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"Bert and Ernie" vs. "Ernie and Bert"

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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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Album titles

Book titles

Video titles

Other

International items

Ernie and Bert

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Other

  • Kermit the Frog introduces the pair as "all the way from Sesame Street, here they are now, the two and only, Ernie and Bert" in The Muppet Show episode 102.
  • 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 section on the two in Sesame Street Unpaved is titled "The Importance of Being Ernie and Bert".
  • In Sing the Alphabet, Ernie gets top billing under the track "The R Machine" (though Bert gets top billing elsewhere, see above).
  • 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.

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