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Eric Jacobson (born July 25, 1970[citation needed]) is an American puppeteer and Muppet performer, who has assumed the role of performing Frank Oz's characters since 2001.


Jacobson initially started playing Bert in 1997, but officially joined the cast as Bert and additional Muppets in 2000.[citation needed] His role expanded in 2002 to include new Grover segments, particularly Global Grover. In 2001 he and David Rudman played Cookie Monster until 2002 when Sesame Workshop chose David as Cookie so there would be more interaction between Bert, Grover and Cookie Monster. However, Oz occasionally comes in to record new material with those characters.

His second role came in 2001 with The Book of Pooh, where he worked on Piglet and Kanga. That year, he also began playing Miss Piggy, debuting at the "Muppetfest" convention. Subsequently, in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002), he performed the roles of Miss PiggyFozzie Bear and Animal. In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005), as well as Sam the Eagle.

Jacobson is currently an active puppeteer for many Muppet productions, such as Disney's The Muppets Studio and Sesame Workshop's Sesame Street.

Jacobson appeared as the Little Bad Wolf in the pilot episode of Jack's Big Music Show.

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Guest appearances[]

Jacobson's Miss Piggy has appeared on Rove LiveLive with Regis and KellyThe Tony Danza ShowGood Morning America[citation needed]This Morning. and appeared in an episode in theDisney Channel Original Series So Random.

His Grover has appeared on Good Morning AustraliaRove Live, and Jimmy Kimmel Live![citation needed]. His Fozzie has appeared on Saturday Night LiveJimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonExtreme Makeover: Home Edition included Muppet guests, such as Jacobson's Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Animal[citation needed]. Jacobson's Bert appeared in episode 22 of Between the Lions' season 2, "Tweet! Tweet!".