of their lives they present to the audience? Should we assume that their antics on Sesame Street are therefore staged? Are their segments on Sesame Street performances? Do they know that they’re famous for a certain audience (and hence have both the funds and the desire to film something like this)? If they do, are they essentially lying to the audience any time they act like they’re living on the Street? Or are they just acting, the way the adult humans on the show are? Ernie and Bert are roughly adult characters in this ‘verse, but Prairie Dawn is a precocious seven-year-old. Does her presence in this mean that she’s acting too? Is anyone not acting? IS EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE A LIE?
I just checked and not one of the other 378 notes on this post explore this AT ALL.
I don’t really understand why no one but me is concerned. Maybe you should all reevaluate your priorities.