Who originated the role of Mr. Noodle on SESAME STREET?
The Noodles are a family of characters who appear in the “Elmo’s World” segment of SESAME STREET. There’s Mr. Noodle, Mister Noodle’s brother Mr. Noodle, Ms. Noodle, Miss Noodle and several others. All are mimes who, prompted by instructions from Elmo and other child voices, perform simple tasks, learning through trial and error. The Noodles have been portrayed by various talented actors from stage and screen, including Kristin Chenoweth, Daveed Diggs and the late Michael Jeter. But one actor has the distinction of being the first of the Noodle family to be seen on screen – in fact, he’s credited as Mr. Noodle in a 1996 SESAME STREET appearance, several years before any other sibling.
SESAME STREET debuted in 1969 so the children’s television staple is naturally celebrating its golden anniversary this year with special looks back (look backs?) at its incredible history. Here’s a piece that first aired in 1973 starring Count von Count (yes, that’s his full name) – just a few months after the characters debut. It’s called The Song of the Count and features several very interesting tidbits about the character.
What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …
Meet a select cast of individuals determined to bring Egypt back from the brink, to discover more of its history and to keep its heritage safe and to get tourists to visit the country again. Discover EGYPT’S TREASURE GUARDIANS – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.
It’s a hectic week ’round here so I thought I’d lift some spirits (if not just my own) with a little retro SESAME STREET music courtesy of James Taylor and some very vociferous kids. So enjoy and sing along, if you will, to Jellyman Kelly…
“At last! Now you see him and you got to believe me. He’s not imaginary after all. I told you all along there was a Snuffleupagus, my best pal. I told you, but you never believed me.” – Big Bird (Caroll Spinney), upon proving Snuffy’s existence to the adults, SESAME STREET