Two friends + one chair + one TV - one remote control = conflict
The way that Bert keeps saying he wants to sit in the chair, and Ernie just flat out denies him is really mean, but also really funny. I'd be pissed off if someone did that to me, but I can't help laughing at it nevertheless.
I grew up in a time and a household where the television had rabbit ears, but even so, it still had a remote control, so this sketch looks really dated and anachronistic, even to me.
Bert's line "I've never seen an elephant on Sesame Street before!" is hilarious in hindsight.
Okay, we often point out how weird it is when other characters come barging uninvited into the apartment, but this one is really absurd. Has Herry been hiding out in the bedroom this whole time? That's actually pretty creepy!
I love so much that Bert says they're watching his favorite "rock'n'roll band" while the blatantly obvious marching band music plays. Bert may well be the coolest square ever.