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Annie answers your Sesame Street questions.

We got mail! Marty and I are getting great questions from our readers. Here's one of our favorites so far:

Dear Annie,

I just found your blog and can’t believe I didn’t know about it earlier! It’s so great to “meet” a mom from Sesame Street! What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written for Sesame Street? I wonder if my kids and I have seen it!
Wishing you sunny days,
Phoenix, AZ

One of my favorite Sesame writing moments happened when I was playing softball with my union’s team in Central Park. Our pitcher said he’d just watched the funniest Sesame show that morning with his daughter about “spaceketeers” pretending to fly into space. I was able to say, “Oh, I wrote that one!” to his surprise and delight. Some of my other favorites are parodies of “Mad Men” and “Survivor: Musical Chairs.” We recently did a show that will air this fall called “Twin Day” which was great fun to shoot and we did a walk-on with Lyra and Ripley. I also really enjoy writing shows for Marty’s characters. I think he is just so talented and funny—but I am biased.

Stay tuned for more questions and answers! Or, to ask your own question, just e-mail us at We may put it on our blog!
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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?


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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?


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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.


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