David Rudman is a core Sesame Street Muppeteer who performs Baby Bear, Davey Monkey, Humphrey &, for a while, he took over for Sully & Sonny Friendly (not too long after Richard Hunt's death in 1992). He also took over for the voice of the horns-up half of the Two-Headed Monster after Richard Hunt's death as well as Dip the Cat. He's also now taken over for 2 of Richard Hunt's other characters, Scooter & Janice.
Rudman 1st started working w/ the Muppets in a summer internship with the Muppet Workshop in 1981, when he was 18 years old. Richard Hunt helped him get a job as a Muppet performer, & soon acted as his mentor, just like Jerry Nelson did for him.
With his brother Adam, he's produced Jack's Big Music Show for their Chicago-based company Spiffy Pictures. He has also written & directed live-action films & cartoons for Sesame Street, MTV, Nickelodeon & Comedy Central. His work in TV commercials include ads for Coke, McDonald's, Cheerios, Disney World, the National Wildlife Federation & most notably as Fingerman for a series of Ziploc bag commercials.
In 1982, Rudman graduated from Chicago's Highland Park High School. He also, eventually, took over as the new performer of Cookie Monster in 2001 following the retirement of Frank Oz from the Muppets (although Oz will still voice Cookie Monster along w/ Bert & Grover a few times a year). He has also voiced a number of Grouch related characters.
He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2004 for "Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series" for his work on Sesame Street as Baby Bear & Cookie Monster.
- Muppet Characters: Scooter & Janice (both 2008-present)
- The Muppets Take Manhattan
- Little Muppet Monsters: Boo Monster
- Labyrinth: Goblins (puppetry only)
- The Tale of the Bunny Picnic: Snort, The Snail
- A Muppet Family Christmas: Miss Piggy's Photographer
- Sing-Along, Dance-Along, Do-Along: Farmer Lear
- Neat Stuff To Know & To Do: Danny, Dino Doc, Skipping Stones, Snake Charmer
- Wow, You're a Cartoonist!: Mookie
- Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting
- The Jim Henson Hour: "Song of the Cloud Forest"
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Donatello (face)
- The Cosby Show: Sweetums, Boo Monster
- The Muppets at Walt Disney World
- Muppet*Vision 3D: Roy & Max
- The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson
- Muppets Tonight
- Sesame Street: Airplane, Andre, Athena, Baby Bear, Beachball, Betty Bowl of Plastic Fruit, Mr. Bricklayer, Bud, Chicago the Lion, Cookie Monster (2001-present), Cranky, Det. John Munch, Lavender Ed, 1 of the 4 Grouches Named Moe, Davey Monkey, Dip the Cat (1992-present), Fearful, Flo Bear, Hammy Swinette, Humphrey, Log, The Man in Brown, Norman, Patrick, Pipe Organ, School, Sonny Friendly (1992-2000), Sully (1992-1999), 1 of the String Beans, Two-Headed Monster (right head, 1992-present), Tyrone, Umeko's Friends, Velma Blank, Yip Yip Martians
- Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Firehouse: Mr. Monster
- The Muppet Christmas Carol: Old Joe (puppetry only), Peter Cratchit, The Swedish Chef, Wander McMooch, Beggar
- City Kids: Frankie Frank & Muppet Coordinator
- Dog City: Bowser, Bram, Colonel Claghound
- Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree: Ned Mouse (puppet/voice)
- Muppet Sing-A-Long: It's Not Easy Being Green
- Songs Billy Bunny's Animal Songs: Percival Bear, Gopher, Termite, Waiter Penguin, Frog
- Muppet Meeting Films: Big Head, Simley Gimley, Jones, others
- A New Baby in My House: Courtier
- Sesame Street Stays Up Late!
- Elmocize: one of the Twister Sisters
- Muppet Time: Milton
- Aliens in the Family: Bobut
- Elmopalooza: Sparky, Baby Bear, Two-Headed Monster
- The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland: Alarm Clock Bird, Caterpillar, Pestie, Colander Stenchman, Grouch Ice Cream Customer, Various Grouches
- Play With Me Sesame
- Elmo's World: Happy Holidays: Orange Gold Caroler
- The Street We Live On
- A Magical Halloween Adventure: Pumpkin, The Surprise Monsters
- Happy Healthy Monsters
- A Green and Red Christmas
- Elmo's Christmas Countdown
- Studio DC: Almost Live!: Janice and Scooter
- Abby in Wonderland
- A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa: Scooter, Janice, Luncheon Counter Monster & Sweetums (puppetry & voice)