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Alphabet Polka

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Written by Christopher Cerf and Norman Stiles
Publisher Splotched Animal Music Co.
Sesame Street Inc.

"Alphabet Polka" is a Sesame Street song from season 17.

Yosh Shmenge (John Candy) and Slimey performed the song, a polka version of the alphabet. Yosh played clarinet and Slimey played his tuba.

The segment only aired once on the show, as writer Norman Stiles recalled:

The Workshop got complaints from Polish organizations complaining that we were making fun of their heritage, asking to have the segment pulled. Which ended up happening.[1]

Though retired from the show prematurely, the song was used later in the 1989 Sesame Street Live show, Silly Dancing.


  1. Muppets Gone Missing: Normal Stiles at

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