COOKIE MONSTER TELLS ALL
When Cookie Monster visited Melbourne recently, Peninsula Kids’ Melissa Walsh and T.J. McCullough got to speak to the furry blue celebrity. Cookie tells all about his new apartment, his list of best friends, favourite cookie flavour and life on Sesame Street.
Cookie Monster, welcome to Melbourne, and thank you for letting TJ and me come to see you.
It is Cookie Monster’s pleasure, me very happy to meet you and TJ and talk to the children of the Mornington Peninsula.
Cookie, I hear you have been doing a lot of work on your self-control. Can you tell us about that?
Me try so hard to keep myself under control me use all kinds of strategies to help. If me has a cookie me try not to look at it, me turn away and look at something else or think of a song.
Why did you want to have self-control?
Me realise it is very important in life to have self-control and once me realise that it is very good. Me try not to eat too many cookies sometimes.
Do you just eat cookies or do you eat other things as well?
Me eat fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, bicycle, canoe, Christmas tree, everything. Me eat everything but me love cookies.
We have heard rumours of a theft at the Museum of Modern Cookie and wondered if it really was you?
Me not give it away but I can tell you about the Museum of Modern Cookie. What are the odds that it would up on the street where we live? The Museum of Modern Cookie is a terrific place with beautiful cookie paintings, like ‘Girl With the Cookie Earring’ and the ‘Muncha Lisa’ by Leonardo de Crunchie. Me love it too.
You’ve met a lot of amazing people on Sesame Street. What was Gwen Stefanie like?
She was fantastic, me love singing a song with her. And Pharrell he was fantastic too; me are so lucky. Me no favourite but we did just work with Sia, got to sing with her and that was fun.
On the work front, how was it working at the Furchester for a little while?
Me has been spending some time lately in London at The Furchester Hotel, which is a hotel owned by Elmo’s cousin. Me scored me dream gig as a room service and dining room waiter, but putting Cookie Monster in charge of delivering food to table is a bit of a challenge but me try to self control. Me find the smell of the delicious food hard to resist.
Was it fun being in London at the Furchester with Elmo?
Oh yes, we have been friends for years and he was there visiting while I was working in the dining room.
You get to travel to many places; do you like visiting London?
Me love the museums and me love the food markets.
What do you like about Australia?
Me went to the Toronga Zoo in Sydney got the selfie with the quokka. It is my favourite animal, me love the kangaroo and the koala too but something about the quokka. Me would love to venture out and see more of Australia, and come back here again.
Would you come to the Mornington Peninsula?
Me would love to come to the Mornington Peninsula and me and T.J try to surf. We could go swimming together.
What is it like living on Sesame Street?
That’s where me lived me whole life. Me love it there. Just got an apartment above Hoopers store. Love it where they make all the cookies. Me get a constant smell of cookies and start wanting them; it’s a challenge. I moved there to be closer to the cookies; me just like the view.
How long have you lived on sesame street for?
Forty seven years. Me never move, me love it there.
Is Cookie Monster your real name or your nick name?
No Cookie Monster is my real and true name. Me Cookie Monster. Me mummy a Cookie Monster, me daddy a Cookie Monster.
What is Oscar the Grouch like?
He is definitely a grouch but that is who he is. He is 100 per cent grouch and we love Oscar. Big Bird is a nice big tall bird.
Do you have a favourite friend on Sesame Street?
Me lucky me got lost of best friends, cannot pick one.
What would you like to tell the children of Australia?
Me love Australia, me love being here and coming to visit and if they all come to Sesame Street come on by we would love to see you.
How do you get to Sesame Street?
Take the subway or take the R train depends which way you are coming from.
Have you got a favourite cookie?
Chocolate chip but I eat all cookies, me love the chocolate chippies they are delicious.
The 46th season of Sesame Street with Cookie Monster, Elmo and the entire gang premiered on April 3rd with The Cookie Thief special, followed by new episodes every weekday morning on ABC KIDS at 9am and 12noon.