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Help Needed with Sesame Street Characters

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by The Count, Aug 25, 2002.

  1. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hey, I have a few quick questions about some SS characters and I was wondering if anybody could help me out.
    1 What's the name of the female character who owns the Furry Arms Hotel, the woman who Humphrey and Ingrid work for.
    2 What's the name of the actress or singer who performed the song "How I Miss my X"?
    3 Since Savion's name is written with an s, I find myself in a small predicament. Are there no characters in the three main Muppet franchises, SS, TMS, or FR, whose name starts with the letter X? I believe TravellingMatt mentioned a human character named Xavier, but I have no knowledge as to who this person could be. Any additional information on this, or other characters whose name begins with X will be most appreciated.

    Thunder clashing and Lightning flashing, the Count.
  2. TravellingMatt

    TravellingMatt Well-Known Member

    The Muppet who runs the FUrry Arms is Sherry Netherland. Xavier actually was a Muppet. He was a small, pink Anything Muppet with brown hair and was voiced by Frank Oz. He only appeared (by that name) in the "Alphabet on the Street" segment.
  3. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    The woman who sang "How I Miss My X" was Patti LaBelle. She also appeared on the show much later and did a "Gospel Alphabet."
  4. Ernie101

    Ernie101 Well-Known Member

    Well you see it goes back to an old eanglish sayinh
  5. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks to all who posted their responses. BTW: Ernie101, what's the English saying you're referring to? Well, let's see if anyone can answer this second round of quick questions.
    1 What are the names of the individual members of Chris and the Alphabeats and how can each member be differentiated from the other? Also, why is Chris referred to as Chrissy?
    2 What are the names of the individual members of Little Jerry and the Monotones and how can each member be differentiated from the other?
    3 What are the names of the individual members of the Rhymies and how can each member be differentiated from the other?
    That's all for now, and I appreciate all the responses that everyone sends my way.
    PS: TravellingMatt, do you have a picture of Xavier and the other muppets that appeared in the "Alphabet on the Street" segment and could you send me those pics? Thanks for your help with my research.

    Thunder clashing and Lightning flashing, the Count.
  6. TravellingMatt

    TravellingMatt Well-Known Member

    I don't know the individual names of Chrissy and the Alphabeats, but there were three of them: Chrissy himself (the squat blue Anything Muppet with wild, blonde hair, beady black eyes, and John Lennon glasses), a pink Anything Muppet with a pompadour hairstyle and a green Anything Muppet, also with a pompadour.

    Little Jerry and the Monotones...Little Jerry was the lead singer, he was a green Anything Muppet (same one used for Sherlock Hemlock, Lefty, Farley, Baby Bree Bop A Doo, and a few others) with wild orange hair and a wardrobe that rivalled Dr. Teeth's. He was, not surprisingly, performed by Jerry Nelson. Rockin' Richard was another group member, he was performed by Richard Hunt (when he was just starting out with Henson) and I think he was the tall orange Anything Muppet, also in hippie garb. Big Jeffy was the bass singer and was voiced by Jeff Moss (I believe). He was the squat blue Anything Muppet, had a thick brown beard and wore a top hat and more hippie clothes. There was a fourth Monotone, he was a lavender Anything Muppet, but I don't know his name or who voiced him.

    Hope that helps!
  7. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Once again, thanks to everybody who posted; but special thanks go out to TravellingMatt who sends in descriptions of the characters along with their names, which is what I really need to finish off my Muppet research. These two questions pertain to Round 2, and once they've been answered we can proceed to Round 3! You know, I believe that the confusion about Chris's name can be solved. The leader of the Alphabeats is Chris, whereas the lavender Anything Muppet member of the Monotones is Little Chrissy. In the double record album The Count Presents, there's a song titled "Four" which is sung by Little Jerry. In this songg, he introduces all four members of the Monotones including himself and as I recall the last member is either Chrissy or Little Chrissy. TravellingMatt, or anybody else, care to back me up?
    a. Would you guys count the members of both The Monotones and The Rhymies as individual characters or would they be counted as a group, since after all, they are part of an established performing act.
    b. Would you guys count the following as characters that should be included in the database:
    Detective Dee
    Dan Deloop
    Firefighter Jackson
    Taxi Driver McGillicuddy
    Dr. Livingstone.

    Thunder clashing and Lightning flashing, the Count.
  8. Jackie

    Jackie Well-Known Member

    Rock rock rock rock rock, the telephone rock!

    I love Little Jerry! :)
  9. TravellingMatt

    TravellingMatt Well-Known Member

    I don't know about Little Chrissy or not, but it wouldn't surprise me if Christopher Cerf voiced another "rock star" Muppet. As for the Rhymies, they were Larry, Mary, and Barry. Larry and Mary liked to have fun all the time while Barry pretty much played the Boober Fraggle role. Larry sounded like he may have been voiced by Frank Oz, and was a lavender Anything Muppet. Barry was the squat blue Anything Muppet and it sounded like Jim Henson or possibly Martin Robinson voiced him. Mary was probably voiced by Fran Brill, and I forget what color Anything Muppet she was. They would do their ENTIRE SKITS in rhyme, and there were two of them: a sea trip and a camping trip (which ended with them getting chased off by a bear). I'd count the Rhymies and Little Jerry and the Monotones as individual characters, but since there's no real names for the other Alphabeats besides Chrissy, I'd just include them together.
  10. Joggy

    Joggy Well-Known Member

    I thought Larry was Richard Hunt, Mary was Jerry Nelson and Barry was Jim Henson.
  11. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    It just so happens that I know Christopher Cerf personally! He is one of the nicest men I have ever spoken with, and he has writen almost 500 songs for Sesame Street. He sure does write great music. And he sang a lot of the rock parodies. He did perform Chris from Chris and the Alphabeats, and also Chrissy from Little Jerry and the Monotones, and here are some other things that he sang on:

    "G" Song (boy/girl duet)
    Count Up To Nine
    Ten Commandments Of Health
    Born To Add
    Letter B
    (I Can't Get No) Co-Operation
    Long Time, No See(?)
    Honk Around The Clock
    Hey Food
    Wet Paint
    Danger's No Stranger
    Rebel L
    Don't Walk (Wedding Party)
    I'm A Manatee (film)
    Barn In The U.S.A.

    He has not sung on the show since 1993, because that's when the new executive producer came (he's gone now), and he didn't like Chris's music for some reason. I guess that producer wasn't really a fan of rock 'n roll. He did write some after that, but not as much as he did before. He is now working on a show called "Between The Lions".

    And also, just a reminder, the petition now has 108 signatures. Let's keep that up. It hasn't moved in about a week.
  12. Splurge

    Splurge Well-Known Member

    You're right, they were in the "At Sea" sketch. But in the campfire sketch Jerry Nelson was Barry and Frank was Larry. Richard was the bear. Those are the only two sketches I know of.

    Who Mary was in this bit is a mystery to me, it almost sounds like a John Lovelady voice - a higher voice similar to Jerry's, but not Jerry. I wish I knew who that was. I wonder if Lovelady puppeteered for the show.
  13. Jackie

    Jackie Well-Known Member

    Christopher Cerf has a beautiful voice! No other Muppet ever sounded so good!
  14. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Okay, guys, if you're ready, let's move right along onto Round 3! Here's the new batch of questions, which I hope someone will be able to answer. First off, Round 2's subquestion (b) went unanswered. I'd like to know if the list of characters posted above should be considered as characters to be added to the database. Furthermore, should the following also be considered to join the master listing:
    How Now Brown Cow and the Moo Wave,
    Dr. Thad and the Medications, and
    Over the Top.
    Well onwards to Round 3
    1 Is Bip Bippaddata an actual character distinct from Mahna Mahna, or are they both the same character?
    2 What is Ferlenghetti's real full name and how is it spelled? I thought his full name was Donizetti Ferlenghetti, but I could be wrong and hopefully someone more knowledgeable than myself can correct my mistake.
    3 What is the correct full name of Forgetful Jones' cowboy friend? Is it Noah Cowhand or Cowherd?
    That's all the questions I can think of asking for now, and I appreciate all the help I get from this great community of Muppet fans.

    Thunder clashing and Lightning flashing, the Count.
  15. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    Well, How Now Brown, as I posted above, was Christopher Cerf.
    Dr. Thad was actually voiced by someone named Thad Mumford, that was the only time he actually performed on the show. And the lead singer of Over The Top was Jerry Nelson.

    2. You got Ferlinghetti's real name right.
    3. Noel Cowherd.
  16. TravellingMatt

    TravellingMatt Well-Known Member

    Thad Mumford? I wonder if it's the same Thad Mumford who worked behind the scenes on "M*A*S*H", thus furthering the Muppet/M*A*S*H connection (Loretta Swit on the Muppet Show, Big Bird naming his teddy bear Radar).

    "Oh how lovely life will be, if we keep the ten commandments of health!"
  17. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    Yes, actually, it was!
  18. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Well, since I believe we're ready to forge ahead to Round 4, it's time to double up the anty. Don't worry, though these are just some more quick questions which I hope someone will be able to answer.
    1 What's the name of the Scottish female collie opera singer muppet? Is her name Annata or Renatta Scottie?
    2 Are Bip Bippadotta and Mahna Mahna two different characters, or are they the one and the same?
    3 Is Charlie from Grover's restaurant considered as an actual character even though he never appeared on-screen?
    4 Is Allisdaire Cookie considered an actual character even though he was performed by Cookie Monster himself?
    5 How is it that Mr. Johnson, (Fat Blue), is differentiated from Sam the Sounds Man? Are they two different characters, or are they the same muppet?
    6 What are the names of the five monsters from the Monster Clubhouse segment, and how can each one of them be differentiated from the other?
    Thanks to all who post their answers, since it's all for the worthy cause of Muppet research!

    Thunder clashing and Lightning flashing, the Count.
  19. TravellingMatt

    TravellingMatt Well-Known Member

    Charlie of Charlie's Restaurant has not been seen visibly.

    Simon the Sound Man and Fat Blue (Mr. Johnson) are the same Muppet, but two different characters. In one of the skits where Grover serves Simon, Simon reveals himself to be Mr. Johnson's brother.

    The four Monsters in the Monster Clubhouse are Google (purple, with pigtails), Phoebe (green with pink eyelids), Narf (orange with googly eyes), and Mel (blue, horned, no visible eyes, and only speaks gibberish). Mel looks like they dumped blue fur all over Boober Fraggle, actually...

    I usually don't consider Alistair Cookie a separate character per se.
  20. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Here's another quick question! Originally posted by TravellingMatt: "This was a rare case where a character from an animated segment, Cowboy X, was parlayed into a Muppet character (they used the lavender live-hands Anything
    Muppet for him). Big Bird requests Cowboy X's autograph, which is, of course, a big letter X." This was, of course, before he changed his name to Cowboy O. Would it be appropriate to list him in the X-section of a Muppet database since Cowboy X leaves his mark, that of the letter X, on everything in town? Even though I list characters by their first names with the exceptions of babies, doctors, and misters, would anyone be opposed to making such another X-ception? Thanks for your help, and Round 5 will be coming quite soon.

    Count up to 9 for me baby, the Count.

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