Sesame Workshop created exclusive videos for online video sharing website YouTube starting in 2010 and posted under the official Sesame Street YouTube Channel.


Picture Date Description
Smell like a monster 3
October 7, 2010 Smell Like A Monster

Grover talks about the word "on".

Cookie monster hosts snl
November 23, 2010 Cookie Monster Auditions for Saturday Night Live

Cookie Monster wants to host Saturday Night Live. The segment was filmed in about two hours during the summer, not released until the fall. Cookie Monster did eventually appear on the program, albeit only singing "Silver Bells" with guest host Jeff Bridges.

May 18, 2011 Conversations With Bert: Andy Samberg, Part 1

Bert sits down at his round table to have a talk with Andy Samberg. They talk about socks throughout history (including Puttees), rocket packs. The last book Bert read was one of those depressed Russian writers, Andy's was Harry Potter; Bert feels Potter is developed enough as a writer. The intermission is signaled by Milk Break Time.

May 22, 2011 Conversations With Bert: Andy Samberg, Part 2

Bert sits down at his round table to continue his talk with Andy Samberg. They talk about their sock world views and Andy's favorite dry white toast joke. The video ends with Bert's Brain Busters (a game where Bert asks Andy a series of questions that he has to answer as fast and as honestly as he can) and Andy's comedy banter.

June 4, 2012 ElmOlympian

Social media campaign following Elmo as he prepares for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

July 10, 2012 Share It Maybe

Cookie Monster performs a spoof of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe."

Sesame Street Can You Tell-y Me How to Get to a Billion?

Sesame Street Can You Tell-y Me How to Get to a Billion?

February 14, 2013 Can You Tell-y Me How to Get to a Billion?

Telly Monster asks viewers to help Sesame Street's YouTube Channel become the first nonprofit organization and the first US children's company to reach one-billion channel views on YouTube.

While browsing videos (including "Elmo's Song," "Smell Like A Monster," "The Elmo Slide," "Kitties on the Potty," "Gangnam Grannies", and "Share It Maybe"), Telly finds a video entitled "Sesame Street Top Secret Video." However access to the file is denied, with a message saying: "This Sesame Street Video is currently unavailable. It cannot be accessed until the Sesame Street Channel has reached 1,000,000,000 views." Telly encourages viewers to keep watching Sesame Street videos to help reach the one-billion goal and unlock the special video.

Sesame Street Counting the "You"s in YouTube

Sesame Street Counting the "You"s in YouTube

March 6, 2013 Counting the "You"s in YouTube

The "Top Secret Video" promoted in the previous video. The Count (voiced for the first time by Matt Vogel) celebrates the channel's milestone by counting all the YouTube viewers.


Quotes about the videos

Comments about individual videos are on their specific pages:

  • Kevin Clash: "We're having so much fun with that. This is where it's positive to use YouTube and all those things and get that out there. Because you know the children that you want to see that, it gets right to them. Jim always wanted the adult audience to connect with whatever was going on, whatever year it was. We were looking at commercials, looking at whatever sitcom was happening, and incorporating that into Sesame Street."[1]


  1. Kevin Williamson and Jim Slotek, "The Muppets take Hollywood", Toronto Sun, February 5, 2011.

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