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Maria as Chaplin skits

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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.


Picture Earliest Known Appearance Description
Episode 0926 Charlie Chaplin (Maria) tries to outwit a tricky EXIT sign.
Episode 1032 Maria as Chaplin looks in a mirror and sees "ME". Maria's reflection is played by Linda.
Episode 1839 The two Chaplin impersonators open umbrellas.
Episode 2269 Maria as Chaplin falls in love with a painting at the art museum. The woman in the painting periodically changes her pose.
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.
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).
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) skirt, 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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