PERFORMER Andrea Martin
DEBUT 1989

Wanda Falbo (Word Fairy) appeared in a series of inserts that first appeared in season 21 of Sesame Street,[1] and continued to be shown through season 38. The storyline of Episode 2951 revolved around her, as she paid a visit to Sesame Street.

The fairy character was a carryover from SCTV, originally named Mrs. Falbo, the hostess of "Mrs. Falbo's Tiny Town". Her segment theme was written by Tony Geiss.


Picture Segment / First Appearance Description
Episode 2621
Wanda, with the help of Barkley, presents a word which represents large, shaggy animals who like to chase sticks (or wands).
Episode 2652
Wanda demonstrates words for food with the help of a grocer's display. (The grocer is played by Leonard Jackson.)
Episode 2655
Wanda talks to Tinkerbell on a pay phone. She then demonstrates for the viewer how a phone works.
Later airings of this segment end after the word "STUCK," omitting the part where Wanda says "DARN IT!"
Episode 2678
Wanda presents a word about her parents (played by Sonia Manzano and Bob McGrath) explaining there is a word you call them both when they're your parents. The words are "mom" and "dad."


  1. Reading Eagles: TV Times: "Sesame Street is returning for its 21st Season".
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