Just because it deserves its own post: Sesame Street spoofs Downton Abbey. The children's show made a parody video of the hit TV show! Only they call it "Upside Downton Abbey." Get it?!? And the whole thing is upside-down. Mad cap hijinks ensue.
But of course, since this is Sesame Street, it's all about getting the details just right to make you roll on the floor in a fit of giggles. So we've got the theme music with the slow pan on interior shots of the manor, all upside-down of course. The mirror image title. But the best part is the Muppets. They picked my favorite two ...
Dowager Countess, of course! (Is it me, or is her head kind of a riff on Don Music's?) And Mr. Carson, looking sternly disapproving yet long-suffering, as usual. Both are stoic in the face of adversity, in this case, an entire tea service falling because they are upside-down. And they are upside-down because the estate is called Upside Downton, of course! How hilarious that such a ridiculous premise works not only for a children's show, but is also deeply true to the original TV show.
I just love how they play on the "this is how it's been done forever" theme of tradition that's been so central to the real show. I also love the things-falling-because-they're-upside-down music. Whee!
Tea, crumpets, and steak and kidney pie are sacrificed before Violet and Mr. Carson solve the problem. (Question: Would Violet really eat steak and kidney pie at an informal tea service?) What a relief. And you'll love where the steak and kidney pie finally ends up.
Is this funny enough on its own, or do you kind of have to be a Downton fan to get it?
Image via SesameStreet/YouTube