Composing Silly Songs For 'Sesame Street'

Writer and humorist Christopher Cerf has been associated with the Children's Television Workshop since 1970, developing products, producing music albums and writing parodies of rock and roll songs for Sesame Street. His songs — there are over 200 — include "Put Down the Duckie" and "Monster in the Mirror." He has won two Grammy Awards and three Emmy Awards for songwriting and music production.

Cerf's other projects include helping launch the humor magazine The National Lampoon, and co-editing Not the New York Times, The Official Politically Correct Dictionary and Handbook and Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq. He is an executive producer of Between the Lions, the literacy education series on PBS.

This interview was originally broadcast in Dec. 19, 1990.

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