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Fun with The Electric Company! (Photos)

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Hey you guys!

Chris Sullivan, who you may know as Shock on The Electric Company, is one of my dearest pals. Chris and I do all kinds of musical improv performances together, and he even accompanied me in my 2009 solo show, Brown Ambition. Chris is an amazing beatboxer and performer, and I’ve loved watching him on The Electric Company with my daughter. (Chris is also one of the producers on the show.) This week I had a chance to see Chris perform in front of a live audience of kids, and he was great. Shock and Manny Spamboni – played by the hilarious Dominic Colon – entertained a small group of bloggers and their kids at an Electric Company event at Sesame Workshop in New York. Afterwards, the kids in attendance had a chance to check out the new Prankster Planet games on PBS Kids Go! online, as well as the new Electric Company iPad app. Here are some shots I took of the show and the schwag I got to go home with:


  • Shock and Manny 1 of 9
    Shock and Manny
    ...talk to the kids. Shock even gave everyone a beatboxing lesson!
  • Silent E is a Ninja! 2 of 9
    Silent E is a Ninja!
    "I was hopping mad, but he turned my hop into hope!"
  • Silent E is a Ninja II 3 of 9
    Silent E is a Ninja II
    "I had a plan to catch him, but man he turned my plan into a plane." (For the original clip with Lin-Manuel Miranda, click here.)
  • Shock and Manny Teach the Children 4 of 9
    Shock and Manny Teach the Children
    After the performance, kids were allowed to check out the new Electric Company Prankster Planet games on PBS Kids Go! using both laptops and the app for iPad.
  • Hey You Guys! 5 of 9
    Hey You Guys!
    Who's got a Shock backback now? I do!
  • With Trading Cards! 6 of 9
    With Trading Cards!
    The limited edition Electric Company workbook features trading cards. The cartoon "Music Man" on the left is voiced by Reggie Watts.
  • Me and Shock 7 of 9
    Me and Shock
    Shock and me! We've been buddies for a long time, but this is the first time we ever worked together like this.
  • Cookie!!! 8 of 9
    Cookie!!!
    You saw Share It Maybe this week, right?
  • Bye-bye, Big Bird! 9 of 9
    Bye-bye, Big Bird!
    Thanks for a fun day at Sesame Workshop!

The Electric Company is airing new Prankster Planet episodes daily on PBS. Check your local listings for times. For more on our adventures with Shock and the educational value of the show, check out The Mama Maven’s coverage of the event.

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