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The first Muppet he performed was a store clerk in [[Grover Sketches: Miscellaneous#supermarket|a sketch]] for ''Sesame Street''; he had one line, to tell [[Grover]] that his register was closed and to go to another line, which he flubbed.<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QrMg0l1re0 ToughPigs.com: Noel MacNeal video interview]</ref> Other characters have included the [[Full-Bodied Muppet|full-bodied]] [[Mommy Snuffleupagus]] and various [[Snuffleupaguses|Snuffleupagus]] [[Muppet relatives|relatives]] on ''Sesame Street'' (including [[Daddy Snuffle]] from the unaired ''[[Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce]]''), as well as [[Madame Chairbird]] in ''[[Follow That Bird]]''. He also doubled for [[Caroll Spinney]] puppeteering [[Big Bird]] in a scene when he's running from [[Bert]] and [[Ernie]]'s plane.<ref name="mindset" /> Years later, he puppeteered Big Bird again in the 2010 [[Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]].<ref>[http://www.workman.com/blog/2010/11/can-you-spot-the-workman-author-at-the-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade/ Workman: Can you spot the Workman Author at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?]</ref> In addition to performing, he has played an active role in hiring and training puppeteers for local Sesame Street productions in Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Jordan, Palestine, and India.
 
The first Muppet he performed was a store clerk in [[Grover Sketches: Miscellaneous#supermarket|a sketch]] for ''Sesame Street''; he had one line, to tell [[Grover]] that his register was closed and to go to another line, which he flubbed.<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QrMg0l1re0 ToughPigs.com: Noel MacNeal video interview]</ref> Other characters have included the [[Full-Bodied Muppet|full-bodied]] [[Mommy Snuffleupagus]] and various [[Snuffleupaguses|Snuffleupagus]] [[Muppet relatives|relatives]] on ''Sesame Street'' (including [[Daddy Snuffle]] from the unaired ''[[Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce]]''), as well as [[Madame Chairbird]] in ''[[Follow That Bird]]''. He also doubled for [[Caroll Spinney]] puppeteering [[Big Bird]] in a scene when he's running from [[Bert]] and [[Ernie]]'s plane.<ref name="mindset" /> Years later, he puppeteered Big Bird again in the 2010 [[Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]].<ref>[http://www.workman.com/blog/2010/11/can-you-spot-the-workman-author-at-the-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade/ Workman: Can you spot the Workman Author at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?]</ref> In addition to performing, he has played an active role in hiring and training puppeteers for local Sesame Street productions in Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Jordan, Palestine, and India.
   
His more prominent non-Henson credits include the baby dragon Magellan on ''Eureeka's Castle'', Leon MacNeal in ''Puzzle Place'', and Raphael in ''[[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]] III''. He also puppeteered on ''[[Between the Lions]]'' (filling in as Lionel for season 9), ''Blue's Room'', ''Oobi'' (Kako), MacNeal spent a stint as host (and writer) for Sprout's ''The Good Night Show'' and has puppeteered on more adult series including ''[[30 Rock]]'', ''Oz'', ''[[Chappelle's Show]]'' (in the "Knee High Park" spoof of ''Sesame Street''), and ''[[Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt]]''. He is the resident puppeteer for ''[[Last Week Tonight with John Oliver]]''.<ref>[http://www.noelmacneal.com/about.shtml Official Website: About Noel]</ref> As a writer, he contributed scripts to ''Puzzle Place'', ''Eureeka's Castle'', ''Gullah Gullah Island'', ''The Magic School Bus'', and ''Cyberchase''.
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His more prominent non-Henson credits include the baby dragon Magellan on ''Eureeka's Castle'', Leon MacNeal in ''Puzzle Place'', and Raphael in ''[[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]] III''. He also puppeteered on ''[[Between the Lions]]'' (filling in as Lionel for season 9), ''Blue's Room'', ''Oobi'' (Kako), MacNeal spent a stint as host (and writer) for Sprout's ''The Good Night Show'' and has puppeteered on more adult series including ''[[30 Rock]]'', ''Oz'', ''[[Chappelle's Show]]'' (in the "Knee High Park" spoof of ''Sesame Street''), and ''[[Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt]]''. He is the resident puppeteer for ''[[Last Week Tonight with John Oliver]]''.<ref>[http://www.noelmacneal.com/about.shtml Official Website: About Noel]</ref> As a writer, he contributed scripts to ''Puzzle Place'', ''Eureeka's Castle'', ''Gullah Gullah Island'', ''The Magic School Bus'', and ''Cyberchase''. He also did Pixel in LazyTown episode Defeeted.
   
 
MacNeal is sometimes incorrectly credited as "Noel McNeal".
 
MacNeal is sometimes incorrectly credited as "Noel McNeal".

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Noel and Mattie in Moving Together.

Noel MacNeal (b. September 15, 1961) is a performer who has worked on several Henson productions since the 1980s. Born and raised in New York City's Central Harlem, he began his career as a puppeteer on the television series The Great Space Coaster (taking over from John Lovelady as Knock Knock) and later made his way to Sesame Street, joining the show in 1982 as a "puppet wrangler."[1] His most well-known work has been in his portrayal of Bear, the lead character in Bear in the Big Blue House in 1997. During his time on the show, he served as principal performer, director, and wrote a few episodes. In 2005, he reprised the role for Breakfast with Bear.

The first Muppet he performed was a store clerk in a sketch for Sesame Street; he had one line, to tell Grover that his register was closed and to go to another line, which he flubbed.[2] Other characters have included the full-bodied Mommy Snuffleupagus and various Snuffleupagus relatives on Sesame Street (including Daddy Snuffle from the unaired Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce), as well as Madame Chairbird in Follow That Bird. He also doubled for Caroll Spinney puppeteering Big Bird in a scene when he's running from Bert and Ernie's plane.[1] Years later, he puppeteered Big Bird again in the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.[3] In addition to performing, he has played an active role in hiring and training puppeteers for local Sesame Street productions in Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Jordan, Palestine, and India.

His more prominent non-Henson credits include the baby dragon Magellan on Eureeka's Castle, Leon MacNeal in Puzzle Place, and Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. He also puppeteered on Between the Lions (filling in as Lionel for season 9), Blue's Room, Oobi (Kako), MacNeal spent a stint as host (and writer) for Sprout's The Good Night Show and has puppeteered on more adult series including 30 Rock, Oz, Chappelle's Show (in the "Knee High Park" spoof of Sesame Street), and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He is the resident puppeteer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.[4] As a writer, he contributed scripts to Puzzle Place, Eureeka's Castle, Gullah Gullah Island, The Magic School Bus, and Cyberchase. He also did Pixel in LazyTown episode Defeeted.

MacNeal is sometimes incorrectly credited as "Noel McNeal".

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See also

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Muppet Mindset interview with Noel MacNeal
  2. ToughPigs.com: Noel MacNeal video interview
  3. Workman: Can you spot the Workman Author at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
  4. Official Website: About Noel
  5. Photo on Facebook

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