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For other uses, see Earl (disambiguation)
PERFORMER Richard Hunt puppeteer
  Del Zivic character
DEBUT 1987
DESIGN Ron Mueck designer
  Caroly Wilcox,
Jitka Exler builders

Earl is one of the "Dragon Time" puppets from Puppetman. A goofy purple and pink dragon with buck teeth, Earl is the klutzy sidekick to Butane. In the initial "Dragon Time" sketch, Earl argues with Butane over who gets to pull the castle bell, and takes a pratfall as a result. Offstage, Earl is often used by his puppeteer Del to avoid answering people, providing dumb remarks for him. In opposition to the sharp-tongued, bile-filled Gertha, Earl represents the goofy, playful side of Del.

Earl is a Hand-Rod Muppet, allowing Del (and by extension, Richard Hunt) to perform him and Gertha at the same time. Earl receives third billing among the puppets in the "Dragon Time" credits within the show, behind Butane and Candle.

Other appearances

  • Several years later, he was used again in the Sesame Street PSA "Don't Forget to Watch the Movie," to demonstrate that smoking is not allowed in movie theaters.
  • He also appeared in The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, where Dr. Gazeat helps him feel better.

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