Ernie and the Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman (found Sesame Street sketch; 1971)
Screenshot from Sesamstraße.
Date found: 26 Aug '17
Found by: PumpkinJFriend
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 264" (during Season 2) on May 13, 1971 (exactly a day after the Tales from Muppetland special "The Frog Prince" premiered).
In this sketch, a candy salesman approaches Ernie and tries to sell him some pumpkin seed candy. Ernie tells the salesman that he doesn't really like pumpkin seed candy, perhaps because it is icky. He goes on to pitch to Ernie the smaller sizes of pumpkin seed candy he has until he finally 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.
The sketch was known to have aired in two episodes on Sesame Street (#264 and #301) during 1971. Other airings of the segment, especially in foreign countries, remain unidentified, other than Folge 2033 of Sesamstraße.
The clip was once uploaded in German, likely circa 2009, and lasted on YouTube for a while before being removed in 2014. An English version of the skit was commercially released for the first time in a Sesame Street compilation on Sesame Street's official YT channel in 2015 but said compilation has been taken down since May 2017. There was also an alternate take of this in DVD quality with a KiKA watermark in 2006, but like the other Sesamstraße clips that were pulled in February 2007 as a result of Viacom at the time, that one was pulled also.
Following its deletion from YouTube, the clip remained missing again throughout the summer until YouTube user PumpkinJFriend had finally reuploaded the video for the sketch, in English, on August 26, 2017. It might have been on Sesame Street's official YouTube page, judging by a sesamestreet.org watermark on the bottom right corner of the screen.
As of January 5th, 2018, abuwahab 3 uploaded an Arabic Iftah Ya Simsim episode containing the sketch in its Arabic dub at 4:49.
- A Muppet Wikia page on Sesame Street "Episode 264". Retrieved 04 Mar '17
- A Muppet Wikia page on Sesamstraße folge 2033. Retrieved 03 Jul '17
- muppetcentral.com forum post of supposed lost Ernie and Bert sketches. Retrieved 16 Feb '19