WarrenWolf
PERFORMER Kevin Clash
DEBUT 1981

Warren Wolf was a wolf reporter, a Sesame Street parody of sports broadcaster Warner Wolf, a staple of New York City news broadcasts during the 1980s and 1990s.

Announced in a press release as a new character on Sesame Street in season 12[1], he ended up only appearing in one segment: a 1981 Sesame Street News Flash sketch in which he interviewed Dr. Nobel Price. (First: Episode 1475)

Performer Kevin Clash claimed that Warren was intended to take the place of Kermit the Frog as the roving reporter, due to Jim Henson's busy schedule, but the character failed to take off.[2]

The puppet design for Warren first appeared as early as 1979, as one of the wolf hopefuls who audition for Kermit's production of "The Three Little Pigs" in a Season 10 skit. The brown wolf (performed here by Frank Oz) fails to land the part of The Big Bad Wolf due to his diminutive size.

His merchandise appearances include the 1980 coloring book More Who's Who on Sesame Street, the 1982 coloring book City, the 1982 Sesame Street card game You're a Grouch! and the 1984 coloring book Trace & Color.

Book appearances

Sources

  1. season 12 press kit, found at CTW Archives
  2. Kevin Clash interview, video interview for the Archive of American Television, conducted on July 20, 2004. [00:22] "I did a character called 'Warner [sic] Wolf'..."
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