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Eric Jacobson performs Oscar on Sprout's Sunny Side Up Show

Discussion in 'Sesame Appearances' started by antsamthompson9, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    On Oscar's appearance on the Sunny Side Up a few days ago, Eric played Oscar sometimes lip-syncing to Caroll. Here's the portion where he did the voice all himself. You might wanna turn the volume all the way up and skip to 1:26. I think he sounds pretty darn good.
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'll be honest, as distinct as Oscar's voice is, I didn't think it would be possible for anybody to really be able to really pull it off (I admit IMHO, while Matt Vogel does a good job as Big Bird, I find his voice to lean a little more towards that transitional period when he went from sounding like a country yokel to the way he sounds now), but after listening to this, I'm convinced that if Oscar has to be passed on to someone after Caroll, it must be Eric.
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's all about character first, vocal impression second. But I agree that Eric seems only natural if the unfortunate should happen, or the less unfortunateness of just not being available. It needs a little polish, but overall, he seems like a natural for a recast.
  4. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Eric's pretty good as Oscar so far. I do detect a little bit of Grover in his voice, though.
  5. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Wow. It's almost flawless.
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  6. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    I gotta hear this when I get home (at work). I think Matt Vogel has done a phenomenal job with taking over Grover, and like Dr. Tooth said, it's all about the character first, and when I first heard Eric's Grover I was like wow, this guy NAILED it as far as getting down the movements, the delivery of the lines, etc. just like Frank created for the character.
  7. GrouchFanatic

    GrouchFanatic Well-Known Member

    I am SO impressed!!!! Eric Jacobson has done a REALLY GREAT job!!!! I seriously hope that he takes over the role of Oscar the Grouch after Caroll Spinney is gone!!
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  8. GrouchFanatic

    GrouchFanatic Well-Known Member

    You can say that again!
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  9. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Wow. It's almost flawless.
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  10. GrouchFanatic

    GrouchFanatic Well-Known Member

    AWESOME job Eric!!
  11. GrouchFanatic

    GrouchFanatic Well-Known Member

    Yeah, do u think Eric is gonna be the new Oscar when Caroll is gone?
  12. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah. For his first few lines, I thought it was Carroll, but I noticed a difference in the voice later on, but yes, I agree, he would be good as the next Oscar, especially since we don't see him interact with Bert or Grover that often, so Eric performing him regularly after Carroll is gone would be easily doable. Still, I'd like to see Carroll continue as BB and Oscar for many more years to come.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I think what the Muppet related companies, SW in particular, is pretty smart. Understudies groomed for recasts in case of something happening to the original performers. Especially with irreplaceable characters iconic to the Sesame Street brand. If they didn't, there would no doubt be scrambling to recast characters, leaving huge gaps in the line up. Look how long it took to get a permanent Scooter, and it was someone who has been given some of Richard's characters anyway. Instead, we didn't even have to wait for the next season to see The Count in new footage since Jerry's passing. And as a result, The Count's popularity has remained steady since his semi-revival. This is not a bad thing at all.
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  14. WalterLinz

    WalterLinz Well-Known Member

    Wow, amazing! Eric's voice sounds really close to Caroll's!! I thought no one would be able to pull off Oscar before as well. XD

    And you were right, @sesamemuppetfan, just because a previous muppeteer passed on their characters to a new performer doesn't mean he/she should perform all of their characters (I know this is probably just an understudy). ;) I know Caroll wants to continue performing Big Bird and Oscar for another 5 years (which I'm so astounded about), but I sure as heck am excited for Eric!!
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  15. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    :) Not that I don't believe you, but a buddy of mine insists that's Caroll. Just to clarify for him, are you guys 110% sure it's Eric? I'm a little unsure myself, to be honest. I hear a little of both Caroll and Eric in there. Perhaps a better quality clip would help.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2015
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Eric's Oscar, while voice-wise sounds very close to Caroll's, seems to be just slightly less gruff than Caroll. Oscar's signature "Heh-heh-heh!" laff also has a Eric quality sound to it.

    Actually, listening more carefully, Eric's Oscar kind of reminds me of Caroll's earlier performances from the first couple of seasons or so.
  17. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    Loved it! If by chance Eric does perform Oscar after Caroll leaves, I bet he'll do a great job. He sounded just phenomenal.

    I got a kick out of Oscar's favorite things, though. Complainin' in the Rain seems like the movie musical all Grouches would love. :fanatic:
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    If you listen very very carefully, you can just make out hints of Eric's voice quality. Hints of his early performances of Bert can be picked up. Other than that, it's almost flawless.
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  19. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    I loved it!
  20. cahuenga

    cahuenga Well-Known Member

    In this video its more clear...around minute 9:30 its Erics line as Oscar!!
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