Sesame Street 50th - Character Corner

Character Corner

Do you know your favorite Sesame Street Muppet’s birthday? What their hobbies are? The puppeteer behind them? And did you know that some of them have Twitter handles? Learn more about the fuzzy Sesame Street characters here!

Abby Cadabby

  • Daughter of the Fairy Godmother, fairy-in-training
  • Birthday: October 21
  • Age: 3 years old
  • Siblings: Rudy
  • Twitter: @AbbyCadabbySST
  • Introduced: 2006
  • Puppeteer: Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

Aloysius Snuffleupagus (“Snuffy”)

  • Cave-dwelling fuzzy monster of the Snuffleupagus species
  • Birthday: August 19
  • Age: 4 years old
  • Best friend: Big Bird
  • Introduced: 1991
  • Puppeteer: Martin P. Robinson

Baby Bear

  • One of the three bears (four if you count his sister!)
  • Birthday: May 12
  • Siblings: Curly Bear
  • Best Friend: Telly Monster
  • Introduced: 1991
  • Puppeteer: David Rudman

Bert

  • Ernie’s best friend
  • Birthday: July 26
  • Best Friend: Ernie
  • Hobbies: Collecting bottle caps and paper clips; playing the tuba
  • Pet: Bernice the pigeon
  • Twitter: @bertsesame
  • Introduced: 1969
  • Puppeteer: Eric Jacobson

Big Bird

  • Sesame Street's official 8'2 bird... I'm too tall to be short
  • Birthday: March 20
  • Age: 6 ½ years old
  • Height: 8’2”
  • Best Friend: Snuffy
  • Hobbies: Dancing, reading, collecting, rollerblading, watching sports
  • Twitter: @BigBird
  • Introduced: 1969
  • Puppeteer: Matt Vogel

Cookie Monster

  • Me love cookies! Me officially love cookies
  • Birthday: November 2
  • Hobbies: Eating, cooking
  • Twitter: @MeCookieMonster
  • Introduced: 1969
  • Puppeteer: David Rudman

Count Von Count

  • I love to count
  • Birthday: October 9
  • Hobbies: Counting, playing the organ
  • Favorite Number: 34,969
  • Twitter: @CountVonCount
  • Introduced: 1972
  • Puppeteer: Matt Vogel

Elmo

  • Elmo loves his Sesame Street friends and crayons
  • Birthday: February 3
  • Age: 3 ½ years old
  • Hobbies: Dancing, singing, riding his tricycle
  • Pet: Dorothy the goldfish
  • Twitter: @elmo
  • Introduced: 1980
  • Puppeteer: Ryan Dillon

Ernie

  • Bert’s best friend
  • Birthday: January 28
  • Best Friend: Bert
  • Hobbies: Singing, playing musical instruments, taking baths with Rubber Duckie
  • Twitter: @SesameErnie
  • Introduced: 1969
  • Puppeteer: Peter Linz

Grover

  • He is always ready for an adventure and never turns down a hard job!
  • Birthday: October 14
  • Twitter: @Grover
  • Introduced: 1970
  • Puppeteer: Eric Jacobson

Oscar the Grouch

  • Don’t try to make Oscar happy – only being grouchy makes him happy
  • Age: June 1
  • Dislikes: All things nice
  • Pet: Slimey the worm; Fluffy the elephant; Spot the pig
  • Twitter: @OscarTheGrouch
  • Introduced : 1969
  • Puppeteer: Eric Jacobson

Rosita

  • A bilingual “Monster of the Caves”
  • Birthday: December 7
  • Age: 5 years old
  • Full name: Rosita, la Monstrua de las Cuevas
  • Home: Mexico
  • Hobbies: Singing, playing guitar, reading and writing, sharing her heritage
  • Introduced: 1991
  • Puppeteer: Carmen Osbahr

Rudy

  • Abby’s stepbrother and one of the newest arrivals on Sesame Street
  • Birthday: June 1
  • Siblings: Abby Cadabby
  • Introduced: 2017
  • Puppeteer: Frankie Cordero

Telly Monster

  • Often worried, always delighted by triangles
  • Birthday: September 29
  • Best Friend: Baby Bear
  • Favorite Shape: Triangle
  • Hobbies: Playing the tuba, bassoon, and triangle
  • Introduced: 1979
  • Puppeteer: Martin Robinson

Zoe

  • Ballet-obsessed, imaginative, and confident
  • Birthday: September 30
  • Age: 3 years old
  • Pet: Rocco the rock
  • Introduced: 1993
  • Puppeteer: Jennifer Barnhart