Matt Vogel


Matt Vogel Count von Count & Big Bird
Matt Vogel Baby Big Bird


Matt Vogel 1970s Muppet puppet toys

A young VOGEL (left) with his brother & some Muppet puppet toys.

Caroll Spinney Matt Vogel


Ricky Gervais Matt Vogel Constantine
Jerry Nelson Matt Vogel
Matt Vogel Count von Count
Matt Vogel Floyd Pepper 1

MATT VOGEL with his Muppet character: Floyd Pepper.

Matt Vogel Floyd Pepper 2

MATT VOGEL with his Muppet character: Floyd Pepper.

Matt Vogel Floyd Pepper 3

MATT VOGEL with his Muppet character: Floyd Pepper.

Matt Vogel with Mr. Johnson
Matt Vogel with Uncle Deadly
Matt Vogel as a Sesame Street director
Matt Vogel performin the Muppetry of Count von Count

Matthew James "MATT" VOGEL II (b. October 6th, 1970) is an accomplished puppeteer in his own right. However, ever since joining SESAME STREET in 1996, he has become most familiar for his work as CAROLL SPINNEYs SESAME STREET understudy for BIG BIRD for the "Journey to Ernie" segments, several street scenes & other appearances whenever CAROLL SPINNEY is unavailable. He has also performed various Anything Muppets & CGI characters on "Elmos World" & plays BIG BIRDs infant self, BABY BIG BIRD in the SESAME Beginnings DVD series. Most recently, he's also served as assistant puppet captain on SESAME STREET.

Vogel has also taken over for most of JERRY NELSONs characters several years before NELSONs death, by the suggestion of JERRY NELSON himself, personally. Vogel is, as of 2008, the new permanent performer of Floyd Pepper, Lew Zealand, Crazy Harry, Robin the Frog & Camilla the Chicken following Nelsons retirement. He had also taken over the Muppetry of Jerrys greatest, most famous character ever, Count von Count, but Jerry kept performing the voice[1][2]. Jerry continued performing the voice till his very tragic death on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012. Vogel has now assumed both voice & Muppetry duties of the character, starting w/ a YouTube video.[3] Vogel also performed the gray Grouch in the Grouch spoof of Spamalot called "SCRAMalot".

Vogels other Muppet credits include work, assisting or in supporting roles, on Big Bag, Bear in the Big Blue House, SESAME English, & The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland, as well as various pigeons in the Creature Shop film The Producers. Works outside of the HENSON fold include the video series MATHmatazz, Jacks Big Music Show, The Puzzle Place, the HBO drama Oz, Oobi, Blues Room, & Between the Lions.

In theater, Vogel has acted in regional productions of various plays including The Foreigner & Six Degrees of Sparation, & was involved in the 2003 - 2004 Broadway run of Little Shop of Horrors, manipulating Audrey II & playing various bums & Skid Row residents (alongside MARTIN P. ROBINSON & Anthony Asbury). In addition to Muppeteering, Vogel's interest in music is made evident by his non-SESAME role as front man for the band, The Mighty Weaklings released a CD of songs "for kids--& grown-ups " called You Cant Rock Sittin' Down in June of 2008 after appearing in the video for their song "Rocket Ship" on Jacks Big Music Show. Vogel, with JOEY MAZZARINO, co-owns Pratfall Productions, which produced the film -noir puppet spoof Murder, He Squeaked & various inserts for SESAME STREET, SESAME STREET videos & Nick Jr.s Curious Buddies. VOGEL also serves as director for SESAME STREET beginning with Season 39 & the recurring segment, "Murray Has a Little Lamb".[4]

MATT & his wife Kelly live in the Big Apple with their 5 children.

On July 10, 2017, it was announced that VOGEL would be taking over the role of KERMIT THE FROG, following STEVE WHITMIREs departure from The Muppets. VOGELs first public performance as KERMIT was a Muppet Thought of the Week video; originally planned to debut on YouTube during the week of July 17, 2017,[5] but was delayed until August 28, 2017.

Muppeteer CreditsEdit



Non-HENSON CreditsEdit


  1. ToughPigs - A Chat with Jerry Nelson, part 1
  2. HandyMan in the Control Room (SESAME Family Robinson)
  3. Count von Count is Countin' the "You"s in YouTube
  4. Season 40 Press Kit.
  5. ToughPIGS "STEVE WHITMIRE No Longer with the Muppets" by Joe Hennes, July 10, 2017
  6. Vogel, Matt. Interview with Muppeteer Matt Vogel, Part 2. The Muppet Mindset. March 28, 2010
  7. Muppet Mindset interview with Matt Vogel
  8. The Big Bad Wolfs casting history

Special extra imagesEdit

See alsoEdit

Episode 3698 Matt Vogel

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