PERFORMER Jerry Nelson Joe
  Frank Oz Moe
DEBUT 1971

From The Sesame Street Dictionary.

The Busby Twins (Joe and Moe) are twin boys who appeared on Sesame Street in the 1970s. The twins were known for sharing everything, including their conversations, speaking one word or syllable at a time. They frequently confused the neighborhood shopkeeper with their requests, until he put both syllables together to form an understandable word. Their departing salutation would likewise be divided (i.e. "Good..." "Bye!")

On the show, Joe's cap was green while Moe wore blue (though in illustrations, they were often clothed completely identically). Though their tenure on the show was brief, they continued to appear in books through the 1980s.


  • The Busby Twins meet the shopkeeper for the first time and ask for a can- dle. (EKA: Episode 0278)
  • The twins return for a ham-mer; Sam is bewildered when they keep rejecting his pork product. (EKA: Episode 0330)

Book appearances