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”

Ernie And Bert Songs

Adding, Adding, Adding
All Dressed Up
Animals In, On and Under
Be the Count
Bert's Blanket
Bert's Love Song
Best Friend Blues
Breakfast is the Best Meal of the Day
Breakfast Time
But I Like You
Change the Plan
Climbing Nine Stairs
Clink, Clank
Count with Me
Dance Myself to Sleep
Dee, Dee, Dee
The Ding-Along Song
Do De Rubber Duck
Do What I Do
Do You Like Me?
Doin' the Pigeon
Don't Throw That Trash on the Ground
El Patito
Everybody Wash
Feelin' Good/Feelin' Bad
Fugue for Tinhorns
Grow High Grow Low
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree
I Don't Want to Live on the Moon
I Got a Song
I Gotta Be Clean
I Heard My Dog Bark
I Like Laughing When I'm Happy Best of All
I Love a March
I Love My Room
I Love My Toes
I Think That It Is Wonderful
I Wish I Had a Friend to Play With Me
I Wonder
If I Knew You Were Coming
I'm Square
Imagine That
In My Book
The Insects in Your Neighborhood
It's a Circle
Keep the Park Clean for the Pigeons
La, La, La
Little Plant
Lonesome Joan
Loud and Soft
My Rock
The National Association of W Lovers
Oatmeal Box
One and One Make Two
One Fine Face
Opposite Game
The Paperclip
Pigeons and Cookies and Trash
Pigeons on Parade
Put Down the Duckie
Me and My Apple Tree
Quiet Time Song
Rub Your Tummy
Rubber Duckie
Shake Your Head One Time
Sing After Me
Singing in the Shower
Somebody Come and Play
Song About Tr
Stick Out Your Hand and Say Hello
Take a Rest
That's How I Roll
That's How the Numbers Go
That's What Friends Are For
Things That I Remember
Think It Through
Up and Down Opera
Upside Down World
Wake Up!
What's the Name of That Song?
When Bert's Not Here
When I Was Little
Would You Like to Buy an O?

Ernie And Bert Books

1, 2, 3 Count with Me (book)
5 Little Rubber Duckies
The Adventures of Ernie & Bert at the South Pole
Anybody Can Play
Bert and Ernie Go Camping
Bert and Ernie On the Go
Bert and Ernie See the World
Bert and Ernie: Soft and Loud
Bert and Ernie Work Together
Bert and Ernie's Band
Bert and Ernie's Christmas Snowman
Bert and Ernie's Desert Adventure
Bert & Ernie's First Book of Opposites
Bert and Ernie's Harmonica Book
Bert and the Broken Teapot
Bert and the Magic Lamp
Bert and the Missing Mop Mix-Up
Bert: Oh, Brother!
Bert Wonders Why
Bert's Beautiful Sights
Bert's Hall of Great Inventions
Bert's Little Bedtime Story
Bert's Little Garden
Bert's New Collection
Bird Watching with Bert
Brought to You by the Letter B
Bubbles Everywhere!
The Case of the Missing Duckie
A Day in the Life of Ernie & Bert
Dinosaur Rescue
Don't Forget the Oatmeal!
Elmo and Ernie's Joke Book
Elmo's Magical Mix-Up
Epi y Blas en la selva
The Ernie & Bert Book
Ernie & Bert Can... Can You?
Ernie and Bert Present Finish the Story
Ernie & Bert's Delivery Service
Ernie and Bert's Different Day
Ernie and Bert's Flashlight Adventure
Ernie and Bert's New Kitten
Ernie and Bert's Summer Project
Ernie and Bert's Toy Book
Ernie and the Twiddlebug Town Fair
Ernie and the Vacuum Salesman
Ernie Follows His Nose
Ernie Gets Dressed
Ernie Gets Lost
Ernie Runs
Ernie Takes a Bath
Ernie's Bath Book
Ernie's Big Mess
Ernie's Cheerful Smile
Ernie's Joke Book
Ernie's Little Lie
Ernie's Little Toolbox
Ernie's Neighborhood
Ernie's Nursery Rhymes
Ernie's Rainy Day Book
Ernie's Riddle
Ernie's Sesame Street Friends
Ernie's Telephone Call
Ernie's Touchdown
Ernie's Window
Ernie's Wishes
Ernie's Work of Art
Fooled You, Bert!
Good Morning, Little Bert!
Good Night
Ernie: Good Night, Bert
Good Night, Ernie
Hide-and-Seek Camping Trip
Hide-and-Seek Safari
I Don't Want to Live on the Moon (book)
I Want to Be a Pilot
I Want to Be a Teacher
I Want to Be a Veterinarian
Imagination Song (book)
Imagine... Ernie Is King
Imagine... Ernie Is Teeny-Tiny
The Importance of Being Ernie (and Bert)
The Invention of Paper
It's a Secret!
It's Not Fair!
Just Like Ernie
Little Bert's Book of Numbers
Little Ernie Loves Rubber Duckie
Little Ernie's ABC's
Little Ernie's Animal Friends
The Many Faces of Ernie
Meet Ernie
My Buddy Bert
My Name Is Bert
My Name Is Ernie
The Perils of Penelope
Play and Sing with Ernie
Puppy Love
Put & Play Safari
Rubber Duckies Don't Say Quack!
Scared of the Dark
Shapes & Colors: Ernie's Favorites!
Spring Cleaning
That Makes Me Angry!
Too Big for Diapers
El Trabajo Perfecto
Treasure Hunt
Tubby Time for Little Ernie
The Up and Down Book
A Visit to the Sesame Street Museum
A Visit to the Sesame Street Firehouse
What Do You See on Sesame Street?
What Does Ernie Hear?
What Ernie and Bert Did on Their Summer Vacation
What's Up in the Attic?
Where, Oh, Where?
Where's the Duckie?
Who's Hiding? (1986 book)
Yo, Ho, Rubber Duckie!

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