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Yo Gabba Gabba! Or When Julia Finally Clues In

YoGabbaGabbaI can be clueless about stuff, but I have always heard about Yo Gabba Gabba. I was not 100% sure what it was all about except it had five wacky characters and a DJ dude. Also it seemed super hip to grown ups more so than kids in my pre-kid circles. Suffice to say it was always on the far periphery of my radar.

Until this week!

I love Top Chef and Top Chef Masters (and Project Runway, but that's not relevant to this blog post) and lo and behold, Top Chef Masters had a kids food challenge with Yo Gabba Gabba as the special guests. Brian Voltaggio mentioned that he has young kids and they LOVE Yo Gabba Gabba, as did he. He said his 18 month old daughter was just getting to the age where she would watch it.



I grabbed the remote control and the DVR was set to record!

MaxresdefaultYesterday morning, just before nap time, Harper had her milk and we turned on Yo Gabba Gabba. And what to my wondering eyes did appear? But Jason Bateman guest starring as "Bad Spy"!! I adore Jason Bateman! Of course he becomes friends with the YGG Team and all is well in the end. Awesome.

If you don't know (because I didn't until yesterday) Yo Gabba Gabba is a 1/2 hour kids show on Nick Jr. There are songs and lessons and good friendships, problems to solve, fun to have, music to dance to. I love the random little segue ways of kids just saying "My name is Harper! I love to dance!" then just dancing for 10 seconds.

I was hooked and Harper seemed to enjoy it in her intense studious way - meaning - she just watched intently. Didn't seem bored, but didn't much interact. But I suspect she will get into it.

During quiet time in the evening, after bath and before bedtime, we had some more milk (well, Harper did) and Kurt sat with us. Normally we watch some animal show or ocean documentary. But I suggested the other episode of YGG to show Kurt what it was all about. We start watching and the main lesson was that one of the characters got sick and needed a doctor and that doctors are good people who help us feel better. So the doctor shows up and who is it?  

HOLY CRAP IT WAS ANTHONY BOURDAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We just looked at each other, wide eyed with glee. We have been HUGE Bourdain fans from his Kitchen Confidential to A Cook's Tour and his show that went with the book. He is one messed up, recovering drug addict, self-styled kitchen pirate bad-ass. We have watched every show he's ever made and still quote him after eating/drinking too much in mexico When he was "puking like a champion".

Tony Bourdain playing a doctor on Yo Gabba Gabba? Count me F***ing IN!

20100223-tony-bourdain-yo-gabba-gabbaThe even bestest part was that when someone asked "are you the doctor?" he looked right at the camera with a knowing wink to me and Kurt and said "Yes...I am!"






Pure awesomeness.

So who cares if Harper ends up liking YGG -- chances are she will -- I will love it and always be a fan.