- Herry Monster
Herry Monster is a
Sesame Street muppetperformed by Jerry Nelson.
The first Herry puppet appeared in the second season, with Jerry Nelson performing the character since day one, though
Jim Hensonfilled in for one segment. He had a furry nose that matched the rest of his body and was hard to distinguish. Because of this, a new puppet was quickly built with a smooth blue nose. Herry got his signature purple nose for the third season. The original Herry puppet was rebuilt into the Big Bad Wolf.
Herry's gruff voice was patterned after that of
Jimmy Durante. He is larger than Cookie Monsteror Grover, is a lighter blue than either of them, and has a purple, bean-shaped nose. In book appearances and on merchandise, he usually wears red-and-white-striped pants, but appears to wear nothing on television.
His close friends on Sesame Street include Grover, Cookie Monster,
Kermit the Frog, and Bert and Ernie. He made recurring appearances alongside all of them, especially the monsters. For most of the 1970s, they were the three main monsters on the show. His parents and grandmother have appeared on the street. He also has a baby sister, but she has only appeared in books.
Herry is a very talented athlete, well known for his feats of strength. He is often seen playing baseball and lifting weights. He doesn't know his own strength, and in earlier seasons, he would clumsily break things simply by handling them. Unlike a stereotypical jock, however, he is quite gentle and sensitive. He loves playing with his little sister, and has a stuffed doll named Hercules.
Herry's roles on the show have been varied. He sang in many songs on "Sesame Street" (solos, duets, and group numbers), was perhaps the most frequent actor in
Prairie Dawn's plays, and also starred in a few Monsterpiece Theatresketches. He hosted a Sesame Street video entitled Monster Hits!. He appeared in several "Muppet & Kid Moments" in the early years. In Season 30, he finally got his own recurring sketch entitled "Monsters in Day Care" (a variant of "Muppet & Kid Moments").
Herry has been one of Nelson's main characters on "Sesame Street" for more than three decades. During the 2000s, Nelson, citing health reasons, would limit his performing and focus most of his time on his most famous character
The Count. For this reason, Herry, unlike Grover or Cookie Monster, is no longer used regularly. He still makes minor appearances, such as 2004's and 2006's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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