Two-Headed Monster

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Two-Headed Monster
Sesame Street character
First appearance Episode 1121
Portrayed by Left Head: Richard Hunt (1978), Jerry Nelson (1979–2000), Joey Mazzarino (2001–2016), Eric Jacobson (2016–present)
Right Head: Peter Friedman (1978), Richard Hunt (1979–1991), Adam Hunt (1995), David Rudman (1998–present)
Species Sesame Street Muppet Monster
Gender Male
Nationality American
Fur/skin color Light purple

The Two-Headed Monster is a comical, light purple Muppet monster on the television show Sesame Street, first appearing in season 9, 1978.


The Two-Headed Monster, as the name implies, is an example of bicephaly. The right-hand head has purple hair and a black beard, with upturned horns, whereas the left-hand head has black hair and a purple beard, with downturned horns. They have slightly different personalities, with the right-hand head seemingly the more rational and sensible of the two, but also slightly grouchier. Speaking in baby-like gibberish except when emphasizing a word, which is usually enough for them to communicate with others, the monster, in typical sketches, would sound out words in front of a brick wall, or do something else which involves cooperation. They are presumably dicephalic parapagus twins, as their mother made an appearance upon their sounding of the word "mom"; she has a single head and speaks normally. They share a single pair of arms and legs.


The creation of this monster was inspired by performers Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt playing around on the set one day, saying that they were a monster with two heads.[1] While right-handed performers use their right hands to perform the heads of characters and their left to perform left hands, whoever performs the left half of the monster performs the head with the left hand, and the right hand with their right hand.


The performers for the Two-Headed Monster are listed in order of the history from the Left Head and the Right Head:

Design Team[edit]

The Two-Headed Monster was designed by Jim Henson and built by Caroly Wilcox.


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