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Sesame Family Robinson – From making Muppets to Raising Moppets

Welcome to our Sesame Family Robinson Blog.

My name is Annie Evans, and I’m a writer for the Sesame Street show, and a story editor for Sesame Street co-productions around the world. I also happen to be married to Martin Robinson, who plays Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, Slimey, Irvine, a Martian, and other sundry chickens, sheep, etc. Marty and I were married on the Sesame Street set, and announced at the end of the ceremony that we were expecting twins. As you can see, we truly are a Sesame Street family. It is in this spirit we’ve created this blog to share our journey as parents trying to raise our daughters with love and playfulness, while also being deeply committed to a television show that seeks to educate and empower children all over the world.

I hope you enjoy the posts, pictures, and videos from our ever amazing journey. Welcome to our community of Sesame Street friends!

All the best,

Annie Evans and Martin P. Robinson

ANNIE EVANS
Biographical Information “Sesame Street” (PBS, Six Emmy Awards, Aurora Award), “Oswald the Octopus” (Nickelodeon), “Once Upon a Tree” (PBS, Discovery), “Big Bag” (Cartoon Network), “Wubbulous World of Dr. Suess” (Nickelodeon), “Out of the Box” (Disney Channel), “Jojo’s Circus” (Disney Channel), “Pinky Dinky Doo” (Noggin), “Pocoyo” (Granada TV). Her plays have been produced at such theatres as Actors Theatre of Louisville, Manhattan Class Company, New York Stage and Film Company, Circle Repertory Company, Circle East, New Georges, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Asolo Theatre Center, The Hudson Theatre, The Westbank Cafe and The Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, among others. Her play GHOST STORIES is published by Samuel French and has been produced around the world.   Three of her monologues are published by Heinemann Press and her piece “SLEEPWALKING” was performed on WPLR in New York.   She received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships to the MacDowell Colony. For many years, Annie was the Literary Manager and produced a year-round reading series for New York Stage and Film Company. She has taught at Gotham Writers Workshop, The National Puppetry Conference and internationally for “Sesame Streetin Mexico, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Northern Ireland. She has also been a consultant for UNICEF teaching children’s television writing to producers and writers in India.   Annie is a graduate of Brown University. 

Annie’s One-Act Plays:   www.Funnygirlscopingwithboys.com


MARTIN P. ROBINSON Biographical Information

Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (designer/performer); The Frogs (designer). Off Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (Drama Desk, L.A. Drama Critics, Villager Awards); Go, Diego Go! National Tour (puppet designer); Night on Bald Mountain, Carnival of the Animals and Firebird for the Young People’s Concerts at Carnegie Hall (designer/performer).   Film:   Muppets Take Manhattan, Follow That Bird, Elmo in Grouchland, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Producers. TV: “Sesame Street” – 28 years playing Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, Slimey the Worm, etc. (Emmy nomination, Outstanding Children’s Performer); “Allegra’s Window”; “Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss”; “Spitting Image”; “Oobi.”   Sesame Street International Senior Muppet Coordinator/Teacher – Mexico, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Germany, Russia, Bangladesh, France, India, Indonesia, Northern Ireland (Peacebuilder Award); Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center National Puppetry Conference – staff;   The Jim Henson Foundation – Board Member.

Martin's site:   www.MartinPRobinson.com

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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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