- For a visual guide to the changes, see Tiffy Through the Years.
Tiffy is a pink creature with a beak-like mouth and a big tuft of pink hair. She was originally a bird character, designed by Kermit Love, and retained a very similar look for roughly the first 17 years on the show, despite a small update of the puppet in 1989 due to a fire at the NDR studio in 1988.
In 1995 when the show was revamped for the third time, Tiffy underwent a major design change and her original silk-like tulle hair was changed to more fuzzy hair. When the puppet received yet another small visual update in 2000, she was officially changed into a "Monster-Child." Overall, she retained a similar look for her final 10 years on the show.
Tiffy is very clever and often helps her best friend Samson when he has a problem. She originally collected alarm clocks and snow globes, and was good at repairing things.
When she became a more wild mannered "Monster Child" in 2000, this was done in order to make her more relatable for children. She represented the psychological age of a six-year-old.
Tiffy has been a main character on Sesamstrasse since the German street sequences began in 1978. Her original performer was Kerstin Siebmann-Röders (who was married to Samson's original performer Peter Röders), with Martina Klose manipulating both hands.
In 2005, after having been on the show for 27 years, Tiffy was dropped and replaced by Moni and her daughter Lena due to planned cast rationalization (earlier believed the puppet was to be repaired).
- Members of the American audience might remember Tiffy from the 1993 international special Sesame Street Stays Up Late!.
- ↑ An employee at NDR.