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Elmo Monster
Sesame Street character
First appearance Season 11 (1979–1980)
Portrayed by Brian Muehl (1980–1984)
Richard Hunt (1984)
Kevin Clash (1984–2012)
Ryan Dillon (2013–present)
Species Monster
Gender Male
Nationality American
Fur/skin color Red

Elmo is a fictional character from the TV show Sesame Street. He is a red monster, and has his own part of the show called Elmo's World. His age is three and a half years old. He is very famous for his laugh. His best friend is an orange monster named Zoë.

Elmo was originally a nameless extra performed by various puppeteers with no established identity. After that, he became a recurring character on the show. Brian Muehl was the first main performer and gave him a whispery voice. Richard Hunt performed him next and gave him a gruff voice. However, Kevin Clash was given the muppet in 1984 and used a new voice for him. This voice was made using falsetto. The muppet then became very popular. Elmo always talks in third person: for example, Elmo says "Elmo knows where you live!" rather than "I know where you live!" Elmo has a pet fish named Dorothy. He plays the toy piano and likes to ride his tricycle. Elmo is very popular with younger children.

In the 1990s, an Elmo toy called "Tickle Me Elmo" was sold. In a short time, it became one of the most popular Sesame Street toys in stores.

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