Big Bird stays up to pay a visit to 'SNL'
Big Bird stayed up way past his bedtime on Saturday night to join Seth Meyers on "Saturday Night Live."
The sketch comedy show offered the character the chance to respond to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's remarks about loving Big Bird, but not so much that he wouldn't cut funding from PBS.
Romney made his now famous comments last Wednesday, causing a variety of Twitter users to jump to Big Bird's defense.
But while the character got "a million tweets" about Romney's name drop, it's not because Big Bird's on Twitter.
"No, I'm a bird," the character told Meyers. "Tweeting is how we talk."
Since the debate, Big Bird's feeling like a star. "I was walking down the street the other day and I felt like everybody recognized me. It's so weird to think that just a few days ago, I could just blend in like every other perfectly normal, 8-foot tall talking bird."
Big Bird's "SNL" appearance was courtesy of the show's creator and executive producer, Lorne Michaels, who the New York Times reports made calls to friends at the Children's Television Workshop to pull it off.
Although executives were said to be hesitant, after a script read actor Caroll Spinney prepped his feathered costume for the appearance.
"SNL" and "Sesame Street" neatly avoided any political talk as well, as Big Bird told Meyers, "I don't want to ruffle any feathers."
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