Joey Mazzarino
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Joseph "Joey" Mazzarino (born June 4th[1] 1968)[2] has been a writer & performer on Sesame Street since 1990.[3] Beginning with Season 40, he is the show's Head Writer. He wrote his 1st sketch for the show, the Columbo parody "Colambo", as an audition piece, & soon found himself cast in the title role. He was promoted to head writer in season 40.

With an inclination toward ad-libbing & a reputation as a cut-up on set, Mazzarino has become a prominent player in the current cast of Sesame Street. His recurring characters include Murray Monster, Papa Bear, Stinky the Stinkweed, & the boisterous, tutu-wearing Elephant, known as Horatio. In recent years he's also taken over for 1 half of the Two-Headed Monster from Jerry Nelson performing the character with David Rudman, who's been the performer of the horns up half of the character since 1992, when Muppeteer veteran Richard Hunt passed away. Mazzarino received his 1st Daytime Emmy nomination for the Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series in 2010.

Mazzarino's writing credits include Bear in the Big Blue House & the non-Muppet series The Upside Down Show & Sheep in the Big City (which was created by former Sesame Street writer Mo Willems, & for which he also did voice-overs). He also co-wrote the screenplays for The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Muppets from Space & Kermit's Swamp Years.

His Grouch-related characters are, Itchy, Grundgetta's pet Rottendoodle, a Grouch Delivery Man from episode 4237, Phooey Louie, Swampy, Hairy Hairy More Contrary, Spill O'Reilly, (a parody of Bill O'Reilly), & Bug from The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.

Mazzarino is married to actress Kerry Butler who has appeared on Sesame Street as Ms. Camp, the letter carrier. They have a daughter named Segi, whom they adopted from Ethiopia. His daughter is the inspiration for the Sesame Street song I Love My Hair.

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David Rudman/Joey Mazzarino Muppet Pairings



  1. Mazzarino's Facebook
  3. Sesame Workshop Season 40 Production Bios
  4. Jennifer V. Hughes, Sesame Street Live "comes to Izod Center", The North Jersey Record, September 30th, 2010.

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