Rick Lyon

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Rick Lyon
Avenue Q Nicky.jpg
Rick Lyon performing a song from Avenue Q in 2006
Richard Lyon

(1958-02-25) February 25, 1958 (age 61)
OccupationPuppeteer, puppet designer, actor, builder
Years active1987–present

Richard "Rick" Lyon is an American puppeteer, actor, puppet designer and builder.[1] He has worked for the Jim Henson Company as one of the operators of Big Bird.[2] He appeared on Broadway originating the roles of Trekkie Monster, Nicky, the blue Bad Idea Bear, and other characters in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, a musical for which he designed and created all of the puppets. In the fall of 2005 he reprised his roles in the production of the show in Las Vegas for eight months before returning to the Broadway cast. Rick was a puppeteer on Sesame Street for 15 seasons, from 1987 to 2002. He also worked with Nickelodeon on the Stick Stickly project and on the Me + My Friends pilot. He was a lead puppeteer for the first season of Comedy Central's television program Crank Yankers.[3][4]

Lyon's company The Lyon Puppets,[5] maintains a large permanent workshop outside New York City in New Jersey. In addition to building all of the Broadway and Las Vegas Avenue Q puppets, the company has built puppets for the original West End production of Avenue Q in London, the US national tour, and international productions in Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, France, and China. Rick frequently coaches actors in puppetry for productions of Avenue Q for which he provides puppets.

He studied theater at Penn State University and puppetry at the Institute of Professional Puppetry Arts in Connecticut and the Institut International de la Marionnette in France.[1]

Puppeteering credits[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lyon, Rick. "Rick Lyon Bio". Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  2. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (24 August 2004). "Playbill On-Line's Brief Encounter with Rick Lyon". Playbill. Playbill. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  3. ^ Lyon, Rick. "Rick Lyon resume". Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Rick Lyon". IMDb. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Puppets -- Rick Lyon and The Lyon Puppets". Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  6. ^ "ME AND MY FRIENDS A Nickelodeon Pilot". lyonpuppets.com. Retrieved 7 March 2016.

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