W is the 23rd letter of the English alphabet. W was one of the brave, early sponsors of Sesame Street; it sponsored the first episode, along with E, S, 2, and 3, and sponsored some of the test shows (starting with the second pilot). It also sponsored the first Sesame Street movie, Follow That Bird, along with B.
The letter, which begins such words as witch, wolf, Western, Wodehouse, and Washington, has often been depicted in Muppet form, pummeling Kermit the Frog in an early lecture, eluding capture by Sergeant Thursday in a Dragnet spoof, and more recently, performed by Kevin Clash, being interviewed by Larry King. The "wuh" sound of W has so endeared itself to the public as to become the center of Bert's society, the National Association of "W" Lovers. In the Gift of the Magi story as heard in Merry Christmas from Sesame Street, Bert said that he had a paperclip shaped like a W.
The letter W has appeared in the sketch American I (a spoof of American Idol) as a contestant to become the next American I by the help of his letter I lessons.
Songs about W
Sketches about W
- Speech Balloon: W - Water
- The Typewriter: W - Wall
- Dragnet: W - Wanted
- Human Letters at the Beach (EKA: Episode 3665)
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