Professor Hastings was pretty boring. I mean, I listened to some recordings of songs with him, like the U song, and I almost fall asleep before he does.
Pretty hilarious line, Bear!
Farley (Give him more lines and a bigger part)
I always liked both Farley and Professor Hastings and thought it was neat when they'd be on. Part of it is probably because of their limited use (the ol' absence makes the heart grow fonder principle). But Jerry Nelson's voice for Farley and his likable naiveness were also appealing.
I also wonder about the name "Lefty". The only times I really remember this character being called "Lefty was in the skits where he met his boss for instructions. In all of his typical skits, his name was never mentioned and books only referred to him as "The salesman". Interesting.
Yes, as a child in the 70's I always heard him referenced as just "The Salesman". I had some Sesame Street finger puppets in the early 70's and one was of him (I also had Bert, Ernie, Grover, Oscar, Sherlock Hemlock, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird) and he was called The Salesman. But since he was called Lefty in those other skits with his boss, I'm okay with the conglomerated "Lefty the Salesman".
The Salesman would definitely be one muppet character I'd like to see back on SS. I love how Frank Oz did his voice and I love the look of his character. And the opening sounds (dun dun...DUN DUN DUN DUN dun.. dun.. dun) of the skits with Ernie, his sneaking up on Ernie and scaring him, Ernie's scream, and the hilarious dialogue that ensued just made these wonderful skits. It's really funny how he not only tried to sell Ernie worthless items, but also NON-items! (like an invisible ice cream cone and air from a bottle). I mean, at least on "Let's Make a Deal" even if you got a zonk it was SOMETHING (like a goat or a broken couch) and not just empty space behind the curtain!