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PERFORMER Frank Oz
DEBUT 1969
PATTERN Fat Blue

Professor Hastings is a character from Sesame Street. Hastings is an old professor who always falls asleep during his boring lectures. He often appeared with Kermit as his assistant, who would have to wake him up constantly.

In 1974, CTW advisor Gerald S. Lesser offered this cogent summary of the character: "verging on senility; gives comically confused lectures; interrupting each at unpredictable occasions for short naps; sporadically capable of remarkably clear insights that stand in stark contrast to his general muddlement." In a 1990 episode of Learning Matters, Lesser said that he, a Harvard professor, was used as the model for the character according to Jon Stone.

Professor Hastings mostly appeared in Season 1; according to Sesame Street Unpaved, "He was performed by Frank Oz, but he didn't make the cut because he was, well, too dull." As summarized by Phyllis Feinstein in the 1971 book All About Sesame Street, "The professor, more boring than broadening, is no real loss...." According to Gerald S. Lesser in Learning Matters: Sesame Street, research showed that the character’s sleeping put the kids to sleep. Although he has never been a big hit in the US, he is still considered a very popular character in several European countries. In a few pieces of European merchandise, he is mixed up with Mr. Johnson from the Waiter Grover sketches.

Sketches

Picture Title / EKA Description
SS-SpinningWheel
"Spinning Wheel"
Episode 0012
A "quiet" trio of Professor Goldfinch, Hastings and an Anything Muppet drummer perform the song. Hastings plays the horn section.
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Letter Y
Episode 0096
Professor Hastings talks about the letter Y. As usual, he drifts off and Kermit has to remind him what he's teaching. When the frog's response is "Y", Hastings answers, "Because I forgot."
ProfHastingsFeelings
Emotions
Episode 0106
Professor Hastings conducts a lecture about the ways people feel, but keeps drifting off. Meanwhile, two groups of Muppets behind him pass by; one cheering for their winning team, and the others crying for the losing team.
Boxofrainbows
Big and Little
Episode 0124
Professor Hastings talks about big and little using piles of blocks.
ProfHastingsExercise
Exercise
Episode 0129
Kermit and Professor Hastings on the importance of exercise.
ProfHastingsBodyParts
Body Parts
Episode 0130
Kermit helps the professor discuss parts of the body.
ProfHastingsDumpTruck
Two Trucks
Episode 0141
Professor Hastings talks and shows how two dump trucks can be alike and also different.
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What's My Part?
Episode 0164
Guy Smiley hosts "What's My Part?" The contestants are Bennett Snerf, Arlene Frantic and Professor Hastings, and the mystery part is a foot.
ProfHastingsUpDown
Pogo Stick
Episode 0239
The professor uses a pogo stick to demonstrate "up" and "down", and ends up jumping into a pond.
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Letter U
Episode 0297
Kermit and Professor Hastings discuss the letter U.

Album appearances

Professor Hastings attempted to conduct a lecture about the letter U, with help from Ernie, in the 1971 LP The Muppet Alphabet Album.

Book appearances

Character Merchandise