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Elmo is a Muppet on the children's television show Sesame Street. He is a furry red monster with googly eyes and an orange nose. He currently hosts the last full segment on Sesame Street, titled Elmo's World, which is aimed at toddlers. He is accompanied by his goldfish Dorothy, and by silent Charlie Chaplin–like characters named Mr. Noodle, Mr. Noodle's Brother Mr. Noodle, and sometimes, Mr. Noodle's Sister Miss Noodle. His puppeteer is Kevin Clash, who uses falsetto to produce his voice. Elmo is a character on the television show Sesame Street. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters created by Jim Henson and the company he created. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... This article is about the plastic craft accessory. ... Elmos World DVD cover Elmo in Elmos World. ... Charles Chaplin redirects here. ... The goofy-acting human characters Mr. ... A goofy-acting human Sesame Street character, Mr. ... Kevin Clash and Elmo Kevin Clash (born September 17, 1960) is an accomplished puppeteer whose characters include Elmo, Clifford, and Hoots the Owl. ... Falsetto (Italian diminutive of falso, false) is a singing technique that produces sounds that are pitched higher than the singers normal range, in the treble range. ...

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The character is self-described as three and a half years old, and characteristically refers to himself in the third person. For example, "Elmo has a question" rather than "I have a question". Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ...


Sesame Street staff writer Nancy Sans once described Elmo's origins: "There was this extra red puppet lying around and the cast would pick him up sometimes and try to create a personality, but nothing seemed to materialize."[citation needed] The puppet was performed by Caroll Spinney in the early-1970s, Brian Muehl from 1979-1981, and the late Richard Hunt from 1981-1984. Sans continues that "...one day [in 1984], Kevin Clash, a talented puppeteer, raised him up and brought energy and life into Elmo and from that day forward we would all write for Elmo. Kevin's performance inspired the writers to develop Elmo's character. The lesson here is never think you're unimportant because you never know what is going to happen."[1] John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel and Jim Martin have all been secondary performers for the character, providing movement for Elmo's arms and legs, particularly in green-screen shots. Spinney appears on a 1970s episode of Whats My Line Caroll Spinney, sometimes credited as Carroll Spinney or Ed Spinney (born December 26, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA) is a puppeteer most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the childrens television show Sesame Street. ... Richard Hunt (August 16, 1951 - January 7, 1992) was an American puppeteer best known for his association with The Muppets. ... Kevin Clash and Elmo Kevin Clash (born September 17, 1960) is an accomplished puppeteer whose characters include Elmo, Clifford, and Hoots the Owl. ... John Tartaglia. ... Matt Vogel is a muppet performer for the Jim Henson Company in the 1990s. ... Jim Martin is a puppeteer, best known for his roles on Sesame Street. ...


A popular doll called the Tickle Me Elmo was manufactured in his likeness, and became the must-have toy during the Christmas season in 1996. Other Elmo toys include Hokey Pokey Elmo ("Hokey Cokey Elmo" in the United Kingdom), Limbo Elmo, Let's Pretend Elmo and Chicken Dance Elmo. Another version, Elmo Knows Your Name, comes with a CD that allows parents to program Elmo to say the child's name and other personalized phrases. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... For other uses, see FAD (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Hokey Pokey is a participation dance that became popular in the USA in the 1950s. ... Limbo is a novelty dance that originated on the island of Trinidad. ...


After becoming a regular guest on The Rosie O'Donnell Show (June 28, 1996, December 24, 1997, February 16, 1998, November 5, 1998, November 5, 1998, January 28, 1999, September 21, 1999, December 6, 1999, January 4, 2001, September 21, 2001, February 6, 2002, May 2, 2002), Elmo began touring the talk-show circuit. He has appeared on Martha Stewart Living and Martha (September 13, 2005), The Tony Danza Show (October 11, 2004, April 11, 2005, November 10, 2005), Rove Live (March 20, 2001, September 24, 2002, 2004 and July 11 2006), Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! (January 26, 2007)[2], and The View (October 10, 2007). Elmo and a developmental expert gave babysitting tips on the June 18, 2005 episode of Teen Kids News. The Rosie ODonnell Show was a popular American daytime television talk show hosted and produced by actress and comedian Rosie ODonnell. ... An issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine Martha Stewart Living is a magazine and a television show featuring entertaining and home decorating guru Martha Stewart. ... Mary anoints Jesus in Bethany in this icon. ... The Tony Danza Show is a daytime talk show hosted by actor Tony Danza. ... Rove, formerly Rove Live is a Logie Award winning Australian weekly television talk show hosted by and named after Perth-born comedian Rove McManus. ... Wait Wait. ... This article is about the talk show. ...


Elmo was the star of the 1999 full-length, theatrically-released motion picture Elmo in Grouchland. He also starred in the film Elmo Saves Christmas. The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999) is the second movie based on the characters of the childrens television series Sesame Street (after Follow that Bird). ... This article, image, template or category should belong in one or more categories. ...


Elmo also appeared in a fifth season episode of The West Wing. In the March 3, 2004 episode "Eppur Si Muove", Elmo receives a medical checkup from Abbey Bartlet, the First Lady, and cheekily questions her about the validity of her medical license. “The West Wing” redirects here. ... Dr. Abigail Ann Abbey Bartlet, M.D., former First Lady of the United States, was a fictional character played by Stockard Channing on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... This article is about the use of the term first lady internationally. ...


Elmo is the only Muppet ever to testify before the U.S. Congress. At the request and with the assistance of Rep. Duke Cunningham, he testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education in April 2002, urging support for increased funding in music education. [3] John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters created by Jim Henson and the company he created. ... The Congress of the United States is the legislative branch of the federal government of the United States of America. ... Randall Harold Cunningham (born December 8, 1941), usually known as Randy or Duke, was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Californias 50th Congressional District from 1991 to 2005. ... The United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies is a subcommittee of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


Emeril and Elmo's Healthy Start was a special featuring Elmo and Emeril Lagasse, that aired November 4, 2005 at 8 pm. Aired as part of the Food Network's second annual "Cook With Your Kids Week", the special was produced in conjunction with Sesame Workshop's Healthy Habits for Life program. Emeril and Elmos Healthy Start was a special episode of the Food Network show Emeril Live, featuring Elmo and Emeril Lagasse, that aired November 4, 2005. ... Emeril John Lagasse (born October 15, 1959, Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.) is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author. ... Food Network is an American cable network that airs many specials and recurring (episodic) shows about food. ... Healthy Habits for Life is a series of segments and storylines in childrens television series Sesame Street. ...


Criticism and controversy

  • Some longtime fans of the series, particularly those who had begun watching it prior to Elmo's introduction, resent his now-prominent status, which has caused some older characters to see reduced roles. [4]
  • Some people believe that Elmo's characteristic of referring to himself and others in the third person will teach children improper English usage. In its FAQ, the Sesame Workshop responds to this accusation, stating that this behavior "mimics the behavior of many preschoolers".[5]
  • In January 2006, controversy surrounded the book "Potty Time With Elmo" when a mother reported that pressing the buttons caused Elmo to say "Who wants to die?" The book's manufacturer said that this was not an isolated claim, and that they'd had several complaints about the book. In fact, Elmo is saying "Who wants to try?" but the low quality of the sound chip makes it difficult to distinguish consonant sounds. [6]

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References

  1. ^ Shon, Debora. "Sesame Street will spend this weekend in Poughkeepsie", Poughkeepsie Journal, 31 January 2006. 
  2. ^ http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=35&prgDate=01-06-2007&view=storyview
  3. ^ http://www.amc-music.org/news/pressreleases/sesame.htm
  4. ^ jumptheshark.com.
  5. ^ Why does Elmo refer to himself in the third person? Won't this teach kids improper English?. Frequently Asked Questions. Sesame Workshop.
  6. ^ "Toddler's Talking Elmo Book Asks 'You Want To Die?'", WKMG-TV, 1 January 2006. 

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