When the Sesame Street cast and crew finish taping a season of shows, they traditionally celebrate with a wrap party. Party goers have dinner, watch a reel of outtakes from the season, and enjoy live skits that often poke fun at the show. In addition, toasts are exchanged, and awards and bottles of wine are presented to people who got engaged, married or had babies since the last party.In a 2009 blog entry, Annie Evans wrote about the tradition:
Evans went on to describe a memorable wrap party sketch in which Mr. Snuffleupagus ate an autograph-seeking child; at the next season's party, Snuffy regurgitated the same child, "now wearing a tattered shirt and covered in goo." Another well documented sketch was performed at the Season 30 wrap party and featured a Mr. Noodle look-alike (played by Muppeteer Rick Lyon) shouting angrily that he won't be Elmo's patsy anymore and swearing to "get a new job where he can act with dignity." The season 23 wrap party featured Jerry Nelson and Louise Gold performing a duet of "Friendship." Another wrap party sketch featured the parody character "Nookie Monster." In another party, Big Bird performed a song written by Gene Gilroy (Caroll Spinney's father-in-law), originally written for Kathie Lee Gifford's Lullabies for Little Ones. This performance was included as a bonus feature on the DVD release of I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story.
In a 2009 interview, Michael Davis, author of Street Gang, mentioned wrap party sketches that spoofed the notion that Ernie and Bert are gay: when asked if there had ever been any discussion about the characters' "unusual relationship," Davis responded "Well, I'll tell you this, not only was there a discussion, but it was fodder for some of the funniest skits ever at their wrap parties every year."
In addition to blooper reels, highlights from the season were also shown. At the season seven wrap party, following a screening of "Surprise," which featured the cast getting hit by pies, Dulcy Singer sent one into Jon Stone's face.
- ↑ Sesame Family Robinson, December 4, 2009 (archive)
- ↑ Rick Lyon's Photo Album at lyonpuppets.com
- ↑ Street Gang page 247
- ↑ Felion, Marc; Fernós, Fausto "Sesame Street Cred" Feast of Fools, podcast #926, February 6, 2009. Web.(Accessed 1/18/2010.)
- ↑ Bailey, Joseph. Memoirs of a Muppets Writer, page 87.
- ↑ The Muppet Mindset interview with John Tartaglia. January 18, 2013.