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February 14, 2006


Krys O.

The Yip Yip Martians are featured in the current Sesame Street Live show "Out of this World."

Krys O.

Oops, the URL didn't post in that last comment:

Call Screener Jeff

Those things freaked me out when I was a kid... and again when I was 30!


Don't forget that the Muppets were pioneers of the whole lounge/porn music revival with their legendary version of the Piero Umiliani porn music classic Mah Na Mah Na. See the video here, and read more about it here. By the way, who is the Mah Na Mah Na guy with the sunglasses? Animal?

Krys O.

Animal was on The Muppet Show. The mnah mnah guy was likely a prototype.

The Contrarian

Wow, this post was timely. I am the parent of a Cookie Monster-worshipping toddler and I just started watching my new copy of The Muppet Show DVD box set last night. I've been saturated with Muppet mania in my house since 2003.

The red-bearded fellow that kept on blurting out "mah na ma na" appeared on Sesame Street in the early 70s during the "ball, wall, tall" skit.


I absolutely love these guys. There's another bit the Yip Yips did when they accidently turn on a radio. They freak out and pull their lower jaws up over their heads, then peek out from behind them. Then they say "Rrrrrradio!" in a way that makes me think of Wall of Voodoo's "Mexican Radio".


Does anyone remember Pat Duncan's "PBS Punks" that he used to play on his shows? He took voice samplings of Ernie & Bert and played them over Punk and Surf instrumentals during his shows, going way back, perhaps, I'm guessing, mid-eighties. I used to have tapes of his shows with the PBS Punks on them. Maybe someone else could dig them up? Pat? You there?


I loved the Yip Yips from the first time I saw them ... my friends and I took to responding to the phone just like they do. Much to the irritation of everyone (particularly those calling), we would just making ringing sounds back at the phone ... I still do, if left alone. The Yip Yips may have had something to do with my lifelong fear of the telephone.

nh dave

The 'bbbrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng' noise they make is priceless. I do wish that there was something that was a trans-generational like this on tv now.


When I was in college we got to go on a tour of the Henson Studios and got to see a lot of the puppets in person including the Yip Yip aliens. The story they told us was that they were actually made from hats (the mouth is the opening for your head!) that Jim Henson found in the Village.

Rick Ele

There's a cracked electro band from Florida called Yip Yip these days. And now I more fully understand them...thanks, Liz!

dj pheyseys

That's fantastic!

Can anyone find video/audio of the old sesame street song "one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve (doodoo doo doodoo doo doo doodoo)"? It featured a sort of pinball animation, and was unbelievably cool.

Turntable Terrorist

Go here for the Pinball Number Count Song:


This is the original Mah Na Mah Na song by the Italian guy.
Other excellent mp3s on this site too!


Sorry, this is it.

Manfred Baltrusch

I searched the whole web for a certain ringtone of the SESAME STREET MARTIANS. Due to your site (and someone, who converted the Sound to mp3) I finally got exactly, what I wanted. Thanks a 1,000 times.
I wrote this in order to find this website für anyone else looking for something to download in this case. If you have watched , you HAVE to look for a download.
Here it is. On
Concerning us every day.
Excuse me if my English is getting worse.

Best wishes,

Manfred Baltrusch


For sixteen years now, my husband never believed in the yip yips because he never saw them (they were rare and my sister and I would go running in to see). The few times it came up with someone else, the person would disappear just like snufalupagus before my husband could have proof. He just thought they were a figment of my imagination till now! Thanks!

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