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Performer:
Jim Henson • (1969-1990)
Eric Jacobson • (2005-present)
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An early Guy Smiley reporting on the weather, from "The Weather Show" sketch.

Guy-safari

Guy on safari.

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Jim Henson with Guy during the taping of "Beat The Time."

Guy Smiley is, by his own account, America's Favorite Game Show Host. He has hosted such Sesame Street game shows as "Beat The Time", "Here is Your Life", "What's My Part?", and others. He approaches every hosting gig with a near-frantic level of excitement and enthusiasm.

Guy Smiley has occasionally demonstrated his musical talent on Sesame Street. His song performances include "Air" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me" (with Cookie Monster). His singing voice at times can go very low, very similar to Link Hogthrob's, as in "I'll Love You in Springtime" and his tribute to the winner in "The Letter of the Day Pageant." He also sang "Gone with the Wind" in the first season.

Most of Guy Smiley's appearances in sketches have been as the host of game shows. Many of the sketches where he doesn't host game shows still involve him being the host of a show, including "The Weather Show", "The Letter of the Day Pageant", and "On Vacation with Guy Smiley". One of the few sketches he starred in where he didn't host a show or sing was a sketch where he took his entire studio audience out for lunch.

Although Joan Ganz Cooney once described Guy Smiley as one of Jim Henson's funniest characters,[1] he was Henson’s least favorite to perform; as the character’s boisterous voice was too rough on his throat.[2] Because of this, the dialogue for Guy's sketches was commonly prerecorded, so multiple takes could be filmed without straining Henson's throat.

A walk-around version of Guy Smiley appeared in a number of Sesame Street Live shows. In Big Bird Goes Hollywood, he assisted Big Bird in directing a movie. Guy Smiley also appeared in Big Bird's Sesame Street Story and Big Bird & the ABC's.

In his earliest appearances, he had a visible tongue, a feature that was later seen in 2006, when he hosted a PBS commercial/game show spoof for the Ready To Learn Service.

Following Jim Henson's death, Guy Smiley made a background appearance in a 1999 episode as one of Maria's customers, and in a 2006 episode as one of the spectators in the Number of the Day segment where The Count was playing golf. Performed in more recent instances by Eric Jacobson, Guy had a prominent speaking role in the main street story of a 2008 episode. Guy later appeared in two season 44 segments (hosting "The Waiting Game" and "Make it Fit"), and in a season 45 episode.

Guy Smiley's name

In one of his first appearances as a game show host ("Pick Your Pet"), he was named Sonny Friendly (which would later become the name of another Sesame Street game show host). He would be named Guy Smiley in another first season game show, The Mr. and Mrs. Game.

When Count von Count introduced himself in a Beat the Time sketch, he did so in his traditional way, "They call me the Count because I love to count things." Guy responded with, "Well, I'm Guy Smiley. They call me Guy Smiley because I changed my name from Bernie Liederkrantz."

Casting history

Main Performers

Alternate Performers

Filmography

Book appearances

Cookie Monster also disguised himself as Guy Smiley in the book No Cookies 'Til Dinner.

Sources

  1. Jim Henson: The Works
  2. The Story of Jim Henson

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