Hippie
PERFORMER various
DEBUT 1969

A nameless bearded hippie character appeared during the first season of Sesame Street, often accompanied by other Anything Muppet hippies.

The character was performed by Jim Henson in most instances, but Frank Oz performed him in "Good Morning Starshine," and Caroll Spinney performed him in a skit where Kermit the Frog gives a lecture on hair.

The character was usually seen in inserts, but he appeared in a street scene in Episode 0006 as a Reddish-Magenta Little Anything Muppet boy's father to perform the song "Brotherhood of Man" with other Anything Muppets, and was also seen in some early season closings, holding up the Sesame Street and CTW signs.

The puppet is reworked from the early Grump (used in The Ed Sullivan Show sketches and the Sesame Street Pitch Reel), dressed in a shaggy brown beard and a pair of glasses. In some skits, his glasses were replaced with eyes.

The following season, the puppet was removed from the show, and the design of the character was used on a recurring Fat Blue Anything Muppet hippie that would eventually become Big Jeffy.

Sketches

Picture Theme / First Description
Bob-Starshine
"Good Morning Starshine"
Episode 0003
Bob sings "Good Morning Starshine" to a Reddish-Magenta Anything Muppet girl, then is joined by a group of hippies.
LucySky
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
Episode 0003
A little Anything Muppet girl begins to sing "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" until a rowdy group of hippies (lead by the bearded hippie) come in on the chorus.
HippieinYS
‎"Yellow Submarine"
Episode 0017
Bob dresses up three Anything Muppets (Fat Blue, Pumpkin, and Purple), who scoot off to their submarine and sing "Yellow Submarine", where they party with other Muppets (including the hippie, Beautiful Day Monster, and Cookie Monster).
Kermithair
Kermit's hair lecture
Episode 0028
Kermit gives out a lecture about hair, and the hippie shows off his beard as an example.
AMSong-BeforeAfter
"Before and After"
Episode 0047
As a part of "Silly Song Time," the hippie leads a group of wild Anything Muppets in a song about the opposites.
Backandforthskit
Backward and Foward Lecture
Episode 0069
A Hot Pink Anything Muppet boy gives a lecture on "backward" and "forward" with assistance from a group of wild Anything Muppets (including this character) and an early version of Grover.
Firstandlast
First and Last
Episode 0116
The hippie leads a group of monsters (all previously seen on The Ed Sullivan Show) in a game where they march in a line and then switch direction.

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