Sesame Street
Elmo's fear of clowns
Air date November 21, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Luis Santiero
Sponsors U, 10
Releases Paley Center Archive


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly, Lexine and two kids are all dressed as Kuku the Clown, whom Telly saw at the circus. Elmo comes over to play, but at first glance of a clown, he runs off.
Cartoon Counting to 10
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3042)
Film A girl named Shirley performs in the circus; her father is famous Ringing Bros. clown David Larible. Other acts in the circus include elephant training and elephant jumping.
Cartoon A boy draws a portrait of himself and calls it ME. (new music added)
(First: Episode 2085)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
The Amazing Mumford has a new trick, where he will make Thumbelina big and The Big Bad Wolf small. He makes Thumbelina big, but doesn't make the wolf smaller -- instead, Kermit is the one who shrinks.
(First: Episode 2696)
Cartoon A woman visits a car dealer, looking for a small car. She will only take a car small enough to fit her clowns.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3079)
SCENE 2 Carlo and the gang catch up with Elmo and try to cure his fear of clowns. Telly and the kids sing Kuku's theme song for Elmo, thinking it will help, but to no avail.
Cartoon A boy narrates a poem about how he met Eleanor, the monster under his bed.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2773)
Muppets When Frazzle is scared of going to the dentist, his mother tries to comfort him by telling him what a good time he will have. In the end, the dentist turns out to be scared of Frazzle.
(First: Episode 3519)
Animation "Toothpaste ... coming soon to a mouth near you!"
(First: Episode 2876)
Song "Toothpaste Factory Rap"
(First: Episode 3266)
Cartoon The parts of a man's face move around as they are drawn.
(First: Episode 3410)
SCENE 3 Carlo tries a method of his own to cure Elmo - as he puts Telly's clown outfit on piece by piece, he asks Elmo if its still Telly (whom Elmo doesn't find scary). But, when the whole outfit is complete, Elmo runs off screaming.
Song "Dressed Up" (remake)
(First: Episode 3399)
Cartoon Typewriter: U for Umbrella
(First: Episode 0808)
Celebrity Melissa Etheridge sings "Like the Way U Does."
Cartoon A boy needs a letter U to complete the word UP.
(First: Episode 0416)
Film A boy in Jamaica goes to school and attends drum class.
(First: Episode 3145)
Cartoon Spike's Scribble Theatre Presents: "Island"
(First: Episode 2673)
SCENE 4 Carlo tries the same method, but on Elmo while holding a mirror. He still recognizes himself as each piece is put on, but when the final part is on, he yells and runs away.
Muppets Grover sings "Monster in the Mirror."
(First: Episode 2689)
Cartoon The detective sees a hippo bouncing on a trampoline, and wonders how the hippo can bounce, since hippos are heavy, but the hippo thinks that he is light.
(First: Episode 2537)
Film A gymnastics team practices tricks for the circus.
(First: Episode 2889)
Cartoon Letters gather in order, against the birds-eye view of a city.
(First: Episode 3267)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert tries to guess which part of the family Ernie is pretending to be - which turns out to be the stove.
Animation Arnold rides his chair.
(First: Episode 2754)
SCENE 5 Elmo, now with the costume off, thinks that by saying he's not afraid of clowns 10 times with make him get over his fear.
Animation Clown Honking #10
(First: Episode 3214)
Film Three girls do a "One Potato" rhyme.
(First: Episode 3271)
Pinball 10
Cartoon Pinball #10
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0990)
Film Wegman dogs: The Ten O'Clock Scholar
Cartoon A boy imagines his room turning into a jungle.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2808)
Muppets Baby Bear shows Big Bird his favorite painting at the Museum of Modern Art, "The Sleeping Gypsy." By imagining the sounds coming from the painting, they can almost hear them.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Sleeps." (re-filmed version)
(First: Episode 3026)
Cartoon Letter U salesman
(First: Episode 0202)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper goes to a man and asks, "Can I take a picture of U?" The man gives him permission, but Harvey tells him that his shoes are untied, and when the man looks down, Harvey slaps the letter U on top of his head and takes a picture of it.
(First: Episode 0468)
Film The letter U dances at the beach.
Animation In a painting, a man flips a coin, and it flies in and out of buildings.
(First: Episode 3291)

SCENE 6 Telly has given up on helping Elmo and sings a sad song about their escapades. Elmo comforts him, unaware Telly's in costume. Elmo realizes this and is now over his fear. He joins them in singing Kuku's song while Big Bird announces the sponsors.
3529 coming soon
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Big Bird and Lexine rollerskate around Sesame Street singing about being best friends.

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