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Joey Mazzarino (born June 4, 1968) is an American puppeteer, writer, director and actor. 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
Born (1968-06-04) June 4, 1968 (age 51)
OccupationPuppeteer, writer, director, actor
Years active1986–present
Kerry Butler (m. 1991)


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.[2] 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 (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 (in "Elmo Has Two Hands Ears and Feet")
  • Journey to Ernie - The Mighty Joke Tree, Sammy (squirrel), Artist Walrus, Penguin (voice)
  • 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
  • Pinky Dinky Doo - Additional voices (voice)
  • Sesame Street – Murray Monster, Blögg ("Abby's Flying Fairy School" segments), Colambo, Horatio the Elephant, Ingrid, Joey Monkey, Merry Monster, Narf, Old McDonald, Papa Bear, Stinky the Stinkweed, Two-Headed Monster (Left Head, 2001–2016), Bill the Bug, Zostic ("Super Morphin Mega Monsters" segments)
  • Sheep in the Big City – Dr. Oh-No-No-No, Frankie Von Fashion, Shrimpy the Shrimp Who Raps
  • The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss – Elwood the Jester (in "The King's Beard"), Lester McBird (in "Lester Leaps In")


Crew workEdit


  1. ^ "Interview With Sesame Street Head Writer Joey Mazzarino". April 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "Broadway Buzz - Videos, Interviews, Photos, News and Tickets -".

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Preceded by
Jerry Nelson
Performer of Two-Headed Monster (left head)
Succeeded by
Eric Jacobson