Granny Fanny Nesselrode (found "Sesame Street" sketches; 1970-1972)

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Granny Fanny Nesselrode

Status: Found

Date found: 10 Oct 2022

Found by: Various users

Granny Fanny Nesselrode is an old lady Muppet performed by Caroll Spinney during the first three seasons of Sesame Street. During the first season, she was made from the same puppet that was used for the Southern Colonel and then was rebuilt as a Large Lavender AM in later seasons. Her character was best known for her "Answer Lady" skits, in which she attempted to solve viewers' problems but fails miserably. The program was broadcast from her cozy, sun-filled kitchen in Goat Corners, New Hampshire. She also appeared in the first "Here is Your Life" sketch from 1972, where she celebrates the life of Oak Tree, coming down the road from a farmhouse to visit and pay her respects to the tree, whom she planted in the ground since he was just an acorn, hence also bringing a picture of the acorn. In that sketch, she was performed by Jim Henson.

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There are a total of six known Answer Lady sketches: "Pencil," "Household Hints," "Ketchup Problem," "Classifying Kittens," "Telephone," and "Alphabet." Of these six skits known to include her (not counting the "Here is Your Life: Oak Tree" skit that can be easily found all over a batch of episodes and even on Sesame Street's official YT channel), "Classifying Kittens" is the only Answer Lady skit to be found in English for awhile. "Telephone" could only be found in German. Pictures of "Household Hints", "Ketchup Problem" and "Alphabet" have been uploaded by Oscarfan on Muppet Wiki. "Pencil" never resurfaced in any form. The links to JFriendsFan96's uploads of "Classifying Kittens" and "Telephone" went dead due to him closing his account on the same day Caroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar's original performer – who also performed Granny Fanny Nesselrode) passed away on December 8th, 2019. However, JFriendsFan96 returned to YouTube in June 2020 and put both skits back up.

On July 4th, 2022, YouTuber John Woo-Hyon Kim uploaded the "Ketchup Problem" sketch to YouTube. Three months later on October 10th, after receiving every skit from an anonymous Discord user, LMW user Yoshikiller2S uploaded the "Pencil," "Household Hints," and "Alphabet" sketches to YouTube along with the English version of "Telephone."

Videos[edit | edit source]

Pencil.
Household Hints.
Classifying Kittens.
Ketchup Problem.
Alphabet.
Telephone.

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