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Lefty is a shady-looking salesman in a trench coat who appears on Sesame Street. He speaks in a whispery voice, and usually tries to sell Ernie such esoteric items as a letter U or O, an invisible ice cream cone, and an empty box. His sales pitches are rarely successful.

In one skit, Lefty appeared on an Alphabet Chat with Lord Chatterly where Lefty tried selling a cigarette and a lost dog to Lord Chatterly as Lord Chatterly was talking about the letter "D."

In some of his early appeareances, Lefty had slightly *hidden* angry eyebrows, thus giving him a mean look, but the eyebrows were later removed in later sketches, giving him a nicer look.

Lefty is best known for singing "Would You Like to Buy an O?" to a skeptical Ernie. This song appeared on the 1971 LP The Muppet Alphabet Album. The song shows off Lefty's memorable catchphrase, a breathy "Riiiight!"

Although Lefty was primarily performed by Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney played Lefty in at least two segments from Season 1.

Some of Lefty's sketches involved his attempts to carry out assignments from his boss, such as planning to steal a Golden AN.

Lefty's boss is the only character who refers to him as "Lefty"; in CTW production materials and Sesame Street merchandise, such as storybooks and record albums, he has usually been referred to simply as "The Salesman."

A 2008 book, Storybook ABCs, is the first use of Lefty's name in print. Grover is dressed as Jack (of "Beanstalk" fame), and the Salesman approaches from behind a tree with an offer: "Care for some candy beans for that cow?" Jack replies, "Thanks, Lefty! And do you also have a candlestick?" Lefty apparently has one in stock -- a few pages later, Jack (of "Jack Be Nimble" fame) jumps over the candlestick. At the end of the book, Lefty returns to feed four and twenty blackbirds with birdseed that fills his carry-all bag.


Picture Summary Earliest Known Appearance Description
8 Episode 0079 Lefty wants to sell a number 8 to Ernie, who ran out of money buying some number 9s. Ernie then offers to sell Lefty his number 9s.

Online: (SSvideo)

Empty box Episode 0081 Lefty wants to sell Ernie an empty box, explaining that he can fill the box with things, such as a pet mouse (if Ernie had one) and jellybeans (if they rained from the sky). Ernie wants an empty box, but doesn't have any money. However, Bert brings a box of cookies. Ernie dumps the cookies so he can catch jellybeans from the sky.

Online: (SSvideo)

Air Episode 0118 Lefty sells Ernie some air, but when Ernie waves to Bert, wanting to show it to him, he drops it. According to Bert (who didn't know what Ernie had), "It couldn't have vanished into thin air." But Ernie sobs, "Yes, it could, Bert! It could!"

Online: (SSvideo)

U Episode 0126 Lefty tries to sell a letter U, which he claims to have had in his family for years. The U is actually a string tied to two poles. However, Ernie already has a U, but when he says that yesterday he could have used a V, Lefty stretches out the U's bottom to turn it into a V.
Caroll Spinney (instead of Frank Oz) performed Lefty in this skit.

Online: (SSvideo), Documentary: A&E Biography: Sesame Street (short clip only)

P and R Episode 0129 Lefty holds a letter R, and Ernie holds a letter P.
Spinney plays Lefty in this sketch.
Stop Sign Episode 0179 Lefty tries to sell Ernie a stop sign.

Online: (SSvideo), The Sesame Street Podcast: Octagon (edited)

Lefty recites the Alphabet Episode 0261 Lefty recites the alphabet to his boss, and gets a lollipop in return.
Scale Episode 0264 Lefty wants to sell Ernie a scale. He uses two pounds of bananas and two pounds of apples to demonstrate how the scale works. Ernie is impressed, but he already has a scale at home. However, he wants to buy the apples and bananas.

Online: (SSvideo) -- the beginning is cut

Picture of Four Elephants Episode 0278 Lefty wants to sell Ernie a picture of a tree, which he says is actually a picture of four elephants. Ernie doesn't see the four elephants, so Lefty offers to show him the elephants if Ernie will buy the picture for a nickel. Lefty points out the elephants, which are actually spaces in the tree's branches. Ernie then pays for the picture. Ernie wants to pull the same trick on Bert, but Bert notices the elephants right away.

Video: Play-Along Games and Songs Online: (SSvideo)

Carrot Delivery Episode 0433 Part 1: Lefty delivers some carrots to his boss.
Part 2: Lefty delivers more carrots to his boss.
Part 3: Lefty delivers the rest of the carrots to his boss. The boss reveals that the carrots are for his pet rabbit (a real rabbit), which he shows to Lefty.
The Golden An Episode 0668 Lefty's boss tells Lefty to steal "the Golden AN", put it in a tan van, and give it to Dan, who will give it to Fran. However, Lefty can't remember the plan very well, and has to repeat it several times, which results in a police officer named Stan overhearing the plan, and giving him "ten days in the can for stealing 'the Golden AN'". The skit ends with Lefty being arrested, saying, "I should have ran!"

Online: (SSvideo)

Would You Like to Buy an O? Episode 0751 Lefty attempts (in song) to sell Ernie a letter O for a nickel. (Ernie does not buy it.)

Video: Old School: Volume 1 Online: (SSvideo)

Invisible Ice Cream Cone Episode 0867 Lefty sells Ernie an invisible ice cream cone. Ernie pays for it with an invisible nickel.

Video: Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days (Lefty's closing line, "I don't see anything", is cut) Online: (SSvideo)

Snowman Lefty wants to sell Ernie a snowman, but it keeps melting.
Alphabet Lefty enters and exits the frame, each time revealing a letter of the alphabet from inside his coat.

Book appearances

See also


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Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From The Vault

Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Lionheart
requirements: Level 6 (5 in Lionheart), Barter 50%
Unavailable for deathclaws and dogs
ranks: 1
benefit: You gain 20% towards your Barter skill (patched Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics)
You gain 40 skill points towards your Barter skill (unpatched Fallout 2, Lionheart)

Salesman is a Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics and Lionheart Perk.

You are an adept salesperson. With this Perk you gain 20% towards your Barter skill. (patched Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics)

  • This perk adds 40 skill points to your Barter skill. (unpatched Fallout 2, Lionheart)
Perks of Fallout 2
Perks of Fallout Tactics

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City of Heroes

Up to date as of January 31, 2010
(Redirected to Salesman Badge article)

From City of Heroes Wiki

Image:Badge auction seller 02.png


You've sold 50 items on the Consignment House.

How to Get

50 total sales of any kind on the consignment houses.


  • The Salesman badge is awarded to male characters. The same badge on female characters is called Saleswoman.

See Also

External Links

  • Salesman Badge at City Info Tracker
  • Salesman Badge at

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