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A recurring Sesame Street skit paid tribute to silent film star Charlie Chaplin. Maria (dressed to resemble Chaplin's standard film persona) would engage in silent film antics, sometimes as stand-alone sketches, and at other times as films seen by other characters.

Sonia Manzano stated in an interview that as a college student, she was a fan of Chaplin's shorts and wrote the sketches to fulfill her own fandom fantasy.

Sketches

Picture Earliest Known Appearance Description
2356-8
Episode 0926 Charlie Chaplin (Maria) tries to outwit a tricky EXIT sign.
MariaChaplin.ShirtsTowels
Episode 0986 A voiceover instructs Charlie Chaplin (Maria) where to put the shirts and the towels.
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Episode 1032 Maria as Chaplin looks in a mirror and sees "ME." Maria's reflection is played by Linda.
1839zk
Episode 1839 The two Chaplin impersonators open umbrellas.
Chaplinpaper
Episode 1840 Chaplin tries to throw away a newspaper into a rapidly moving litter can. When she finally does, the exit door also moves and she breaks down the wall.
2040m
Episode 2040 The Tramp is out in the cold.
Chaplin.HOP
Episode 2244 Charlie Chaplin obeys the word HOP, then switches it to STOP.
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Episode 2269 Maria as Chaplin falls in love with a painting at the art museum. The woman in the painting periodically changes her pose.
ChaplinLuis.longshort
Episode 2274 Chaplin notices a short thread on Luis' tuxedo, which becomes long as he pulls it, unraveling Luis's trousers!
WHN2
Episode 2407 Gordon hosts "What Happens Next," with help from the Dinger and Maria (as the Chaplin character). The viewer has to guess before Gordon rings the bell. On the first round, Maria slips on the banana peel on the ground. On the second round, Maria sits on a bench with only three legs and it collapses. Then on the third (and final) round, Maria uses the cane to push the cloud into the game show studio, drenching Gordon and causing him to sneeze a lot.
ThePicnic
Episode 2887 Ernie and Bert go to the movies to see a silent movie, "The Picnic," starring Chaplin and his date (played by Linda Bove).


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Chaplin-Rain
Chaplin leaves a store on a rainy day. When Chaplin's umbrella doesn't work well, he looks for something else to keep him dry. He first hides under a woman's (Linda) poncho, then buys a newspaper from a store keeper (Luis), but as soon as Chaplin puts the newspaper over his head, it stops raining.


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