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Design Team:
Caroll Spinney • (designer)

Bruno the Trashman is a sanitation engineer on Sesame Street who acts as personal chauffeur to Oscar the Grouch.

During the 1970s, the Sesame Street cast made live performances across the country, but there was no effective way to get Oscar to enter the stage. Caroll Spinney, inspired by a puppet character on The Gong Show, conceived of a full-body garbage man who could physicially carry Oscar. Since his arms are usually just holding onto Oscar's trash can, Caroll Spinney was able to perform Oscar as well as Oscar's right hand while inside the Bruno costume. The trash can was connected to an opening in Bruno's stomach.[1]

Though generally a silent character, one of the few times that Bruno spoke was in the song "In the Trash Can", which he sang as part of a singing group, "Bruno and the Trashmen". He had a brief line at the end of Follow That Bird, saying "Sure, Boss!" when Oscar asked him to take a walk around the block. Similarly, when Oscar asks him a question in Here Come the Puppets!, Bruno gets out a "Well, uh..." before Oscar cuts him off and says that's enough. An invisible wire was connected from Bruno's mouth to somewhere inside the trash can.

According to Spinney, Bruno's greatest moment was at the end of Follow That Bird "as he slowly walks into the sunset carrying Oscar".[2] Bruno has demonstrated skills at rollerskating while also carrying Oscar in his can, in both Here Come the Puppets! and Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake. In the latter, Bruno surprised both Oscar (to his disappointment) and the humans (to their amazement) at how good of a skater he was.

After several years in storage, the puppet's foam disintegrated.[3]. Spinney later remarked in a live appearance[4] that rebuilding the puppet would have been prohibitively expensive, and so the character was retired.


Book appearances


  1. Spinney, Caroll. The Wisdom of Big Bird; New York: Villard, 2003 pp. 63-64.
  2. Spinney, Caroll. The Wisdom of Big Bird. New York: Villard, 2003, p 64.
  3. Gikow, Louise A. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street; New York, NY: Black Dog and Leventhal, 2009, p. 48.
  4. Sesame Street at 40: A Night of Celebration with the Legendary Cast, January 30, 2009, Shea Center for the Performing Arts, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.

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