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DEBUT 1970

Billy as the biggest monster, scaring off Pamela and Fenwick.

Three Monsters

Three monsters: Billy, Grover, and Herry.

Billy is a small monster who has appeared in a number of sketches during the first few years of Sesame Street.

He was seen as early as season 2 in a sketch where he (as performed by Caroll Spinney) sees the word "IS" and asks some other monsters (including Cookie Monster and Grover) to tell him what the word is. (First: Episode 0168) In another season 2 sketch, Billy (now performed by Fran Brill), Grover, and Herry Monster demonstrated how three monsters remained three no matter where they stood. (First: Episode 0186) Spinney performed the character again in a street scene for Episode 0210 where Bob sang "Don't You Know You're Beautiful?" to him and some other monsters. In the scripts for both Episode 0168 and Episode 0186, he is referred to as a "Baby Monster".

Though often unnamed, he was most prominent (and referred to by name) in a sketch where he was confused about the concept of "here" and "there", and asked Grover and Herry Monster if they could explain it to him. As played by Jim Henson, Billy had trouble understanding their demonstration since every time he moves to where they instruct him to go, he is both here and there in relation to his previous location. When he finally gets it, another monster (performed by Richard Hunt) arrives to collect him. (First: Episode 0538)

He also appeared in a Grover sketch, getting into a boat with Herry, Fenwick and several other Anything Muppet monsters, and as a background singer in the original "C is for Cookie." In another sketch, he and two other monsters Pamela and Fenwick demonstrate big, bigger, and biggest. (First: Episode 0474)

A stuffed version of the puppet, with some added hair and a nose, was used as Oscar the Grouch's doll in Episode 0392.

After years of absence from the show, he appeared in the 1989 special Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting during Ray Charles's performance of "Bein' Green." A couple years later, he appeared in the song "Small People", sung by Ziggy Marley.

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