He originated the roles of Nicky, Trekkie Monster, and Blue Bad Idea Bear in Avenue Q, a Broadway play for which he designed and created the puppets. In fall 2005, he reprised his roles in the production of the show in Las Vegas. He also worked with Nickelodeon on the Stick Stickly project. He was the chief puppeteer for the first season of Comedy Central's television program Crank Yankers.
“All of a sudden, Kermit the Frog was twenty feet away from you. It was like having Frank Sinatra in the room. Even though Rick was right there with the puppet sitting on his lap, all anyone could watch was Kermit. Most people never get that experience unless you go backstage at Sesame Street and see the puppeteers do it live in front of you.”
“Rick was absolutely brilliant. When he put the puppet on his arm and brought it to life, you completely believed that Kermit was alive. Everyone was just captivated. We had never seen anything like it. He made our song better than it was. He took it to a level that was beyond what we had dreamed of. And we said, "We've got to work with this guy again. Because this is a magical combination."”
“The very first Muppet I ever had on my hand was Grover. I guess they liked what they saw and I was asked to send in an audition. I thought, what’s the worst they can say? No? So I did and I was hired. It was an extraordinary time. I had always aspired to work with Jim [Henson] but I never expected I would. His work was what I had tried to imitate and now I was working side by side with him, assisting him. It’s like, if you’re a cosmologist and you have the chance to work with [Stephen Hawking]. What Jim Henson did for puppetry was a quantum leap for the art form. He created puppets for TV. It was so groundbreaking. He was very much a man of [his] time and his timing was impeccable. And, not only was Jim an incredible artist, but an incredible person."”
- Sesame Street (seasons 20-33): Bernie the Baker, Donkey in "Barn in the USA"
- Elmo's World: Computer Graphic Puppeteer
- Muppet Meeting Films
- Inner Tube
- Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting
- The Jim Henson Hour:
- The Muppets at Walt Disney World
- The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson
- Monster Hits!
- Rock & Roll!
- Sing, Hoot & Howl with the Sesame Street Animals
- Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game
- Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze: Tokka (puppetry)
- Muppet*Vision 3D
- Billy Bunny's Animal Songs
- 1993 Royal Variety Performance: Bossman
- Sesame Street Stays Up Late
- Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!
- "Don't Forget to Watch the Movie"
- Bear in the Big Blue House
- Sesame Street Goes to the Doctor
- Elmo's Magic Cookbook
- Elmo's Musical Adventure: Peter and the Wolf
- ↑ Avenue Q: The Book, p. 11
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