Elmopalooza is a one-hour TV special that aired on ABC on February 20, 1998.

Jon Stewart plans to host a music special to celebrate Sesame Street’s 30th anniversary. Jon and the show's crew, including producer Prairie Dawn, are in a dressing room getting ready for the show. Elmo visits them before the show starts and then leaves, shutting the door before Jon can tell him that the door is broken: it won't open once it's shut. Elmo decides to host the show, and the rest of the Sesame Street cast work behind-the-scenes, presenting music video remakes of classic Sesame Street songs.

Meanwhile, Grover drives Susan, Gordon, Gina, Bob, and Mr. Handford in a limo to the studio, but Grover gets lost and they end up in Roswell, New Mexico.

A soundtrack album was also released on cassette and CD, and the special was released on VHS two months after the special aired, on April 14th

Songs Edit

  • Just Happy to Be Me with The Fugees
  • Mambo I, I, I with Gloria Estefan
  • Zig Zag Dance with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • I Don't Want to Live on the Moon with Shawn Colvin and Ernie
  • I Want a Monster to Be My Friend with En Vogue
  • Nearly Missed with Rosie O'Donnell and Elmo
  • Caribbean Amphibian with Jimmy Buffet and Kermit the Frog
  • One Small Voice with Kenny Loggins
  • Songs with Jon Stewart, Elmo, and the cast
  • Rubber Duckie
  • C is for Cookie
  • I Love Trash
  • The People in Your Neighborhood
  • Sesame Street Theme (over credits) with various celebrities and Muppets

Characters Edit

Major Muppets

Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Zoe, Prairie Dawn, Bert, Ernie, Count von Count, Grover, Cookie Monster, Telly Monster, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, The Martians, Two Headed Monster, Rosita, Biff, Kermit the Frog, Baby Bear, The Elephant, Sparky, Poison Cackler, Brool the Minstrel, Wander McMooch, Sprocket, Beastie, Philo and Gunge, Noble Fraggle, Rock Hockey Hannah, Miss Kitty, Blue Frackle, Green Frackle, Snake Frackle, Six Frackles, Lenny the Lizard, Luncheon Counter Monster, Flower-Eating Monster, Droop, Sweetums, Thog, Doglion, The Mutations, Timmy Monster, Mean Mama, Fletcher Bird, Bossmen, The Clodhoppers, Hilda, Gaffer, Male Koozebanian Creature, Female Koozebanian Creature, Baby Koozebanian Creatures, Koozebanian Phoob, Lenny the Lizard, The Fazoobs, Gobo Fraggle, Wembley Fraggle, Red Fraggle, Mokey Fraggle, Boober Fraggle, Uncle Traveling Matt, Sprocket, Marjory the Trash Heap, Philo and Gunge, Junior Gorg, Ma Gorg, Pa Gorg, Cotterpin Doozer, Architect Doozer, Wrench Doozer, Flange Doozer, Modem Doozer, Wingnut Doozer, Doozers, Feenie Fraggle, Marlon Fraggle, Morris Fraggle, Rumple Fraggle, Lou Fraggle, Dimpley Fraggle, Beige Fraggle, Noble Fraggle, Marly Fraggle, Uncle Gobo Fraggle, Dimple and Wimple, Herkimer Fraggle, Gillis Fraggle, The World's Oldest Fraggle, Henchy Fraggle, The Cave's Oldest Fraggle, Baby Poison Cackler, Marggles, Wander McMooch, Mudwell the Mudbunny, Blustering Bellowpane Monster, Beastie, Baby Tree Creature, Mama Tree Creature, Papa Tree Creature, Skenfrith, Cantus the Minstrel, Brio the Minstrel, Balsam the Minstrel, Unname Cave Creatures, Lanford, Bill, Gil, Mrs. Appleby, Robin the Frog, Chickens, Pigs, Yolanda Rat, Chester Rat, Masterson Rat, Tatooey Rat, Mr. Plagueman, Rats, Angel Marie, Blind Pew, Calico, Black Dog, Spotted Dick, Old Tom, Walleye Pike, Real Old Tom, Dead Tom, One-Eyed Jack, Begger, Laundress, Old Joe, Mrs. Dilber, Undertaker, Mr. Applegate, Mr. Bitte, Ace Yu, Colleen Barker, Miss Belle, Bugsy Them, Laughing Boy, Mad Dog, Scruffy, Spot (Dog City), Bubba the Bartender, Officer Fuzzy, Artie Springer, Terri Springer, Afghan Hound, Baskerville the Hound, Foo-Foo, Muppy, Lyle the Dog, Rufus the Dog, French Poodle, Dwayne, Wolfhound, Jim the Dog, Frank the Dog, Dogs, Jake the Polar Bear, Stinky the Skunk, Armstrong the Chicken Hawk, Bunnie Bear, Rhonda the Raccoon, Guffrey the Vulture, Doreen the Camel, Lydia the Ostrich, Tommy the Thomson's Gazelle, Custer the Bison, D'kembe the Gemsbok, Monica the Musk Ox, Dooley the Armadillo, Bernice the Warthog, Hector the Spider Monkey, Trudy the Chimpanzee, Victor the Rattlesnake, Hortense the Hornbill, Swifty the Cheetah, Achilles the Shark, Perry the Wild Horse, Ralph the Moose, Pearl the Pika, Galahad the Grasshopper Mouse, Lamont the Sloth, Harry the Rhinoceros, Virginia the Red Fox, Leapovitch the Frog, Winston the Woodpecker, Stella the Stoat, Stanley the Mouse, Kasey the Kangaroo, Flora the Koala, Sly the Crocodile, Billy Bunny, The Turtle, The Termite, The Porcupine, Cecil Bear, Percival Bear, Edger Bear, Beth Bear, Prairie Dogs, Raccoons, Horses, Cows, Ghosts, Wayne and Wanda, Annie Sue, Miss Kitty, Uncle Deadly, Flute-Snatcher, Fozzie Bear, Scooter, Dr. Teeth, Animal, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Zoot, Lips, Shakey Sanchez, Lew Zealand, Beauregard, Jacques Roach, Digit, Leon, Lindbergh, Chip, Zondra, Vicki, Flash, Beard, Anthony, Fern, Jojo, The Extremes, Captain Pighead, Snorty, Mr. Curly Twirly, The Gills Brothers, Mahna Mahna, The Snowths, Tosh Fraggle, Eliot Shag, Dodo, Clueless Morgan, Polly Lobster, Mad Monty, The Storyteller's Dog, Bertha, Lindy, Deer, Paul Revere, Sopwith the Camel, King Ploobis, Queen Peuta, Scred, Wisss, Vazh, The Mighty Favog, Basil, Chaos, Louis, The Rock and Roll Monster, Splurge, Conrad Love, Thudge, Scudge, Little Girl Sue, The Southern Colonel, Twill, Harrison, The Glutton, Gawain, Kay, Garth, King Rupert the Second, Aunt Taminella, Featherstone, Socks the Cat, Chelli, Lyle, Bag, Argyle McSock, Sofie, The Dirt Sisters, Frankie Frank, Dread, Bird (CityKids), Inside the Head, Koozebanians (CityKids)

Background Muppets

The Oinker Sisters, Forgetful Jones, Herry Monster, Frazzle, Roxie Marie, Sully, Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Granny Bird, The Squirrelles, green Anything Muppet lady, Jill, Frogs, Honkers, Chickens, Penguins, Sheep, The Amazing Mumford, Clementine, Angus McGonagle, Begoony, Blustering Bellowpane Monster, Gnu, Butch the tiger, Inkspots, Large Marvin Fraggle, Murray the Minstrel, Ohreally Bird, Quongo, Storyteller Fraggle, Youknow Bird, Mudwell the Mudbunny, Green Scoff, Blue Scoff, Abe and Bernie, Scotsman, Luis Greco, Arabs, Jim Henson Muppet, Frank Oz Muppet, Jerry Nelson Muppet, Jim Frawley Muppet, Ector, Javas

Sesame Street Humans

Susan, Gordon, Bob, Mr. Handford, Gina, Luis, Maria, Ruthie

Cast Edit

Muppet Performers

  • Kevin Clash as Elmo and Green-furred Frackle
  • Caroll Spinney as Big Bird and Oscar
  • Frank Oz as Bert, Cookie Monster, Grover and Flower-Eating Monster
  • Jerry Nelson as The Count, Two-Headed Monster, Biff, Noble Fraggle, Blue Frackle, Lenny the Lizard and Droop
  • Steve Whitmire as Ernie, Kermit, Sprocket, Beastie and Green Frackle
  • Dave Goelz as Philo and Purple Frackle
  • Tyler Bunch as Gunge and Jade Green Frackle
  • Martin P. Robinson as Telly, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus and Martian
  • Fran Brill as Prairie Dawn, Zoe and Pink Frackle
  • David Rudman as Baby Bear, Two-Headed Monster, Sparky, Penguin, Wander McMooch and Luncheon Counter Monster
  • Joey Mazzarino as The Elephant
  • Carmen Osbahr as Rosita
  • Kathryn Mullen as Rock Hockey Hannah
  • Jim Kroupa as Miss Kitty
  • John Lovelady as Snake Frackle
  • Mike Quinn as Gray Frackle and Long-Beaked Frackle
    • Pam Arciero, Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal, Jim Martin, Alice Dinnean (Penguin), Bryant Young, John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel (Poison Cackler, Brool), John Kennedy, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Eric Jacobson, Rick Lyon, Don Reardon, Julianne Buescher, Drew Massey, Kevin Carlson, Joe Selph, Brad Abrell

Also Starring

  • Ruth Buzzi, Emilio Delgado, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Alison Bartlett O' Reilly, Roscoe Orman, David Langston Smyrl

Celebrity Guest Stars

  • Jon Stewart, David Alan Grier, The Fugees, Gloria Estefan, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, En Vogue, Richard Belzer, Shawn Colvin, Andy Richter, Chris Rock, Rosie O'Donnell, Kenny Loggins, Jimmy Buffett, Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, Conan O'Brien, Will Smith (archive footage), Jada Pinkett Smith (archive footage), Tony Bennett (archive footage), Madonna (archive footage)

Credits Edit

  • Executive Producer: Nancy Kanter
  • Co-Executive Producer: Kevin Clash
  • Produced by Karin Young Shiel
  • Written by Tom J. Astle and Joey Mazzarino
  • Directed by Tom Trbovich
  • Puppet Captain: Kevin Clash
  • Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop: Mark Zeszotek, Stephen Rotondaro, Lara MacLean, Karena Wienands, Carol Binion, Peter MacKeenan, Carol Yannuzzi, Naomi Eisenstadt, Jane Gootnick, Scott Johnson, Marian Keating
  • Costume Designers: Bill Kellard, Terry Roberson
  • Associate Director: Ted May
  • Music Director: John Boylan
  • Music Supervisor: Alan Silverman
  • Additional Music: Gary Anderson, Steve Skinner
  • Music Consultant: Chris Cerf
  • Music Coordinator: Ed Mitchell
  • Camera: Frank Biondo, Mark Whitman, Larry Solomon
  • Audio: Blake Norton
  • Locations courtesy of: Conan O'Brien, MTV Networks, Radio City Music Hall
  • Taped at: Sony Music Studios, NYC
  • Special Thanks: Ben Campisi, Dana Coccara, Melissa Dino, Danny Epstein, Ted Gardner, Ellen Lewis Gideon, Ellen Goldfader, Ted Green, Eric Greenspan, Karen Ialacci, Nan Halperin, Andy Kadison, Majorie Kalins, Ann Kearns, Wendy Moss, Chuck Nankivell, Vicky Newman, Jodi Nussbaum, John Phillips, Renee Rachelle, Arlene Sherman, Deborah Strafella, Neil Sullivan, Daphne Walter, Alan Winnikoff
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