‘The Not Too Late Show with Elmo’ Review: Elmo Is the Talk Show Host We Need Right Now

by Jeremy Spirogis

When Hollywood manufacturing shut down as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), discuss reveals have been among the many first to discover a strategy to proceed. Late night time and daytime discuss present hosts have continued their reveals by way of video chat, however not Elmo. The Not Too Late Show with Elmo was doubtless accomplished earlier than manufacturing shutdowns. This a lot pupeteering couldn’t substitute Zoom, and there’s no social distancing between puppeteers. 

Elmo | WarnerMedia

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Still, debuting with the launch of HBO Max, The Not Too Late Show is a refreshing antidote to all of the Zoom discuss reveals, and even customary discuss present components in conventional instances. Plus, it’s canon as a result of that is what Elmo does earlier than he goes to mattress each night time. 

‘The Not Too Late Show with Elmo’ adapts discuss present format for youths

The Not Too Late Show with Elmo follows a conventional format. Elmo comes out and does a monologue. He does a sketch. Then he interviews a visitor and at last there’s a musical act. It is well digestible in 15 minute chunks, and but it concurrently permits youngsters to take pleasure in discuss present enjoyable and adults to interrupt freed from the rigamarole. 

Elmo’s monologue is a knock knock joke or magic trick, issues youngsters will take pleasure in but additionally a mockery of the belabored setup/punchline of some hosts. Guests like Jimmy Fallon and the Jonas Brothers appear genuinely excited to be on a Muppet discuss present. Probably partially as a result of they don’t have to offer an actual interview, they’ll simply carry out with the characters. 

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L-R: Jimmy Fallon and Elmo | WarnerMedia

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Of course it’s not an actual interview. It’s no matter skits a star can do with Elmo for youths. Fallon flosses and has a staring contest. The Jonas Brothers play a sport that three-year-olds can play themselves at house. They actually match quite a bit into 15 minutes and consider a lot of gags with out ever devolving right into a straight discuss present.

All of ‘Sesame Street’ cameos on ‘The Not Too Late Show with Elmo’

You didn’t assume Elmo had gone solo, did you? Cookie Monster is his announcer and sidekick. His band is Mama Bear and the Monsters. There are much more Sesame Street Muppets “behind the scenes” too.

The Not Too Late Show with Elmo typically cuts to the management room, the place Prairie Dawn is a harried director attempting to manage chaos. Ernie is within the management room having enjoyable behind the scenes, taking Prairie’s path far too actually. Things go unsuitable within the management room and there are some meta jokes about manipulating the present too.  

Not Too Late Show with Elmo: Bert and ErnieNot Too Late Show with Elmo: Bert and Ernie
Bert and Ernie within the management room | WarnerMedia

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Bert joins Ernie in episode 2 so that you get Bert and Ernie collectively once more. Oscar the Grouch makes a visitor look and undoubtedly leaves you wanting extra. 

Music stays instructional or enjoyable 

The musical acts stay household pleasant too. Kacey Musgroves sings a canopy of “Rubber Ducky” which is enjoyable for youths. The Jonas Brothers sing a music about brushing your tooth which ought to really be instructional for younger viewers.

This is a pure extension of Sesame Street. They at all times bought massive stars to play alongside, and the Jonas Brothers should take pleasure in not having to sing the identical previous love music. 

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L-R: Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas and Elmo | WarnerMedia

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The Not Too Late Show with Elmo in all probability gained’t be a combatant within the subsequent spherical of late night time wars. That would go in opposition to Elmo’s nature anyway. What it’s, although, is a enjoyable new twist on Sesame Street and maybe a strategy to introduce your youngsters to the discuss reveals that solely take themselves a bit of bit extra significantly.

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