List of guest stars on Sesame Street

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The following is a list of guest stars who have appeared on the television series Sesame Street.











  • Ice-T
  • Eric Idle
  • India.Arie sings the ABC's with Elmo.
  • James Ingram
  • Mark Ingram, one special: Ingram, a New York Giants player, appears during the celebrity performance of "Put Down the Duckie" in Put Down the Duckie: The Sesame Street Special.
  • Jeremy Irons, appears during the celebrity performance of "Put Down the Duckie" in Put Down the Duckie: The Sesame Street Special, 1988.
  • Bill Irwin










  • Rachael Ray two segments, one baking pumpernickel bread, one describing the word 'amazing.'
  • R.E.M. sing the song "Furry, Happy Monsters"
  • R2-D2
  • Sally Jessy Raphaël
  • Lou Rawls, one segment: Rawls appeared in a segment during the first season, to sing the alphabet. He dismissed the concept of using cue cards for the performance, but reversed such decision when he forgot the order of the letters.[12]
  • Christopher Reeve, three segments: Reeve first appeared on the show in the 1980s. He reappeared in 2000 for two segments; in one Reeve says the alphabet with Ernie and Ernie's Rubber Duckie, the other he demonstrates the independent living skills he developed after acquiring a disability in 1995 (quadriplegia).
  • Paul Reubens, two segments: Reubens, as Pee-wee Herman, recited his own version of the alphabet in a 1987 insert. Reubens was also recorded for the celebrity version of Put Down the Duckie.
  • Malvina Reynolds, season 4 cast member: A folksinger, songwriter, and political activist, then 73-year-old Reynolds appeared on the show performing songs "This House Is Your House".
  • Helen Reddy
  • Ryan Reynolds - The A Team as the letter A
  • Andy Richter, one special: While trying to deliver a tape in the Elmopalooza special, Big Bird runs through the set of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, where Conan is interviewing the Yip Yips; Richter is seen in the background very briefly.
  • Sally Ride, one segment: In January 1984, the year immediately following her historic mission, Ride taped a segment on the series where she talks about how A is for astronaut, while Grungetta visits.
  • Kelly Ripa, unable to find the slip of paper on which she wrote the meaning of "frustrated" in episode 4144.
  • Tim Robbins, two segments, one street scene: Robbins appeared in two 1990 insert segments. In the first, he performs at Prairie Dawn's pageant about the seasons; Robbin's then 5-year-old daughter Eva appeared at the end of the segment.[13] The second, first aired episode 3960, he talks about surprises with Elmo. In a 1997 street scene, Robbins rents a room at the Furry Arms Hotel, which he shares with Muppet animals. Talking to Sesame Street Magazine in 1997, Robbins listed three reasons for appearing on the show: his children, Eva, Jack Henry, and Miles.[13] Robbin's then five-year-old son Miles taped three segments with Baby Bear that appeared throughout the 29th season.[13]
  • Doris Roberts, two appearances in one special: In the introduction to Sesame Street special The Street We Live On, Roberts is one of the celebrities in the "My Favorite Sesame Street Moments" clip. She later appears in a celebrity montage of the song "Dance Myself to Sleep".
  • Julia Roberts, Elmo demonstrates to her how to look scared
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Smokey Robinson, Singing "You Really Got A Hold On Me" for the letter "U"
  • Chris Rock
  • Adam Rodríguez, As Detective (Alphie) Betts, helps Elmo and Abby find the missing R objects stolen by the Letter R
  • Seth Rogen
  • Fred Rogers
  • Al Roker
  • Ray Romano
  • Rebecca Romjin defines "accessories" with Abby
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Diana Ross, singing the song "If You Believe" with Big Bird in 1979.
  • Mike Rowe, appearing in a segment parody of Dirty Jobs called Dirtiest Jobs, with Oscar the Grouch
  • Paul Rudd
  • Mark Ruffalo






  • Barbara Walters
  • Patrick Warburton, explaining "stuck" with a chicken stuck in his shirt
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner
  • Naomi Watts, explaining "exchange" with Elmo
  • Denzel Washington
  • Oprah Winfrey, on season 41 premiere, as the voice of 'O' on "The O Show".
  • Lillias White, season 21-24 cast member, 1 street scene: White appeared from 1989 through 1993 as "Lillian", a regular cast member of the show, winning a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance. During her stint, she also voiced the lead singer of The Squirrelles, a Muppet singing group, consisting of three squirrels. She returned in 2006 as a guest for a season 37 street scene, playing Gabi and Miles' kindergarten teacher Ms. Walsh, in a flashback sequence.
  • Brian Williams, demonstrating "squid" in a separately-recorded segment, and also as a guest news-anchor reporting that nobody on Sesame Street is sharing
  • Robin Williams, six segments: Williams appeared numerous times in the 1990s and 2000s. In the first, aired in 1992 as episode 2963, Williams uses his shoe to demonstrate what makes something alive. Robin then appeared in a celebrity version of "Monster in the Mirror". Another segment has Robin comparing the similarities and difference between himself and a Muppet robin. In another segment, Williams asks Elmo and the kids whether they would allow a nonsense talking, horned two-headed stranger to play baseball with them. In 2000's episode 3684, Williams talks to Elmo about what you can do with a stick. In 2001's episode 3923, Williams shows off the wonders of feet. The Two Headed Monster shows up to play.
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Venus Williams
  • Joe Williams
  • Wendy Williams
  • Flip Wilson
  • Mookie Wilson
  • Chandra Wilson
  • Henry Winkler
  • Lee Ann Womack
  • Stevie Wonder
  • B. D. Wong
  • Noah Wyle sings with Big Bird



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  2. ^ "Sesame Street: Jack Black defines Octagon". 
  3. ^ "Sesame Street: Andrea Bocelli's Lullabye To Elmo". 
  4. ^ Tough Pigs - My Week with Sesame 2003
  5. ^ "Family Food: Richard Dawson and Sesame Street"
  6. ^ Sesame Street: Anna Faris: Gem, accessed 2011-01-20.
  7. ^ "'You can't control a Muppet and a fat guy': Elmo meets Ricky Gervais". The Guardian. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  8. ^ [ v=wDaszN9ByxM&feature=channel "Sesame Street: Neil Patrick Harris has Telly's New Shoe"]. 
  9. ^ "Sesame Street: Hootie And The Blowfish Sing Hold My Hand". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  10. ^ a b "Sesame Street: Billy Joel And Marlee Matlin Sing Just The Way You Are". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  11. ^ Sesame Street pulls Katy Perry from show September 24, 2010, The Associated Press
  12. ^ Sesame Street Old School: Volume 1 DVD booklet.
  13. ^ a b c "D Is for Dad", P.J. Tanz. Sesame Street Magazine, June 1997.
  14. ^ "Sesame Street: Paul Simon Sings Me & Julio". 
  15. ^ "Sesame Street: Ben Stiller Sings About Friends & Neighbors". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  • Borgenicht, David (1998). Sesame Street Unpaved. Hyperion Books. ISBN 0-7868-6460-5.