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Eric Jacobson Grover 1

Eric with Grover.

Eric Jacobson Grover Bert

Eric with Grover & Bert.

Sam the Eagle & Eric Jacobson

Eric & Sam the Eagle.

Eric Jacobson Miss Piggy

Eric & Miss Piggy.

Eric Jacobson (b. July 25th, 1970), started working with the Muppets in 1994 as a Muppeteer on Sesame Street & rose through the ranks of Sesame puppeteers. In order to keep the characters of Frank Oz - who is focusing more on directing & other pursuits - alive & visible, Jacobson was selected due to his strong puppeteer talent & extremely similar vocal range. Jacobson has worked on projects starring the classic Muppet Show & Sesame Street characters, & on Bear in the Big Blue House.

Sesame Street

Jacobson started performing on Sesame Street in 1994. In 1997, Jacobson began performing Bert on a semi-regular basis; & in 1998 he added Grover to his list as well, starting with clips for Play with Me Sesame. Today, he is the principal performer of these Sesame stars. He & David Rudman shared the role Cookie Monster up until 2002 when Sesame Workshop had picked David to take the role of Cookie Monster on full-time for there to be more interaction between Cookie Monster, Grover & Bert – however Frank Oz occasionally comes in to record new material with them.

Jacobson has also taken on Guy Smiley in recent years, performing the character in videos for Sesame Street Presents: The Body, Ready to Learn commercials, & a 2008 episode. He has also performed minor characters on the show, such as Mr. Tiger, one of the Three Little Pigs & Hammy the Dwarf. He was also the performer of Dusty, the drummer in Oscar the Grouch's "alternate" Grouch band in episode 3950.

The Muppets

Eric Jacobson is currently the principal performer of Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Animal & Sam the Eagle – as Frank Oz had retired as their performer since 2000.

At 2001's Muppetfest fan convention Jacobson made his Muppet debut secretly performing Miss Piggy welcoming the fans "live via satellite". Jacobson made his 1st major Muppet production debut performing Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, & Animal for It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie in 2002 while Kevin Clash provided the voice of Sam the Eagle (the puppetry for whom was performed by John Kennedy). He took over the role of Sam the Eagle in 2005 for The Muppets' Wizard of Oz.

Other Works

Jacobson performed Harry the Duck & other characters on Bear in the Big Blue House.

Outside of Henson, Jacobson has worked on The Puzzle Place, Jack's Big Music Show, & Disney's The Book of Pooh (plus a TV show called Once Upon a Tree, in which he performed Billy Bob the Bobcat). He's also performed on stage performing live puppet theater in New York City with The Puppet Company, The Cosmic Bicycle Theater, & The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park.

Muppeteer Credits

Trivia

See also

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