Ian McKellen's 'Sesame Street' Teaches Us How to Be Grown Ups & More Stars Who Do the Same

In today’s heartwarming news of the Interwebs, Sesame Street posted a most delightful video starring Ian McKellen. Gandalf the Puppet and Sir McKellan teach us in just six seconds the golden rule of manners: say please and thank you. Because when you do, well, you shall pass! It’s too adorable, my heart CAN’T EVEN WITH THIS.

When Ian McKellen isn’t busy starring in two Broadway plays in rep with his BFF Patrick Stewart, totally winning the Internet, and joking around with Jon Stewart, he manages to find time to stop by Sesame Street and continue being the spokesperson for Being Great at Everything.

Though McKellan is well into his 70s and Sesame Street just turned 44, both are as current and endearing as ever. Thankfully Sesame Street keeps its roster of celebrity guests forever exciting and giggle-inducing. The show also teaches kids every day about basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic as well as important lessons in how to be kind and fair. So essentially, without Big Bird, Elmo and the gang, the world would be, well, I don’t even want to think about it.

Thankfully Sesame Street has also taken to social media for kids and adults alike to keep learning and be tickled pink on a daily basis. In fact as Sir Ian McKellen points out, we’re never too old to learn a thing or two from a trip to Sesame Street:

Mind your manners, please

Even Gandalf won’t deny you if you have manners. Kill ‘em with kindess. Or, just, don’t kill anything!

You’re never too old to play like a kid


Was it me or did it seem like Jimmy Fallon and The Roots had THE MOST FUN at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Legit more fun than Santa.

Patience Takes Practice

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Some people think patience is a thing you’re born with. Well, it’s actually a learned quality, and it comes in handy in your personal and professional relationships, and well, for basically everything. Just as Cookie Monster.

Staying in is way better than going out

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The term “staycation” was invented for a reason.

If you need to communicate, meet someone at their level

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Wise guys, meet wise guys.

It’s the Holidays, 'Tis the Season to be Sharing

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If Cookie Monster can share, so can you! It’s an important time of year to give back and pay it forward.

No matter how old you get, you can always reinvent yourself

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Be it a new career, a new relationship, a new city, or a new way to walk, there’s always time to take risks.