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Elmo Gets A Talk Show

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We have news of a major celebrity this morning, one we follow closely on NPR News - not long ago, actually, he appeared inside our headquarters. The NPR Tiny Desk Concert, a series that has hosted performances by singers like Adele and Sting and the Jonas Brothers had a performance that included Elmo.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED NPR BROADCAST)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As Elmo) This is a tiny desk?

BOB BOILEN, BYLINE: It's kind of a long story.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As Elmo) Oh (laughter).

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The "Sesame Street" Muppet is a star. So it should not be surprising that Elmo is getting his own talk show, Sesame Workshop and HBO announced it yesterday.

GREENE: Now, of course, we've seen Elmo on late night before, like on this cooking segment on NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON")

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As Elmo) We're going to make a - what is it? Elmo forgets.

JIMMY FALLON: You're making a waffle. You're doing a waffle.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As Elmo) That's right. Elmo's waffles with grilled cheese. Yes, so if you could sort of put all that stuff together, the cheese and the tomato. Actually, first put the batter in. Elmo's a horrible chef.

FALLON: I mean...

INSKEEP: As the host of a show, this forgetful character will have to remember to ask the questions. He does have some experience. Elmo once got the chance to question his own puppeteer, Kevin Clash, for Penguin Random House.

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UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As Elmo) Well, why do you think all of Elmo's friends love Elmo so much? Elmo just tries to be a nice monster.

KEVIN CLASH: Yeah. Well one of the things, Elmo, is they love your laugh.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As Elmo, laughing).

GREENE: Now, it's not clear when we're gonna hear that laugh on the new show. The air date has not been set yet. Production on "The Not Too Late Show With Elmo" starts next month.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHAT I AM")

THE MUPPETS: (Singing) I'm going to keep my head up high, high, keep on reaching high, high. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


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