The Furchester Hotel

Check in at The Furchester Hotel this September on CBeebies

Date: 12.09.2014     Last updated: 12.09.2014 at 14.28
Category: CBeebies

David Rudman has been a Sesame Street puppeteer since 1985 -- currently performing Baby Bear, Cookie Monster and Two-Headed Monster. He has received four Emmy nominations as Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for his work on Sesame Street. Rudman has also directed several web videos for Sesame Street such as “Cookie Monster Auditions for Saturday Night Live” and “Conversations with Bert.” He has performed in numerous television shows and specials including Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. With The Muppets™, Rudman has been performing Scooter and Janice since 2007. In addition to his work on Sesame Street and The Muppets, Rudman also has a long list of film credits and is co-owner of Spiffy Pictures.

What made you decide you would like to become a puppeteer?

I was a very creative kid - I loved art, music, comedy, film and television. When I saw the Muppets, it was everything I loved combined together—funny, musical, beautifully built sculptures appearing on television. I grew up watching everything the Muppets did and was a big fan of Jim Henson.

How did you get started?

I taught myself how to build puppets when I was around 8 years old from things I found around the house. I gradually got better and better. Then, after I graduated from high school, I was offered a summer job building puppets for The Muppets.

What was your first role?

My first puppeteering job was with a TV special called, “I Love Liberty.” My first role on Sesame Street was a dentist singing, “Who Are The People in Your Neighborhood” with Bob.

How long have you been Cookie’s puppeteer?

It’s been a wonderful 15 years.

How would you describe Cookie Monster?

He’s a lovable blue monster who happens to be obsessed with eating COOKIES…and anything he can get his furry hands on!!! As long as he has a cookie nearby, he's a happy monster!

Is it easy to switch between being David and Cookie?

Yes! Wait, me not sure?! Yes!

Can you describe the set of The Furchester Hotel

The Furchester Hotel was a raised set which is always nice because it allows the performers to have much more freedom to move around when we’re blocking a scene or choreographing a musical number.

What kind of things does Cookie Monster get up to at The Furchester Hotel?

He works as a waiter in the dining room and also brings room service to the guests - or at least attempts to bring room service to the guests! The food doesn’t always make it to the room...or to the table in the dining room!

Which episode is your favourite?

I loved the Mr. Crumb episode – it was so well written and very silly!