"Sesame Street" Is My Favorite TV Show

Big Bird, a charming six-year-old walking, singing yellow bird with large long orange legs, is part of Sesame Street's popular puppet series. Billions of fans have grown up with the program and live most of their lives in the same house, The Big Bird house. Since the first airing on PBS in 1969, the show has become one of the biggest television successes and remains so today.

Children love watching the Muppets on Sesame Street, and many of them long to be the puppeteers themselves. But what is it like to be a puppeteer? Is it hard? What kind of work do they do? Are they allowed to wear some clothes? Here are some of the answers to those questions.

First, it must be said that working on Sesame Street is not easy. It can be very demanding, especially during those long hours when the camera is rolling. There is a lot of physical activity required, as puppeteers have to bend, stand on their heads, sit, lean back, etc. There are times when I need to add extra help from other crew members, but it's only when they are filming different extraordinary things or scenes that I require assistance. There are moments when the camera is rolling, and I don't want to mess around, but these are few and far between.

Second, the pay is very fair. I make about minimum wage, but it's always more than enough to cover the bills. I have never been able to ask for anything higher than that. Sesame Street is one of my all-time favorite shows, so I feel fortunate that I have gotten to work with such great people.

Third, working on Sesame Street has been one of the most memorable experiences that I have had. The lovely folks who create the puppets take such care in each character's construction that you instantly know that you're watching someone who is genuinely making an honest living. The outfits are all different and distinctive but are also overly cutesy. It's no wonder that the audience loves them so much. Frank Oz, Bill Murray, Miss Piggy, and the entire crew put so much love and effort into creating the original Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Kubrick that the viewers will likely keep coming back for more.

I also really enjoy being a part of the creative team that brings the show to life. The guys and girls responsible for the beautiful puppet make up are genuinely funny and do an incredible job. They are indeed the artists of the piece. Watching them put a tool to paper and string them together in an exciting and amusing sequence is like nothing else. When you watch the new version of "The Big Bird" or "Cookie Monster" on Broadway, you will be able to picture what it must be like to sit through a play written by these same people.

My favorite character on "Sesame Street" is Gopher, the dimwitted but lovable dimwit. Though not as silly as some of the other characters that precede him, Gopher is still very endearing. His wide-eyed enthusiasm for everything is one of his greatest charms. During a commercial break a few years ago, I heard one of the writers say, "we couldn't find a better guy to help us out with the Gopher character." This was meant to contrast with the more cynical characters in the play. The writers of "Sesame Street" put a real sense of humor into portraying Gopher's attitude and sense of excitement.

For all of its wackiness and beautiful characters, "Sesame Street" has one undeniable quality: it puts a smile on my face. After watching "Big Bird," I want to re-watch just about every single episode of "Sesame Street" If you have a chance to see it, you will be hooked. It may even spring for some ideas to start your pet shop! 

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