Granny Fanny Nesselrode (partially lost Sesame Street sketches; 1970-1972)

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Status: Partially Lost


Granny Fanny Nesselrode is an old lady Muppet performed by Caroll Spinney during Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3. 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.

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. "Telephone" has been found in German. Pictures of "Household Hints", "Ketchup Problem" and "Alphabet" have been uploaded by Oscarfan on Muppet Wiki. "Pencil" has not 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 8 Dec 2019. However, JFriendsFan96 has returned to YouTube in June of 2020, and put both the skits back up.

Classifying Kittens.
Telephone (German dub).
Here is Your Life: Oak Tree.


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