Ernie and the Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman (lost Sesame Street sketch; 1971)


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Ernie and the Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman
Screenshot from Sesamstraße
Screenshot from Sesamstraße
Status Lost

"Ernie and the Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman" (usually shortened to "Ernie and the Candy Salesman") is a sketch that originally aired during Sesame Street episode 0264 (during Season 2) on May 13, 1971 (exactly a day after the Tales from Muppetland special "The Frog Prince" premiered).[1]

In this sketch, a candy salesman comes up to Ernie and sells him some pumpkin seed candy. Ernie tells the salesman that he doesn't really like pumpkin seed candy, perhaps because it is icky. He keeps selling him the sizes of pumpkin seed candy until he sells him the tiniest piece of pumpkin seed candy that he even can't see it as if it was invisible. It almost looks like Ernie is looking at the camera in a closeup shot of the tiniest piece of pumpkin seed candy.

There are no video copies of this sketch available online, but the German-dubbed version from a Sesamstraße episode that used to be uploaded to YouTube several years ago had been deleted in 2014. As a result, mostly no one has the German-dubbed clip saved to their hard drives, and it has sadly not resurfaced since. As the clip is believed to be lost from Sesame Workshop's vault, only two poor-quality stills of this segment have survived and are provided below. A MuppetCentral forum user, SesameMike, has listed the segment as one of the rare/lost Ernie and Bert sketches.[2] The only two known episodes to have this clip were Episodes 264 and 301. In foreign co-productions, Folge 2033[3] of the German co-production Sesamstraße was the only known international episode to have the sketch. The sketch was also claimed to have aired in the (lost) Italian co-production Sesamo Apriti. However, from watching a Greek dub of the clip on YouTube, a user by the name of "Sesame Street Finder" has confirmed that the sketch also aired in Sousami Anoikse, the Greek co-production, and that the Greek dub was once uploaded by Erniefan1998 (who has already been suspended from YouTube). The Greek dub had an alternate ending where the candy salesman facepalms and sighs.

As of June 2017, no person on the internet appears to have the German dub of this clip backed up on their computer before it was deleted from YouTube in 2014, and it is still completely unknown if any upcoming YouTube uploads of full episodes for foreign co-productions (i.e. Barrio Sésamo, Rechov Sumsum, etc.), besides Sesamstraße, will ever have this extremely-scarce clip included by surprise. For a time, it was rumored that Sesame Workshop held a copy, but this is simply false; a user has emailed Sesame Workshop, and they said that the clips he requested (one of them being this scarce Ernie sketch he sought) were not available. Judging by this, the user has confirmed that the video footage of the skit is not known to still exist and also can't be accessed on the official Sesame Street website[4] -- not even as a Throwback Thursday classic clip on Sesame Street's official YouTube channel[5].

There's a very small chance anyone will ever get to see this clip especially since the only copy of it in German is now removed off of the Internet, many fans have trashed their VHS recordings of the clip, and Sesame Workshop has no intention of releasing this segment (along with other rare, long-unseen segments) at all, perhaps due to the following reasons: either these segments are believed (by fans) to be lost from Sesame Workshop's archive for making room for more newly-produced episodes during 1974-1975, or there are certain legal issues keeping the majority of classic segments privately stored away.

The clip however isn't lost, but outside of Sesame Workshop keeping a copy of the clip privately stored away and never converted to digital format with all the other old shows, no one has come forward with anymore VHS recordings of the clip, so it is more than likely believed in public that all the fan recordings of the clip (recorded from television broadcast) are forever lost due to losing the clip from harddrive crashes and trashing the old videotapes that had the clip recorded on them, and it is unknown if anyone will ever come forward with a bootleg copy of the clip.

A user by the name of Radioactive Wizard has posted a thread on Scratchpad stating that a YouTuber by the name Rohail Hashmi has confirmed on Facebook that he has the German dub of the "Ernie and the Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman" (along with the longer version of the "Surprise!" song in Hebrew) saved and will upload it back online by the end of July.[6]

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References

  1. muppet.wikia.com page on Sesame Street episode 0264. Retrieved 4 Mar '17.
  2. link to the MuppetCentral forum post. Last retrieved 30 June '17
  3. muppet.wikia.com page on Sesamstraße folge 2033, the only known foreign airing of the "Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman" skit. Retrieved 30 Jun '17.
  4. The official Sesame Street website. Retrieved 1 Jul '17.
  5. Sesame Street's official YouTube channel. Retrieved 1 Jul '17.
  6. Scratchpad forum thread about the clip's exact re-upload date. Retrieved 8 July '17.

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Anonymous user #1

25 days ago
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Why exactly is this existence unconfirmed?
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BigRedMonster86

25 days ago
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Because we can't tell whether or not Sesame Workshop still holds a copy of this long-unseen gem in their archives.
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Pokematic

24 days ago
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But "existence unconfirmed" is meant for things we aren't sure if they existed in the first place. It's like the lost Dr. Who episodes where BBC destroyed the masters on accident; we know they existed, they may be buried somewhere in an affiliate's or fan's basement, but the owners of the IP can't release them even if they wanted to (thus they are lost). "Existence unconfirmed" is more for the demo tacks that fans say "I heard there's this one song that was made that never got released" and no one that would have been involved in the project (musician, record label, studio personnel, etc.) have come forward saying it was ever made or not.
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Anonymous user #2

25 days ago
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I swear i saw this a month ago on youtube while searching sesame street media...it must have gottentaken down cause i swear i know i saw it.
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BigRedMonster86

25 days ago
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WTF?!?!? What video was it on?!?!! Was it on a compilation or something?!?!
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Anonymous user #2

23 days ago
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Im pretty sure it was on a compilation on youtube somewhere im going to look it up and see if i can find it.
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BigRedMonster86

23 days ago
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Yes, please find it, help me get the clip! I don't know where to find it. If you find it, do whatever you can to download it and send it to me at crimbaldogrimebaum@gmail.com before the f'd up YouTube nukes it again!
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BigRedMonster86

23 days ago
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And if you don't know how to download it, gimme the URL link.
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BigRedMonster86

23 days ago
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Ugh... I'm painstakingly plowing through all the Sesame Street compilations there are and I can't find "Ernie and the Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman" in any of them... Can ya please send me the link to a compilation that has that clip in it?!!?!?
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BigRedMonster86

23 days ago
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CAN SOME ANONYMOUS USER PLEASE ALLEGEDLY CONTACT SOMEONE AT SESAME WORKSHOP AND RECEIVE A COPY OF THIS CLIP OF "ERNIE AND THE PUMPKIN SEED CANDY SALESMAN"?!?!!?

brittany.edwards@sesame.org
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BigRedMonster86

23 days ago
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And when you get a copy of that clip, please email it to me at crimbaldogrimebaum@gmail.com

I WANT TO WATCH THIS CLIP SO BADLY!!!!!!!
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Mynameismeh

23 days ago
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Dude actually stop

Be patient, then someone will upload it. Don't barage people
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BigRedMonster86

22 days ago
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I know, but I'm waiting for that anonymous user above (Anonymous user #2) to find that clip in one of those Sesame Street compilations somewhere on YouTube (I don't know which one it is and/or if it got removed). He told me "he saw that clip in a compilation about a month ago on YouTube while searching Sesame Street media."
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Anonymous user #2

22 days ago
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Sadly i think it got removed but i know i saw it while i was searching classic ssesame street. Im sorry friend. :(
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BigRedMonster86

22 days ago
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NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT FU#$ING YOUTUBE I COULD JUST SLAM THEIR FACES THROUGH A TABLE JUST FOR THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (throws autistic meltdown and bangs on walls)
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BigRedMonster86

22 days ago
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Heh, just makin' that up, kiddin'. It's a phrase I use as to harshly blame YouTube for what they're reportedly doing to all of these holy grails they shouldn't be keeping on there. Sorry to have to be so blunt, but it's about time for revenge to leak BOOTLEGGED copies of clips onto the Internet-- FOR REAL THIS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >=[
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Anonymous user #3

22 days ago
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Didn't Rohail Hashmi say he had this backed up?
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BigRedMonster86

22 days ago
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He did, but he hasn't reposted it back onto YouTube yet. We all need to ask him to upload the German dub of "Ernie and the Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman" from his harddrive!
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Anonymous user #3

22 days ago
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Oh, ok. I remember him saying he would probably upload it sometime this month.
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BigRedMonster86

21 days ago
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Yeah, I'm waiting for him to post it EXACTLY this month.
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Anonymous user #3

21 days ago
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Let's just hope that happens. I'm still waiting for someone to post Sesame Street episode 2909.
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BigRedMonster86

21 days ago
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I'm led to believing that "Ernie and the Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman" is lost in the public because everyone keeps absent-mindedly trashing their old tapes with the clip on it and losing backup copies of it from harddrive crashes. And it's ALL of YouTube's fault they could be taking down copies of this clip because of f$#king copyright. Now I'm in a rage over this clip because IT KEEPS GETTING DELETED ALL OVER THE INTERNET!!!!!!!!!!
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BigRedMonster86

21 days ago
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And don't forget, guys, read my talk page and be sure to leave a comment if you found the footage for that "Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman" sketch. http://lostm...RedMonster86

I had to put my text in capitals to show the importance of this sketch getting lost all over the world and getting deleted all over the Internet, despite Sesame Workshop keeping the raw footage of the sketch stored away privately in their archives.
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Kobochat

20 days ago
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Dude, chill. No matter how much you want to see this, from an objective standpoint it isn't any more important than any of the other thousands of pieces of media we have articles for. Stop spamming, it's not gonna accomplish anything
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BigRedMonster86

19 days ago
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Yeah, fine. I'm done ranting on here. The more I do it, the less likely anyone will feel like looking for it. And as of now, I'm DESPERATE to see this clip come up online again, as some user by the name Rohail Hashmi messaged me he got his harddrive fixed and he'll upload it. It's not a scam and it's not like that person who phished about that Wicked Witch episode. So relax. It'll come eventually.
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Whistlingtowork

20 days ago
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  • clears throat*

CAN. YOU. PLEASE. STOP?!?!?!

Thank you.
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BigRedMonster86

19 days ago
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Fine, yes. I can't take it anymore with all this ranting.
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Anonymous user #4

17 days ago
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BigRed, how come you're freakin' out about this so much? A lot of Sesame Street stuff is lost. No need to freak out so much about this one.
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BigRedMonster86

17 days ago
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Because I find this clip have more of an old vintage 70s effect than any other vinatge Sesame Street clip that doesn't bring back that much childhood memories. BTW Rohail Hashmi told me he has the German dub of this clip saved on his harddrive, and that he'll reupload it onto YouTube by the end of July. I posted this video in case I want other people to come forward with a copy of the clip: https://www....=jGK2ux5TF4c
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BigRedMonster86

17 days ago
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And I know WAAAAYYYY so much Sesame Street material has been lost to time. But personally I want to see THIS clip more than ANY other lost clip!
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BigRedMonster86

17 days ago
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BTW Me and three other users are working together to bring up this holy grails by petition! >:)
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Mynameismeh

17 days ago
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1. Petitions do absolutely nothing, so why bother

2. Why would you even do that when it already says that a guy is uploading it later this month
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Seychermanium

16 days ago
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Dude, calm down. Stop it. They will upload it later this month, so stop ranting and relax.

Petitions are useless, btw.
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BigRedMonster86

16 days ago
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I know petitions are impossible. But Sesame Workshop isn't going to upload it. You meant Rohail Hashmi will upload it by the end of July.
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Anonymous user #5

15 days ago
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If that Rohail Hashmi has a backup copy of this short, then just patiently wait for him to upload it. Why go on some autistic rant if you know there is hope that it will be resurfaced.

Secondly, even if Rohail Hashmi doesn't have it, I still wouldn't declare this lost forever. As long as there's still an interest for that piece of lost media, then there's always a chance that it will turn up so long as a copy of it exists somewhere. And I'm pretty sure Sesame Workshop has every episode stored in their archives somewhere.

For example, there was a huge search effort that went on to find the Cracks... a long lost Sesame Street short that aired very few times in the 70s, and have not aired since. People declared that short to be lost forever, as it seemed hopeless we would ever see that to be surfaced. And then, lo and behold, a master copy was sent to the site owner of the Lost Media Wiki. Similarly, the short where The Count orders a hot dog from Grover, was also considered lost. That also had a search effort going on, though to a lesser extent than the Cracks short. I didn't expect that one to be found, but sure enough, we eventually got it.

At least with Ernie and the Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman, that actually did show up at SOME point on Youtube, albeit in a different language. Unlike the other two examples I just listed. If it appeared on the internet once before, I'm very confident it will appear again. Personally, I'd prefer to see it in English, but that is just me.

So please calm down, and STOP with the ranting already. Please.
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BigRedMonster86

12 days ago
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Alright, alright, alright, I'll stop with my autistic meltdowns over it. I know "Candy Salesman" used to be on YouTube in German. But it got removed. Secondly, it was on a Sesame Street compilation about a month ago, but it got removed again. Let's put our hands to hope Rohail Hashmi re-uploads the German-dubbed clip onto YouTube. For some reason, I considered "Ernie and the Candy Salesman" to be a lot harder to find than the other two clips you mentioned above because it was a more unknown Sesame Street skit from the early 70s, though we recently got three clips back in Castilian Spanish (taken from Barrio Sesamo) which are "Windy," "Handful of Crumbs," and another Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School skit where Baby Breeze blames the rain for ruining his picnic. However, I'm still impatiently expecting "Ernie and the Candy Salesman" to come back because that's the one I personally wanted to see more than any other classic Sesame Street clip.
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Anonymous user #6

13 days ago
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remind me to never be part of the sesame street fandom
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Anonymous user #5

12 days ago
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I actually like the community. But unfortunately, we have the village idiots like BigRedMonster86 who tends to make the entire fanbase look bad.
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BigRedMonster86

9 days ago
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This is mostly because we've been throwing sooooooooooooo many rants/complaints about the thing that we can't always get whatever we want. I see that so many people out there just can't stand it. Ya know, I think I need a break from all this. I'm getting tired of ranting back and forth about those publicly-inaccessible clips and it's boring.
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Mynameismeh

9 days ago
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Just be a normal person and wait
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BigRedMonster86

9 days ago
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Okay, I will.
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Anonymous user #3

19 hours 45 minutes ago
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Any news?
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