Matt Vogel has been performing various pigs, chickens, monsters and a range of other characters on Sesame Street since 1996. He is part of the Emmy Award-winning directing team for Sesame Street and is the Assistant Muppet™ Captain on the show. Vogel is the understudy for Big Bird. He is one of the performers in the recent film The Muppets (2011), and puppeteered in the Columbia Pictures film The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, and on television and video on 30 Rock, The Muppets: Letters to Santa, Jack’s Big Music Show, Oobi, Blue’s Room, Bear in the Big Blue House, Between the Lions, The Puzzle Place, Big Bag, Oz and GORILLAZ Live at The Apollo. Matt’s production company, Pratfall Productions (with Joseph Mazzarino), produced the award-winning short film Murder, He Squeaked, as well as short films for Sesame Street, Sesame Street Home Video and Nick Jr.’s Curious Buddies. He has a BFA in Theatre and appeared in the Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors as a member of the puppeteering team for Audrey II. He is lead singer of the band, The Mighty Weaklings, featured on Nick Jr.’s Jack’s Big Music Show with the song “Rocket Ship” from The Mighty Weaklings’ CD, “You Can’t Rock Sittin’ Down.” He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children.