Sesame Street celebrates its 40th anniversary this week with much fanfare and Muppet mania. People are reminiscing about and putting together their favorite moments from the show's longtime run on PBS. The show's icon, Big Bird, has shared many memories on Sesame Street with his friends, old and new. But Big Bid's fled his coop at times. Here are some clips of experiences Big Bird has had when he's left his natural habitat and interacted with the outside world.
In this 1976 clip, Big Bird fields an ornithological question but shows how little time he spends on a different street, Broadway.
Jim Henson's Memorial
After the Muppetmaster passed away in 1990, Big Bird and others sang songs like "Bein Green" at Henson's service at Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
PBS World Travel promotion
Big Bird escorts a girl around the world (mostly Asia) and to the moon before dropping her off at home after a long day of traveling.
NYCGo.com "Ask The Locals" ad
Elmo and Big Bird educate New York City kids about the sights of the city, including how much you can learn from taxi drivers and where you can buy fresh fruit.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance
Big Bird's publicist landed him a seat on the late-night show where the bird explained, among other things, how he's been squatting behind Gordon and Susan's house for 40 years.