PERFORMER Brian Muehl 1979-1984
  Kevin Clash 1984-1988
DEBUT 1979
PATTERN Large Lavender Live Hand

Dr. Nobel Price's island laboratory as depicted in the opening to the News Flash segments featuring him.


Dr. Nobel Price showing his invention, a flying cupcake, to Maria.

Dr. Nobel Price is an inventor whose only inventions are either of no use or have already been invented. He first appeared on Sesame Street around 1979 and remained on the show until about 1988.

He often appeared in Sesame Street News Flash segments, showing off his latest inventions to Kermit the Frog. These were always remotes from Dr. Price's "far-off island laboratory," which may explain why he kept inventing items that already existed, or discovering known creatures such as rabbits. His ineptitude was further emphasized by his constant tripping, due to a very long labcoat (as in a 1983 episode where he "discovers" Snuffleupaguses). Regardless, Kermit (or another reporter) always has the awkward task to breaking it to Dr. Price the truth about his inventions, which he never takes very well.

Eventually, Dr. Price became a regular in street scenes, where he usually created complicated machines or conducted ridiculous experiments. The only known time that Dr. Price invented something original that actually works came in a 1986 episode, where he combined various items to create an invention that can dry towels, scratch a dog's ears, holds flowers, plays music, and gives one a place to sit down.

His name is a pun on the Nobel Prize. The tie he wore was an actual tie that Brian Muehl had collected.[1]


Street scenes

Sesame Street News


Book appearances


  1. Muehl, Brian Getting Felt Up - A Puppetry Podcast interview
  2. Footage from Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey when talking about Sesame Street characters that Kevin Clash performed.