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Leslie and a Broccoli

Leslie Carrara mainly performs Abby Cadabby on our show, but put anything in her hands and you are going to get something unusual. In this case, it’s a dolled up broccoli puppet.

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What's Really On The Shelves In Hooper's Store?

 Word of the Day: Surprise!
 
Whenever we have a guest on the set, we always take time to show them the inside of Hooper’s Store. Not everyone gets to see what’s on those shelves. From a distance, they appear to be familiar name-brand items; but take a closer look . . .

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Happy Belated Mother's Day

Word of the Day:  Blessed
 
To all you mothers reading our blog, it’s a few weeks later, but I hope you all had a happy Mother’s Day filled with homemade cards, cakes, flowers, kisses, and hugs. I remember sometimes feeling obligated to do something special for my Mother when Mother’s Day came around yet again. Now I wish I had been a little more attentive to that big day, especially once I was out of the house and a single, working girl in New York. Being a mother is a momentous challenge as well as a blessing. We all do appreciate a tiny moment of gratitude if only one day a year. I am lucky to have a hubby and kids who took the time to make me this tremendously funny show of love.

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Tyler The Piano Player

Tyler Bunch is one of those guys who can do anything, and really well. (He has pretty much the best Robert Goulet impression you have ever heard.) He's one of the main go-to puppeteers for new, interesting, one-time characters. Recently, during a big Cookie Monster song, "Me Gotta Be Me,” Tyler was performing a piano player, and I asked him to describe what exactly he was doing.

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Leslie, Shaun and the Jib Camera

 Shaun Harkins is one of those very cool and creative people that you will never hear about on Sesame Street. He designed, built, and operates our jib, or as some call it, a boom camera. Sesame always shoots with multiple cameras when in the studio, with the cuts made live from camera to camera as we perform each scene. Usually there are two to three standard pedestal cameras, and the jib cam, which sweeps in from the studio ceiling across the entire set and ends up at floor level all in one shot. Following is a little film with Leslie, Abby, and Shaun showing you how it is done.

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?

Sommer

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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?

Edward

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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.

Glenda

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