Kermit's "Between" Lecture (found "Sesame Street" sketch; 1970)
A screenshot from the short, with Kermit hiding under a table.
Date found: 09 Feb 2021
Found by: Sesame Maniac, JFriendsFan96
Kermit's "Between" Lecture was a skit featuring Kermit of Sesame Street and Muppets fame. The skit was part of the 70th episode, which premiered on February 13th, 1970. It was another sketch where Kermit would try to teach the audience about something, but monsters such as Cookie Monster and Beautiful Day Monster would drive him crazy. Kermit's "Between" Lecture has not resurfaced since its original 1970 airing.
The sketch begins with Kermit demonstrating the word "between" by placing a ping-pong ball, a donut, and a Beatles record on a table to explain how one object (the donut) is between two others (the ping-pong ball and the Beatles record). Out of nowhere, a monster named "Beautiful Day Monster" jumps in and devours all three things on the table, while Kermit hides under the table in fear. Beautiful Day Monster chomps the table to bits as Kermit shakes in fear, preparing for the worst. However, instead of getting eaten, he gets a kiss from Beautiful Day Monster, as a thank-you for the free food.
The sketch was mentioned in a "Beautiful Day Monster Appreciation" thread on the MuppetCentral forums, where Kermit apparently described the word "between" as "that far-out, groovy, nifty, keen, really fun word, BETWEEN!" The episode with the sketch in it also has a full rundown on the Muppet Wiki (though the main story segments in that episode may be lost as well, as they are hard to find on the Internet).
On July 11th, 2018, a thread was created discussing the short. The image seen in the infobox was posted inquiring if anyone if they had the sketch. Thirteen days later, a user named Tony answered, stating that he had a German dub of the short, and stated that this dub was where he got the lone still of the sketch, but he doesn't know how to upload it. When asked if Tony could send the short personally, he did not answer back. No one else had come out with anything from the sketch, leaving this one lone screenshot the only visual evidence of its existence.
A similar sketch featuring Kermit with the exact same name is easily accessible, but it is not the original sketch from Season 1, as it involves poles (that Grover and another monster are carrying, as they are revealed to be mopping the floor) instead of random objects as in the sketch from Season 1, and it does not involve Beautiful Day Monster.
In February 2019, it was announced that over 4500 episodes of Sesame Street over its 49 seasons would be archived in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. It's likely that the original version of Kermit's "Between" Lecture will be included among the episodes being archived, but this has not been confirmed directly.
On February 26th, 2019, Tony finally managed to upload the German dub of the sketch to YouTube.
On February 9th, 2021, Sesame Maniac recently stumbled upon an English copy of the clip from a Season 15 episode, and JFriendsFan96 uploaded it to YouTube.
- Muppet Wiki page for Beautiful Day Monster. Retrieved 01 Feb '19
- Muppet Wiki page on the complete rundown of episode 70. Retrieved 01 Feb '19
- Muppet Wiki thread discussing the sketch. Retrieved 01 Feb '19
- A MuppetCentral thread about "Beautiful Day Monster Appreciation." Retrieved 01 Feb '19
- The announcement of the archiving of Sesame Street episodes. Retrieved 15 Feb '19