Matt Vogel (puppeteer)

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Matt Vogel
Born Matthew J. Vogel II
(1970-10-06) October 6, 1970 (age 43)
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Matt J. Vogel II
Matthew J. Vogel
Matthew Vogel
Matt J. Vogel
Occupation Puppeteer, actor, writer, singer, voice artist, comedian
Years active 1996-present

Matthew J. "Matt" Vogel II (born October 6, 1970) has been a Muppet performer for the Jim Henson Company since the 1990s. On Sesame Street, Vogel served as the assistant puppeteer for Ernie, performing either one or both hands while Steve Whitmire performed the head and vocal. Eventually, Vogel's ability to mimic the sound and performance of Caroll Spinney's Big Bird was put to use. As of 2006, Vogel's primary performances as Big Bird are the "Journey to Ernie" segments. Vogel has also, occasionally, operated the Big Bird puppet to a vocal track by Spinney in scenes where Big Bird is in the same scene as Oscar the Grouch, letting Spinney perform Oscar.

He has also taken over Jerry Nelson's characters, on the recommendation of Nelson himself. With The Muppets Studio, Vogel has been performing the '80s Robot, Floyd Pepper, Lew Zealand, Crazy Harry, Robin the Frog, and Camilla the Chicken since 2008. He also took over the puppetry of the Sesame Street character Count von Count, although Nelson continued to provide the voice of the Count until his death on August 23, 2012. In 2013, Vogel assumed both voice and puppetry duties of the Count.

As of 2010 and 2011, he provides both the puppetry and voice of Sweetums and he performed him as well as Uncle Deadly (another of Nelson's Muppet characters) in the 2011 movie The Muppets.

Vogel performed the Muppets that were used in Kenneth's view of the world in the 30 Rock episode "Apollo, Apollo".

He also performed Constantine in Muppets Most Wanted.

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Preceded by
Jerry Nelson
Performer of Count von Count
2013 – present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Jerry Nelson
Performer of Robin the Frog
2008 – present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Jerry Nelson
Performer of Floyd Pepper
2008 – present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Jerry Nelson
Performer of Crazy Harry
2008 – present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Jerry Nelson
Performer of Camilla the Chicken
2008 – present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Jerry Nelson
Performer of Lew Zealand
2008 – present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Jerry Nelson
Performer of Uncle Deadly
2011 – present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Jerry Nelson
Performer of Pops
2011 – present
Succeeded by
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