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PERFORMER Jim Henson 1969-1990
  Eric Jacobson 2005-present
DEBUT 1969
Guy Smiley is, by his own account, America's Favorite Game Show Host. He has hosted such Sesame Streetgame shows as "Beat The Time", "Here is Your Life", "What's My Part?", and others. He approaches every hosting gig with a near-frantic level of excitement and enthusiasm.

Guy Smiley has occasionally demonstrated his musical talent on Sesame Street. His song performances include "Air" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me" (with Cookie Monster). His singing voice at times can go very low, very similar to Link Hogthrob's, as in "I'll Love You in Springtime" and his tribute to the winner in "The Letter of the Day Pageant." He also sang "Gone with the Wind" in the first season.

Most of Guy Smiley's appearances in sketches have been as the host of game shows. Many of the sketches where he doesn't host game shows still involve him being the host of a show, including "The Weather Show", "The Letter of the Day Pageant", and "On Vacation with Guy Smiley". One of the few sketches he starred in where he didn't host a show or sing was a sketch where he took his entire studio audience out for lunch.

Although Joan Ganz Cooney once described Guy Smiley as one of Jim Henson's funniest characters,[1] he was Henson’s least favorite to perform; as the character’s boisterous voice was too rough on his throat.[2] Because of this, the dialogue for Guy's sketches was commonly prerecorded, so multiple takes could be filmed without straining Henson's throat.

A walk-around version of Guy Smiley appeared in a number of Sesame Street Live shows. In Big Bird Goes Hollywood, he assisted Big Bird in directing a movie. Guy Smiley also appeared in Big Bird's Sesame Street Story and Big Bird & the ABC's.

In his earliest appearances, he had a visible tongue, a feature that was later seen in 2006, when he hosted a PBScommercial/game show spoof for the Ready To LearnService.

He was also seen in a 1999 episode as one of Maria's customers, and in a 2006 episode as one of the spectators in the Number of the Day segment where The Count was playing golf. He also appeared in the main Street story in a 2008 episode, his first major speaking role on the show since Henson's death.


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