Now that you’ve seen us interview two of Sesame Street’s human actors, as well as a couple Muppeteers and their Muppet counterparts, now you are ready to see the crown jewel of our visit to the set of Sesame Street.
As we mentioned in Part 1, the episode they were filming on the day of our visit involved Bert and Ernie sleeping over at Gordon and Susan’s apartment. Beyond the adorableness of that situation, that tells us one important thing: Steve Whitmire is in the house. Along with Eric Jacobson and Matt Vogel (who was performing Ernie’s right hand), these three gentlemen represent the second wave of Muppeteers, taking responsibility for the characters created by Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and someday (in Vogel’s case) Jerry Nelson and Caroll Spinney.
We had the unique opportunity to have an extended discussion with Whitmire, Jacobson, and Vogel, culminating in one of our proudest moments as Muppet fans. And as always, the greatest pleasure comes with being able to share our experience with you. So happy viewing, and thanks to Steve, Eric, Matt, and everyone else at Sesame Workshop for helping to make this happen!
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by Joe Hennes – Joe@ToughPigs.com