PartyLines- photographs by Patrick McMullan

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Sesame Workshop's Seventh Annual Benefit Gala

Cipriani. May 27, 2009. By Tali Yahalom

Who is your favorite Muppet? “I think the Count. I looked at his picture in Newsweek and I thought, you know, he probably doesn’t have a lot of friends and I just sort of wanted to help the guy.” —Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Brian Williams

Do you think you resemble any celebrities? “David Beckham.” —Rosita

Elizabeth Vargas


Do you have a favorite Muppet? “I had a huge crush on Maria. I thought Maria was so hot.” —Al Roker

Paula Zahn

Abby Cadabby

Who is your favorite Muppet? “I loved Big Bird. But Al [Roker] just said if he comes home and there’s some red fur at home, he’s going to go and find Elmo.” —Deborah Roberts

Sonia Manzano

Christopher Cuomo

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? “You can take the number 2.” —Elmo

Shoshanna Gruss

Bob McGrath

What would you say if someone said you resembled a Muppet? “I can’t say that I’ve ever been compared to a Muppet. I’d be flattered, actually.” —Kate Snow

Marc Cohn

Joan Ganz Cooney, Founder of Sesame Workshop

Does President Obama remind you of a Muppet? “He is a very smart man. He knows his alphabet. I think we actually look a lot alike. We have the same shape [of] head.” —Grover

Roscoe Orman

Bianna Golodryga

Do you identify with any of the Muppets? “I like to think of myself like Abby, because she’s so positive and she believes in magic. And probably Oscar the Grouch on some days.” —Sheryl Crow

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