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B or not a B: Patrick Stewart performs a parody of the Shakespearean soliloquy for Sesame Street

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Spend a minute and a half contemplating the existence of the letter B with Shakespearean actor and starship captain Sir Patrick Stewart. He studies the letter intensely in this classic Sesame Street video.

Titled B or not a B, the 1996 short is a parody of the opening phrase of English playwright William Shakespeare‘s To Be or Not To Be soliloquy in the play Hamlet, circa 1599-1601.

Is this shape the second letter of the alphabet? Observe its straight Back and two Bumps. Is this the letter B?

is this the letter B?
Patrick Stewart
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Bonus: How do you play Swingball Shakespeare?

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