Joseph "Joey" Mazzarino (b. June 4, 1968) is a puppeteer and writer who started working with the Muppets in 1989. He joined the Sesame Street team in 1990, initially as a performer, but shortly after became a writer beginning with Season 23 (1991). He wrote his first sketch for the show, the Columbo parody "Colambo," as an audition piece, and soon found himself cast in the title role. Mazzarino served as head writer from seasons 40 to 46.
With an inclination toward ad-libbing and a reputation as a cut-up on set, Mazzarino became a prominent player in the Sesame Street cast. His recurring characters have included Murray Monster, Stinky the Stinkweed, Papa Bear, and the boisterous, tutu-wearing Elephant. In 2001, he took over the left head of the Two-Headed Monster. Mazzarino received his first Daytime Emmy nomination for the Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series in 2010.
Mazzarino's writing credits include Bear in the Big Blue House and the non-Muppet series The Upside Down Show and Sheep in the Big City (which was created by former Sesame Street writer Mo Willems, and for which he also did voice-overs). He also co-wrote the screenplays for The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Muppets from Space and Kermit's Swamp Years.
In September 2015, Mazzarino announced on his Facebook page that he had left his position on Sesame Street; season 46 had been recorded prior to his departure. He since worked on the Jim Henson Company production, Julie's Greenroom, as a writer and director. Mazzarino also participated in the 2018 Puppets for Puppetry event honoring Caroll Spinney, performing a Muppet version of Bozo the Clown.
- Sesame Street: Amazing Al, The Banana King, Bernie Broccoli, Big Foot, Carson Daly Muppet, The Cheese, Colambo, Cousin Bear, Cowboy With a Drawl, Cricket, Dan Rather-not, "Dinner Theatre" son, Eliot Stabler Muppet, The Fairy Godperson, Figby, Geppetto, Gulliver, Gus Hopper, Hairy Hairy More Contrary, Henry Piggins, Horatio the Elephant, Ingrid, Itchy, Izzy, Jack ("Jack and the Beanstalk", Episode 4211), Jack ("Jack Be Nimble", Episode 4164), James Bond Muppet, Jamie Fox, Joe Hundred Guy, Joey Monkey, Mack, Merry Monster, Murray Monster, Murray (Anything Muppet), Narf, Number Zero, Papa Bear, Pedro, Phooey Louie, Gordon Blue, Pipe Organ, Provenza, Robin, Sharpay (puppetry only), Slug, Spalding Monster, Spill O'Reilly, Stinky the Stinkweed, The Sun (in "The New Here is Your Life"), "Super K" son, Swampy, Tito, The Tooth Fairy, Two-Headed Monster (left head, 2001-2016), Zostic
- Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Hospital
- The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson
- Sing, Hoot & Howl with the Sesame Street Animals
- Dog City: Artie Springer, Officer Fuzzy
- Muppet Meeting Films: Gimley's Boss, Wesley, Franklin, Coffee Guy, Smerdley, Others
- Billy Bunny's Animal Songs: Frog, Gopher
- CityKids: Trish (puppetry only), Bird, Captain
- Sesame Street Stays Up Late: MNN Logo Purple Monster
- Sing-Along Earth Songs: John-Boy, Smokey the Salmon
- We All Sing Together: Murray
- Muppet Time: Icky No-No, Kirby, one of the Frog Scouts
- Yes, I Can
- A New Baby in My House
- Aliens in the Family: Spit, Yukkles
- Big Bag: Chelli, Lyle the Sock
- Elmo Saves Christmas: Lightning
- The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: Lester McBird, Elwood the Jester
- Quiet Time: The Wise Man
- The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland: Bug
- CinderElmo: King Fred
- Kermit's Swamp Years: Goggles, Turtle, Joe the Armadillo (DVD extras only)
- Elmo's World: Happy Holidays: Lavender Caroler
- Happy, Healthy, Ready for School: Ready Stan, Rico
- A Magical Halloween Adventure: Murray the Mediocre
- The Street We Live On
- What's the Name of That Song?
- The West Wing: Muppet Doctor
- Happy Healthy Monsters: Bobby
- A Sesame Street Christmas Carol: Joe Marley
- Elmo's Christmas Countdown: Stan the Snowball
- Here For You: Chester
- Panwapa: Bill the Bug
- Count on Sports: Sir Harry the Tennis Ball
- Elmo and Abby's Birthday Fun!: Pail of Water
- Elmo's Alphabet Challenge: A. B. C-more
- Spaghetti Space Chase: Murray Monster, Macaroni the Merciless
- Sesame Street - including the Colambo skits, What's the Word on the Street? segments, and many celebrity spots. Head writer seasons 40-46
- Muppets from Space
- The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
- Kermit's Swamp Years
- Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic
- A Magical Halloween Adventure
- Happy Healthy Monsters
- Elmo's Magic Cookbook
- Bear in the Big Blue House - "Episode 321: The Yard Sale"
- Sesame Street Live - "Super Grover! Ready for Action", and "Elmo's Healthy Heroes"
- Happy, Healthy, Ready for School
- Elmo's Christmas Countdown
- Here For You
- Spaghetti Space Chase
Sesame Street episodes
Sesame Street episodes written by Mazzarino include:
- Sesame Street: Animated segments produced by Mo Willems and ArtistMike
- Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures: Various
- Abby's Flying Fairy School: Blögg, Peck (occasionally)
- ↑ Jennifer V. Hughes, "Sesame Street Live comes to Izod Center", The North Jersey Record, September 30, 2010.
- ↑ episode scripts