Warning: The following video will make you grin uncontrollably.
Late Night’s occasional “classroom instruments” videos – in which Jimmy Fallon, the Roots, and special guests perform popular songs accompanied only by woodblocks, toy xylophones, and the like – are generally pretty great. For pure joy value, though, none of the previous clips can compare to this one – which features Fallon and his band performing Sesame Street’s theme song with Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, and the rest of that show’s principal cast of muppets.
They’re counted in by The Count. Partway through, Cookie Monster devours his instrument. The Roots’ Black Thought does a Sesame Street-themed rap, assisted by Abby Cadabby. This video is, in short, awesome, and you should watch it immediately.
Want a full rundown of who’s playing what? Your wish is our command:
Jimmy Fallon - wood block, Casio keyboard
Questlove - kazoo, hand clackers
Frank Knuckles - bongos
Captain Kirk - ukulele
Kamal Gray - xylophone
Mark Kelley - toy clarinet
James Poyser - melodica
Tuba Gooding Jr. - toy saxophone, slide whistle
Black Thought - apple shaker
Elmo - vocals
Grover - backing vocals
Cookie Monster - banana shaker (eaten)
Abby Cadabby - toy guitar
Zoe - hand cymbals
Big Bird - vocals
Aloysius Snuffleupagus - backing vocals
The Count – counting