Recently, four year old cousins C and NC saw the classic Muppets “Mahna Mahna” skit on TV for the first time, and they both became quite enamored of the tune.
It wasn’t long before I started hearing the two girls joyously singing the iconic and ridiculous song’s two parts while they were playing alone together, riffing off each other and giggling and having a great time.
But then, yesterday, NC began insisting to C that the two of them needed to perform the song FOR OTHER PEOPLE…on camera, no less. C wasn’t so sure. She was very happy to belt it out in her bedroom when the only other person she thought was listening was her cousin, but when it came to this idea of performing the song on camera, it took hours of convincing on NC’s part (and trust me, that child can be VERY persuasive) before C agreed to participate.
After NC finally got C to agree to create what I think she envisioned would be a sort of “Mahna Mahna” masterwork, video style, she came and got me and asked me to videotape the two of them singing the song as NC had had them rehearse it.
I was happy to oblige, so I came and sat down exactly where NC directed me to do so, and I let the two girls know when the camera was rolling.
This was the result. As you can see, NC is clearly so frustrated with her much less dramatically inclined cousin that her head is about to explode. C, as it turns out, is not the most coachable of performers. And as C underperforms, NC wildly overcompensates.
I think you will find the girls’ rendition of “Mahna Mahna” somewhat entertaining