David Rudman

DAVID RUDMAN with his character from SESAME STREET: Cookie Monster.

DAVID RUDMAN (b. ca 1963)[1] is a core SESAME STREET performer who performs Baby Bear, Davey Monkey, Humphrey & Chicago the Lion. RUDMAN, since 2001, has also become Cookie Monsters new main performer - however, Cookie Monsters original performer, FRANK OZ, who has, for the most part, moved on to focus on directing, still performs Cookie Monster along w/ Bert & Grover a few times a year. RUDMAN has also voiced a number of GROUCH related characters.

RUDMAN 1st started working with the Muppets as only a summer internship w/ the Muppet Workshop back in 1981, when he was 18 years of age. DAVIDs friend, RICHARD HUNT helped him get a job as a Muppet performer, & also acted as his mentor, just like JERRY NELSON did for him when he started in the Muppet business[2]. The next year, he graduated from Highland Park High School in Chicago. Then, after HUNTs death in 1992, RUDMAN had assumed the roles of Sonny Friendly, Sully, & the right (horns up) half of the Two-Headed Monster, & he once, provided the voice of Dip the Cat in 1992 after HUNTs death. Outside of SESAME STREET, RUDMAN has also taken over performing Scooter & Janice in recent new Muppet productions.

With his brother Adam, he's produced Jack's Big Music Show for their Chicago-based company Spiffy Pictures. He has also written & directed live-action films & cartoons for SESAME STREET, MTV, Nickelodeon & Comedy Central. His work in TV commercials include ads for Coke, McDonald's, Cheerios, Disney World, the National Wildlife Federation & most notably as Fingerman for a series of Ziploc bag commercials. In 2013, RUDMAN puppeteered Scooby-Doo inthe direct-to-DVD movie Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map.

RUDMAN was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2004 for "Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series" for his work on SESAME STREET as Baby Bear & Cookie Monster. He presented a Daytime Emmy in 2013, appearing at the show with Cookie Monster.

Muppeteer Credits

David Rudman Scooter 3

DAVID RUDMAN with his Muppet character: Scooter

Non-HENSON Credits



  • DAVID RUDMAN has been seen & heard taking RICHARD HUNTs place in these 3 pairings HUNT originally made with JERRY Nelson for many years before he passed away

Director credits


  1. In a Chicago Public Radio interview from May 21st, 2004, RUDMAN says he was 5 when SESAME STREET started.
  2. RUDMAN, DAVID The MuppetCast episode 41
  3. DAVID RUDMAN interview with BBC
  4. "The Muppets on DarkHorizons"
  5. MATT VOGELs Facebook
  6. Bill Barretta's confirmation
  7. Studio DC Almost Live Hosted by Dylan & Cole Sprouse (I know the voices of the Muppets incredibly well & JERRY NELSON was totally doing the voice of Floyd but MATT VOGEL performed the Muppetry.)

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