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Design Team:
Jim Henson • (designer)
Caroly Wilcox • (builder)

The Two-Headed Monster is, as the name implies, a monster with two heads. He speaks gibberish that resembles baby talk, and many of his skits have to do with either cooperation or sounding out parts of words that suddenly show up. Skits with the Two-Headed Monster usually take place with the monster behind a brick wall.

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.[2]

Although the heads don't normally go by names, they have been identified on occasion. In a Sesame Street sketch, Olivia reads a story to the Count about cooperation. It stars the Two-Headed Monster named Horn and Hardart. (SSvideo) In The Sesame Street Treasury Volume 13, the pair are featured in a photo answering phones. Their phones are labeled "Frank N." and "Stein" (Frankenstein).

From 2003 to 2006, the Two-Headed Monster made an appearance in each "Journey to Ernie" segment, with Big Bird asking both heads if they'd seen Ernie, and the monster pointing in both directions.

The question of whether the monster is a singular being or not has led to semantic confusion, typified by this exchange between Bert and Ernie in A Muppet Family Christmas:

Bert: Now, who let the Two-Headed Monster be Santa Claus?
Ernie: Yeah, but, Bert, he said he'd never been in a play before... I mean they said it... um... both of him said it.


Casting history

Peter Friedman and Richard Hunt • (ca. 1978)
Richard Hunt and Jerry Nelson • (ca. 1980 – 1991)
David Rudman and Jerry Nelson • (1992 – 2002)
David Rudman and Joey Mazzarino • (2003 – )


Picture Summary Earliest Known Appearance Description

Two-Headed Monster Cooperation Episode 1121 The Count listens to Olivia read the story, "The Two Headed Monster", enacted by the titular monster. The book is about how the monster cannot decide on what to do because both heads want to do different things. Eventually they learn that together, they are able to lift weights, play doctor ("Kildaire! Kildaire!"), play the piano ("Tchaikovsky! Mozart!"), and eat a salami-and-cheese sandwich.

In this sketch, the actual names of the monster are revealed to be "Horn" and "Hardart". The monster also has different perfomers. Instead, Richard Hunt plays the left half, while the right half is performed by Peter Friedman. This was presumably done so that Jerry Nelson could play the Count live to the Two-Headed Monster's reactions.
Online: (SSvideo)

Run Episode 1446 The monster sounds out the word "run," and starts running.

Video: Getting Ready to Read

Jump Jive Episode 1575 Cab Calloway sings "Jumpin' Jive" when the Two-Headed Monster can't decide whether to jump or jive.
Trumpet Practice or Sleep? Episode 1576 One head wants to play the trumpet, but the other head wants to sleep.
Shapes Episode 1646 The monster observes different shapes.
Pillow Episode 1706 The monster shares a pillow.


Headphones Episode 1709 One head is listening to some funky music on some headphones. The other head wakes up and asks to listen to the music, but the first head doesn't want to stop listening. They fight over the headphones, which get longer as they struggle. After seeing this, they both shout share, each head takes a speaker, and walks off-screen while the music becomes completely audible to the viewer.
Singing Lesson Episode 1736 In Bob's room, Bob gives the Two-Headed Monster a singing lesson: singing "Sing."
Hi De Ho Man Episode 1858 Cab Calloway sings Hi-De-Ho Man with the Two-Headed Monster and the Anything Muppets.
Dance Episode 1927 The monster sounds out the word "dance" at a disco.
Listening Episode 1933 Kermit the Frog explains the importance of listening, using the monster as an example.
Emotions Episode 2073 The monster shows his emotions.


Pencil Episode 2096 The monster finds a pencil with a broken point, and demonstrates the fun you can have with it.


Pat Episode 2107 After sounding the word "pat," The monster pats each other, and they stop crying.
Newspaper Episode 2122 The monster finds a newspaper, and uses it to cover itself when it rains, and then uses it as a telescope.

Online: The Sesame Street Podcast

Lullabye Episode 2123 At night, one of the heads of the monster sings his other head a lullaby.


Car Crash Episode 2164 The monster drives an old green jalopy as they sound out "seatbelt" and "safety." They buckle up, and go for a drive that proves to be very short, since they get into a huge auto accident (as an old stock car crash sound effect is heard).
Fall Episode 2173 The monster sounds out the word "Fall" and leaves fall on them. Then, they fall over.
Sad Episode 2228 The monster, after telling itself a joke, reads "SAD" and suddenly gets emotional.
Honk Episode 2257 After sounding out the word "honk," several Honkers suddenly appear and honk their noses. The left half of the monster then honks the right half's nose (and hurts him).


P vs R Episode 2363 The monster fights over the letters P and R, one of them displaying P foods and the other one displaying R foods (and a radio). They have a picnic, which is cut short because of another r-word: rain.
Hiccups Episode 2367 The monster tries to cure itself of the hiccups.
Shoe Sizes Episode 2395 The monster's heads can't agree on which shoes to wear. They eventually agree on something: the shoebox.
Bubbles Episode 2403 The monster blows bubbles.

The Sesame Street Podcast: Breathe

Telephone Episode 2448 The monster finds a TELEPHONE, and reads the word.


Hat Episode 2477 After sounding the word "hat," The monster shares one giant straw hat.
Manners Episode 2483 The monster learns to use manners while eating with a spoon.
The How Many Game Episode 2503 The monster appears on one of Guy Smiley's game shows. The monster has to bring in two of something. The monster brings in one bowling ball, four sheep, and three cows, but then realizes that the monster has two heads.
Piano Episode 2606 The monster finds a piano and decides to play it. The left half wants to play short notes, while the other half prefers to run his fingers across the keyboard. They decide to cooperate, and both use their notes to play "Chopsticks".


Story Episode 2615 The monster takes turns reading itself a story.
Shake Episode 2621 The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word SHAKE, and an earthquake happens.
Hop Episode 2679 The monster sounds out the word "hop" and starts hopping.
Shadow Episode 2690 The monster sounds out the word "shadow" and then sees one of itself projected behind them.
Two Heads Are Better Than One Episode 2783 Herry sings with the monster about cooperation.
Two Headed Baseball Episode 2795 Robin Williams asks Elmo and the kids whether they would allow a nonsense talking, horned two-headed stranger to play baseball with them. The Two-Headed Monster shows up to play.
Mountains or Seashore? Episode 2837 The monster is in a disagreement about where to go for vacation: the mountains or the seashore. Cookie Monster says he likes both, better than going to Cucamonga for the National Cookie Convention. Two-Head gets inspired, and heads off for Cucamonga, leaving Cookie to choose between the mountains and the seashore.


Quiet Episode 2874 The monster observes the letter Q, then the word QUIET.

Video: Quiet Time

Spin Episode 2882 The monster sounds out the word "Spin" and watch it spin around, getting dizzy in the process.
School Episode 2947 The Two-Headed Monster reads the sign atop a miniature school building, and observes a small group of children that run out of it. Once they've left, the monster picks up the now empty building, and declares, "School's out!"


Heavy and Light Episode 2954 The monster brings in a suitcase filled with heavy and light objects, and places them on a wall. The right half lays out a feather, a ribbon, and a tissue. The left half puts down a book, a brick, a rock, and a 1000 pount weight, but the more weight that is placed on the wall causes the ground they're standing on to tilt!
Tap Episode 2977 The monster spells the word "tap," then tap-dances away.
Suprise Episode 3006 The monster demonstrates surprise.
Follow Arrows Episode 3007 The monster's arrows point in opposite directions, so they straighten the arrows out and follow them.
Fast and Slow Music Episode 3048 Hoots the Owl convinces the monster that whether music is fast or slow, it's still enjoyable.
Feet Episode 3064 The monster sounds out "feet," and then the camera trucks back to reveal a pair of live feet on some grass.


Playground or Zoo Episode 3079 The monster argues over whether to go to the playground or the zoo.
Milk Carton Episode 3080 After drinking cartons of milk, The monster reuses the cartons as toy trains.
Cheese Episode 3098 After sounding out the word "cheese," the monster poses for many pictures.
Same and Different: Mirrors Episode 3102 Both heads look at themselves in mirrors, and the right half notices that both of them are the same; they have the same nose, mouth, and hands. The other half points out that they're different: their horns point different ways, their hair is different, and their laughter is different.


A Fight Episode 3125 Part 1: Both heads of the monster argue over which letter is an A. The right head points to the lowercase a ...
Part 2: The left head points to the capital A ...
Part 3: Luis sees the monster arguing, and informs it that both of these letters are the letter A. Relieved, the monster showers him with kisses.
Mom Episode 3187 The monster sounds out the word "mom," and then the viewer sees the monster's mother.
Two-Headed Monster School Episode 3215 The Two-Headed Monster are the teachers of a two-headed-oriented classroom, with Elmo and Telly as their pupil/pupils (they are sharing the same shirt). The first lesson is to say "Good Morning" in monster language, then how to argue over what to read.
Toothbrush Episode 3426 The monster learns how to use a toothbrush.


Twinkle, Twinkle Episode 3698 The monster sings "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."

Video: Good Night Sesame

Pop Episode 3761 The monster reads the word "Pop" and blows up a balloon so they can pop it.


Trash Can Episode 3777 The Two-Headed Monster finishes a bag of popcorn, and almost leaves it on the brick wall, but then argues over which trash can to throw it in. Finally, it rips the bag in half to "share" the trash.
Snowman Episode 3790 The monster has built a two-headed snowman and struggles with how to apply a carrot nose.
Mad Episode 3823 The monster gets mad when the word "MAD" appears on-screen.
Loud and Soft Episode 4056 Elmo wants to play with the Two Headed Monster, but they can't decide on whether to play baseball or hockey. Aaron and Nick Carter pass by and are told what's happening, which the brothers can relate to. They sing "Loud and Soft", and sing of their differences. This resolves the monster's argument; now they want to sing! But what can they sing? They start arguing again!


Same and Different: Hats In a three-part segment, the monster sees a cardboard cut-out of himself wearing cowboy hats. The monster decides to find hats that matches, and copy the picture. Once they have succeeded, the cardboard cut-out falls over, as does the monster.
Surprise Cakes Each half of the monster sleeps one at a time, while the awake half shows the viewer that he has prepared a cake for the other half. Once both are awake, they surpise the other and present their cakes to each other. However, once they taste the other one's cake, they are disgusted, and switch them. Surprise!
Sandwich The lef half is about to enjoy a large sandwich until the right half asks for some. The left half becomes selfish until his brother starts crying. They end up splitting the sandwich in two.
Bathtime The Two-Headed Monster shares a bathtub and help each other get clean. They are discouraged when they are finished and empty the tub, but find joy in drying.


Clarinet Cooperation Bob gives the monster a music lesson on their clarinet with two mouthpieces, but one head wants to play fast, and the other one slow. When Bob suggest they play at different times, the monster impresses Bob by playing different melodies on the same instrument.
Coin Flip The Two-Headed Monster are arguing over which direction to go, so Gordon decides to help by teaching them how a coin flip works. Once the monster learns how it works, they decide to stay and play the coin flip game instead!
Alphabet Argument The monster disagrees on whether or not to sing or say the alphabet. Jane Curtin resolves the fight by singing the Alphabet Song. When the monster asks Curtin to join in, all three end up speaking in the same monster language!
Telephone Booths Luis teaches the monster how to use the new telephone booths on Sesame Street. Once they've figured out how to use it, one of the heads uses one booth to call the other head on the other booth.
Feelings Song The monster sing about different emotions as they experience them; they're mad when they disagree, and happy when they make up. The right half gets sad, then both get frightened when a small yellow monster sneezes. Both laugh when they see something funny, which suddenly turns into love. They decide to surprise the little monster, and all go out for ice cream.
Love After fighting with each other, the monster reads the word "Love" and forget their feud.


Two-Headed Monster, from Big Bird in China.

Book appearances

See also


  1. Muppet Central Interview with Jerry Nelson
  2. Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days has rehearsal footage of Jerry Nelson performing his half this way.

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