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Performer:
Granny Fanny Nesselrode
The Answer Lady

Granny Fanny Nesselrode is an old lady character who appeared on Sesame Street in the 1970s. She appeared mostly in Season 2 and Season 3.

The often confused Granny was mostly known for her "Answer Lady" skits, in which she solved viewers' problems. She was also featured in the "Here is Your Life" episode from 1972, celebrating the life of Oak Tree. In that sketch, Granny Fanny visits from the farmhouse down the road to pay her respects to the tree, which she had planted in the ground when he was just an acorn. She even brings a picture of the acorn. Guy Smiley endearingly calls her "Farmer Fanny" (a reference to Fanny Farmer, author of the famous cookbook of the same name).

Although Granny has been depicted on many pieces of merchandise through the years, she never really became a main character.

Answer Lady sketches

  • Ketchup Problem
Granny tries to solve the problem of why ketchup won't come out of a bottle. Her co-host points out that she should remove the bottle cap first. Having solved the problem, Granny ends up pouring ketchup all over the place.
  • Classifying Kittens
Granny reads a letter from a viewer asking how to tell the difference between two kittens. Granny herself can't tell the difference, despite the fact that the two cats are different colors.
  • Telephone
Granny shows how to make a telephone call, but can't figure out how to use the phone.

Book appearances

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