Sesame Street
Big Bird is the host of the Sesame Street Circus
Air date April 25, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors J, P, 2


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird is the ringmaster of the (makeshift) Sesame Street Circus! With Chip and Dip providing the music, Big Bird presents the first act - Anna, who tames three wild tricycles (pedaled by Gordon and two children). She's even brave enough to ride on the bike of Gordon's trike.
Cartoon P for Planet
(First: Episode 2008)
Muppets Cookie Monster and Ernie: Cookie Monster appears to Ernie as the Cookie Bunny.
(First: Episode 1147)
Song David sings "I'm Pretty" over a film of fish and other sea creatures.
Refilmed version
(First: Episode 2490)
Cartoon "Have you seen my NO?"
(First: Episode 0773)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Humpty Dumpty has fallen off a wall, and Kermit interviews one of the king's horses. Humpty is put together again, but then Kermit gives him a congratulatory slap on the back, and he falls off the wall again.
(First: Episode 0657)
Cartoon What if an anteater had the features of a giraffe?
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0422)
SCENE 2 Big Bird now brings out the Rhyming Acrobats (Bob and Uncle Wally), who can rhyme anything.
Cartoon In rhyme, a man points out animals who stole and/or ruined his clothing.
(First: Episode 0778)
Muppets "Big Round Nose"
(First: Episode 1950)
Cartoon The Bellhop is told that there are two kids, Betty and Bobby Blobby, who are lost in the lobby, and he must help them find their parents.
(First: Episode 2503)
Film Animals fight.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0567)
Celebrity John Moschitta, Jr. plays Porter Pepper of Peter Piper's P Products, which produces products that begin with the letter "P". He mentions that two of his clients were Peter Pan and Pablo Picasso until Peter Piper, the boss, gives him a phone call. Pepper now presents a new problem: Peter Piper's "P" Products has been purchased, and is now Sam Singer's "S" Stuff Store. Pepper, without stalling, summons his staff to stand by, switches his products to stuff, and searches for snacks and saucers.
(First: Episode 2061)
Cartoon A girl and elephant show heavy and light.
(First: Episode 0785)
SCENE 3 The Sesame Street Circus continues with the next act - Gina, the daring alphabet walker (walking over an alphabet on the ground as if it's a tightrope).
Animation Sand J/j
(First: Episode 0631)
Muppets A Baa Baa Walters Special
Baa Baa interviews Meryl Sheep about what a famous sheep like her does when she is not acting.
(First: Episode 2570)
Cartoon Madrigal Alphabet
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0615)
Film Alone Song
(First: Episode 0921)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster builds a Two-Headed Snowman. It's missing noses; they fight over a carrot which breaks in half, solving the problem.
(First: Episode 1622)
Cartoon A man points to the number 2 on a door, and counts 2 of his fingers (and 2 dinosaurs).
Artist: Chris Hinton
SCENE 4 Big Bird is about to introduce the next act, when Gina runs out, dressed as and imitating Harpo Marx. She pulls ten toy cars from her coat. Big Bird: "Usually ten clowns jump out of a car, but at our circus a clown comes out and ten cars jump out."
Animation An orange pops out of a basket of fruits and gets "made up" as the face of Carmen, the role in the opera of the same name. While singing "Habanera," the famed aria from the opera, Carmen loses her "face" and can't resume singing until the wig returns.
(First: Episode 0277)
Film A woman repairs wires for the telephone company.
(First: Episode 0771)
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Cartoon A hippo has difficulty getting the succulent fruit down from a tree, and enlists the help of another hippo.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1899)
Muppets Game Show: The Addition Game
Hosted by Guy Smiley, the contestant has to figure out how to add numbers. The contestant is Herry Monster, who solves all the questions except "3+1=_", so he brings in four cars in the studio.
(First: Episode 0960)
Cartoon A letter "P" sits on an island before a rotating sunset. The ridges of the letter "P" moves along the letter and flash in different colors.
(First: Episode 0452)
SCENE 5 Up next in the Sesame Street Circus is Jessica the Great and her assistant Gordon. Jessica, dressed as a strongman, will lift a bar with four heavy weights on it. Gordon brings a child volunteer to make sure there are four. Jessica lifts it with ease, then they add four more weights to it. They then add four more, making a total of 12. This is no issue for Jessica, who receives thunderous applause. Afterwards, Gordon almost picks up the weights and leaves- but realizes the audience, and then pretends to struggle to remove the weights from the stage: "The hardest part of this job is picking up after Jessica the Great."
Cartoon Two Elephants (Gordon voice-over and new sound effects added)
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1457)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tries to use a scale to divide the cherries evenly, but he characteristically eats them all. Bert screams and faints.
(First: Episode 1386)
Cartoon "Animal Elevator": 1-10
(First: Episode 2530)
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Muppets Grover, Herry Monster, and Billy rearrange themselves in different ways and count to three, until they get exhausted and faint.
(First: Episode 0186)
Cartoon Various sounds are demonstrated, including an alarm clock, a baby crying, a telephone, a faucet dripping, and a boy sneezing.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1483)
Film Kids narrate a film about water in hoses, fountains, puddles, streams, bathtubs, rivers, oceans, and other places.
(First: Episode 0135)
Cartoon The 'J' Train
(First: Episode 1169)

SCENE 6 The entire cast of the circus parade out for a final bow, as the trike riders display the sponsors on flags.

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