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A Tribute to Jerry Nelson


With Bill Barretta, Fran Brill, Dave Goelz, and other special guests in person

Presented in collaboration with The Jim Henson Legacy

Jerry Nelson (1934–2012), one of Jim Henson’s most beloved collaborators, was the puppeteer best known for his character Count von Count, a mainstay on Sesame Street since 1970. On the popular Henson television series Fraggle Rock, he performed Gobo Fraggle, the leader of the Fraggle five; Marjory the Trash Heap and Pa Gorg. Kermit’s nephew Robin, Lew Zealand and Sgt. Floyd Pepper are just a few of the many characters he brought to life on The Muppet Show. As Lisa Henson (Jim Henson’s daughter, and Chief Executive Officer of the Jim Henson Company) said when Nelson died this summer, “Jerry Nelson imbued all of his characters with the same gentle, sweet whimsy and kindness that were a part of his own personality.” This celebratory tribute program will include remarks and remembrances by fellow Muppet performers Bill Barretta, Fran Brill, and Dave Goelz, clips from Nelson’s entire career, and some special surprises.

Free with Museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum members may reserve tickets in advance by calling 718 777 6800. For more information about becoming a Museum member and to join online, please click here.