Following the death of Jim Henson, the producers of Sesame Street had no intention of removing his characters, especially Ernie (despite rumors circulating of them killing the character off). The character continued to appear in library material and made non-speaking appearances in specials.

While Steve Whitmire had taken over the role of Kermit the Frog the Fall after Henson's death, he had not taken over the role of Ernie until three years later. His first televised performance was a brief line in the 1993 New Year's special, Sesame Street Stays Up Late. Whitmire's first taped "Ernie and Bert" sketch premiered on the February 17, 1994 broadcast in the show's 25th season.[1]

In the sketch, Ernie and Bert go fishing, but Ernie seems to have all the luck...

Ernie and Bert sit in a boat on a lake with their fishing rods.
Ernie Hoo-oo.
Bert Well, this looks like a great spot to fish, huh, Ernie?
Ernie Mm-hmm. I'm all ready, Bert. I got my pole and my line and my big fat juicy worm on my hook.
Bert Me too. Here we go. Let's fish!
Ernie Okay. Woo!
Ernie and Bert places their lines in the water. Ernie's misses briefly.
Ernie Oops, oh. Hmmm.
Bert Ahh.


  1. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, page 131, erroneously describing a different "fishing" sketch of the duo's