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The Wise Man

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PERFORMER Joey Mazzarino
DEBUT 1997

The Wise Man appears in Telly's storybook The Man Who Couldn't Sleep, seen in the 1997 Sesame Street video Quiet Time. The Wise Man operates out of a booth (with a Lucy-esque "The Wise Man Is In" sign) and counsels a sleep-deprived man (played by Telly).

The Wise Man's remedy for the problem (insomnia caused by wind and trees) is to get a cow. When that only adds to the noise, the Wise Man advises him to get a turkey. The Wise Man's third suggestion is to get a sheep. The man is justifiably frustrated, but the Wise Man suggests he get rid of all the animals. He does so and can sleep at last.

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