Who Is the Real Elmo?

09.23.11 Marina Galperina

ELMOThat’s him — Kevin Clash, with a voice so cuddly, toddlers giggle at the sight of Elmo, even as they clearly see a large man connected to his muppet butt. Check out the trailer of the Sundance doc hit Being Elmo, opening at the IFC Center in New York Oct 21.

Warning: The real dude behind Sesame Street’s most high-profile muppet is a very likable person. You’re going to get mushy. See the life-long Jim Henson disciple go from making his own puppets in high school to making it in New York, recruiting rolling generations of tiny fans and inspiring evil doppelgangers.