Characters:
Big Bird wave Ilovetrash
Big Bird Oscar the Grouch
Understudy/successor:
Matt Vogel
Since 1997
Understudy/successor:
Eric Jacobson
Since 2015





Big Bird

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Spinney and Vogel on the set

Matt Vogel has served as Caroll Spinney's understudy for Big Bird, since 1997. In most cases before Season 48, Vogel would manipulate the puppet to Spinney's vocals (either pre-recorded, dubbed in post-production, or provided live on set), however there have been several appearances and performances where Vogel has provided the vocals for Big Bird as well, most notably in the Journey to Ernie segments that ran from 2002 to 2005. Spinney stopped puppeteering altogether in 2015, and retired from vocal work in 2018.[1]

Appearances before Season 48 where Matt Vogel performed Big Bird's voice:

Oscar the Grouch

Oscar-LWT

Oscar on Last Week Tonight

By 2015, Eric Jacobson became Spinney's understudy for Oscar the Grouch; often lip-syncing to a prerecorded vocal track by Spinney, and other times doing the voice himself. Spinney stopped puppeteering altogether in 2015, and retired from vocal work in 2018.[1]

Appearances before Season 48 where Eric Jacobson performed Oscar's voice:

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 The New York Times "Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves Sesame Street After Nearly 50 Years" by Dave Itzkoff, Oct. 17, 2018

See also

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