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Jon Stewart, Elmo, Big Bird and David Alan Grier


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones with Elmo and The Count.


Shawn Colvin and Ernie

Elmopalooza is a one-hour TV special that aired on ABC on February 20, 1998.

Jon Stewart plans to host a music special at Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Sesame Street’s 30th anniversary. Jon and the show's crew, including producer Prairie Dawn, are in a dressing room getting ready for the show. Elmo visits them before the show starts and then leaves, shutting the door before Jon can tell him that the door is broken: it won't open once it's shut. Elmo decides to host the show, and the rest of the Sesame Street cast work behind-the-scenes, presenting music video remakes of classic Sesame Street songs.

Meanwhile, Grover drives Susan, Gordon, Gina, Bob, and Mr. Handford in a limo to the studio, but Grover gets lost and they end up in Roswell, New Mexico.

A soundtrack album was also released on cassette and CD, and the special was released on VHS two months after it aired, on April 14.[1]




  • Kevin Clash makes an onscreen cameo as Big Bird runs through the hallways of Radio City Music Hall.
  • In the original ABC airing of the special, the "Sesame Street Theme" performance during the credits is shortened. It omits the bridge and reprise of the first verse.
  • The game console that Grover mistakes for a GPS is Tiger's

Video releases[]


Muppet Characters
Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Zoe, Prairie Dawn, Bert, Ernie, Count von Count, Grover, Cookie Monster, Telly Monster, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, The Martians, Two-Headed Monster, Rosita, Biff, Kermit the Frog, Baby Bear, The Elephant, Sparky
Background Muppets
The Oinker Sisters, Forgetful Jones, Herry Monster, Frazzle, Roxie Marie, Sully, Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Granny Bird, The Squirrelles, green Anything Muppet lady, Gil, Jill, Frogs, Honkers, Chickens, Penguins, Sheep, Dinger, REM
Sesame Street Humans
Susan, Gordon, Bob, Mr. Handford, Gina, Luis, Maria, Ruthie



Music video credits[]

  • "Just Happy to Be Me"
    Kevin Bray and Benita Husband, Satellite Films
  • "Mambo, I, I, I"
    Mustapha Kahn and Rob Alter, Washington Square Films
  • "Zig Zag Dance," "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" and "I Want a Monster to Be My Friend"
    Lionel C. Martin and Rae Permann, Raven Knight Productions
  • "Caribbean Amphibian"
    Sally Cruikshank and Victor DiNapoli
  • "One Small Voice"
    Mark Rowen and Julie Donatt, Stardust Productions

See also[]

Elmopalooza Sony Wonder ad

Ad for the release of Elmopalooza on home media


  1. The page lists the release date as April 14, 1998.

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