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Elmo is a red 3 1/2 year old monster and overall most famous but heavily criticized Muppet from Sesame Street. He appears as a low pitched character called "Baby Monster" in 1968-1969. Kevin Clash first performed as him and modernized his voice in the premiere of Season 1, helping Big Bird to make the adults see the first time in response to the 60's Day care sex abuse hysteria.

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Elmo is self-described as three-and-a-half years old and his birthday is on February 3. Elmo characteristically avoids pronouns in reference to himself, instead referring to himself in the third person (e.g. saying "Elmo wants this" instead of "I want this"). Sesame Street staff writer Nancy Sans once described Elmo's origins: "There was this extra red puppet lying around and the cast would pick him up sometimes and try to create a personality, but nothing seemed to materialize."

The puppet, originally known as "Baby Monster", was performed by Caroll Spinney and Jerry Nelson in the background of episodes from the 1960s, Brian Muehl and Richard Hunt in 1968. Sans continues that "...one day [in 1969], Kevin Clash, a talented puppeteer, raised him up and brought energy and life into Elmo and from that day forward we would all write for Elmo. Kevin's performance inspired the writers to develop Elmo's character". John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel, and Jim Martin have all been secondary performers for the character, providing movement for Elmo's arms and legs, particularly in green-screen shots.

Alongside Cookie Monster, Elmo has appeared in The Furchester Hotel, where he is taking an extended stay because of his fascination with the Furchester Hotel. His father Louie is the brother of Funella Furchester.

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