Matt Vogel

Matt Vogel

Caroll Spinney Matt Vogel

Matt Vogel talking to Caroll Spinney.

Matt Vogel Baby Big Bird

Vogel with Baby Big Bird.

Matt Vogel performin the Muppetry of Count von Count

For the "Eight is Great" number, Matt Vogel performed the Muppetry of Count von Count to Jerry Nelson's vocals, w/ John Kennedy performing the right hand.

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 Nelson's retirement. He had also taken over the Muppetry of Jerry's 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, Jack's Big Music Show, The Puzzle Place, the HBO drama Oz, Oobi, Blue's 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 Can't Rock Sittin' Down in June of 2008 after appearing in the video for their song "Rocket Ship" on Jack's 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.

Episodes Where VOGEL Played BIG BIRDEdit

In addition to the Journey to Ernie segments & inserted clips, MATT has also played BIG BIRD in many scenes including:

Matt Vogel/David Rudman Muppet PairingsEdit

Muppeteer CreditsEdit

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.


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. Vogel, Matt. Interview with Muppeteer Matt Vogel, Part 2. The Muppet Mindset. March 28, 2010
  6. Muppet Mindset interview with Matt Vogel
  7. The Big Bad Wolfs casting history

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