Joey Mazzarino

Joseph Mazzarino (born June 4, 1968) is an American puppeteer, actor, writer and director. He is best known for his roles on Sesame Street as Murray Monster, Stinky the Stinkweed and other Muppets. Mazzarino was also the head writer for the show in 1992.[1]

Joey Mazzarino
Joseph Mazzarino

(1968-06-04) June 4, 1968 (age 52)
OccupationPuppeteer, actor, writer, director
Years active1986–present
(m. 1991)


Former Muppet performer Camille Bonora influenced Mazzarino when she taught an improvisation class at his university, and eventually introduced him to Jim Henson. Mazzarino later became the head writer for Sesame Street and also worked on The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Muppets From Space, and Kermit's Swamp Years.[2]

When Mazzarino auditioned for Sesame Street, he wrote a sketch called "Colambo" and soon found himself cast in the title role. Since then, he had been a prominent member of the Sesame Street cast where he performed Horatio the Elephant, Murray Monster, Papa Bear, Stinky the Stinkweed, and various characters until 2015, when he resigned.

Personal lifeEdit

Mazzarino is married to actress Kerry Butler.[3] They have two adoptive daughters, one named Segi for whom he wrote the Sesame Street song "I Love My Hair." The Muppet who sang the song was also named Segi.



  • Aliens in the Family – Spit (voice)
  • Big Bag – Chelli, Lyle the Sock
  • Blue's Clues – Boogie Woogie, Roary, Sprinkles (in "Meet Blue's Baby Brother!")
  • Blue's Room – Boogie Woogie, Roary, Sprinkles (season 2)
  • CityKids – Captain (Inside the Head)
  • Dog City – Artie Springer
  • Elmo's World – Big Foot, Brown Bunny (in "Elmo Has Two! Hands, Ears & Feet")
  • Journey to Ernie – The Mighty Joke Tree, Sammy (squirrel), Artist Walrus, Penguin (voice), Kittens 2 and 3
  • Muppet Time – Icky No-No, Kirby, one of the Frog Scouts
  • Nick Jr. – Flexy ("Little Big Room" segments)
  • Nature Cat – Cruiser
  • Panwapa – Bill the Bug
  • Sesame Street – Murray Monster, Blögg ("Abby's Flying Fairy School" segments), Colambo, Horatio the Elephant, Ingrid, Joey Monkey, Merry Monster, Narf, Old MacDonald, Papa Bear, Stinky the Stinkweed, Two-Headed Monster (left head, 2001–2016), The Fairy Godperson, Zostic ("Super Morphin Mega Monsters" segments)
  • Sheep in the Big City – General Lee Outrageous, Buddy Somebody, Count D'Ten
  • The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss – Elwood the Jester (in "The King's Beard"), Lester McBird (in "Lester Leaps In")
  • Team Umizoomi - Brachiosaurus (voice) (Uncredited)


Crew workEdit


  1. ^ "Interview With Sesame Street Head Writer Joey Mazzarino". April 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Hennes, Joe (February 23, 2009). "A Chat with Joey Mazzarino, part 1". Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Broadway Buzz - Videos, Interviews, Photos, News and Tickets -".

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Jerry Nelson
Performer of Two-Headed Monster (left head)
Succeeded by
Eric Jacobson
Preceded by
Performer of Horatio the Elephant
Succeeded by
Peter Linz