Elmo is a Muppet on the children's television show
Sesame Street. He is a furry red monster. He currently hosts the
last full 15 minute segment on Sesame Street, Elmo's World, which
is aimed at toddlers. His puppeteer is Kevin Clash, who uses falsetto
to produce his voice. Elmo's parents, Mae and Louis, speak with
Southern American accents.
Elmo is self-described as three-and-a-half years old and characteristically
refers to himself in the third person (e.g. "Elmo has a question"
rather than, "I have a question"). 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." 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. 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
Elmo on a 2009 Rose Parade float After becoming a regular guest
on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Elmo began touring the talk-show circuit.
He has appeared on Martha Stewart Living and Martha, The Tony Danza
Show, Rove Live, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, and The View. Elmo
and a developmental expert gave baby sitting tips on the June 18,
2005 episode of Teen Kids News .....