Ernie – Sesame Street Character

Ernie – Sesame Street Character

Ernie, is a real star on Sesame Street from the beginning of the show in 1969. He is the best friend of Bert and his roommate at 123 Sesame Street. Ernie is acting the trouble-maker and Bert the serious one. He tried always to save Ernie from troubles. If we say that Ernie is one of the most popular characters of Sesame Street, we will not be exaggerated.

Ernie loves to take bubble baths with Rubber Duckie, he tries to learn saxophone, he keeps Bert awake at night for different reasons. For example he desides to play the drums, to count something or anything else middle in the night. He always wants to play with Bert but as Bert joins the game, he wants to play something else. As they are eating a food together, Ernie wants always the exptra piece. Although they are so different personalities from each other, it is surprising that they are best friends.

Altho Bert make his appearances always with Ernie, Ernis has also some appearances without him. We can see him with Cookie Monster, Sherlock Hemlock, Lefty the Salesman e.t.c. He was in a daily segment with Big Bird “Journey to Ernie.” This segment was from 33 til 36 seasons. From 39 season Erni and Bert are appeared in special segments “Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures”

He hosted Play with Me Sesame and Ernie Says. Together with Bert they hosted The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.

Ernie and Bert have also appeared in Sesame Street movies. Ernie was also at the movies "The Muppet Movie" and "The Muppets Take Manhattan"


In very special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street segment he wants to give Bert a cigar box as a Christmas present, but he has no money. He traded then his Rubber Duckie for his best friend. Bur at the and Mr. Hooper gave it back as present. He gaves also the paper clips from Bert back. He traded them to buy Ernie a soap dish.

Ernie, Bert and Kermit the Frog were the only Sesame Street characters that have interacted with Doc.

Performing Ernie Puppet

Ernie is a hand puppet but not a hand rod puppet as Bert, he is a live hand puppet. The performer can use his both hands to perform Ernie. A second puppeteer provides the right arm. Cookie Monster, Fozzie Bear, Beaker and Bunsen Honeydew are puppets like Ernie. It is not easy to handle these puppets, even though the difficulty is not noticeable while watching them on the screen.

Ernie Performers

                Jim Henson 1969-1990
                Steve Whitmire 1993-2014
                Billy Barkhurst 2014-2017
                Peter Linz 2017

Other Performers

John Tartaglia - Play with Me Sesame season 2 (2003), Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala (2003), Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic (2003)

Ernie Through The Years

Ernie, was one oft he first Muppets together with Bert. Both were only Muppets in the Sesame Street Pilot Episodes. His hair was unkempt, he has a different color nose and he has a voice closer tot hat of Rowlf the Dog.

He hast wo special appearances in episodes 102 and 518.
Ernie was performed by Earl Kress, in the finale of The Muppet Movie. He was a animation writer.
Ernie says his favorite number is 2 and his favorite letter is E, but lates he changes his mind. 5, 7, 8, 243, 721 were other favorite numbers of Ernie.

Ernie and Bert appeared as main characters at Sesame Street. They appeared also on the German co-production.

Fort he season 2005/2006 all Sesame Street family moves to Holland for the first time.
Ernie’s two favorite songs are "You’ve Got a Friend" and “Bug The One You’re With”

Oscar the Grouch – Sesame Street Character

Oscar the Grouch – Sesame Street Character

Oscar is the furry, green Grouch from Sesame Street family. He is the grouchiest Muppet character. He lives in a trash can, and he loves trash. His favourite song is meanwhile his trademark, is "I Love Trash". He is a real Grouch, and his only mission is to be as grouchy as possible and let other people feel it too. He is very angry if someone knocks on his trash can. He greets these visitors with a snarl. He wants to be left alone, but then he is unhappy while he has nobody around to complain and irritate.

He makes two holes under his trash can so he can walk with it.
He loves his worm Slimey and his girlfriend Grundgetta that calls him Oskie. He calls her Grundgie.  Telly and Elmo are saying that Oscar is a close friend, but Oscar doesn’t like them at all.

Oscar’s Family

Oscar has a Granny Grouch, grandfather, and mother, father, a niece Irvine, Brother Ernest and a sister Bunny.

How Was Oscar Character Borne?

There was a nasty waiter at a restaurant called Oscar’s Tavern. The character Oscar the Grouch is inspired from this waiter.

Performer Carroll Spinney said that he inspired for Oscar’s voice, from a Bronx taxi driver. The original Oscar puppet was orange, but later it was rebuilt and the new colour was green. His first appearance was in episode 0001. He is a main Sesame Street character since 40 years.

Oscar the Grouch Performers

As many Sesame Street characters, Carroll Spinney performs Oscar too. Other performers are:
Jim Henson
Eric Jacobson

During Carroll Spinney performed Big Bird and Oscar at the same scene, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Jim Martin and Paul McGinnis helped him.

Oscar can move his legs out of his trash can. He has a car named Sloppy Jalopy. We can see him with his car in many episodes.

A lot of young viewers mailed gifts for Oscar just like a can of sardines, sneakers, an old bathing cap etc.

Oscars Age

Oscar says to Bob Sage that he is 43 years old.
In a Christmas Time episode, Oscar shares his trash can with Rizzo the Rat.
At Jim Henson’s Memorial, he sang "Just One Person" with his other Muppet friends.
Including Canada’s Waste Reduction Week, Oscar becomes a mascot for waste reduction.
He appears in both Muppet movies: The Muppet Movie and The Muppets Take Manhattan.
Oscar eats his foods in unusual combinations. For example a banana with ice cubes a clam tuna pie with chocolate sauce and anchovies. He likes anchovy milkshakes.
Oscar’s favourite songs are "I Love Trash", "All You Need Is Trash" and "I Wanna Hold Your Trash".



"Alone in a Swamp"
"Broken and Beautiful"
"The Grouch Song"
"The Grouch's Lullaby"
"Happy Blues"
"Honk, Bang, Whistle and Crash"
"I Don't Wanna"
"I Hate Christmas"
"I'll Give You a Song"
"I Love Trash"
"I've Grown Accustomed to Her Fur"
"A Little Grouch Music"
"Oscar's B Sandwich"
"Oscar's Bill of Gripes"
"People, Who Needs 'Em?"
"Rain Falls"
"Stretch, Wiggle, Yay!"
"Trash Outta Heaven"
"Wonderful Me"
"You Can Do It if Trash Can"