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Elmopalooza! is a Sesame Street special that aired on ABC on February 20, 1998. It was taped in the middle of the 29th season of Sesame Street and featured songs by celebrity guests.

About the showEdit

The show is a musical that takes place at Radio City Music Hall, featuring performances from guests Jon Stewart, David Alan Grier, Rosie O'Donnell, Gloria Estefan, En Vogue, the Fugees, Kenny Loggins, Shawn Colvin, Jimmy Buffett and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones to celebrate Sesame Street's 30th anniversary.

At the beginning of the show, Jon Stewart, the producer Prairie Dawn, and the crew for the show get stuck in a dressing room when the door won't open. The Muppets decide to produce the show themselves, with Elmo hosting, until Horatio the Elephant appears on stage, to tell Elmo and Grier that he wanted to be part of the show.

Meanwhile, Grover, Susan, Gordon, Gina, Linda, Bob, and Mr. Handford get lost on the way to Radio City Music Hall, and they end up in Roswell, New Mexico, having picked up penguins and the Yip-yip Martians as hitchhikers.

Despite a few malfunctions, the show goes on successfully as planned, as the cast sings a medley of Sesame Street songs at the end. Then, as the credits roll, the cast and performers perform, Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?

Song ListEdit


See main article Elmopalooza! (soundtrack)



  • When Telly was reacting to the country being doomed if there is no show making the people sad and the economy collapsing, it is clearly a reference to the Great Depression in real life.


The CD and cassette was released on March 3, 1998. This special was released on VHS and DVD on April 14, 1998. A reprint with the 1996 Sesame Street videos trailer and the 1996 Sesame Street Magazine promo came out later that year. Also later that year, a reprint with the 1996 Sesame Street videos trailer and the 1999 Sesame Street Magazine promo came out.

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