Favorite ‘Sesame Street’ character: I love Grover. What's not to love?
Where you take visiting out-of-towners with kids: The Staten Island ferry is a great way to spend an afternoon. You see all the sights, you get to ride on a boat, and it’s free! Make sure you sit outside so you can feel the breeze!
The best family entertainment venue in NYC: The city parks offer great free theater, dance and music events. There are also wonderful programs along the Hudson River waterfront, including biking, kayaking and catch-and-release fishing. The New Victory Theatre has incredible shows for families.
The best current kids' TV show (you didn't produce): I am a very big fan of the shows on Nick Jr., especially Little Bill. I like Playhouse Disney's The Shanna Show, and I think Bear in the Big Blue House is one of the best shows ever made. Noggin also has wonderful shows, including Connie the Cow.
Favorite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny. He is the Elvis of cartoons for me.
Favorite book you read as a child: I loved Dr. Seuss and I still do.
The classic film you would recommend parents rent for their kids: I just watched Mary Poppins again this weekend, and it is amazing. I also love The Sound of Music. Anything with Julie Andrews is more or less perfect. I also love the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
The number of hours you sleep at night: I have a cat who walks on my head after seven hours of sleep.
The six people you'd love to invite to a dinner party: Walt Whitman, Dr. Seuss, Jim Henson, Julie Andrews, Dr. Martin Luther King, Steve Jobs.
Favorite indulgence: Sunshine.
The best part of having grown up in New York City: You don't notice that it smells funny. And you know where to eat. And every other city in the world seems quaint.
The best lesson learned as a New York street performer: Only bring that which you really need.