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Jim performing Ernie question

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Muppet Frog, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. Muppet Frog

    Muppet Frog Member

    Was Jim ever comfortable performing the Ernie puppet or doing his voice?:p
  2. sesameguy

    sesameguy Member

    Well, he seemed to be comfortable at first, because before Sesame St. began taping, he and Frank had tried performing the opposite characters before realizing that Jim was happiest performing Ernie & Frank performing Bert. He continued performing Ernie up to the very end, even when Frank wasn't available to perform Bert, so I would assume he enjoyed performing Ernie to a high degree.
  3. rexcrk

    rexcrk Active Member

    Is there any reason to think he WASN'T comfortable performing Ernie? :confused:
  4. Muppet Frog

    Muppet Frog Member

    To make sure if Jim was comfortable performing a live hand puppet often.
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I think I brought up a similar discussion about that years ago... Ernie, Rowlf, Dr. Teeth, etc... what do they all have in common?
  6. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Pressure by their managers do have a nose job?
    Borples likes this.
  7. Dearth

    Dearth Active Member

    They all require an Assist? (Except for the rare occasions when, say, Dr. Teeth was changed to a rod puppet.)

    Alex
  8. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    Well I do have one question to ask you all!

    Why did Jim Henson used his Rowlf the dog voice for Ernie in the first sesame street show test?
  9. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    I think he used that voice for Ernie maybe because he was trying to find the right voice for him, something that truly fits the personality of a character. I think that's true for the other performers, too. Once they have a new character, they experiment with the voice and see what works and then give that character a individual personality.
  10. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    I think you're right!
  11. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    His voice wasn't that much different from Kermit's so I assume he was never uncomftorable.


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