PERFORMER Jim Henson 1969-1990
  Eric Jacobson 2005-present
DEBUT 1969
PATTERN Orange Gold

An early Guy Smiley reporting on the weather, from "The Weather Show" sketch.


Jim Henson with Guy during the taping of "Beat The Time."


Episode 4920 reveals Guy wears a hair piece.

Guy Smiley is, by his own account, America's Favorite Game Show Host. He has hosted the Sesame Street game shows "Beat The Time", "Here is Your Life", "What's My Part?", and many others. He approaches every hosting gig with a near-frantic level of excitement and enthusiasm.

Guy Smiley has occasionally demonstrated his musical talent on Sesame Street. His song performances include "Air" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me" (with Cookie Monster). His singing voice at times can go very low, very similar to Link Hogthrob's, as in "I'll Love You in Springtime" and his tribute to the winner in "The Letter of the Day Pageant." He also sang "Gone with the Wind" in the first season.

Most of Guy Smiley's appearances in sketches have been as the host of game shows. Many of the sketches where he doesn't host game shows still involve him being the host of a show, including "The Weather Show", "The Letter of the Day Pageant", and "On Vacation with Guy Smiley". One of the few sketches he starred in where he didn't host a show or sing was a sketch where he took his entire studio audience out for lunch. His first appearance was in a sketch where he appears as a spokesman for "Brand X." (First: Episode 0010)

Although Joan Ganz Cooney once described Guy Smiley as one of Jim Henson's funniest characters,[1] he was Henson’s least favorite to perform; as the character’s boisterous voice was too rough on his throat.[2] Because of this, the dialogue for Guy's earlier sketches was commonly prerecorded, so multiple takes could be filmed without straining Henson's throat.

A walk-around version of Guy Smiley appeared in a number of Sesame Street Live shows. In Big Bird Goes Hollywood, he assisted Big Bird in directing a movie. Guy Smiley also appeared in Big Bird's Sesame Street Story and Big Bird and the ABCs.

In his earliest appearances, he had a visible tongue, a feature that was later seen in 2006, when he hosted a PBS commercial/game show spoof for the Ready To Learn Service.

Following Jim Henson's death, Guy Smiley continued to appear in reused material through 1998. He would then make background appearances in Episode 3820 as one of Maria's customers, and in Episode 4117 as one of the spectators in the Number of the Day segment where The Count was playing golf.

Performed by Eric Jacobson since 2005, Guy has made further appearances on the show, beginning with a featured role in the main street story of Episode 4182. Guy also hosted the later game show inserts "The Waiting Game," "Make it Fit," and "Estimation Vacation."

Guy Smiley's name

The emcee made his earliest named appearance in the game show sketch "Can You Guess?", where he went as "Big Bob." In the sketch, "Pick Your Pet," he was called "Sonny Friendly," a name that would be reused years later for another Sesame Street game show host. The first use of the "Guy Smiley" naming was "The Mr. and Mrs. Game."

When Count von Count introduced himself in a Beat the Time sketch, he did so in his traditional way, "They call me the Count because I love to count things." Guy responded with, "Well, I'm Guy Smiley. They call me Guy Smiley because I changed my name from Bernie Liederkrantz."

Casting history

Main Performers

Alternate Performers


For game show sketches featuring Guy Smiley, see Sesame Street Game Shows.

Picture Summary / EKA Description
Brand X
Episode 0010
Guy Smiley appears in a commercial for Brand X, showing before and after photos of dishes and laundry washed with Brand X, which leaves worse stains after being used.
The Weather Show
Episode 0385
Guy hosts The Weather Show.
The Leslie Mostly Show
Episode 1436
When Leslie Mostly interviews Guy Smiley from his home, she asks why he has no furniture. Guy reveals that he has a living room set behind curtain number one, an organist named Buzz Crescendo behind curtain number two, and a studio audience he keeps as pets behind curtain number three. Guy and the organ music encourage the audience into pandemonium while Leslie ends the interview.
"I'll Love You in Springtime"
Episode 2201
Guy Smiley sings about the four seasons.
"Letter of the Day Pageant"
Episode 2212
Guy Smiley hosts the Letter of the Day Pageant, presented similar to a beauty pageant.
Reunion of all things SH
Episode 2564
Guy Smiley hosts a reunion dinner for items that begin with the SH sound.
Dinner for 39
Episode 2646
Guy Smiley takes his 39-member studio audience to a restaurant, but there is no place for him to sit.
Episode 2682
Whenever a barber says things that rhyme with "air", Guy Smiley crashes through the walls, asking "did somebody say air?", and then sings about air.



Guy on safari.

  • The original Guy Smiley puppet was borrowed from a Whatnot design used in various commercials and TV appearances throughout the 1960s (such as Conrad Love). In 1972, the puppet transitioned to the show's standard "Orange Gold" model, with a special mechanism that allowed Guy to raise or lower his eyebrows. This particular puppet often doubled as Prince Charming.


Episodic appearances

Book appearances

Cookie Monster also disguised himself as Guy Smiley in the book No Cookies 'Til Dinner.


  1. Jim Henson: The Works
  2. The Story of Jim Henson

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    • In terms of key personnel, I would say it's Caroll, as Seagren didn't have many speaking parts other than subbing as Big Bird once...
    • If you listen to Seagren's other performances, I think you can clearly tell by comparing that Seagren is performing him there.
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