When you think of important information that all children need to learn in order to grow up, you don’t necessarily think of choreography. This is apparently where “Sesame Street” knows more than the rest of us. As a result, Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) and Elmo spend some quality time with a penguin in order to teach kids the word, “choreographer.”

McCarthy will appear on Thursday’s (March 21) episode of the kids’ show. While the themes of that episode are not yet known, we might be getting a fair amount of dance. An episode (or even part of an episode) about dancing would explain how a word like choreographer makes it in.

As for McCarthy, it’s not like the “Bridesmaids” and “Gilmore Girls” star is particularly noted for her dance moves. That’s okay. This is “Sesame Street,” not “So You Think You Can Dance.” All McCarthy really needs to do is have a sense of humor (obviously not a problem for the actress) and the ability to flap her arms to music.

The result is honestly quite funny. While the best part, for an adult watching this, may be McCarthy’s totally deadpan delivery of “Elmo, that’s a penguin,” a couple of other highlights also stood out. The “Flap-a-waddle-boom-boom” dance, for example, is more or less the perfect choreography for the pre-school set.

Whatever we get for the rest of this episode, the McCarthy bits seem certain to be excellent. Future “Sesame Street” guest stars Jon Hamm and Matt Kemp will have to work hard to match Melissa.

For now, jazz flippers!

Posted by:Laurel Brown