Thank you so much for your input, I appreacite that a lot.
It would be nice if the original "Baker #10 sketch and the Baker #1 sketch" could be on youtube - that way, it's a gift from the ages. ]]
They do seem to be considered Holy Grails of Muppetdom around here, that's for sure.
[[Even I have to admit, after seeing that baker fall down those same stairs so many times - I could understand why Sesame Street did what they did, canned it. But they could have fixed it so you can count the food products in his hands, and not finish the segment. From what it looks like - he looks more like he intenionally trips and tumbles down those stairs. ]]
Interesting thought. I'm not entirely sure it would have worked, though, since even after the first few airings his tumbling would have been seared into viewers' minds.
Also, watching the clips again, I notice he does vary the exact circumstances of each fall slightly, thus keeping it fresh:
-in #2 he slips on something and falls
-in #3 and #7 he drops one birthday cake/pumpkin pie, appears to reach down to try and arrest it before they cut to the closeup shot, and drops the rest of them in the process
-in #4 he seems too caught up in the grandiosity of his announcement, tips the trays too much inward, spills the root beer on himself, and tumbles in shock
-in #5, he takes on step downward, hits the step wrong, and trips and falls
-in #6, he steps too far down the stairs one the first step and loses his balance
-in #8, he seems to give up before he starts and tosses the raspberry pudding desserts away in resignation before falling (could this have been the last one filmed, then? You do have to wonder if Henson shot them out of sequence)
-and in #9 and #10, there's simply too many coconut custard pies and chocolate layer cakes to carry and he drops them all (for #10, perhaps collapsing under the CLC's weight)
[[And it's amazing to think after seeing the 2 - 10 sketches, how his clothes always look so bright and white at first, then a digusting mess at the end. Cracks me up every time.]]
It is rather amusing, yes.
Additionally, why do you suppose #2 and #9 stay on the wide shot the whole time instead of cutting to the closeup as he starts to drop everything as the others do? Do you think the stuntman managed those in a single take, and the others took longer to film correctly?