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PERFORMER Jerry Nelson
DEBUT 1973

Frazzle, with his "pet" in episode 3156.


From The Many Faces of Ernie (1979), art by Normand Chartier.


Frazzle's Fantastic Day (1980), one of the few pieces of merchandise that feature Frazzle in a prominent role. Illustrated by Richard Brown.

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Frazzle visits the dentist. (From the View-Master reel People in Your Neighborhood)

Frazzle is a growling monster on Sesame Street. His deceptively fierce visage hides a child-like personality and a desperate need to be included. Although he can be intimidating to others, Frazzle has emotions like the rest of us do, as expressed in his eponymous song, "Frazzle." However, since his snarls and roars sound identical, regardless of his mood, the song required skilled interpreters, in the form of the Frazzletones.

In Episode 3643, it is implied that Baby Natasha can understand him and vice versa. His father also speaks in the same monster language (as heard in a telephone conversation with his son in Episode 3681), while his mother speaks English (with a refined British accent). He also has an aunt named Frazzie mentioned in The Sesame Street Treasury Volume 8, who gifted him two "whirligig pops" for his birthday.

Though his appearances were sporadic throughout the series, he earned a bigger, recurring role in seasons 28 and 29, most often as a member of Gina's day care service.

There are two known occasions where Frazzle spoke coherently. In Julie on Sesame Street, a female Anything Muppet transforms into a monster as she sings "I Feel Pretty." Once transformed, her husband, Frazzle, knocks on her door and calls, "Hiya, honey!" as the two embrace each other.

The second occurrence is Episode 3156. In that episode, Frazzle brought his pet human Pickles to the Furry Arms Hotel. When they were refused a room, Frazzle complained, "Well, it's just not fair! What am I supposed to do, leave little Pickles at home when I'm traveling on business? Come, Pickles, we'll go to another hotel!" However, while the puppet was identical, Frazzle was performed in the episode by Martin P. Robinson instead of Jerry Nelson, had a markedly different voice and personality, and might be considered a case of Recycled puppets.

Frazzle also made some cameos in the special Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting. When appearing with Bill Cosby and some other monsters, he was performed by Richard Hunt.

In his earliest appearances, Frazzle was made from a Pumpkin Anything Muppet covered with a fur exterior to turn him into a monster. In Season 32, Frazzle was finally re-built as a unique puppet.

Although Frazzle appears occasionally in re-used bits in current episodes, his latest appearances in new material include a Facebook application, video footage for "The Color Orange Day" on and a season 44 sketch with Grover (performed by Joey Mazzarino).


  • Beat the Time – One of the items Cookie Monster brings in is a chain, to which an early version of Frazzle is attached. (First: Episode 0446)
  • Grover talks to Frazzle – Grover sees that Frazzle is sad and asks him why. Frazzle tells him (in gibberish, of course), but then becomes happy and explains why, before growling and running away. Grover doesn't blame him. (First: Episode 0491)
  • Dentist's Office β€” 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)

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