After appearing on Broadway, Esposito made his major television debut in practically the exact opposite of Breaking Bad: Sesame Street. Esposito played Mickey on the famous PBS show, where he almost never had to deal with box cutters but instead spent his days talking to puppets.
He told the AV Club, "That job was one of the best jobs I ever had. I was totally broke. I was a young actor who was 23 and playing 17, I had no money, and I needed the gig so bad. I had worked for RKO, doing voiceovers for black kids who didn't speak very well. I was just at the end of my rope, and I auditioned for Sesame Street, and I was like, 'How stupid is this? Sesame Street?' And I ended up working with a master: Caroll Spinney. An absolute master, and you never saw him! He was always in that silly suit as Big Bird."
Who knew that Esposito learned all his skills from Big Bird? The actor goes on to sing the praises of the show and how much he loved his couple weeks on PBS' most famous street.