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The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo Will Make Bedtime Fun with Celebrity Guests

The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo Will Make Bedtime Fun with Celebrity Guests

The early bedtime comedy show will celebrate nighttime routines and welcome celebrity guests like Jonas Brothers, Lil Nas X, and more.


The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, a fun-for-the-whole-family, "late night" comedy show celebrating bedtime routines, will premiere on Wednesday, May 27 on HBO Max. Elmo will welcome a variety of exciting celebrity guests on his show for interviews and musical performances including Lil Nas X, Jonas Brothers, Ciara, Blake Lively, Sofia Carson, John Mulaney, Kacey Musgraves, Ben Platt, John Oliver, Andy Cohen, Jason Sudeikis, and Olivia Wilde. Each episode, of which there is one each week, provides a fun twist to familiar nighttime activities like brushing your teeth, choosing a bedtime story, and putting on your pajamas.

You can watch the Not-Too-Late-Show with Elmo trailer here:

The first three episodes of The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo will be available to stream on HBO Max on May 27. New episodes will be released each week beginning on Thursday, June 4. You can watch a special preview episode on the Sesame Street YouTube channel on Thursday, May 21. 

Elmo will invite viewers to listen to musical performances, play virtual games, and have some fun before its time to go to bed—with Cookie Monster as Elmo's sidekick and other friends from Sesame Street joining as backstage crew and the house band. Other fun to look forward to on the Not-Too-Late-Show with Elmo, all before Elmo's 7:30pm bedtime, includes:

  • Musical performances by Lil Nas X, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Kacey Musgraves, Jonas Brothers and so many more putting their own spin on beloved Sesame Street songs
  • John Mulaney and Olivia Wilde competing in tricycle races and teddy bear dress up contests
  • Jonathan Van Ness giving Alan a "monster makeover"
  • Jimmy Fallon, Hoda Kotb, John Oliver, and Andy Cohen stopping by to give Elmo talk show hosting advice

“At a time when individual viewing has become the norm, The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo offers a shared experience that has something for everyone,” Ben Lehmann, executive producer of Sesame Street and The Not-Too-Late Show said in a press release“Young children will love seeing their Sesame Street friends in a new way, the madcap backstage humor will keep older kids engaged, and adults will get a kick out of seeing their favorite celebrities at play.”



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Kids learn best when they are engaged with a caring adult, whether it's a passionate teacher or a loving parent or caregiver, according to Sesame Workshop. The Not-Too-Late-Show with Elmo allows children of all different age groups to learn at home through games and guest challenges that promote not only academic but social-emotional skills.

The Not-Too-Late-Show with Elmo is just one of the many creative and fun ways Sesame Workshop is aiming to help families navigate the daily challenges associated with Coronavirus and social distancing through its Caring for Each Other Initiative. These efforts include Sesame Street and Headspace for Kids' Meditation and Mindfulness YouTube shorts and other animations and downloads that help children learn healthy habitsfind comfort during this scary time, establish routines in this for-now normal, and so much more.

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In other exciting, Elmo-related news, Elmo is the first muppet to officially join Instagram! (With the help of his mommy and daddy). Check out his brand new page.

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Melissa Wickes

Author: Melissa Wickes, a graduate of Binghamton University and the NYU Summer Publishing Institute, is the production editor for NYMetroParents. When she's not writing, she can be found playing the guitar or eating pasta. See More

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