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PERFORMER Christopher Cerf voice
  Jim Henson puppeteer
DEBUT 1973
PATTERN Fat Blue

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Little Chrissy (occasionally addressed as Chrissy or Chris) is the lead singer and piano player for Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats. He is voiced by his namesake, Christopher Cerf, who also wrote most of the character's songs. Jim Henson often performed the actual puppet until his death in 1990.[1]

Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats first appeared on Sesame Street in 1973, performing the song "Count it Higher." Other songs by the band include "Exit," "You're Alive," "Rock 'N Roll Readers," and "Cluck Around the Clock." Little Chrissy has also appeared solo in songs such as "Eight Balls of Fur," "Raise Your Hand," "The Opposite Song," and "Wet or Dry."

Little Chrissy occasionally appeared with Big Jeffie of Little Jerry and the Monotones in several songs and street stories during seasons 21 through 23. In Episodes 2867 and 2972, in which Elmo joins them, Little Chrissy is referenced as a member of Little Jerry's band.

His latest appearance to date occurred in Season 30, acting as piano accompanist to Patti LaBelle's rendition of "Gospel Alphabet."

Notes

  • Besides Henson, other performers who have puppeteered Little Chrissy include Frank Oz in a sketch where Don Music rewrote "Yankee Doodle,"[2] Richard Hunt in "Rock 'N Roll Readers," and Kevin Clash in "Eight Balls Of Fur," "Cluck Around the Clock," and "Gospel Alphabet."[3][4]
  • In "Eight Balls of Fur," Little Chrissy demolishes his piano from aggressively playing it. This was a reference to Cerf's reputation for breaking so many pianos in the studio over the years.[5]
  • A monster closely resembling Little Chrissy and voiced by Chris Cerf appeared as one of the Frazzletones in the song "Frazzle."

Episodic appearances

Book appearances

See also

  • Chrissy (member of Little Jerry and the Monotones)

Sources

  1. ↑ Cerf, Christopher Songs from the Street: 35 Years of Music booklet, p. 12
  2. ↑ Pastimes, March 1976 issue, includes a photo of Frank performing Chrissy and the Lavender Alphabeat
  3. ↑ Documents provided by trusted source
  4. ↑ Stephanie D'Abruzzo on Twitter, December 18, 2018 tweet
  5. ↑ The Atlantic "The Songsmiths of Sesame Street" by Julie Beck, March 29, 2019