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Elmo being interviewed by Kathie Lee Kathie.


Benny Rabbit proposes helping Ronald Grump with his evil plan.


The cast protests "1, 2, 3, 4, Sesame Street forever more!"

Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! was a 1994 TV special that aired on ABC to celebrate Sesame Street's 25th anniversary. It was originally broadcast on May 18, 1994.[1]

The show featured Joe Pesci (as Ronald Grump), Corbin Bernsen (as real estate attorney, Arnie), Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman (as Worm TV hosts), John Goodman (as Tough Guy Helpline operator), Charles Grodin (as Chaz), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (as reporter Kathie Lee Kathie), Rosie O'Donnell (as the Good Hope Fairy), Susan Sarandon (as Bitsy), Barbara Walters (reporting for 25/25), and Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford (as themselves).

Celebrities from archive footage include Sally Field, Jodie Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, Lena Horne, Jeremy Irons, Bo Jackson, Martin Short (as Ed Grimley) with Billy Crystal, John Candy, Ray Charles, Glenn Close, Jamie Lee Curtis, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen, Itzhak Perlman, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross, Barbara Walters, Phoebe Cates, Kevin Kline, Maya Angelou, En Vogue, Aaron Neville, Henry Winkler (as The Fonz), Jay Leno, Carol Kane, Julia Roberts, Jim Carrey, Jane Curtin, Marisa Tomei, Mel Gibson, Robin Williams, Paul Simon, Lily Tomlin (as Ernestine), Denzel Washington, Marlee Matlin, Patti LaBelle, and Marilyn Horne.


Tycoon billionaire Ronald Grump (a parody of Donald Trump played by Joe Pesci) wants to demolish Sesame Street to build his Grump Tower, and it's up to the Sesame Street citizens to save their favorite buildings from being destroyed.


  • At the age of 16, John Tartaglia visited the set of the special and was roped into his first puppeteering job for the show. He assisted John Kennedy in performing Count von Count (to Jerry's vocal track) in one scene.[2]
  • The special was recorded during the week of April 25, 1994. Behind the scenes of the shoot was documented for an episode of Opening Shot.


Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Zoe, Telly Monster, Benny Rabbit, Slimey, Count von Count, Sully
Background Muppets
Ernie, Bert, Prairie Dawn, Grover, Herry Monster, Humphrey, Ingrid, AM Monsters, Rosita, Baby Bear, Merry Monster, Chickens
Sesame Street Humans
Luis, Maria, Gordon, Celina, Savion, Ruthie, Carlo, Gabi, Tarah


Muppet Performers
Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson, Kevin Clash, Fran Brill, Joey Mazzarino, Rick Lyon, John Kennedy
Sesame Street Cast
Carlo Alban, Ruth Buzzi, Annette Calud, Desiree Casado, Emilio Delgado, Savion Glover, Sonia Manzano, Roscoe Orman, Tarah Schaeffer



  1. โ†‘ McNeil, Alex Total Television, 4th edition, section on Sesame Street.
  2. โ†‘ Puppet Kitchen: Episode 25: Puppet Time Online - John Tartaglia (09:03)

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