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A series of Sesame Street cartoons featured a man who wore a green shirt, a bow tie, and pink trousers, whose head and arms appeared to be smaller than the rest of his body.

The sketches consist of the man running across a sign by chance. In some of them, the letters in the signs were mixed up, necessitating re-arrangement into their proper order (he would often mutter about the perpetrator behind these scramblings). He would then slowly pronounce the completed sign text several times. After triumphantly calling out the word(s), the man would find himself in a number of humorous situations.

Segments

Picture EKA Description
Episode 1121 Dirty
Episode 1136 Taxi
The man inadvertently hails a cab. Not only does he walk up to the sign, which is far across from him, the sign floats right toward him when he has stopped.


Video: Old School: Volume 2
Online: Sesamestreet.org: (SSvideo)

Episode 1136 Kiss Me
A big barking dog comes up and kisses the man.


Online: Sesamestreet.org: (SSvideo)

Episode 1142 Hot Dog
The man has a run-in with a dog riding a bicycle. This was one clip where the man didn't walk up to the sign; the sign floated over to him while he was doing push-ups.
Episode 1156 Bingo
After saying "BINGO," a robot-like cleaning contraption comes on-screen and scrubs the man's foot.
Episode 1161 Walk Tall
A snake tells the man that all he (the snake) can do is "crawl tall."
Episode 1164 Bad Dog
After the man reads the sign, a dog comes in and protests, "I'm not a bad dog! What did I do? What did I do?"
Episode 1169 Coffee
A construction worker descends from off-screen sitting on an I-beam, requesting two regular coffees, and 20 more with sugar. He also asks for tea.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (added music and sound effects): (SSvideo)

Episode 1186 Burp
After saying this word, the man is taught good manners. This is another clip where the man didn't walk up to the sign; instead, the sign floated over to him while he was juggling.
Episode 1188 Milk
The man has a run-in with a cow pushing a baby carriage, and she picks him up and holds him as she takes the bottle of milk out of the carriage and he drinks it while she is holding him.
Episode 1229 Grow
The man shows off his gardening prowess with a wildly-growing flower.


Online: Sesamestreet.org: (SSvideo)

Episode 1289 Oink
A pig comes up, wanting to share in a good laugh with the man.
Episode 1293 Help
Episode 2282 One Way
Traffic passes by the man in reverse.


Online: Sesamestreet.org: (SSvideo)

Episode 2405 Hand
Another man comes in and gives the first guy a hand by clapping.


Online: Sesamestreet.org: (SSvideo)

Episode 2608 Don't Walk
After reading this sign, the man has to crawl away.
Episode 2786 School
After a bunch of kids come running by, a girl goes before the man and says it's Saturday. That leaves him to say: "No school."


Online: Sesamestreet.org (added music and sound effects): (SSvideo)

Episode 3174 Stop
After reading the sign, two cars screech to a stop, one on each side of him.
Wet Paint
A man and a woman pass by and smear wet green paint on the man's shirt.


Notes

  • Iftah Ya Simsim created a number of animated segments designed very similar to this series, where a little boy read Arabic words, with a gag following each reading.

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