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Sam & Friends Omar
PERFORMER Jim Henson
DEBUT 1955
DESIGN Jim Henson designer/builder
  Jane Henson designer/builder

Omar is an abstract character with a beak-like papier-mâché face who appeared on Sam and Friends. He was created in May of 1955.[1]

In one appearance, the Old Black Magic sketch, Omar serves as the show's announcer, reciting the opening and closing tags and attempting to deliver the Esskay Meats pitch. Another sketch, restored from the Henson Archives and shown at Museum of the Moving Image in May 2016, Omar plays a chef who uses nonsense ingredients for a recipe than ends in an explosion.

Since 2015, the Omar puppet is on display at the Center for Puppetry Arts as part of their permanent Worlds of Puppetry exhibit.

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  1. The Sunday Star, page 5, March 29, 1959, pictured at Jim's Red Book - 1/27/1975 -'Go to Washington put 1st Bert and Ernie in Smithsonian - dinner with Joe Irwin'

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