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Billy Barkhurst

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by SpinneyBigBird1, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Wasn't it discussed just recently that the reason we see so much less of E&B on the show now is because kids today find them "too boring" because their sketches are mostly dialogue-based, and contain very little action or physical humor?
  2. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Well, if the writers know how to write short Muppets segments, and they know how to write 10 minute street scenes with Ernie and Bert on them, then they should be able to write a short sketch with Ernie and Bert.
  3. rexcrk

    rexcrk Well-Known Member

    I don't really follow anything Sesame Street, but I did happen to catch a video on Facebook and was surprised to hear someone other than Steve performing Ernie!

    But this guy does a really good job, and I guess Steve is busy with main Muppet stuff, so it all works out pretty well.
  4. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Thread bump. Is Billy no longer with SS? Because I just looked at the Character recasts page on the Wiki, and I noticed that Peter has taken over Ernie. I know he recently performed him in the "Name that Animal" video that was uploaded a week ago, but I figured that Billy couldn't make in that day and Peter was just substituting for him.

    So, if anybody knows what's up, please fill me in- my curiosity is super piqued!
  5. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    Yeah basically Peter Linz took over as Ernie this year starting with the annual Gala, I really don't know what happened to Billy but, oh well.
  6. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    @Antsamthompson talked to Peter on Twitter, and he confirmed that he is the new Ernie.

    Wow...never thought this thread would become obsolete so quickly.
    Anyway, as has been said elsewhere, hopefully Billy gets more to do on the show in the future, assuming he hasn't been completely let go.
  7. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    He has been completely let go, from what I understand.
  8. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Oh, well that's a shame. While I do wonder what happened I don't really want to know because if I knew it may hinder my enjoyment of the character. I just hope he left on good terms with the other cast and crew.
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Wow, he came and went quickly.
  10. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    To be fair, he was really just a voice-over artist.
  11. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    From what i saw Billy wasn't that good and Peter is already better after only seeing that video
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  12. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    But he was a puppeteer too. I think he had been working as a background performer since 2009. Still, probably not the best idea to have a pretty inexperienced performer quickly take on such a major character.
  13. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Billy as Ernie sounds like Ernie as a serious businessman. At least Peter tried making his sound like Steve.
  14. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    Here's a big question: if Billy's not doing Ernie anymore, couldn't he do work for the actual Muppets? His current list of credits on the Wiki only have Sesame stuff, and with his few years experience as Ernie, you suppose he'd somewhat be a successor to one of Steve's characters, since he took over from Steve as Ernie, you know?
  15. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    That's not a bad idea. I thought Billy did a fair job as Ernie. Like I mentioned on the other thread, I'm not too big on the idea of Matt doing Kermit since he sort of already has his hands full with Jerry's characters. It would be nice to see what Billy can do with :).
  16. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Billy as Kermit?

    Maybe. Just.... Maybe.
  17. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    In the immortal words of Scooby-Doo, "Rit's a rossarility."
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  18. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    I see. Well, it looks like Peter officially has 2 main characters on the show now!
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Who's Peter's other main character?
  20. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    Herry Monster.

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