For most people who grew up in and around the United States, Sesame Street was a large part of their formative years. The various people and Muppets who have appeared on the series over the years have helped teach generations of children how to count, spell, sing, and dance, and since 1969, the series has been aided by more than 700 celebrity guest stars.
For some, getting a spot on Sesame Street is all about bragging rights, or having something their kids can be proud of, while others enjoy an opportunity to help children whenever they can. Over the years, some of these famous folks have spoken about their time on the show, and while there have been hundreds, these celebrities have all looked back on their time on Sesame Street with these fond anecdotes about their experiences.
Trisha Yearwood has made one appearance on Sesame Street, having shown up on the series in 1998. She performed the song "I'm Talkin' Love" alongside Harry Monster, Grover, and Baby Bear. Her appearance was a big deal for the country music star, and she spoke about her time on the show in an article published in Upfront discussing the publishing of a boxed set of the series:
Being on Sesame Street was one of the biggest highlights of a career that's had many; I got to sing with Grover - how cool is that?
- Age: 57
- Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Monticello
Billy Crystal appeared alongside his fellow SNL co-star Martin Short in 1983, and Crystal enjoyed his time working on Sesame Street. He discussed his appearance with the following:
It was like going backstage at the circus. Brilliant people who were funny and improvisational, like commedia dell' arte. As I recall, they had some ideas, and Marty and I sort of jumped in and started playing. I remember my kids were watching - it was one of their happiest times on a set.
- Age: 73
- Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Upper East Side
Judy Collins has appeared on at least 13 separate occasions, and in each of her appearances, she sang a song with some of the characters and/or children. Her first appearance came in 1975 when she sang "The Fisherman Song" with the Anything Muppets. Her final appearance featured her singing "One Thing Leads to Another" with Biff.
She has discussed her time on the show on a number of occasions. In one article, she was quoted as saying, "I enjoy being on the program, and I like the altitude of the show, and the people. I feel committed to children's enlightenment, and the show is a way I can reach them." Regarding her first time appearing on the show, she said:
Everyone was so normal. And they were so natural together. I think that’s why I was so comfortable with the Muppets - the operators completely disappeared, and you were just with this creature! I’m not even sure the show was scripted. I must have been told what to do, but it felt like I was making it up as I went along. It was a very enlightened time - it was like, this is what it is, and this is who we are.
- Age: 82
- Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has had a long relationship with Sesame Street, having started with the show during its first season in 1969. The NBA superstar was only 22 when he made his first appearance, but it wasn't his last. He returned to the set several times, and he even formed personal relationships with several of the people working on the show, including Big Bird:
Big Bird has been my feathered friend for 50 years. Sure, we don't see each other as much as I'd like, but when we do get together, it's nice to have someone I can look straight in the eyes without bending my neck.
- Age: 74
- Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America