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Eric Jacobson is an American puppeteer, best known for performing the Muppet characters Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Sam Eagle for Disney's The Muppets Studio, as well as Sesame Street characters Bert, Guy Smiley and Grover—all roles that he inherited from the characters' original performer, Frank Oz (except for Guy Smiley whose original and best known performer was Jim Henson).[1] As of 2015, Jacobson is Caroll Spinney's successor for Oscar the Grouch.

Eric Jacobson
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Jacobson puppeteering Grover in 2008
Born
OccupationPuppeteer
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Mary Jacobson

CareerEdit

Jacobson, a native of Fort Worth, initially started playing Bert and Grover on Sesame Street in 1998, and officially joined the cast of the classic Muppet Show Muppets in 2001.[citation needed] His role expanded on Sesame Street in 2002 to include new Grover segments, particularly Global Grover. However, Oz occasionally came in to Sesame Street to record new material with those characters.

In 2001, the same year that he worked on The Book of Pooh, where he worked on Piglet and Kanga, he also began playing Miss Piggy, debuting at the "Muppetfest" convention.[2] Subsequently, in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002), he performed the roles of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Animal. In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005), he began performing Sam the Eagle.

Jacobson has appeared in numerous other television shows and movies as well.

Other WorksEdit

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

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

In 2013, Jacobson served as puppeteer for Shaggy Rogers (with Matthew Lillard serving as Shaggy's voice) for the DVD movie, Scooby Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map.

Guest appearancesEdit

Jacobson performed Miss Piggy for appearances on Rove Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Tony Danza Show, Good Morning America,[citation needed] This Morning, WWE Raw, Take Two with Phineas and Ferb, Good Luck Charlie, WWE Tribute to the Troops, and also performed Miss Piggy for an appearance in an episode of the Disney Channel Original Series So Random!.

Jacobson performed Grover during appearances on Good Morning Australia, Rove Live, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[citation needed] He performed Fozzie Bear during appearances on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, @midnight, and Big City Greens (voice role as the character of Dr. Enamel). Jacobson performed Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Animal for an appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.[3] Jacobson performed Bert for the character’s appearance in the Between the Lions' second season episode "Tweet! Tweet!".

CreditsEdit

Year Production Role Other notes
1994–present Sesame Street Bert (1997 – present), Grover (1998 – present), Guy Smiley (2005 – present), Oscar the Grouch (2015 – present) Performer
1996–1998 Once Upon a Tree Billy-Bob the Bobcat Performer
1997–2006 Bear in the Big Blue House Harry the Duck, Tucker Tutter Performer
2001–2003 The Book of Pooh Piglet Performer (puppetry only)
2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Yoda Performer
2005 The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2006-2011 Pinky Dinky Doo Additional voices
2008 A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2008 Studio DC: Almost Live Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2008–2009 Muppet YouTube Shorts Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2010 Disney's Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade Miss Piggy Voice, theme park parade
2010 The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear Performer
2011 The Muppets Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle, Marvin Suggs Performer
2013 Good Luck Charlie Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal Performer, Episode: "Duncan Dream House"
2013 Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map Shaggy Rogers Performer (puppetry only)
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam Eagle, Animal Performer
2014 Nerdy Nummies Miss Piggy Performer
2015 Muppet Moments Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam Eagle, Animal Performer
2015–2016 The Muppets Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle Performer
2016–present The Muppets Present...Great Moments in American History Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam Eagle Voice, theme park show
2017 The Muppets Take the Bowl Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle, Newsman Performer, live show at the Hollywood Bowl, Sept. 8–10
2018 The Muppets Take the O2 Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle, Newsman Performer, live show at the UK, Jul. 13–14
2019 Big City Greens Dr. Enamel Voice role, Episode: "Hurty Tooth"
Credited as Fozzie Bear with Jacobson credited as Fozzie Bear's "personal handyman"
2019 Muppet Babies Play Date Miss Piggy (baby), Fozzie Bear (baby), Animal (baby) Performer (puppetry only)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (March 11, 2014). "How Kermit and the Muppets Got Their Mojo Back". Variety. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  2. ^ Lloyd, Robert (May 16, 2015). "If Harry Shearer leaves 'The Simpsons,' what will happen? Just ask Bugs Bunny". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.toughpigs.com/anthnewstuff02.htm

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Frank Oz
Performer of Bert
1997 – present
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Frank Oz
Performer of Grover
1998 – present
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Frank Oz
Performer of Miss Piggy
2001 – present
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Frank Oz
Performer of Fozzie Bear
2002 – present
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Frank Oz
Performer of Animal
2002 – present
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Kevin Clash
Performer of Sam Eagle
2005 – present
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Don Reardon
Performer of Guy Smiley
2005 – present
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Frank Oz
Performer of Marvin Suggs
2011 – present
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Joey Mazzarino
Performer of Two-Headed Monster (left head)
2016 – present
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Caroll Spinney
Performer of Oscar the Grouch
2015 – present
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Steve Whitmire
Performer of The Muppet Newsman
2017 – present
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