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This is a list of official billings for the Muppet pair of "Bert and Ernie" (or "Ernie and Bert"), which has been the subject of much debate and variation over the years. Unlike the comedy pairs of Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy, there is no consistent billing order for the pair.

Bert and Ernie

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  • Sesamestreet.org uses "Bert & Ernie" in their titling of sketches, clips, songs, playlists and games.
  • The predominant naming convention is that the straight man gets top billing and the funny man gets end billing, thus: "Burns and Allen," "Stiller and Meara," "Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy." It could be argued that "Bert and Ernie" would follow that tradition.
  • In the introductions to Shalom Sesame shows 1 through 5, Bert is given top billing in the pair (both his English and Hebrew name).
  • Their clip section in the video Best of Friends introduces them as Bert and Ernie.
  • The Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street viral video gives Bert top billing in the title as well as in dialogue a few times, though the other billing gets used as well (see "Ernie and Bert" section below).

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Ernie and Bert

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  • In A Muppet Family Christmas, Ernie introduces himself to Doc, saying, "We're Ernie and Bert." Also in A Muppet Family Christmas, when listing the sleeping arrangements, Emily Bear says that "Ernie and Bert will bunk out with the lizard".
  • The "first season show content" files found at the CTW Archives list many sketches with the two with the prefix "E&B".
  • The combination "Ernie und Bert" is the standard in Germany, while "Bert und Ernie" is almost unheard of. "Ernie und Bert" is present on close to every Sesamstrasse product and in every production featuring the two characters, whether translated or dubbed from American content, or newly produced for the international co-production (see "International items").
  • In the video Count on Sports, the pair compare the chemistry of various things to how well math and sports work together. Ernie mentions math and sports go together like "Ernie and Bert."
  • Shows 6 through 11 of Shalom Sesame mention Ernie's Hebrew and English name before Bert's.
  • Though The Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street viral video uses the other billing in most instances, at the end, Ernie refers to them under the other billing.

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