Kevin Clash

Puppeteer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his two-hour Archive interview, Kevin Clash talks about his early appearances in Baltimore on local station WMAR. He describes how he came to be involved with Jim Henson and his muppets through puppet designer Kermit Love. He then speaks in great detail about his work on Sesame Street and the characters he performs, most notably "Elmo." Karen Herman conducted the interview on July 20, 2004 at the Sesame Workshop in New York, NY.

"I'm 43 years old, I'm a Black man. I'm six feet tall, 170 pounds. I mean, they would never think that I perform this little red monster on 'Sesame Street.' They can't connect it."

Highlights
Kevin Clash on his early memories of watching Sesame Street
02:34
Kevin Clash on developing the character of "Elmo," inlcuding his signature laugh
02:13
Kevin Clash on Jim Henson
01:40
Puppeteer Kevin Clash on Dinosaurs and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the technology used on these series
02:54
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his youth and early interest in puppetry; on his start in performing; on the beginning of his television career

Chapter 2

On his work on Captain Kangaroo; on joining Sesame Street; on trying to find a character to play on Sesame Street

Chapter 3

On finding "Elmo's" voice on Sesame Street; on his colleagues at Sesame Street

Chapter 4

On fellow puppeteers Carroll Spinney, Frank Oz, and Jim Henson; on the uniqueness of Muppets; on his duties on Sesame Street; on working on Dinosaurs; on his future; on how he animates Elmo (with Elmo)
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Dinosaurs

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Puppeteer Kevin Clash on Dinosaurs and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the technology used on these series
02:54

Sesame Street

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Kevin Clash on his early memories of watching Sesame Street
02:34
Kevin Clash on developing the character of "Elmo," inlcuding his signature laugh
02:13
Kevin Clash on Jim Henson
01:40

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Puppeteer Kevin Clash on Dinosaurs and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the technology used on these series
02:54
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Jim Henson

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Kevin Clash on Jim Henson
01:40

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