Joey Mazzarino


Joey Mazzarino Murray Monster 1

MAZZARINO with Murray Monster.

Joey Mazzarino Murray Monster 2

MAZZARINO with Murray Monster.

Joey Mazzarino Murray Monster 3

MAZZARINO with Murray Monster.

JOSEPH "JOEY" MAZZARINO (born June 4th[1] 1968)[2] haD been a writer & performer on SESAME STREET since 1990.[3] Beginning with Season 40, he is the shows Head Writer. He wrote his first 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 has been the performer of the horns up half of the character since 1992, when Muppeteer veteran RICHARD HUNT passed away. MAZZARINO received his first Daytime Emmy nomination for the Outstanding Performer in a Childrens Series in 2010.

MAZZARINOs 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 & KERMITs Swamp Years.

His GROUCH-related characters are, Itchy, GRUNDGETTAs 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.

In September 2015, MAZZARINO announced on his Facebook page that he had left his position on SESAME STREET; season 46 had been recorded prior to his departure. He since worked on the JIM HENSON Company production, JULIEs GREENroom, as a writer & director.

Muppeteer CreditsEdit

Writing CreditsEdit

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SESAME STREET episodesEdit

SESAME STREET episodes written by MAZZARINO include:[5]

Voiceover ActingEdit




  1. MAZZARINOs 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.
  5. episode scripts

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