Wanna Touch my Puppet?

Ok, so I have no idea how I missed the whole Avenue Q phenomena. I was busy putting together a post here on funny animated shorts from YouTube (which I still will eventually post), when I stumbled over a slew of musical animations to a song called, of all things, The Internet is for Porn. The sheer volume of them told me that I had to check it out. The song has a distinctly Sesame Street sound, but an overwhelmingly adult theme. Porn!

After watching a few of these videos and marveling at the skill with which non video professionals are editing stock footage, I jumped online to research the group responsible for the song. Little did I know that I had stumbled onto a gem. This troupe known as Avenue Q, does exactly what I imagined when first hearing the song, though I had no idea that they did it so well. They are a Tony Award winning cast that has performed their repetoire of songs on Broadway and around the US.

The stage show is a Sesame Street style puppet show that follows the lives of a group of 20 to 30 something characters (puppets and live actors) living on a run down street in an outer borough of NYC, and the problems of adult life. Not only is the show still running on Broadway, but the show is actually the 30th longest running musical on Broadway. I have to see this. (Jessica, if you are reading this, K and I may need to crash on your couch sometime in the next year or so)

Anyway, to give you a sample of what caught my attention, here’s a video of an Avenue Q performance at the 58th Tony Awards ceremony as well as a one of my favorite YouTube re-edits using the Avenue Q song “The Internet is For Porn”.

[Videos and Links after the Jump]

“It Sucks to Be Me” by Avenue Q

“The Internet is For Porn” by Avenue Q

[Via: YouTube]
[Official Avenue Q Website]

~ by David on November 17, 2007.

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