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Step Inside the Biggest Costume on Sesame Street.

Snuffy on stage.

Dear Marty,

I’m a big fan of Sesame Street. Always have been! I read somewhere that they have to hang Snuffleupagus from the ceiling to store him. Is that true? Also, what is it like being inside Snuffleupagus? How do you move his eyes and mouth? Do you have some kind of air conditioning system in there? How do you work with the puppeteer in the back end?

St. Louis, Missouri

Thanks for tuning in to Sesame Street. Goodness. In this age of 500 channels, we need all the fans we can get.
You read it correctly; we do hang Snuffy from the ceiling to store him. He is a big boy but hoists easily. There is a lovely shot of just that in the big new book: Sesame Street: A Celebration on page 95 . . . not that I’m pushing product or anything.
Funny that you ask about the inside workings of Snuff. I recently finished another HandyMan film where he goes to work inside the Snuff suit. It is complete with infrared night vision of him climbing around inside working the controls. It was posted on the blog a few weeks ago—take a look!
There’s no air conditioning inside the costume, or I’d have to carry that around too!  Between takes, Snuffy’s handlers fan fresh air in through the mouth. I actually prefer to work warm—less likely to pull a muscle that way. But some days I’ll go through 3-4 T-shirts. 
The puppeteer in the back of Snuffy is Bryant Young, who has actually been doing it longer than I have. He is really the unsung hero of the beast. Bryant has to keep leaning back to maintain the stretch between us. He is a professional ballet dancer and choreographer, so any time Snuffer has to do any real dancing, I leave it up to the back end. We are good friends, he and I. For a nice shot of Bryant and I doing our Snuff thing, see page 201 in the Sesame Street: A Celebration book . . . again, not that I am hawking product or anything.
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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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