Big Bird is having a moment: Earlier this week, the extremely large avian friend showed up with Michelle Obama on a smile-inducing segment of Billy On the Street, and now Sesame Street’s gawkiest resident is back in the viral game. This time, he’s starring in his very own Birdman parody.
Caroll Spinney, the legendary puppeteer who first brought Big Bird to life in 1969 (he’s also the human behind Oscar the Grouch) plays the Michael Keaton role, a tortured artist haunted by his most famous creation. Big Bird’s voice taunts Spinney as he goes from his office to the streets of New York City, while the camera mimics Birdman’s continuous-shot aesthetic. “How many times can you learn the alphabet?” Big Bird asks. “Lots, apparently.” The clip is obviously timely, since it’s likely that Birdman will be taking the top prize at the Oscars on Sunday. Watch it, below.