PERFORMER Haley Jenkins
DEBUT 2019

Karli is a young monster introduced in series of videos for Sesame Street in Communities in 2019 about foster care.

Her favorite food is pizza, and she loves playing MonsterBall (which is kind of like soccer, but for monsters).[1]

She is shown to be in the care of two foster parents, Dalia and Clem. She is also good friends with Elmo. Though not addressed in the videos, the writers suggest that her mother's absence is due to being "away getting treatment for substance abuse."[2]

Karli is also set to star in videos for the site debuting in October, focusing on substance abuse.[2]

She is made from the same puppet originally used as Karina the Ballerina, with some altered facial features.


  1. The National "Meet Karli: The Newest Neighbor on Sesame Street"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Atlantic: ‘For-Now Parents’ and ‘Big Feelings’: How Sesame Street Talks About Trauma
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