Ricky Gervais cracks up Elmo, and vice versa

By Tim Surette

Mar 13, 2009

How many times have you wished you could see what goes on behind the scenes at Sesame Street? One would think that once the director calls, "Cut!" it isn't about ABC's and the number 7 anymore, and they'd be right.

In this video clip, we see Ricky Gervais, of The Office and Extras, drop by the legendary children's show for a visit, where he hangs out with the giggly Elmo. The result of these outtakes is a hilarious back-and-forth where it's hard to tell who the professional comedian is.

We love Ricky Gervais, and to see him absolutely lose it to Elmo is downright hysterical. TV execs, are you paying attention? I smell sitcom gold here.

In related (and totally depressing) news, it seems Sesame Street is feeling the pains of Wall Street. The poor economy has forced the show's non-profit producer Sesame Workshop to lay off almost 20 percent of its work force, says The Associated Press. The stat amounts to 67 of 355 employees being pink-slipped and kicked to the curb like Oscar the Grouch.

Can you tell me how to get… how to get to the unemployment line?

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  • LAURAMARIE63 Mar 16, 2009


  • sweetsaintz Mar 16, 2009

    Ricky Gervais is just fantastic, always a damn good laugh! Love him to bits. Pairing him with Elmo is just genius.

  • BiniBeans Mar 15, 2009

    Ricky Gervais is one of the most smart hilarious guys out there today. And he is contagious as can be seen from his interaction with Elmo.

  • hrgaffney Mar 13, 2009

    Ricky Gervais is brilliant. I hope he's going to do a new show now, he was so good in the Office (UK) and Extras.

  • peon4570 Mar 13, 2009

    Good stuff.

  • Bren_thy_God Mar 13, 2009


  • Nikkles Mar 13, 2009

    that is a weird clip