1215 – Macy’s 2022 Thanksgiving Day Parade | With “Guest” Hosts – Bernie the Butterfly, Tommen aka Mikey, and Ser Pounce
A recent vintage of parade to carry you off into seasonal slumber with all the special guests lulling down the lane.
Episode 2015 – 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade | With “Guest” Hosts – Bernie the Butterfly, Tommen aka Mikey, and Ser Pounce
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SCOOTER: Friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, balloon…whether you’re holding a balloon, you’re remembering some movie when…you watched at school with a kid and a red balloon, you’re singing some version of…with 99 balloons, you have balloons on your to-do list or your…you say, balloons; no, thank you. You may say to yourself, when was the last time I rubbed my head on a balloon and put…stuck it on a wall? I’m just putting it out there for me; been a while, but not an incredibly…huh, good question, Scoots. Sometimes my brain comes up with…I was just stumped. I said, I can remember doing it definitely in the last ten years, probably the last five years. I think the last three years.
Also, is there a term for when…I know I’m supposed to be opening a sleep podcast. So, if you’re new, you’re like, holy cow…but who…don’t…dreamily raise your hand if you can relate to the thing…I did invent the term ‘spree fever’. I don't like to brag. But there’s gotta be a term for when you blow up too many balloons, because it’s like, in the lower-right section, cheek-adjacent…your jaw-adjacent cheek…and makes them move up towards your lower ear where you get…that’s the only time that part of my…I’ve ever been in…how come there’s not any mindfulness about that? Oh, balloon-cheek jaw; you’d have to call it that. Balloon-jaw cheek…balloon-cheek jaw. I got a case of balloon-cheek jaw. I need a mindfulness technique.
No, I don't, because I’m only…well, I guess that part of your body says, hey, what do I gotta do other than have you blow up balloons? Now you got one of those things that the balloon-sculptors make. Please blow up some balloons. I just want a little bit of attention once a decade. Then my hair says, hey, electrify me, man. I need to get…I need to be…I don't know if I’m conducting static electricity or creating it, but once a decade, I desire to have a balloon rubbed on my head. Maybe try a conditioner the night before; maybe not. I don't know. You may be saying, what in the name of static electricity balloon…what kind of balloon-inflation is going…? Well, welcome to Sleep With Me. It’s a podcast that’s here to put you to sleep. We start off with a little bit of higher energy because I’m so glad you’re here.
This is a show where I’m supposed to welcome you in at first and kinda — if you’re new, obviously — slowly win your trust. It does take a few episodes for me to get your trust and for the podcast to work, just…for most people, because it is so different. But I’m glad you’re here. I’m really here to keep you company and take your mind off of stuff, to cut through the loneliness of the deep, dark night and welcome you into a place where you say, hey, I can feel seen, I can check this area out. It’s a little bit silly. So, structure of the show coming up; we got support so you can listen to the show for free if you want twice a week, and that’s how the majority of the people like doing it. They just press Play and then…we’ll talk more about people’s routines and stuff, then there’s a long, meandering intro.
That’s where I’ll talk about that. I’ll probably talk more about this balloon-ear jaw…balloon-cheek…balloon…what did I say? Balloon-cheek jaw. Balloon-cheek jaw…jaw ear. That’s too long. But maybe I’ll figure it out in the intro, 'cause this is only…this was…these…originally…these welcome messages, they’ve gotten a little bit longer, 'cause that’s one of my biggest jobs, to make you feel welcome, and not even in a way where you have to come in and inflate balloons. You say, I just might check it out. Okay, so, then there’s a long, meandering intro. That actually is made to ease you into bedtime. That’s about fifteen, twenty minutes long, and then there’s…then there will be support, and then there’s a bedtime story.
Tonight I believe — because balloons are on my mind — that it’ll be our coverage of last year’s Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We’ve been doing it a year behind because…well, maybe I’ll explain it during the episode. It’s a little bit easier…a little bit more palatable for me to do the past year’s Macy's parade because it’s pretty long, man. But don't worry; it’ll be long and sleepy. It won't be as long as the parade. I don't know. I haven’t recorded it yet, though. So, welcome. If you’re new, just give this show a few tries. See how it goes. This is Sleep With Me, the podcast that’s here to keep you company and take your mind off of stuff so you could fall asleep. Thanks for the support, my Apple Podcast peeps.
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I don't know if that’s…I don't know if those are dendrites…what those dendrites are up to. But I’m not trying to point any fingers. They’re already like, it’s the axions or whatever, Scoots, which you don’t have enough of. I say, okay. Holy dendrite…the dendrite…don't worry; I’ll try to…I’m not trying to create a division between my dendrites and my axons or whatever. Axions…I don't know. I don't know why dendrites even popped in my brain. Did my dendrites make dendrites pop in my brain? I mean, metaphorically this time. Please don’t do any actual…please, dendrites, if you are in my brain, please don’t do any popping. Holy cow.
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Alright everybody, this is Scoots here. This is our coverage of last year’s Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a little something new we started…I don't know, was it…last year we did 2013, I guess. I said, what if we just do the parade from the year before going forward? That way I can watch it a few times and…I don't know, just a little bit calmer production process and a little bit more timely. So, we’re gonna see how this go…well, this is our second year doing it, so…and it was delightful. Apparently I hadn’t seen the parade because it was all news to me, and then I forgot that…honestly, even though I’m watching this in September and recording this in September, I kept…I totally forgot that it was last year and it wasn’t Thanksgiving.
So, I said, oh boy, I gotta check the turkey; excuse me. I didn’t say that 'cause I don't make…I’m not in charge of that, normally. But the parade opens with balloons, music, and Lea Michele. But what was ironic about this for me was that my daughter was watching an episode of Glee about five…maybe it was on the weekend? Lea Michele started singing a song from funny girl. I said, wait a second, wait a second, wait a second. I said, is that a Glee reunion or something? So, I don't know. Okay, so, spoiler; first, the NBC thing goes, then we see two Macy's balloons, then we scroll down, and Lea Michele turns towards the camera and is singing some parade song. I don't even know how it’s…portions are pre-recorded. This one, she’s on the parade route. No green screen. Then the cast joins her.
Don’t Rain on My Parade is the song from Funny Girl. Oh, there’s one of the Dragon Ball balls. Now I’m watching it on mute. I thought there was…let me see if there’s closed-captioning. Not on this video. I used two different video recordings of this show 'cause I don't have cable or DVR or anything. This one has all the commercials, which we’ll skip, but the other one had the commercials taken out, but also it was miss…there was some glitches. So, I said, okay, I gotta do this right, man. Actually, the first commercial that comes up on the YouTube version I’m watching…not a YouTube commercial; a broadcast commercial, is someone from the podcast It Makes a Sound, I’m pretty sure, which is so cool. But, okay, so, Lea Michele’s singing. They’re at the turkey float.
There’s marching bands, there’s drums, there’s cheerleaders, there’s pom-poms. They’re working their way…and also, the camera’s going…rolling backwards, so they’re having to parade while performing. Now going towards the camera down…so, it’s really…I mean, in my opinion. For me, I’m not exactly the most adept person at moving. But yeah, she’s going towards the camera. The rest of the cast is going alongside, and at some point there’s a wipe or something. Oh, now everybody’s…more cheerleaders. Now they’re splitting up. Cast went off down the side of the Macy's parade sign, and…Don’t Rain on My Parade, and then there’s confetti. Then we scroll down to the main…the center stage of the parade in front of Macy's. They do a cut and then the cast starts dancing. Lea Michele’s singing.
Wow, great…so, I don't know how they did that, if they filmed it earlier in the morning or…I mean, maybe it was filmed live and they rushed them over, but I don't know. It was cool. But it’s just wild that I saw the Glee version of the song. The Glee version did not go well as part of a audition gone awry, but…yeah, they’re…Don’t Rain on My Parade…you see some audience. A lot of the cast is dancing. What else do they got? Tough…yeah, camera work and walking, for me. Lip-syncing…note live, I put. A lot of confetti at the end. Oh, there’s people…a lot of people…three hours is a long time to be on camera if you’re an audience member. Then Hoda and Samantha come out. They have a nice contrast.
Hoda’s got this popping, beautiful yellow coat and…but with a cream scarf, and then Samantha’s all in cream…black turtleneck, and they both have cream-colored gloves. This is important stuff to me. They’re talking, but I have closed-captioning. Frozen pros…cast catches breath. Oh yeah, so, they’re great at being frozen, 'cause the cast members…Hoda and Samantha introduce the entire…they do the entire thing. The cast has to be there smiling, catching their breaths. Yellow pops…okay, that’s correct. Oh, side-eye lady in the crowd. I didn’t realize I labeled her. Yeah, so, there’s a lady doing the side-eye, 'cause they don’t know. Now we get the shot of the crowd…Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
This is gonna be interesting, though, 'cause this…unfortunately this app does not have the ability…well, we’ll see what happens when we hit Forward. It doesn’t have the thirty-second jump button. But right now they’re introducing everybody that’s gonna be in the parade. Did that go? Oh, that went four seconds; okay. Oh, there’s Scooter…and the Muppets…wait, did I go…? Oh, I went to another parade. So, that didn’t work. That’s twenty…so, Scooter was in another parade. Okay, but…alright, so, I am gonna have to figure out how I’m gonna skip commercials here. This is…oh, there…yeah, there we go. Okay, there’s enough commercials that I can just scrub the timeline. Okay, so we have twenty-seven…the twenty-seventh parade.
Let’s get this party started preview, then Santa Claus and a secret guest, who…my favorite holiday song from 2022, even though it was a little bit of a not-friendly-to-Mariah song. Thank you, Mariah. Two pumpkins in the air when we come back. Samantha and Hoda…the twenty-seventh parade with Al, with…but Al can’t be there. Or, their twenty-seventh parade? I don't know. But Al can’t be there this year. I put here a side note; I hope Butter is hanging out with Al. Butter’s kinda the highlight of the parade…was…I think I explained it in the intro. Okay, then…oh, my gosh. You gotta watch this parade, actually. Do yourself a favor, because then we go to eight minutes and thirty-seven seconds, and it felt like…this was the most relatable moment for a president.
I don't know what the internet was saying about this, but this was so relatable. I think probably 95% of people could relate to this phone call, which I always thought they did a recording. Maybe this was the year or the year before where I was like, they don’t record these calls? It’s not fake, it’s real? But it’s like, it’s exactly like calling your parents, or when they call you by accident, or they called you or you had a scheduled time, because the president, his wife…have answered the phone or somewhere there has answered the phone, but they’re still…they’re having a discussion unrelated to the call. The reporter’s like, Mr. President, are you there? You could kinda clearly at one point hear them. It’s nothing embarrassing; they’re just like, okay, what time…okay, what do we gotta do after this?
Something like that, you know. Okay, and then we’ll go there. So, it’s just such a relatable moment 'cause she’s…Dylan is like, Mr. President, are you there? But she has to be…she’s in such a tight position because she knows they’re there. I mean, maybe she doesn’t because…I don't know what the producers are saying, but I’m assuming they’re saying, the president’s there, but pretend…be polite, please. She probably already knew that. ‘Cause, I mean, from her position, she’s on the streets of New York. So, wonderful job by Dylan, filling in for Al. Gives the love to Al. What is…? Yeah, they talk about the community…oh, maybe this isn’t…I guess I spoiled it. I don't think this is this moment. We see Mario and Gia Francesca on the turkey, leading the charge.
Oh, Ana Gasteyer, at first, is talking about a new show and NBC’s American Auto. But yeah, then Mario Lopez and his daughter Gia are on a turkey. They have a real…the quality of the mics…as someone that makes audio, I cannot believe the sound they are getting from Mario and his daughter. Obviously they have a huge budget and stuff and professional equipment, but still. I mean, they are on the back of a turkey. They have two mics. They turkey is moving in the middle of New York city, and they’re both…they did a great job, and I think it was…I thought it was nice. Twenty-five years…so clear. Then we get The Lion King that’s only on NBC. I don't know what that means. Twenty…oh, twenty-five years of…The Lion King’s been going. 112 million people…the most successful musical of all time.
Great camera work, by the way. Then we get The Lion King…the Broadway version of The Lion King. I haven’t seen it, but it’s absolutely amazing as far as the songs. You see a lot of it; the puppetry, the dancing, the…I don't think costumes is the right thing; the wardrobes. So, watching it on mute is actually cool because right now the zebras are dancing, a bird is dancing, storytellers are dancing, there’s gazelles. Here comes an elephant. So, I don't know. Absolutely amazing. There’s a couple people that were ready for the camera to be on them…rhino, another flock of birds, families holding one another, watching. So, a lot of kids getting good cameos on this part watching The Lion King. Oh, there’s kites. Hi from Texas, somebody says. What else do they got here? Kites, floats…kids love it. Great pencil on stilts?
I don't think that’s correct, but…oh, there’s pencils on stilts after this. Oh yeah, there is; there’s a pencil on stilts waving. So, yeah, we do have that. Okay, then we come back to the parade. We have Paramo getting interviewed about their new show, then we go back to Samantha and Hoda, and they’re just talking. Their next play up is Some Like It Hot. This is a new musical. They’re singing just a taste, spicy…or maybe that’s what Samantha and Hoda say; just a taste of the musical that’s spicy. I don't know. But there’s tap-dancing. This is another mind-boggler for me, because they’re lip-sync tap-dancing, right? I guess they’re professionals but it’s like, even if you’re a professional, to me it would seem incredibly difficult. I say, how did they do that? That’s my question.
Then we get a tease from Mariah coming up, who has a new book, then this is when we get the…Dylan behind-the-scenes? I don't know what that means, but this is when the call for the president comes in. I just put, yeah, it’s really like calling your parents. At least the president asked about Al, and Doctor Biden was on there, so I thought it was really cool, and I think it was really…well, I guess it was live, but…I don't know, I think it was a cool moment because it was real. Then we see Mario and Gia on Sixth Ave. Also, I don't think I have it here, but at one…I think one of the people from Mario and Gia’s float…bird’s eye view…oh, Mario makes a great pun; bird’s eye view, literally. So, that’s cool. Yeah, Mario gets a good pun. That’s why you need writers, by the way. That’s why you gotta pay writers for this stuff.
Not me, but…I mean, maybe it was improved. I guess…but I think even parades need writers. Then we get Jake…oh, wait; so, I’m already ahead of the thing, aren’t I, I guess. So, now we have people trying to keep up, Samantha and Hoda…they’re setting up something else. Don't worry; we’ll have our guests on once we get through the…I like to do the Broadway part. So, Samantha and Hoda…this is a pretty long talk. I don't know what…I didn’t write down very much about what they were…oh, they were doing the tease for Mariah. Yeah, the Christmas Princess. Okay, then we have the presidential call. Let’s just see how long it is. Twenty-five, fifty…okay, it’s over by four minutes. Then we get Gia and then we go to commercial…Mario and Gia. Then we get Jake Lacy.
If you’re a fan of White Lotus, you’ll know who Jake Lacy is. Jake’s got a new show. Great instruction on how to be comfortable with your body and look good on camera, I think. I wouldn’t be able to pull this off, but Jake does a great job of looking put-together like a actor would, and being able to walk and do a interview naturally, but in your best possible…I don't know. He’s got his hand in his pocket. I think that’s his…for design. Pulls his hand out to make a point, then pulls his hand out again to make a point, puts it back in his pocket. For me, I’d be overthinking all that. I’m overthinking and it’s not even my hands, you know? Okay, then we’re back to Samantha and Hoda, and we’ve got the Neil Diamond Beautiful Noise musical, and very…what did I say? Diamond-studded, classic lead? I don't know what that means.
Dancing, pom-poms…oh, the dancing’s really good. The lead is great, the Neil Diamond…the person playing the Neil Diamond character. I think I’ve talked about Super Diamond before; I used to go see them a lot. So, yeah, they do a medley of Neil Diamond songs where at one part there’s pom-poms…Hoda, Samantha, and then even Andy Koen are singing along to Sweet Caroline when you do the audience participation part, and they all are singing. I was like, does NBC have the rights to this musical? Like, honestly, are they one of the…? I don't know. I don't know if they had a spot for their live…if they still do those live musicals anymore. I don't know, I feel like I heard Carrie Underwood getting interviewed in the last two years about it, coming up. But maybe that was on…maybe that was 2013’s actual parade.
I think it was. So, I’m behind the times. But yeah, now the pom-poms are singing, people are waving…oh, Hoda…man, Hoda really brings it. There’s Andy Koen, there’s other people, and they’re doing a lot of cuts. So, everybody’s…really great direction, man. Holy cow…I mean, for the directors, because they’re using all their cameras. That comes to a conclusion, and…what do we got here? Then we go to a commercial, then we have Mario and Gia having fun. Oh, this is when they do it. So, then there’s a Rockette on their float, because then later she appears in the Rockettes’ performance. There’s the Rockettes’ performance, but…let me just rewind here. I don't know why I can’t get a app…really having that…is that a app setting? I don't think it is, like, to have the thirty-second scrub? No, it’s not an option.
Okay, so, we got Mario and Gia, the turkey…I love the kinetic motion of the turkey. They’re really having fun and they’re staying warm. It looks like a perfect day. It’s not too cold. Definitely no…how do you say it? Precipitation. Okay, so then we get the Rockettes coming up here. They do a performance. New York at Christmas is the name of the number they’re doing. Then at 48:02, which we’re still five minutes off of right now as the Rockettes perform, that’s when the parade technically begins. But right now the Rockettes are dancing and…I wonder if that’s just paint or if it’s…I guess it’s gotta be just paint on the road, because if it was…maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s some sort of vinyl…or maybe it’s wood. I see a seam, though that could be…oh no; that’s my crack on my screen. A lot of cracks in this podcast.
This is one of my iPads I use…utility iPad. Okay, but there’s dancing going on, they’re doing the Rockettes leg kick…nice alternation of…instead of…there’s green and red wardrobe, but they go in twos, except at the end is a one. That would be a lot of math, like where you say, yeah, how…when am I gonna use math in my job? You say, well, when you have to figure out how you’re gonna align the Rockettes. Probably need some math there. Really? I didn’t know I would. Thank goodness you told me. Thank goodness I studied for that test, then, of, whatever, I don't know, sequential stuff. Okay, there’s Al. We’re getting a Today Show promo, and then the camera. Really short ribbon…oh, so, the person holding the ribbon on the left was on Mario and Gia’s float. We had Jeff Gennette, CEO of Macy's.
Now, this was a really tough one. This time, Jeff kinda won me over not because of…because there was a echo…and I know as a podcaster there was a delayed echo on his and Hoda’s mics. Jeff had a speech memorized, but the difficulty even with a memorized speech against that kind of echo for a non…I mean, that was a pro move by Jeff, man, because that’s the kind of thing…I couldn’t even do it. So, he really does well. He gives his whole speech. You could tell…just 'cause I work in audio…but that it affected him, but he was able to focus. Maybe he’s reading off a teleprompter, but that’s fine. He cuts the ribbon and there’s a lot of confetti. The parade beings. First through is the Macy's…all the Macy's autumnal people, autumnal cheerleaders, and then they…Mario Lopez and family; I mean, that’s an honor.
Then Mario and Gia go by. There’s two other kids on the front of the float. I don't want to say anything, but I think we know who Mario…I’m just kidding. Just kidding, to the kids on the front of the float. They’re waving down at people. I think they even try to get ahold of him, but he can’t…Mario and Gia can’t hear them. Next up is the Missouri marching band, Mizzou. Family banner…they’re singing All I Want To Do from Cheryl Crow, right? That’s the University of Missouri. It sounded great. Then they do a interview with a TV personality. That’s what they call him; Andy Koen. One of his children is…he’s a very big fan of Olaf, so…I don't know, Andy’s so excited. That’s my favorite New Year’s Eve…I don't even know if they still do it. I know maybe they don’t do it anymore, but…where he would give Anderson Cooper a hard time.
Then after that is…I’m trying to do this…make it work. Is that what happens right after? Oh, also a fan of Snoopy. Some Like It Hot blew my mind. Hoda thanks Snoopy and Andy. What time is Olaf…? Love you, Al. Now I got Bernie the Butterfly here with a float. Yeah, hello, everybody. Bernie the Butterfly here. I’m here talking floats and balloons, and the first up is…now, I’ve talked about it before. Nice to meet you’s. I’m a butterfly. I have strong feelings about human beings. I’m a fan of boy bands. Not a lot of boy bands in here, but some that made me happy. By the way, Scooter, can I change up my job and just talk about the bands? Okay, Scooter gave me a nod. Oh, so, I guess I’ll still it out here. So, we got the Golly Green Giant and Sprout, young corn-loving Corn Kid…that’s what they call the next performer, who’s Jordan Davis.
He does pretty good. Let’s watch a few minutes of Jordan Davis here. He’s got layers in his outfit. I don't know if that makes you sweat or not. He has a earring…he can hear when you…on mute it looks like he’s actually…I mean, I’m sure he is. There’s dancing flowers and corn. He’s doing a good use of the stage. Yeah, he’s pretty good, and I believe it was a country song about how great things are, you know, or love lost or love found. I don't know exactly. Then we’ve got Mikey. Oh, hello, everyone. My name’s Mikey. The first balloon of the parade officially is Funko Grogu, but we know Grogu around these parts as Baby Oso. But this is a toy version of a fictional figure. Oh, by the way, you could call me Your Grace. I used to be called Tommen.
Once upon a time, I was a boy named Tommen, and Scooter’s telling me not to go on a tangent, but that’s just what I do, Scooter. Once, I was known as a boy named Tommen, then…I lived in another world. I don't know if you know this; that’s why I wanted to talk. That was my…Bernie, I’m learning your accent. But so, I was a boy. I lived in another world, Westeros, and apparently people tell me this world is fictional and not…that I don’t exist, and that’s impossible. But those are just people that Scooter tells that to to impress them, and I say, oh, it’s just Scooter. He’s trying to impress you. My name’s Mikey, not Tommen. Scooter’s…sometimes he…especially with…in Trader Joe's, he says…oh, well, this is…have you seen Game of Throne…? No, I don’t…are you familiar with Game…? No. Well, this is Tommen.
He was briefly the king on Game of…in Westeros. I say, oh, no, no, Scooter’s…I’m not a fictional being. I’m a real boy. Now, I was not always a real boy. I have that to thank Scooter for. Apparently I was a fictional boy, and what happened was Scooter knew my fate and changed my fate. Now, some…particularly one particular fan of The Jets said that Scooter violated all principles of fiction, time, and space, because Scooter has access to a machine called the Fantasy Fanfiction Machine or something. It’s powered by his ruing of something. He took that machine, and I jumped into it with my cat and best friend, Ser Pounce. Say hello, Ser Pounce. Meow. Yeah, that’s Ser Pounce, my best friend. Yes, my best friend…my cat is a king. Well, royal. Go ahead, Ser Pounce; you could…yes.
So, Ser Pounce would like to…I would like to see Ser Pounce ride on one of these balloons and also pop it. I’m just being clear about my…oh, so I…Scooter took me…I jumped into his machine. I didn’t know it was there. Then I said, what’s this? Scooter said, don't worry about it. You’ll be better off. It took me a while because I was a big fan of my mother, but I’ve grown out of that…realizing that was fictional. I have my best friend, Ser Pounce — meow — and Scooter. We live with Ray, who’s Scooter’s neighbor, and also…now, he couldn’t be here today, but the Gregor, who…he’s also…he’s feeling a little blue. So, anyway, that’s the balloon. Baby Oso the balloon goes by. Thirty-seven feet, some…as long as many telephone poles. New merchandise coming out soon. Then something about Jim Henderson, Scooter.
They call Jim Henson Jim Henderson. Oh, there’s balloons. So, this is live, Scooter. We see the Fraggles. I love these Fraggles. I like…I would like to rub their hair against my face. But we see traveling Matt…I guess is a new Fraggle special, Scooter. Matt’s microphone is a potato. Then Bluey…oh, these are commercials; Bluey and Snoopy. But I’ll give it back to you, Bernie, because…yeah, this is Bernie the Butterfly here. Thanks. Yeah, I also like Tommen, so…next up we got Paula Abdul. At first they talk about NFTs. That’s already over. Then we got the golden Jennie-O turkey. It tips its cap, and the St. John's Dance Team…shout-out to St. John’s. They also are doing lip-sync tap-dancing. There’s a ladder, a golden ladder, and I said, what are they gonna use that ladder for? The dancing is great.
Paula Abdul is…oh, by the way, Scooter said Flavor Flav’s in the background. He put…yeah, there he is, there he is. I didn’t know he was a Milwaukee Bucks fan, but now that we’re recording this, he must be really happy 'cause one of our favorite people from Oakland is now on the Milwaukee Bucks. But anyway, so, that was…and they did use a ladder, but we were so distracted by Flavor Flav…then there’s a big block of cheese, and Greg, the wimpy kid…oh, go ahead, Tommen. Oh yes, he’s pointing and jumping or crouching in a position. It’s a fifty-pound…five-hundred-pound slice of cheese. This is the third Greg balloon that’s been in the parade, and Hoda loves it. She’s laughing. Then we have a marching band from Bobcat…Benedict College. Not Bobcat College, Scooter. The South Carolina Tigers.
They do a melody of favorites. They have dancing, too. They have flag-wavers. Oh boy, they are going. They really…I like it when…oh, wow, they have another…those are the leaders of the marching band, Scooter. Then Poppin' Fresh comes up, who is a balloon celebrating floured goods for Scooter’s world. Your world, I guess. He’s the Dough Boy. Dough’s rising. So, that’s exciting. Then we have the first people, and they are on a float with a beautiful tree that symbolizes peace, unity, and gratitude. Then there’s a commercial after that, of course. Let’s see, after the commercial is…oh, next up is the Boss Baby. First there’s a Macy's cheer team, but that didn’t…and the Kilgore…Kilgore something.
Silence…Scooter, we gotta…you gotta rewind it, Scooter, because this is…we’re doing our best here, but it’s just that there’s certain things that make…okay, so, there’s the…is that the Macy's cheer team, Scooter, you’re saying, or the all-star cheer team? So, there’s cheerleaders dressed with…those are the Kilgore Rangerettes. I don't think they have anything to do with Macy's. So, they do a number, then there’s Silent Steel Thunder. But then Boss Baby, who was a holiday episode. Funny story; mistletoe for elf versus…oh, so, it’s a funny story about how Boss Baby goes against Santa. Boss Baby’s finger moves. He’s also pointing. A lot of pointing balloons. Boss Baby could use just a little more air. His eyes look like…he could use…his eyes…he looks like he has not got enough sleep.
But he goes against Santa Claus. I wouldn’t like to see that…or Santa Claus’ twin. I think it’s Santa Claus’ twin, Scooter. Then we have another band. This is the Defines Marching Band…Delphines. A little bit of a mariachi feel to this one, along with some great dancing. Oh, a person walking backwards playing the drum; that would be difficult. Holy moly. Then another float, another balloon, Ada. Ada the Scientist comes floating through. Ada could use a little bit more air, too. I’d say, fill up Ada a little more, please. Ada has a pencil behind her ear, and Ada needs more…New York life…story of the stages of life. Take it away, Bernie. Yeah, this is Bernie the Butterfly here. We got Stages of Life float from New York Life.
We got people dressed as paper dolls, and we get a beautiful number by Dionne Warwick, where…That’s What Friends Are For. What the World Needs Now, though, Scooter. It’s not That’s What Friends Are For. Where Scooter just assumed that, but it’s What the World Needs Now, which is love, sweet love, but you could also have friends. There was also a band singing along. The audience sings along. But the thing is they cut her off. I said, you cut off…did they just cut off Dionne Warwick there? What in the…? So, they were trying to stay on time. But I said, you didn’t just cut off Dionne Warwick, did you? Then we have Blue’s Clues. What do we got here? This is almost like a boy band. Let’s see, there’s Josh Dela Cruz singing for Blue’s Clues. It’s 45 degrees. All three hosts are in the next movie or something. Great dancing.
Then Olympians go by, then the Big Apple Circus…the 44th season. That’s where we see the giant pencils on stilts. What do we got? Yeah, there’s…the circus walks by. They had to walk the whole parade. Oh, the pencils are not related to the circus; they’re with Bad Bunny’s float, which…Bad Bunny’s float has…is cool because it’s not…oh, sorry…oh, I’ll take it…okay, thanks, Mikey. Bad Bunny’s float has…is animated, so it has moving arms and legs, and it looks really cool. I don't know, it’s not high in the air. It’s one of those ones on the ground. Feel deeply…cool arms. Air is sweet. Where’s the air sweet? When Sesame Street is singing to me, and they sing The Best Christmas Ever, and it’s a full cast…nearly a full-cast performance. You got Big Bird, you got Elmo, you got a bunch of people.
I don't know…I don't even know, because Scooter want…Scooter’s…Scooter keeps saying we’re gonna watch Plaza Sesamo. Plaza Sesamo? Scooter, is that what we’re gonna watch? Which is in Spanish. Scooter said we’re gonna…there’s…oh, there’s a cookie…our cookie friend, Bert and Ernie, there’s a snow person. Yeah, and there’s humans, even. They tolerate humans; not me. If I was on Sesame Street…oh, I guess they already have…that’s why they haven’t invited me, 'cause they already have Oscar the Grouch. Go ahead, Mikey. Oh yes, so, next up is Chase from Paw Patrol. Tenth year for Chase. The next special sounds like a episode of Sleep With Me. No job too small. No pup…oh, tenth year…oh, like tenth-year anniversary of Sleep With Me. Thanks, Scooter. Then we have the NYPD Band. There’s sixty-six musicians.
They’re playing Bon Jovi. I say, wouldn’t that be the New Jersey Band? But it’s a joke Scooter wrote. But I don't under…oh, Bon Jovi’s from New Jersey. Okay, thank you, Scooter. No pup too small. But yeah, no joke too bad for Scooter. Next up we have a Slumberland float, Scooter, and this is the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance. There’s also characters from the Slumberland. One person looks a bit like a combination of the Cat in the Hat…oh no, no, the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter. So, I don't understand what Slumberland is. It sounds like…corporate people love to say, well, we do Sleep With Me, but better. But I think this is just a special. Oh, then is Ryan…Red Titan, AKA, Ryan. One billion views. This balloon also…a little under-inflated, maybe 'cause of the weather.
I don't know, but…or maybe they just don’t over…I don't understand it. But Ryan is not pointing, but flying. Then they rush a band, so a marching band has to run very, very fast. Texas…from Austin, Texas. This is the parade debut, 1812 Overture. There’s also matching confetti for this band, which I said, wow, that’s good confetti coordination…that they coordinated the confetti. Also, Hoda said, that’s a wow right there, after that. I think maybe the confetti, the dancing, the music, and…go ahead…oh, there’s one more balloon, but that’s after this Lego float, Bernie. Oh yeah, so, there’s a Lego float, right, and this is…so, this band was entertaining. I like that they look very wild. Fitz and the Tantrums, they’re called. I don't know, I guess they’re from the eighties or the nineties or something?
They had great body language and also interesting hair. There’s different multicolored things coming out of the Lego friend, pom-poms…oh, it’s Goku. Oh no, that’s the balloon. Goku Dragon Ball. Jaucet cyan blue…cyan blue, though, Scooter. It’s pronounced cyan blue. Go, Goku, go. Then we have…after that is traveling Matt and Jessica Chastain. Traveling Matt’s looking for directions or something and he doesn’t know where he’s going, and she tries to help him, but he can’t be helped. You want to take it away for a little while, Bernie? Well, we were confused if it was green-screened or not. It’s very hard to tell. I think it’s green-screened because of Traveling Matt. Traveling Matt’s doesn’t look…correct perspective. Then after that is the Macy's cheer for America.
We never had a cheer for Westeros, even for the…I mean, I would…if I returned home…Emma Broyles, Miss America 2022…but I would have a cheer for the Lannister’s band. Spirit of the Lannisters marching band, and cheer for the Lannisters. Oh, there’s…is that Bluey? Scooter, is that Bluey? That’s Miss Alaska. She’s…Emma Broyles…Bluey’s got a…maybe a debut. Only one eyebrow on Blue…oh, one eyebrow is not fully inflated. It’s fifty gallons of blue paint. I said, why don’t you just use vinyl there? Then we have the Olay skin astronaut stem float. Stemsational. Get your parts moving, they tell us. Boss dancers and Betty Who. It was a really good one, and the dancing’s good. So, great use of the stage. There’s dancers on front and then there’s wavers who don’t really dance.
They kinda move…they dance like Scooter would dance, which is…you say, I wouldn’t call that dancing, Scooter, but I would call…you’re moving. Samantha and Hoda like it. Then we have the Apple Core core. We’re trying to find that here because I don’t have…oh, then there’s Apple Core core; they play I Like It. Scooter, we missed a couple floats there. Okay, there’s Betty Who…sorry, this is…I’m working with Scooter. There’s another band…the Kinder float. The Apple Core core, then there’s the Kinder Joy float. Big Time Rush; they do a medley of their songs. Their float is also steaming. There was a brother and a sister or two children related to each other that were…made…they didn’t look good on camera and they got a second try. Oh yeah, there they are. They’re waving now.
Then Scooter said this is like your typical Disney song. Captain…so, there’s three captains of the ship. I could tell you from my time in Westeros; one, Goofy should not be captain of anything unless it’s for my enjoyment for laughing. But there’s also Captain Minnie and Captain Mickey, and they sing a very…Seize the Adventure, they’re singing. It’s about cruising on a Disney ship. You want to take it, Bernie? Yeah, Bernie the Butterfly here. There’s lots of matching confetti there and a double confetti thing at the end. Hoda laughs and says, wow. Then we have a frozen cauliflower dream? That can’t be correct. Just like with Scooter there, North Carolina Marching Band. Frozen California dream…so, they’re from Fresno, California. Oh, Clovis…and yeah, they sing California Dreaming. Then Spongebob and Gary come up.
Hoda is really laughing at this part here. They’re doing a crossover TV special. We hear the Rudolph song mashed up with the Spongebob song. After that, we have the Kalahari Resort float. Catch a wave…prolific pop artist Sean Paul…so, there was great…Scooter said to make sure to talk about some of this alliteration. Sean Paul really…everybody…Scooter said, it’s time to start listening to some Sean Paul again. But Hoda and Samantha and the crowd get dancing. There’s sea people, parrots…parents or parrots? I think parents my age know, Scooter, this one. So, for people Scooter’s age, they used to dance…when Scooter could dance, he was dancing to Sean Paul. There’s also a pink slide on the float because that place has water slides.
Then there’s a Baby Shark holiday special, apparently, and then we get the Ziggy Marley family singing on a float. Very good performance there. That’s on the Baby Shark float. Baby yellow shark balloon, then there’s baby dino eggs and a real, life-sized dino. Fifty…sixty-eight-foot apatosaurus. Dynamite dino duo, because it has the dino on its back. Then we have the SD Pride of the Dakotas. It’s a very large band. They play Birdland. Then we have the Louisiana Office of Tourism. They have a Mardi Gras float. Trombone shorty…in Orleans Avenue. You’ve heard this song before. It’s one of the…it’s a great song. Holy moly. That got us all up and dancing, Scooter, Mikey, and I. Then…Mikey, you want to take it? Oh yeah, so then Smoky the Bear and his trusty shovel…only you…125th birthday.
Then…of Entenmann's Bake Shop. There’s a mixing bowl that can make 70,000 cookies, and…don’t know what that says, but dance moves…the get-up. Blanco Brown. Now it’s 48 degrees, and Blanco Brown puts on a great show as well. Then there’s a giant bowling. Clean, safe, and healing, with sound effects. We see some more Olympians, then there’s a Toys R Us. Scooter put, question mark? Geoffrey is djing. That’s because that year, 2022, they added Toys R Us into Macy's. Then Jordin Sparks…Scooter said, I remember watching Jordin Sparks on American Idol’s sixth season. Then we have a float for the World Cup, Fox Sports…US #22, they were playing England. Then, what do we got? Holy moly. Scooter, I have no idea. Big heart for Ronald. No business like shoe business.
Also, the Hamburglar and Grimace are there. So, something Scooter knows, but…I said, Hamburglar…I don't know about Grim…I’d like to sleep on Grimace as a bed. Bernie, why don’t you take it? Okay, next up we got Sigma Gamma Rho alumni, but we’re not there yet. So, I’m just waiting for it to come up. I don't even know…Scooter’s queuing us up here, but would you say I put you to sleep anyways, right? But yeah, so, we go…we do that, then some sort of ship made of bread? Is that impossible? Then classic dancing bread planes? That’s all coming up here. We’ll do…Snoopy’s in space. Forty-three years in the parade. Snoopy went…okay, so there’s Sigma Gamma Rho…Centennial Steppers. Just got greater. So, that was a great performance.
Oh, the Wonder Ship; yeah, so, it is a ship made of…it’s not made of bread, though, Scooter. Scooter was trying to be funny. It’s paid for by bread. There’s kids that are heroes or something. Cam sings, classic Cam in a beret. Cam does a great show there. Oh, the dancing planes are very cute. That’s what Scooter wanted me to note there. It is. You’re right, Scooter. They are cute. Then we got Snoopy after that and the Peanuts float; Woodstock, Linus, Lucy, and Charlie Brown. Then from a population of 10,209 is…The Angels of Kentucky is the song, and it’s the Bourbon County High School from Paris, Kentucky. Very nice performance there. Then Smurfs up, everybody, 'cause Papa Smurf…we see Flavor Flav again.
Scooter…after Flavor Flav’s name, Scooter put one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine exclamation points. Then he put, Bucks fan? Question…'cause he has on a green Milwaukee jacket. So, I don't understand it. Then we have Papa Smurf…oh, Smurf’s up, kicking his heels up. Then a peacock back-end canoe. Oh boy, this part is awesome. Oh, you know what? It also has a Warner Brothers thing on there, on Flavor Flav’s jacket there. Oh, but this part…I guess this show is Pitch Perfect, the Germany edition. You gotta see this. I’ll tell you what time it’s at, because this is…oh boy, it’s around two hours and twenty-five minutes. Adam…I don't know everybody, but I know who Adam DeVine is from other shows. But it’s…all three performers are doing a great job. Take On Me and 99 lufton balloons or whatever. It’s really good.
Then we have bananas…oh, and we have…who’s that? Oh, go ahead. It’s Stuart, the minion. Yes, that’s Stuart the minion. Bananas going wild. Then we have the…something Indiana band playing Winter Wonderland, which is very nice. Indiana Carmel High School Band playing Winter Wonderland. A very large band at that. Then after that is an…oh, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on the Central Park…now, this float had ice skaters dancing…two pairs of ice skaters dancing with umbrellas. Very impressive. Very impressive ice skating. A pumpkin sweater…a Santa pumpkin sweater. Hoda shouts him out, then Dolly the Doll…Dolly the Doll, Scooter, laugh year…offer…universal. Okay, so…oh, so we have…this is Dolly the Doll.
Yeah, it’s a balloon from Universal, Orlando, and I don't know what the other notes mean, but…oh, there’s Jessica Chastain. She’s using Matt’s thing. She’s at the Spirit of America float. Matt is upside-down. He’s discovered the spirit. Then the Fraggles start celebrating for their night of lights. They’re gonna have their own Fraggle Rock parade. Oh, and there’s a Dozer Claus. I like that, Dozer Claus. Then we wanted to point out a promo for Puss in boots, The Last Wish, which Antonio Banderas is on that’s a friend of the show. Then Best Ride…is this it? Is this the finale, Scooter? He’s not…no, there’s one more teaser. So, Bernie, you want to take it from here? Yeah, I’ll take it from here. Let me line it up here. I never knew we’d be scrubbing.
There’s Hoda and Samantha talking and using their mics, and then we have…what’s this…Clip-Clop or something? Sprinkles? It’s part-balloon, part-puppet introduced last year for the Macy's parade. Oh, so, two years ago for Sleep With Me. What’s its name, though? Proudly prancing tip toe. Oh, there’s a lot of Mariah Carey hype before that. That’s what they were talking about. But new last year, so two years ago for Sleep With Me, is Tiptoe. We remember there was a lot of pressure for the Tiptoe. Looks really good. Then we get Joss Stone. I just saw this; Joss Stone and the two other singers had to hold onto each other 'cause the float started moving suddenly. Overcome your fears…this is still with Tiptoe. Dream and fly…very cool. Okay, so, then we get the 3D calendar Hallmark thing for their show.
Joss Stone…what Christmas means to me. They had old-fashioned mics, the three singers. It’s great…what are those? Toy troops or something. Toy dolls dancing in blue. Then we have a band, I think, that has to run into place very fast. Let’s see what we got; some sort of medley, it says. There’s Hoda and Samantha. You want to take it? Because there’s not that much time left there. Okay, you’ll take the finish. Okay, so, we got the Spirit of America Macy's band, and they start playing. Then we have the Elves on the Shelves after that. Elf pets…and there were some really good wavers on this float. Really good waving on the Elves on the Shelf float. We get probably…I hate to say best performance; there’s a lot of good musical performances in here, but this one was no lip-syncing.
Kirk Franklin, who has sixteen Grammys…this is after the Elf…the Elf Pets float may be speeding. I’m watching it go by. Kirk Franklin is on the Lifetime float. Twenty-eight new movies every year. They should option some Sleep With Me ones. So, yeah, they have the float. Kirk holds onto the float…so, good direction, whoever was producing. But no lip-syncing. They should…there probably was, but Kirk…you could tell. There’s tons of dancing, tons of performing. Great stuff. That’s it for me. So, Mikey, you could take us home. Okay. Well, this is an honor. Usually I have to split this with Ray and the Gregor, but this year we thought we’d do it a little bit differently. So, we get the…first up is the Spirit of America dancers.
They’re dressed like reindeer and there’s a lot of dancers. They’re decking the halls…oh no, that’s the Balsam Hill float, which is next. Deck the halls with them. We get…oh no, it’s a life-sized Christmas tree. Is that it? No, no, there’s two, so…I think. This one is another great performance even though Bernie had his favorite. I don't…this was one of my favorites, which is the Gloria Estefan and Emily and Sasha? Is that…? I’m not positive on the names. But yeah, Sasha and Emily. Scooter had it right. Holy cow…who was the daughter and nephew of Gloria Estefan. Really fun…everyone’s singing. Good singing. Audience is into it. A nice seventies’ feel for that one, Scooter said. Next up is right where Scooter will be every…once or twice a year, Tarpon Springs, not far from Tarpon Springs. They have to run.
They do 1940’s…they’re in a 1940’s style, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. But they have…they’re kinda rushed, which is too bad because they’re dressed up and everything. Then we had Pikachu in a sled, a bobsled, with Evee, and they look very happy. I would like to be in that sled without Ser Pounce, 'cause I wouldn’t want to pop it. Then we have the Macy's chorus singing in the human…life-sized tree, which just means stacked levels. Then they say, next up is the pop superstar, the Christmas Princess. But this was a great show of how they finished the parade, which was new, and they said it would be the greatest end of the parade they’ve ever done, and I would say that it’s definitely the most intentional end of a parade that I’ve ever seen. So, it has Mariah Carey singing All I Want For Christmas is You.
There’s people dancing. Mariah’s on a star. She also has this huge…what do you call that? Dress and a parasol, and then Santa is right there. I just saw Jeff Gennette, too, CEO of Macy's. He has a good seat. I guess that’s what it gets you. But yeah, so, we got the dancing, the singing, and I know Scooter likes the song. Thank you, Mariah. But it’s just because it’s a good song. It’s not meant…oh, there’s just two kids that just popped out of boxes. Seems like something mother would do. I think she did that once. I had someone appear at one of my birthdays out of a box. My fictional mother, of course. But so, Santa Claus with elves, but Mrs. Claus in a separate house is there. It just seems very…the energy is very good.
So, sometimes the thing with this parade is that…especially Scooter and I and Bernie and whoever else, we get really worn down. But this one ended it with very high energy instead of petering out. So, I think it was good, 'cause Mariah and the dancers…now we go to Santa, and everybody’s dancing to Mariah. So, everybody else is on high energy. Mrs. Claus did not look…Mariah waves at Santa twice, eye contact…Mrs. Claus does not seem to be pleased about the situation, but she’s very gregarious, anyway. The parade comes to a close. We hope, how…we’re thankful for all of you listening and for us to be able to do episodes like this and put you to sleep. Thanks for listening, and goodnight, everybody.
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(Transcription performed by LeahTranscribes)
How the Brain Works
Lea Michele / Funny Girl
2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
DOWN TO BUSINESS
Balloons of all kinds
When was the last time I did static cling on my hair with a balloon?
I did invent the term “spring fever” no brag
Balloon Cheek Jaw
What in the name of balloon inflation
Deep Dark Night United
Kate (Helix Sleep)
Friends of Hand in Hand; Pete Davidson SNL Cold Open; The Midnight Mission; Trevor Project; Patreon; SleepPhones; Emily Tat Artwork; NAPAWF; Anti-Racism Resources; Ukraine Relief; Crisis Textline; Referral Program
Hello Fresh; Polysleep; Odoo; Helix Sleep; Air Doctor Pro; Zocdoc; Progressive
I’ve got a few more thoughts and feelings every second
Is that what dendrites are?
I’m not trying to divide my dendrites and my axons
Dendrites, please don’t pop
Even though this is digital and pseudo, this community is real
Explaining the foibles of the show
My brain doesn’t function in a purely linear way
My axons are rolling their eyes and commiserating with the dendrites
Watching this all in the old IMAX Dome
Those Science Museum Dendrites think they’re hot stuff
Don’t joke about your brain, or your mind will go blank
I really don’t have an ulterior motive here
The Macy’s Parade from 2022
Dendrite-Related Karma (DRK)
I can’t do it alone, and I get to do it not alone
2022 Thanksgiving Parade
Starting this new schedule where I do the year previous
I’m watching this in September
I was watching and forgot it wasn’t Thanksgiving
Parades, Music, and Lea Michele
My daughter was watching Glee recently where Lea Michele was singing from Funny Girl
She’s on parade route for this actually
Oh, there’s a Dragonball Ball
I used 2 different recordings for this work; one glitchy and one with commercials
Marching bands, cheerleaders, pom poms
Filming and parading at the same time
I don’t know if they filmed this live or what, but it’s great
The Glee version didn’t do well (intentionally), but this was great
3 hours is a long time for an audience to be on camera
Hoda has a popping blue coat
Samantha is all in cream with a turtleneck
The cast is so great at staying frozen
A lady doing side eye in the crowd
Oops, I accidentally jumped over to another parade
How can I jump forward?
Santa Claus and a secret guest
Al can’t be there
I hope Butter is hanging out with Al
This President moment was so relatable
This is exactly like calling your parents where it’s awkward
The Bidens are having their own convo on the phone
Gia Francesca and Mario Lopez
Ana Gasteyer is there to plug her new show
I can’t believe how great these microphones are
25 years of Lion King musical
Man, this show is amazing
Lots of good cameos of kids watching Lion King
Pencils on stilts, waving
A new cut from Some Like It Hot
Are they lip sync tap dancing
Mariah has a new book coming out
This is when the Dylan / Biden call comes in
Mario and Gia are on 6th Ave
Mario makes a great pun
This is why we need writers
Samantha and Hoda are doing a tease for Mariah
Jake Lacy from White Lotus pops up
Great instructions for how to look comfortable on camera
Neil Diamond Beautiful Noise musical
The guy playing Neil Diamond is great
Singing along to “Sweet Caroline”
Does NBC have the rights to this musical?
Really great TV direction, holy cow
There’s a Rockette on Mario and Gia’s float
I love the kinetic motion of the turkey
The Rockettes open the parade, technically
Is it paint on the road? Or vinyl? Or wood?
Oh, it’s just a crack in my iPad
A row of 2’s and ending in a 1
A real life example of using math
A really short ribbon
The CEO of Macy’s, Jeff Wynette
He had a delayed echo
He won me over, struggling with the memorized speech, fighting the delayed echo
Macy’s Autumnal Cheerleaders
Mario Lopez and Family
Mizzou Marching Band
Andy Cohen, “TV Personality”
Andy is excited to meet Olaf from Frozen
Bernie the Butterfly is here to talk floats and balloons
Jolly Green Giant Sprout
Corn Kid, Jordan Davis
Singing some sort of country song
Mikey aka Tommen comes in
Funko Grogu / aka Toy Baby Oso opens the parade
Mikey will talk about his life, despite Scooter’s wishes
Scooter can’t use me to impress other people
Scooter made me from fictional to real
George RR Martin wasn’t happy that Scooter saved Tommen
My cat, Ser Pounce, is royal
The Gregor is feeling a little blue today
They call Jim Henson Jim Henderson
I love these Fraggle balloons
A new Fraggles show!
Bernie takes over again
Paula Abdul comes up
Shoutout to St. John’s and their Dance Team
What are they gonna use that golden ladder for?
Why is Flava Flav in the background?
A Wimpy Kid Balloon
A 500 lb slice of cheese
Poppin Fresh Doughboy Balloon
A beautiful tree that represents peace, unity, and gratitude
The Boss Baby Balloon
A funny story of Boss Baby vs Santa
Boss Baby could use just a little more inflation
A lot of pointing balloons this year
Delphine Marching Band has a bit of a mariachi feel
It would be really difficult to walk backward playing the drum
Please fill up Ada the Scientist a little bit more
Dionne Warwick sings a beautiful number
Did they just cut off Dionne Warwick?
Blue’s Clues is almost like a boyband
The Big Apple Circus – that’s where the giant pencils on stilts are
The pencils are with Bad Bunny’s float
Mikey takes over again
Sesame Street sings “Best Christmas Ever”
The 10th year of Chase from Paw Patrol
The NYPD band is playing Bon Jovi
Oh, a Slumberland float from the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance
Red Titan, aka Ryan, a little underinflated
A marching band has to run very very fast
Good Confetti Coordination
Bernie talks about the LEGO float
Fitz and the Tantrums are great!
Oh, that’s Goku from Dragonball
Traveling Matt and Jessica Chastain
Traveling Matt had to be green-screened, I think
We never had a Cheer for Westeros like Cheer for America
Scooter, is that Bluey? No, that’s Miss Alaska
Olay Skin Astronaut STEM Float
The KinderJoy Float with Big Time Rush
A couple of audience members get a second chance on camera to wave and look good
3 Captains of the Ship
Goofy should never be the captain
Captain Minnie and Mickey sing a song about cruises
Frozen Cauliflower Dream (?)
Oh, California Dream
Spongebob and Gary come up
Prolific Pop Artist Sean Paul
It’s time to start listening to Sean Paul again
Parrots or Parents?
The Ziggy Marley family is singing
SD Pride from the Dakotas
Trombone Shorty is repping Louisiana
Mikey takes over
Smokey the Bear and his trusty shovel
A mixing bowl that can mix 75,000 cookies
Giant Bowling with sound effects
Toys R Us??
Scooter remembers Jordyn Sparks
An ad for the World Cup
I’d like to sleep on Grimace like a bed
Sigma Gamma Rho Centennial Steppers
A ship made of bread? Oh it’s for Wonder Bread
Snoopy in Space – 43 years in the parade
Bourbon County High School from Paris, KY
Why is Flava Flav a Bucks fan?
Papa Smurf is kicking his heels
Peacock Back End Canoe
Pitch Perfect – The German Edition
Stuart Dominion, Bananas Going Wild
Jimmy Fallon and the Roots in Central Park
Dolly the Doll
Promo for the great Puss in Boots movie
Bernie takes over
Who is this? Clip Clop? Sprinkles?
Part balloon part puppet
Oh, the name is Tip Toe
Joss Stone’s float starts moving suddenly
A band that has to run in place very fast
Spirit of America Macy’s Band
Elves on Shelves
Really good waving on that float
Kirk Franklin was great – no lip syncing
Lifetime should option some SWM holiday movies
Mikey, take us home
Spirit of America dancers are dressed like reindeer
Sasha and Emily, descendents of Gloria Estefan
Tarpon Springs do a 40’s style “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
Pikachu in a bobsled with Evee
Macy’s Chorus sings in stacked levels
This really was a great ending to the parade
Mariah Carey sings her ubiquitous Christmas hit
Wow, 2 kids just popped out of gift boxes!
Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and elves are there with great energy
This one ended with very high energy
Mariah waves at Santa twice
Mrs. Claus isn’t pleased with that
Thanks for listening
Olivia, Rachel, Tex, Petra, Miguel, Crystelle, Nicky, Ben, Romina, Kristen, Michelle, Amy, Jen, Libby, Carla, Julie, Em, Siobhan, Ken, Maxwell, Elizabeth, Robin, Justin, Leslie
Title: 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade | With “Guest” Hosts – Bernie the Butterfly, Tommen aka Mikey, and Ser Pounce
Deep Dark Night United: Kate (Helix Sleep)
Plugs: Friends of Hand in Hand; Pete Davidson SNL Cold Open; The Midnight Mission; Trevor Project; Patreon; SleepPhones; Emily Tat Artwork; NAPAWF; Anti-Racism Resources; Ukraine Relief; Crisis Textline; Referral Program
Sponsors: Hello Fresh; Polysleep; Odoo; Helix Sleep; Air Doctor Pro; Zocdoc; Progressive
Patreon Thanks: Olivia, Rachel, Tex, Petra, Miguel, Crystelle, Nicky, Ben, Romina, Kristen, Michelle, Amy, Jen, Libby, Carla, Julie, Em, Siobhan, Ken, Maxwell, Elizabeth, Robin, Justin, Leslie
- Balloon Cheek Jaw
- Hollywood Dendrites
- Live Karma
- Dendrite-Related Karma (DRK)
- Good Confetti Coordination (GCC)
- Frozen Cauliflower Dream
- Peacock Back End Canoe
- The Red Balloon
- 99 Red Balloons
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
- Lea Michele
- Funny Girl
- It Makes a Sound
- Mariah Carey
- Joe Biden
- American Auto
- Lion King musical
- Some Like It Hot musical
- Jake Lacy
- Neil Diamond / Beautiful Noise musical
- “Sweet Caroline”
- The Rockettes
- Sheryl Crow
- Andy Cohen
- Corn Kid
- Game of Thrones / George RR Martin
- Milwaukee Bucks / Golden State Warriors
- “What the World Needs Now” – Dionne Warwick
- Blue’s Clues
- Sesame Street
- Bon Jovi
- Alice in Wonderland
- Fitz and the Tantrums
- Big Time Rush
- Spongebob Squarepants
- Sean Paul
- Ziggy Marley
- Toys R Us
- Jordyn Sparks
- Pitch Perfect
- Antonio Banderas
- Joss Stone
- Gloria Estefan
- “All I Want for Christmas is You”
Notable Talking Points:
- I’ve got a few more thoughts and feelings every second
- Is that what dendrites are?
- I’m not trying to divide my dendrites and my axons
- Dendrites, please don’t pop
- Even though this is digital and pseudo, this community is real
- Explaining the foibles of the show
- My brain doesn’t function in a purely linear way
- My axons are rolling their eyes and commiserating with the dendrites
- Watching this all in the old IMAX Dome
- Hollywood Dendrites
- Those Science Museum Dendrites think they’re hot stuff
- Don’t joke about your brain, or your mind will go blank
- Live Karma
- I really don’t have an ulterior motive here
- The Macy’s Parade from 2022
- Dendrite-Related Karma (DRK)
- I can’t do it alone, and I get to do it not alone
- 2022 Thanksgiving Parade
- Starting this new schedule where I do the year previous
- I’m watching this in September
- I was watching and forgot it wasn’t Thanksgiving
- Parades, Music, and Lea Michele
- My daughter was watching Glee recently where Lea Michele was singing from Funny Girl
- She’s on parade route for this actually
- Oh, there’s a Dragonball Ball
- I used 2 different recordings for this work; one glitchy and one with commercials
- Marching bands, cheerleaders, pom poms
- Filming and parading at the same time
- I don’t know if they filmed this live or what, but it’s great
- The Glee version didn’t do well (intentionally), but this was great
- 3 hours is a long time for an audience to be on camera
- Hoda has a popping blue coat
- Samantha is all in cream with a turtleneck
- The cast is so great at staying frozen
- A lady doing side eye in the crowd
- Oops, I accidentally jumped over to another parade
- How can I jump forward?
- Santa Claus and a secret guest
- Al can’t be there
- I hope Butter is hanging out with Al
- This President moment was so relatable
- This is exactly like calling your parents where it’s awkward
- The Bidens are having their own convo on the phone
- Gia Francesca and Mario Lopez
- Ana Gasteyer is there to plug her new show
- I can’t believe how great these microphones are
- 25 years of Lion King musical
- Man, this show is amazing
- Lots of good cameos of kids watching Lion King
- Pencils on stilts, waving
- A new cut from Some Like It Hot
- Are they lip sync tap dancing
- Mariah has a new book coming out
- This is when the Dylan / Biden call comes in
- Mario and Gia are on 6th Ave
- Mario makes a great pun
- This is why we need writers
- Samantha and Hoda are doing a tease for Mariah
- Jake Lacy from White Lotus pops up
- Great instructions for how to look comfortable on camera
- Neil Diamond Beautiful Noise musical
- The guy playing Neil Diamond is great
- Singing along to “Sweet Caroline”
- Does NBC have the rights to this musical?
- Really great TV direction, holy cow
- There’s a Rockette on Mario and Gia’s float
- I love the kinetic motion of the turkey
- The Rockettes open the parade, technically
- Is it paint on the road? Or vinyl? Or wood?
- Oh, it’s just a crack in my iPad
- A row of 2’s and ending in a 1
- A real life example of using math
- A really short ribbon
- The CEO of Macy’s, Jeff Wynette
- He had a delayed echo
- He won me over, struggling with the memorized speech, fighting the delayed echo
- Macy’s Autumnal Cheerleaders
- Mario Lopez and Family
- Mizzou Marching Band
- Andy Cohen, “TV Personality”
- Andy is excited to meet Olaf from Frozen
- Bernie the Butterfly is here to talk floats and balloons
- Jolly Green Giant Sprout
- Corn Kid, Jordan Davis
- Singing some sort of country song
- Mikey aka Tommen comes in
- Funko Grogu / aka Toy Baby Oso opens the parade
- Mikey will talk about his life, despite Scooter’s wishes
- Scooter can’t use me to impress other people
- Scooter made me from fictional to real
- George RR Martin wasn’t happy that Scooter saved Tommen
- My cat, Ser Pounce, is royal
- The Gregor is feeling a little blue today
- They call Jim Henson Jim Henderson
- I love these Fraggle balloons
- A new Fraggles show!
- Bernie takes over again
- Paula Abdul comes up
- Shoutout to St. John’s and their Dance Team
- What are they gonna use that golden ladder for?
- Why is Flava Flav in the background?
- A Wimpy Kid Balloon
- A 500 lb slice of cheese
- Poppin Fresh Doughboy Balloon
- A beautiful tree that represents peace, unity, and gratitude
- The Boss Baby Balloon
- A funny story of Boss Baby vs Santa
- Boss Baby could use just a little more inflation
- A lot of pointing balloons this year
- Delphine Marching Band has a bit of a mariachi feel
- It would be really difficult to walk backward playing the drum
- Please fill up Ada the Scientist a little bit more
- Dionne Warwick sings a beautiful number
- Did they just cut off Dionne Warwick?
- Blue’s Clues is almost like a boyband
- The Big Apple Circus – that’s where the giant pencils on stilts are
- The pencils are with Bad Bunny’s float
- Mikey takes over again
- Sesame Street sings “Best Christmas Ever”
- The 10th year of Chase from Paw Patrol
- The NYPD band is playing Bon Jovi
- Oh, a Slumberland float from the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance
- Red Titan, aka Ryan, a little underinflated
- A marching band has to run very very fast
- 1812 Overture
- Good Confetti Coordination
- Bernie talks about the LEGO float
- Fitz and the Tantrums are great!
- Oh, that’s Goku from Dragonball
- Traveling Matt and Jessica Chastain
- Traveling Matt had to be green-screened, I think
- We never had a Cheer for Westeros like Cheer for America
- Scooter, is that Bluey? No, that’s Miss Alaska
- Olay Skin Astronaut STEM Float
- Apple Corps
- The KinderJoy Float with Big Time Rush
- A couple of audience members get a second chance on camera to wave and look good
- 3 Captains of the Ship
- Goofy should never be the captain
- Captain Minnie and Mickey sing a song about cruises
- Frozen Cauliflower Dream (?)
- Oh, California Dream
- Spongebob and Gary come up
- Prolific Pop Artist Sean Paul
- It’s time to start listening to Sean Paul again
- Parrots or Parents?
- The Ziggy Marley family is singing
- SD Pride from the Dakotas
- Trombone Shorty is repping Louisiana
- Mikey takes over
- Smokey the Bear and his trusty shovel
- A mixing bowl that can mix 75,000 cookies
- Giant Bowling with sound effects
- Toys R Us??
- Scooter remembers Jordyn Sparks
- An ad for the World Cup
- I’d like to sleep on Grimace like a bed
- Sigma Gamma Rho Centennial Steppers
- A ship made of bread? Oh it’s for Wonder Bread
- Snoopy in Space – 43 years in the parade
- Bourbon County High School from Paris, KY
- Why is Flava Flav a Bucks fan?
- Papa Smurf is kicking his heels
- Peacock Back End Canoe
- Pitch Perfect – The German Edition
- Stuart Dominion, Bananas Going Wild
- Jimmy Fallon and the Roots in Central Park
- Dolly the Doll
- Promo for the great Puss in Boots movie
- Bernie takes over
- Who is this? Clip Clop? Sprinkles?
- Part balloon part puppet
- Oh, the name is Tip Toe
- Joss Stone’s float starts moving suddenly
- A band that has to run in place very fast
- Spirit of America Macy’s Band
- Elves on Shelves
- Really good waving on that float
- Kirk Franklin was great – no lip syncing
- Lifetime should option some SWM holiday movies
- Mikey, take us home
- Spirit of America dancers are dressed like reindeer
- Sasha and Emily, descendents of Gloria Estefan
- Tarpon Springs do a 40’s style “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
- Pikachu in a bobsled with Evee
- Macy’s Chorus sings in stacked levels
- This really was a great ending to the parade
- Mariah Carey sings her ubiquitous Christmas hit
- Wow, 2 kids just popped out of gift boxes!
- Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and elves are there with great energy
- This one ended with very high energy
- Mariah waves at Santa twice
- Mrs. Claus isn’t pleased with that
- Thanks for listening