Eric Jacobson (b. January 15th, 1971), started working with the Muppets in 1994 as a Muppeteer on Sesame Street & rose through the ranks of Sesame puppeteers. In order to keep the characters of Frank Oz - who is focusing more on directing & other pursuits - alive & visible, Jacobson was selected due to his strong puppeteer talent & extremely similar vocal range. Jacobson has worked on projects starring the classic Muppet Show & Sesame Street characters, & on Bear in the Big Blue House.
Jacobson started performing on Sesame Street in 1995. In 2000, Jacobson began performing Grover on a semi-regular basis; & in 2001 he added Bert to his list as well, starting with clips for Play with Me Sesame. Today, he is the principal performer of these Sesame stars. He & David Rudman shared the role Cookie Monster up until 2002 when Sesame Workshop had picked David to take the role of Cookie Monster on full-time for there to be more interaction between Cookie Monster, Grover & Bert – however Frank Oz occasionally comes in to record new material with them.
Jacobson has also taken on Guy Smiley in recent years, performing the character in videos for Sesame Street Presents: The Body, Ready to Learn commercials, & a 2008 episode. He has also performed minor characters on the show, such as Mr. Tiger, one of the Three Little Pigs & Hammy the Dwarf. He was also the performer of Dusty, the drummer in Oscar the Grouch's "alternate" Grouch band in episode 3950.
At 2001's Muppetfest fan convention Jacobson made his Muppet debut secretly performing Miss Piggy welcoming the fans "live via satellite". Jacobson made his 1st major Muppet production debut performing Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, & Animal for It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie in 2002 while Kevin Clash provided the voice of Sam the Eagle (the puppetry for whom was performed by John Kennedy). He took over the role of Sam the Eagle in 2005 for The Muppets' Wizard of Oz.
Outside of Henson, Jacobson has worked on The Puzzle Place, Jack's Big Music Show, & Disney's The Book of Pooh (plus a TV show called Once Upon a Tree, in which he performed Billy Bob the Bobcat). He's also performed on stage performing live puppet theater in New York City with The Puppet Company, The Cosmic Bicycle Theater, & The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park.
- Muppet Characters: Animal (2002 - present), Fozzie Bear (2002 - present), Miss Piggy (2001 - present), Sam the Eagle (2005 - present)
- Sesame Street: Dusty, Bert (2001 - present), Cookie Monster (2002 & 2005), Grover (2000 - present), Guy Smiley (outside appearances, 4182), Frankie, Giant Boulder, 1 of the Three Little Pigs, Mr. Tiger, Hammy the Dwarf, Yip Yip Martians, "Dinner Theatre" Pumpkin uncle ("Get Your Gun Annie Get Your Gumbo")
- Bear in the Big Blue House: Harry the Duck, Tucker Tutter
- Elmopalooza: Additional Puppeteer
- Sesame Street Goes to the Doctor
- Sesame English
- Peter and the Wolf
- Bert & Ernie's Word Play
- A Celebration of Me, Grover: Grover, Grover's Mommy
- Happy Healthy Monsters
- The Get Healthy Now Show: Yam, Eggplant, & Michael
- It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie: Animal, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Yoda Muppet
- Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic
- The Muppets' Wizard of Oz: Fozzie Bear (as the The Cowardly Lion), Miss Piggy (as the The Wicked Witch of the East, the The Wicked Witch of the West, Tattypoo & Glinda), Animal & Sam the Eagle
- Elmo's Christmas Countdown
- Count on Sports
- Studio DC: Almost Live: Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy & Animal
- Abby in Wonderland
- A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa: Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Animal & Sam the Eagle
- Families Stand Together
- The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora: Frankfurter
- Shalom Sesame: Grover (2010 - present)
- The Muppets: Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Animal, Sam the Eagle, & Marvin Suggs
- Characters of Frank Oz and Kevin Clash's Eric Jacobson has voiced once or consistently are:
- Miss Piggy (2001 - present)
- Animal (2002 - present)
- Fozzie Bear (2002 - present)
- Sam the Eagle (2005 - present)
- Bert (1997 - present)
- Grover (1998 - present)
- Cookie Monster (2002 & 2005)
- Marvin Suggs (The Muppets (2011))
- Grover's Mommy (A Celebration of Me, Grover (2004))
- Harvey Kneeslapper (Sesame Street 50th anniversary celebration)