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Caroll Spinney's performing status

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Pig's Laundry, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Alright so, is Caroll Spinney done puppeteering or what? All of the behind the scenes footage that we've seen for Season 46,Caroll was sitting off to the side providing the voice of his characters rather then actually puppeteering them. Also notice that in all the sneak peeks and promo photos for the upcoming season Matt Vogel's Big Bird puppet was used instead of Caroll's.

    Caroll hasn't played Oscar and Big Bird during guest appearances on other tv shows since 2012 ,the bird was played by Matt Vogel in a Funny of Die sketch,by Noel MacNeal on The Tonight Show last year and in another Tonight Show appearance he was puppeteered by Peter Linz and Matt Vogel played him on The Today Show.

    If Caroll is officially done puppeteering his iconic characters it is a bit sad,but at least he's still doing the voices. Both Oscar and Big Bird are very physically straining to perform so I wouldn't be surprised if the 82 year old was taking a backseat from this back breaking work.
     
  2. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    Well I heard that Carol still does most of the puppetry for Oscar when he's not in a tight space.
     
  3. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    That would be extremely rare then.
     
  4. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    The last time Caroll physically puppeteered was the Tonight Show and GMA back in September 2014. He still brings out Oscar for appearances when he's just being himself, cause he doesn't have to kneel down for it.
     
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I wonder who performed Big Bird on The Tonight Show last night. Big Bird and The Count both appeared.
     
  6. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Considering he didn't speak, it could've been anyone.
     
  7. JC Motors

    JC Motors New Member

    I think he only performs once in a great while
     
  8. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

  9. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    Oh boy I hope Caroll is ok.
     
  10. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Isnt Matt Vogel Big Bird's alternate performer. I read a while ago that Caroll was training him.
     
  11. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Oh, that is right, he is the Count, too.:o Maybe he performed Big Bird, as he has the experience, and did the vocals for the Count.
     
  12. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    That's not good
     
  13. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    I think Noel did puppetry on BB.
     
  14. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I hope Caroll Spinney is alright!
     
  15. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    He seems to be just fine, he's still out and about and making public appearances.
     
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  16. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    That's great to hear.
     

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