David Rudman

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.

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