Eric Jacobson Grover Bert
Eric Jacobson Fozzie Bear
Sam the Eagle & Eric Jacobson

ERIC & Sam the Eagle in 2008.

Eric Jacobson Miss Piggy

ERIC w/ Miss Piggy.

Eric Jacobson Animal
Eric Jacobson Grover 1

ERIC with Grover.

ERIC JACOBSON (b. January 15th, 1971[1]), started working with the Muppets in 1994 as a Muppeteer on SESAME STREET & rose through the ranks of Muppeteers on SESAME STREET. In order to completely keep the characters of FRANK OZ - who is currently still focusing more on directing & other pursuits - alive & visible, JACOBSON was selected by OZ himself due to his strong puppeteer talent & very extremely similar vocal range. JACOBSON has worked on projects starring the classic Muppet Show & SESAME STREET characters & characters, & on Bear in the BIG Blue House.

"I grew up watching the Muppets, & was a rabid fan myself & to carry on this legacy is really important."


JACOBSON started performing on SESAME STREET in 1994. In 1997, JACOBSON began performing Bert on a semi-regular basis; & in 1998 he added Grover to his list as well, starting with clips for Play with Me SESAME. JACOBSON, today, is the principal performer of these SESAME stars. JACOBSON & DAVID RUDMAN shared the role of Cookie Monster up until 2002 when SESAME Workshop had picked DAVID to take the role of Cookie Monster on full-time for there to be more interaction between that character, Grover & Bert however FRANK OZ occasionally comes in to record new material with them.

JACOBSON has also recently taken on JIM HENSONs role of GUY SMILEY in recent years, performing the character in videos for SESAME STREET Presents: The Body, Ready to Learn commercials, & episode 4182. He has also performed minor characters on the show, such as Mr. Tiger, 1 of the 3 Little Pigs & Hammy the Dwarf. Eric was also the performer of DUSTY, the drummer in OSCAR THE GROUCHs "alternate" GROUCH band in EPISODE 3950. Since 2015, ERIC JACOBSON is also CAROLL SPINNEYs understudy for OSCAR THE GROUCH.

JACOBSONs wife Mary was a production assistant on the show; they met on the program. Their daughters godfather works for the series.[3]

The MuppetsEdit

ERIC JACOBSON is currently the principal performer of Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Animal & Sam the Eagle as FRANK OZ had retired as their performer in 2000.

At 2001s Muppetfest fan convention, JACOBSON made his Muppet debut secretly performing Miss Piggy welcoming the fans "live via satellite". JACOBSON made his 1st major Muppet production debut performing Fozzie Bear, Animal & Miss Piggy for It s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie in 2002 while Muppeteer veteran KEVIN CLASH provided the voice of Sam the Eagle (the Muppetry for whom was performed by JOHN KENNEDY). JACOBSON took over the role of Sam the Eagle in 2005 for The Muppets' Wizard of Oz & he's been performing that character ever since then. He also performed the role of Marvin Suggs in the 2011 film The Muppets.

In 2011, DAVE GOELZ commented on JACOBSON: "When STEVE was able to do Kermit, I thought, "Wow, we got off lucky there, but if something happens to FRANK or he leaves, we'll just be dead." Lo & behold, ERIC JACOBSON, who like STEVE had been around for a long time in the SESAME STREET performing group, was able to do very credible versions of FRANKs characters. Hes incredible with Miss Piggy. The 1st time I was at a read-through with ERIC (I hadn't noticed his arrival) & we started reading the script. I heard FRANK & looked around the room. & FRANK wasnt there. So it was really an interesting thing."[4]

Other WorksEdit

JACOBSON performed Harry the Duck & other characters on Bear in the BIG Blue House.

Outside of HENSON, JACOBSON has worked on The Puzzle Place, Jacks Big Music Show, & Disneys The Book of Pooh (plus a TV show called Once Upon a Tree, in which he performed Billy Bob the Bobcat). Hes also performed on stage performing live puppet theater in New York City with The Puppet Company, The Cosmic Bicycle Theater (& The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park.

JACOBSON has been honored for his work on several occasions & holds the distinction of being the first puppeteer to work on multiple film & TV productions cited for excellence by UNIMA in the same year.[5]

Muppeteer CreditsEdit

Non-HENSON CreditsEdit




  1. Tweet from MATT VOGEL
  2. TV Land Awards interview
  3. Vanity Fair interview
  4. Disney 23, Winter 2011 issue, page 52
  5. SESAME Workshop Press Kit Bio. 2007

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