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I think that the best things that came out of it were the chance to do Blanche, and also I did a Sesame Street video that was very satisfying to me. And I don't think I would have been asked to do that if I hadn't reached a little bit higher profile in the 'industry.' That was really rewarding.
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What well-known bands or actors acquire when they appear as themselves, or doing their instantly-recognizable acts, on a television program aimed at young children.

Like many things about modern kids' TV, the concept was pioneered on the Trope Namer Sesame Street, and subsequently became a staple of the many programs inspired by it. The basic idea is to make it easy and fun for parents/guardians to get involved in their kids' educational process; however, over the years, it has spun itself off into a unique celebrity cachet. An appearance on the Street — or nearby programming suburbs — has become almost as potent a sign of stardom as an appearance on Leno's or Letterman's couches.

May involve a certain amount of Bowdlerization to keep things kid-friendly and/or educational.

Mostly occurs in live-action shows, but an actor or band with a distinctive voice can provide the same effect in animation.

The serious older sibling of Parental Bonus. When a person does this sort of cameo because their children are in the target age for the work in question, that's So My Kids Can Watch. If the celebrity in question did work on a children's show before becoming famous, it would be considered Retroactive Recognition. If the celebrity was a big fan of the show they were cast on growing up (a common case with Long Runners like Sesame Street, Scooby-Doo and SpongeBob SquarePants), or are currently a member of the Periphery Demographic for the show and decide to take this role, their Sesame Street Cred would also make them a Promoted Fanboy. If the celebrity generally comes from adult-oriented media, it can be a Sub-Trope of Demographic-Dissonant Crossover. For the inverse (with the Sesame Street, Muppet Show, or related cast only), see Muppet Cameo. When someone famous writes or performs song for a children's show, that's Pop-Star Composer.

Note: When adding examples, please remember that not all animated series are aimed at young children. Rule of thumb: the closer the age of the show's target audience is to the age of the guest star, the less likely it is to be this trope. Also, remember that nearly all inverted examples of this trope go in Muppet Cameo, not here. Finally, please do not include examples where celebrities are guest-starring as characters other than themselves or not doing immediately recognizable acts.

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Real Life

  • This happened in the Kids' WB! commercial break bumpers from its first and second years. The stars of their primetime block, along with comedian Harland Williams, would announce when the shows were taking breaks and returning.
  • Back when it was PTV Park, PBS Kids ran a series of interstitials called Another Pointer From Paula Poundstone, in which the comedian Paula Poundstone gave children advice on topics like eating healthy and sticking to your plans.
  • Gilbert Gottfried played Seymour Smoke Detector in AllState's Be Cool About Fire Safety Public Service Announcement.

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This is actually quite common in many Hollywood animated films aimed for children and tends to overlap with Celebrity Voice Actor.

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  • This trope is the entire conceit behind Pancake Mountain, a youtube show where they get real musicians to make music videos aimed at kids which usually involve puppets.


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  • The Misfits in Jem attempt to do this with a kid's show at the start of "Roxy Rumbles". Roxy however can't read the teleprompter as she Never Learned to Read, and won't admit it to anyone but her bandmates (who tease her for it except for Stormer). She ends up getting into a spat with Pizzazz about it on live television and ends up banned from the show.
  • We Bare Bears: "Anger Management" involves Nom Nom the Koala trying to get on a cutesy kids' show called The Corgis in order to boost his flagging popularity.