Ralph (left) and Wally (right)
PERFORMER Joe Ponazecki Wally
  Paul Price Ralph
DEBUT 1971
Wally and Ralph plant

Wally and Ralph debuted on Sesame Street in Season 3. Many of their sketches were similar in style to the Buddy and Jim sketches; so much so, in fact, that at least one segment, the "Mirror" segment, was a remake of a Buddy and Jim skit. The theme music was composed by Joe Raposo.


  • Suitcase: Wally and Ralph are about to go on a trip. They attempt to carry off an empty suitcase and a pile of stuff (shirts, pants, socks, tennis rackets, baseball gloves). They finally get the idea that it would be easier if they put the stuff in the suitcase. (EKA: Episode 0319)
  • Rug: Wally and Ralph try to unroll a rug, but a chair in the way presents a problem. (EKA: Episode 0323)
  • Jackets: The duo tries to put on jackets after a very big meal. (EKA: Episode 0329)
  • Wet Shirt: Ralph is standing between two trees, playing with a long piece of rope like a cowboy. Along comes Wally carrying a wet shirt. Together, they solve the problem of where to hang the wet shirt to dry. They tie the ends of the rope around their chests, stretch it, and hang the shirt between them. (EKA: Episode 0331)
  • Mirror: Wally gives Ralph a mirror as a present. Wally looks at it, and says it is a picture of himself. But when Ralph looks at it, he sees a picture of himself. When they look at it together, they see a picture of both of them. This sketch was a re-shoot of a Buddy and Jim sketch. (EKA: Episode 0342)
  • Swinging Door: The duo tries to figure out how to keep a swinging door open while they carry a heavy plant out of the room. (EKA: Episode 0344)
  • Setting a Table: Wally and Ralph try to figure out how to set a table. Ralph puts two plates, two cups and two saucers on the table first, leaving Wally with the problem of how to get the tablecloth on under the dishes. (EKA: Episode 0351)
  • Umbrella: The duo is outside in the rain. With access to a pushcart full of umbrellas, they open one after another and throw them aside on the ground. They are consequently puzzled as to how umbrellas keep you dry. Finally, when one of them suggests "taking the wrapping off" of it first (i.e., the cloth part), they reduce an umbrella down to the ribs just as the rain stops. It works! (EKA: Episode 0355)
  • Nail: The duo uses a nail in an attempt to hang a picture to a wall. This sketch was a re-shoot of a Buddy and Jim sketch. (EKA: Episode 0425)
  • Pencil: Wally borrows a pencil from Ralph, but he writes using the wrong end. (EKA: Episode 0560)
  • Glue: The duo buys a large jar of glue. The jar was unlabeled, so they get a label reading "Glue". But they cannot figure out how to get the label to stick to the jar. At one point, they accidentally spill some glue on the table; they use the label to wipe it up. Still with no solution, they decide to go out to dinner. So they put the label somewhere (on the jar!) and leave.