Matt "Lucky" Yates (b. 1967) is an actor, voice actor and puppeteer known for his voice roles as Dr. Krieger on Archer and as the Xtacles on Frisky Dingo. Yates was also a recurring actor on the Food Network series Good Eats. Early in his career, Yates worked as an additional Muppet performer on The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (credited under his real name of Matt Yates).
After studying theater in college, Yates became interested in puppetry through his job working at the box office for the Center for Puppetry Arts in 1996. Yates was invited to audition for the next season of shows and was hired, performing in shows such as The Velveteen Rabbit and Alice in Wonderland, followed by puppeteering on local PBS shows in Atlanta which led to his getting the job on Elmo in Grouchland. During that time, Yates rented a house with Annie Peterle and Lisa Sturz, where they threw a party for the cast and crew during the shoot.
In a 2013 interview, Yates recalled his work on Elmo in Grouchland: