I remember hearing him on NPR being interviewed by Elizabeth Blair. It was a good interview considering that it was radio and Cookie Monster’s humor is largely physical.
More recently, I saw the Cookie Monster on the Colbert Report and Colbert handled him very well. Cookie Monster came on the show with a new message. He now realizes that cookies are a “sometime food”.
I just came across his appearance on the Martha Stewart Show. Of course, Martha Stewart was trying to show him how to make cookies, but she had no concept of how to relate to him. She seems to lack any sense of playful humor and Cookie Monster wasn’t making it easy for her. The funny part is how Martha Stewart initially tries to relate to him by petting him.
In case you’re interested, here is a visual presentation of Cookie Monster’s life from the Muppet Wiki:
The Evolution of Cookie Monster (1966-present)
|Image||As seen in||Year||Notes|
|The Wheel Stealer puppet||1966||Cookie Monster, first known as the Wheel Stealer in unaired commercials for General Foods’ Wheels, Crowns and Flutes snacks.|
|IBM training film “Coffee Break Machine” and
The Ed Sullivan Show
|1967||This version of the puppet retains his teeth and is greenish-blue in color.|
|Munchos commercials||1969||Arnold, a smaller, younger-looking version of Wheel Stealer puppet, appears in the Munchos commercials. The puppet has lost its teeth and is closer in color to the Cookie Monster that will premiere on Sesame Street.|
|1969-1970||Cookie Monster, back to his normal size, gets his name and trademark blue color on the first season of Sesame Street.|
|1971-1982||In the third season of Sesame Street, Cookie’s eyes are moved slightly higher on his head, further away from his mouth.|
|Sesame Street||1982-present||Cookie’s fur is fluffier, and the size of the googly pupils has been adjusted.|