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Elmopalooza is a one-hour TV special that aired on ABC on February 20, 1998.

Jon Stewart plans to host a music special to celebrate Sesame Street’s 30th anniversary. Jon and the show's crew, including producer Prairie Dawn, are in a dressing room getting ready for the show. Elmo visits them before the show starts and then leaves, shutting the door before Jon can tell him that the door is broken: it won't open once it's shut. Elmo decides to host the show, and the rest of the Sesame Street cast work behind-the-scenes, presenting music video remakes of classic Sesame Street songs.

Meanwhile, Grover drives Susan, Gordon, Gina, Bob, and Mr. Handford in a limo to the studio, but Grover gets lost and they end up in Roswell, New Mexico.

A soundtrack album was also released on cassette and CD, and the special was released on VHS two months after the special aired, on April 14th. [1]



Video releases


Major Muppets

Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Zoe, Prairie Dawn, Bert, Ernie, Count von Count, Grover, Cookie Monster, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, The Martians, Two Headed Monster, Rosita, Biff, Kermit the Frog, Baby Bear, The Elephant, Sparky

Background Muppets

The Oinker Sisters, Forgetful Jones, Herry Monster, Frazzle, Jill, Frogs, Roxie Marie, Sully, Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Granny Bird, green Anything Muppet lady, Homer Honker, Chickens, Penguins

Celebrity Guest Stars

Jon Stewart, David Alan Grier, The Fugees, Gloria Estefan, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, En Vogue, Richard Belzer, Shawn Colvin, Chris Rock, Rosie O'Donnell, Don Henley, Kenny Loggins, Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, Conan O'Brien, Will Smith (archive footage), Jada Pinkett Smith (archive footage), Tony Bennett (archive footage), Madonna (archive footage)

Sesame Street Humans

Susan, Gordon, Bob, Mr. Handford, Gina, Luis, Maria, Ruthie

Muppet Performers

Kevin Clash as Elmo
Caroll Spinney as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch
Frank Oz as Grover, Bert, and Cookie Monster
Jerry Nelson as Count von Count, Two-Headed Monster, and Biff
Steve Whitmire as Ernie and Kermit the Frog
Martin P. Robinson as Telly Monster, Slimey, and Mr. Snuffleupagus
Fran Brill as Prairie Dawn and Zoe
David Rudman as Baby Bear, Two-Headed Monster, and Sparky
Joey Mazzarino as The Elephant
Carmen Osbahr as Rosita
Pam Arciero, Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal, Jim Martin, Alice Dinnean, Bryant Young, John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel, John Kennedy, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Eric Jacobson, Rick Lyon, Don Reardon, Julianne Buescher, Drew Massey, Kevin Carlson, Joe Selph, Brad Abrell


  1. The page lists the release date as April 14, 1998.

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