Simon Soundman is a Sesame Street character who has the ability to mimic any sound he hears. He often drops pre-recorded sound effects into conversation, using them to represent common words. For example, if he visits a tool store to buy a hammer, he doesn't say to the store clerk "I want to buy a hammer," instead he says "I want to buy a (POUND POUND!)" Other characters, and the viewers, must then figure out what he means by identifying the sounds (though some sketches end with the other characters replacing words with sounds in the same manner).
This guesswork is frequently used as the basis for his skits, as the on-screen characters attempt to interact with him. Though he often makes sounds of objects instead of naming them, he is capable of saying the actual words as well, such as in a sketch where he meets Old MacDonald, and in a sketch where he sounds out the word "Call". In one of Simon's most notable appearances, he sang "Sound Song," a song about his (RUFF RUFF!) chasing a (MEOW!) up a tree. As he made each sound effect, pictures accompanied them so the viewers could easily tell what the sounds were. (EKA: Episode 0406)
Simon once appeared at Charlie's Restaurant, where he was waited on by Grover. During this sketch, Simon remarks that he can't believe his brother recommended the place, which implies that he and frequent Charlie's customer Mr. Johnson (another Fat Blue puppet performed by Jerry Nelson) are brothers.
|Picture||Title||Earliest Known Appearance||Description|
|Ernie meets Simon Soundman||Episode 0170|| Simon comes to Ernie's apartment to use the phone because his car has broken down. However, Ernie has trouble figuring out what he wants.
|Transportation sounds||Episode 0294||Simon has the viewers guess what sound he is making. He makes the sound of a train, car, and a horse. When Simon makes the sound of the horse, a cowboy uses his lasso to capture Simon, mistaking him for a real horse.|
|"Sound Song"||Episode 0406|| Simon sings about how his "ruff-ruff" chased a "meow-meow" up a tree.
|Grover's Chicken Sandwich||Episode 0678|| Simon Soundman wants a chicken sandwich, which he orders as a "cluck-cluck" sandwich. Waiter Grover has trouble figuring out what his customer wants. When Grover finally understands, Simon changes his mind. He now wants a hot dog, but he makes dog's sounds instead of saying "dog", confusing Grover again.
|Sound Man Buys a Trumpet||Episode 0681|| Simon tries to buy a trumpet from Marvin at Marvin's Music City.
|Sound Man Weather Report||Episode 0693||News anchorman Kermit concludes his news program with a weather report by their new news anchor, Simon Soundman, whom does a weather report using sounds for different kinds of weather (wind blowing, a foghorn for fog, rain and thunder for a rainstorm,). Kermit fires him and calls for another weatherman, who has a more "visual" approach to reporting the weather.|
|Sound Man Buys a Saw||Episode 0701|| Simon tries to buy a saw at Sam's General Store.
|Weather Around the World||Episode 1781|| A colonel tells Simon about his trip around the world in 80 days without any sleep. He keeps falling asleep when describing the weather, and Simon "corrects" him with appropriate weather sounds.
|"Sounds That Remind Me of You"||Episode 2227||Simon is having a romantic dinner at Charlie's Restaurant with his beloved, and he sings a song about how some common sounds remind him of her.|
|Tuba or not tuba||Episode 2404|| While in the park, Simon teaches Bert to make the sound of a tuba - with surprising results.
|Call of the Wild||Episode 2675|| Simon sounds out the word "call", and then demonstrates some calls of his own - including a bird call, cow call, pig call, and telephone call.
|Pig in a China Shop||Episode 3068|| While shopping in a china store, Simon helps Old McDonald find his lost animal. However, Simon's animal sounds attract animals to barge into the fragile store.
|Call of the Wild (remake)||The remake is almost identical to the original version, with a few changes: Simon reads the word in front of a sky backdrop; three pigs appear during Simon's pig call; and two cows hear Simon's cow call.|
The first Simon Soundman had brown hair, a bushy mustache, orange nose, and no eyebrows. He was later given a smaller mustache, pink nose, eyebrows, and black hair (though the 1979 style guide refers to his hair color as brown).