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Thomas Sanford served as a walk-around performer in several Sesame Street Live tours, from the premiere show in 1980 until 1986. As a puppeteer, he performed in the wedding finale sequence of The Muppets Take Manhattan, operating Sam the Eagle and Beth Bear.[1]

Sanford performed for Sesame Street Live from 1980-1986. For the first two years, he performed in VEE's premiere show, A Sesame Street Mystery: The Case of the Missing Rara Avis; he played Victor the green Seedy Bird, a constable in was the Big Bird understudy. When the tour ended in Puerto Rico, he flew to Portland, Oregon to replace an injured performer in a show in progress, Big Bird's Super Spectacular Totally Amateur Show.[1]

After that tour ended, he joined the cast of Around the World, in the roles of Big Bird, Herry Monster, and the pink Honker.

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