what have I been up to?

December 4, 2014: Hosted the 5th installation of SONGWRITER’S SALON at Times Square Arts Center

My third time hosting, and this series gets better and better with each show.


December 3, 2014: Voiced a couple of demos


December 2, 2014: Voiced a few more minor characters for the same yet-to-be-announced animated show I worked on in October and November


November 27, 2014: Performed on the SESAME STREET float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

I was Prairie Dawn. It was a special day.


November 20, 2014: Performed in UNSUNG CAROLYN LEIGH VOL. 2 at 54 Below


November 9, 2014: Performed the little girl puppet from the Prison Reform segment once again, in the first season finale of LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER

Lucky, lucky, lucky me… I absolutely loved being back with those wonderful people. Thank you again, Tim Carvell and John Oliver.


November 8, 2014: Sang some “ooh-aahs” in the background of a theme song that will only be heard on an app

This is what we do, kids. This is what we do.


November 6, 2014: Hosted another installation of SONGWRITER’S SALON at Times Square Arts Center


November 3, 2014: Voiced a few more minor characters for the same yet-to-be-announced animated show I worked on in October


October 30-31, 2014: Taught some puppetry and a presented a seminar about the uniqueness of creating puppet and Muppet characters at Syracuse University


October 20, 2014: Performed in LANCE AND THE LADIES at Birdland


October 15, 2014: Puppeteered (but did not voice) a couple of characters for something the non-disclosure agreement says I can’t tell you about but it’s a very small thing so don’t get all excited


October, 2014: Did a couple of little voiceovers, one for a yet-to-be announced animated show


September 29-October 1, 2014: Worked on a couple of SESAME STREET thingys

Seriously, there’s no better word for these than “thingys.”


September 21, 2014: Performed in SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED at 54 Below


September 5-7, 2014: Performed a cookie in the Public Theatre’s Public Works production of A WINTER’S TALE at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park (as part of the cast of SESAME STREET)

Yes, you read that right. I performed a cookie.


September 1, 2014: Performed in Tim Realbuto’s WUNDERKIND show at the Triad


July & August, 2014: Edited some compilations for the Jim Henson Legacy / Wrote something that may never see the light of day / Aged horribly


August 28, 2014: Did voiceovers for a couple of industrials


August 7, 2014: Hosted the first ever SONGWRITER’S SALON at the new Celebrity Club Cabaret at Times Square Arts Center


July 22, 2014: Recorded another episode of WALLYKAZAM!

This time I only went “meow” and “bloop.” In the future, other people will be replaced by robots. I will be replaced by a “The Farmer Says” toy.


July 20, 2014: Performed a little girl puppet on LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER in a segment about prison reform

Not only was it an amazing experience to be a part of this show (I was already a huge fan), but everyone -- everyone -- there was so good to us. Thank you, Tim Carvell and John Oliver.


July 14, 2014: Found out I won my first writing prize since high school: a one-year subscription to New York Magazine in their biweekly competition (Competition #25)

Competition #25‘s theme was “Seuss For Our Times,” in which readers were asked for “a contemporary verse, unbound by taste, in the manner of Theodor Seuss Geisel.” My entry, which I tweeted, was:


I cannot go for drinks tonight

I cannot “throw it down”

I cannot play in any way

My mother is in town


June 11-July 13, 2014: The journey of ACADEMIA NUTS (for the New York Musical Theatre Festival)

An intense four weeks, but what a great group of people. I will miss them.


June 9, 2014: Recorded another episode of WALLYKAZAM!

Barbara the Baker returns with more lines than ever...


June 3-6, 2014: Shot a few inserts for SESAME STREET


May 4, 2014: Performed with other AVENUE Q original cast members to honor Robyn Goodman’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lortels at NYU’s Skirball Center


May 1, 2014: Did two presentational readings of HELEN OF TROY


March 3-April 19, 2014: The journey of the Off-Broadway run of GREED: A MUSICAL FOR OUR TIMES


April 16, 2014: Did a radio spot for Roundabout Theatre Company’s JUST JIM DALE


April 6-7, 2014: Performed in the 24 HOUR MUSICALS at Irving Plaza

This was an amazing, exhausting experience, and one that I can’t wait to do again.


March 23, 2014: Performed in TOO LEGIT TO QUIT 3 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre


February 24, 2014: Performed in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1915-1939

I’ve always wanted to do a BROADWAY BY THE YEAR, and this was a special one to be part of.


February 12, 2014: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden

It’s the beginning of my third smash year working with them!


January 2 - February 5, 2014: The journey of the showcase run of GREED: A MUSICAL FOR OUR TIMES


January 29, 2014: Performed one of the many Muppets for the final broadcast of LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (which aired February 7, 2014)

The song was shot in several pieces, and I did a couple of little background-y, right-hand-y things, but some of it was trimmed in post, so the only thing I can say for sure that I did that made it to air was Robin* in the final shot (who was so close to the lower right edge that some TVs might not have even showed him).


By the way, that final shot (where Jimmy gets up and walks down the hallway into his future at THE TONIGHT SHOW) was done in one take, and none of us Muppet Performers knew what was happening - we’d only been told that he was getting up after the last note was sung. It was an incredible, touching moment to witness firsthand.


*I don’t think I need to say it, but you all know I do NOT voice any of these Muppet characters, yes?


January 27, 2014: Did another voiceover for Manhattan Theatre Club’s OUTSIDE MULLINGAR on Broadway

Congratulations to the show for all the swell notices...  (I’m grateful for them, too, since it led to the second spot and another gig!)


January 7, 2014: Recorded few lines for a double episode of WALLYKAZAM!


December 19, 2013: Did a voiceover for Manhattan Theatre Club’s OUTSIDE MULLINGAR on Broadway

The VO was for the show’s commercial, not the show itself. Grammar.


December 13, 2013: Wrapped production on Season 45 of SESAME STREET


November 28, 2013: Performed on the SESAME STREET float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

This year I wiggled Bert. Sadly, I was sealed inside before Jimmy Fallon and the Roots boarded.


November 5, 2013: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden


October 20, 2013: Performed in SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED at 54 Below


October 17 & 18, 2013: Performed in presentations of COME FROM AWAY at NAMT

You will be hearing about this show someday. It is so special.


September 30, 2013: Started production on Season 45 of SESAME STREET


September 26-27, 2013: Shot some more Crumby Pictures Presents inserts for SESAME STREET


September 25, 2013: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden


August 21, 2013: Recorded another episode of WALLYKAZAM! as the same character I did in May. Still teeny, but still fun. I also meowed a little in it, but that’s just a regular day for me.


July 24, 2013: Voiced an Internet spot for Geico


July 21, 2013: Was part of a San Diego Comic Con panel that followed the world premiere of SCOOBY DOO ADVENTURES: THE MYSTERY MAP

The panel and screening and signing were a blast.


BUT - I never figured out how to get one of those cool WB bags, and the 1966 Batusi figure from Mattel was long sold out, so my husband was ultimately let down. Things were looking up when I passed Nathan Fillion, but all I could do was shout out “howdy! I enjoy your work, sir!”


I think I failed Comic Con.


June 24, 2013: Voiced a radio spot for Chase


June 12, 2013: Performed in KAPOW!, a one-night presentational reading of two chapters of the 1940s comic book “The Green Lama” with Sympho at the Rubin Museum

It’s always fun to play clueless thugs and loud little 1940s kids... but it was really lovely to share the stage with the incredible Sympho musicians, as well as Eliiott Forrest, Linus Roache, Max Gordon Moore, Sonam Wangdue, and the great Tony Roberts.


Late April-May 2013: Worked on a handful of various SESAME STREET inserts here and there


May 13, 2013: Recorded a eensy-teensy (but fun) character for one episode of the new Nickelodeon series WALLYKAZAM!


May 9, 2013: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden


May 4, 2013: Performed in a benefit for Zani’s Furry Friends at Birdland


May 2, 2013: Voiced two radio spots for Emipre City Casino


Mid-January to late March, 2013: Made a 2D stop-motion video for my pals The Mighty Weaklings

It was my first venture into animation (other than playing with the stop-motion kiosks at the Museum of the Moving Image) and it was the first video project I’d conceived, directed, and fully executed since college. You can watch it here.


I might do another one tomorrow, or never again.


March 18, 2013: Performed in the Vineyard Theatre’s Gala at the Edison Ballroom

It was fantastic and very special to have a little AVENUE Q reunion the night before our 10th anniversary of our Vineyard opening.


March 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2013: Performed in THE AMANDA MCBROOM PROJECT at the Laurie Beechman


March 15, 2013: Joined Twitter (@DAbruzzoTweets)

Oh, shut up.


February 26, 2013: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden


February 17, 2013: Was the announcer for the Writer’s Guild Awards in New York


February 13, 2013: Did a chamber reading of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at a private Manhattan club


January 14-18, 2013 and December 16-21, 2012: Worked on a super-fun, super-secret puppet shoot in Chicago all-puppet version of Scooby Doo, called SCOOBY DOO ADVENTURES: THE MYSTERY MAP.

One word: VELMA.


January 6, 2013: Co-hosted SALON at Etcetera Etcetera


December 14, 2012: Wrapped production on SESAME STREET’S 44th season


November 25, 2012: Performed in SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED at 54 Below


November 22, 2012: Performed on the SESAME STREET float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

This year, I puppeteered Zoe. The parade is the only time I enjoy global warming.


November 7, 2012: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden


October 25, 2012: Did a benefit reading of an adaptation of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at the Society of the Colonial Dames


October 18, 2012: Voiced a couple more characters for the videogame I recorded in March Bioshock Infinite

And I got to violently die again! But less.


October 3, 2012: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden


September 10, 2012: Started taping the second half of Season 43 and all of Season 44 of SESAME STREET


September 10, 2012: Performed at the National Asian American Theatre Company’s concert honoring Alan Muraoka


July 21-September 1, 2012: The adventure of LOVE AND REAL ESTATE in the Summer Shorts 2012 Festival


August 10, 2012: Performed in a reading/workshop of AMANDINE


July 29, 2012: Performed in 3 CHOICES AWAY benefit for METHTACULAR!


June 21, 2012: Shot some more material for an upcoming SESAME STREET interactive product


Late May, 2012: Assistant puppeteer for 11 days of SESAME STREET “Word on the Street” inserts

We were on location all around New York City, and I will never forget the day we found ourselves huddling under the Washington Square Arch, shooting with torrential downpours surrounding us. It was a twisted kind of fun.


May 10, 2012: Performed in BROADWAY BALLYHOO at Feinstein’s at the Regency


May 3, 2012: Did another voiceover for New York Botanical Garden


Late April, 2012: Shot some SESAME STREET bits


April 14, 2012: Performed in JIM HENSON’S MUSICAL WORLD at Carnegie Hall

There are no words to describe how amazing it is to be onstage at Carnegie Hall with Muppets, Fraggles, the Sesame Street cast and puppets, Rachel Dratch, Paul Williams, Johnny T, and the New York Pops... and to get to play with all my pals as a live performer, a puppeteer, and a fake violinist.


March, 2012: A couple of voiceover gigs

This included a video game (Bioshock Infinite) that trashed my voice for a couple of days. It occurs to me that in order to be in a video game, you have to really know how to violently die.


March 29, 2012: Recorded a demo for PRINCESSES


March 27, 2012: Performed in a reading of PRINCESSES (working title)


March 12, 2012: Performed in the Vineyard Theatre’s Gala and salute to Linda Lavin


February 19, 2012: Was the announcer for the Writer’s Guild Awards in New York

I was an emergency replacement for Nancy Giles. Had fun, but missed her.


January-February, 2012: Worked on some new SESAME STREET ELMO THE MUSICAL inserts


January 21, 2012: Performed in BROADWAY SPECTRUM at the Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island


November 1-30, 2011: Wrote daily posts as part of my first-ever-and-only Horribly Local Blogging Month (HoLoBloMo) on my web...blah...log

Because I sure as hell wasn’t going to do National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).


November 21-23; 28-29, 2011: Did some work on an upcoming SESAME STREET interactive project


November 24, 2011: Performed on the SESAME STREET float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

This year I puppeteered Grover, and it was a truly wonderful, if chilly, day.


November 20, 2011: Performed in a benefit for The Actor’s Temple


November 2, 2011: Performed in a presentational benefit reading of A.R. Gurney’s THE DINING ROOM at the Society of the Colonial Dames


October 24-30, 2011: The journey of TOMFOOLERY at the York Theatre


October 17, 2011: Performed in LIVING FOR TODAY 4: FIRST NAME BASIS at Joe’s Pub


September 12, 2011: Performed a 4-song mini-cabaret set in BROADWAY ON 22nd STREET at the Metropolitan Room


August 10 & 24, 2011: Performed in SIMPLY STREISAND at the Laurie Beechman Theatre


July 25-31, 2011: The journey of THE MAD SHOW at the York Theatre


July 25, 2011: Performed in SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED at the Laurie Beechman Theatre


June 27, 2011: Performed in BROADWAY SINGS TORI: A BENEFIT FOR RAINN at New World Stages

I sang “Baltimore,” a very little-known song Tori Amos wrote and recorded when she was 17, as proof that there is a shiny happy song in her catalog.


May 23-24, 2011: Shot a few inserts and outreach elements for SESAME STREET

Nothing like saying goodbye to folks at Friday’s wrap party only to see them on set again on Monday.


May 23, 2011: Took part in a panel following a screening of SHOW BUSINESS: THE ROAD TO BROADWAY with Dori Berinstein, Jeanine Tesori, and Raul Esparza at the Times Square Visitor’s Center and Mini-Museum

Damn time and its proclivity to pass. Oh sure, it’s great when you’re in high school, but...


May 20, 2011: Wrapped production on Season 42 (and half of 43) of SESAME STREET


April 14, 2011: Performed in DREW BRODY: SONGS I DREW at Joe’s Pub


April 4, 2011: Performed in NEW YORK, NU YORK! at the Hudson Theatre for Northwestern University

I love Northwestern, but seeing all the younger alums perform always makes me realize I couldn’t get accepted there now. Of course, seeing the older alums who are legends makes me grateful I applied there while the football team was hopeless.


February 28, 2011: Performed in SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED at the Laurie Beechman Theatre


February 8, 2011: Started shooting Season 42 (and half of 43) of SESAME STREET

But my first day of school wasn’t until February 10.


Fall, 2010 - Winter, 2011: Auditioned for a lot of voiceovers I didn’t get.


December 3, 2010: Performed in SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED at the Laurie Beechman Theatre


November 29, 2010: GRAVID WATER at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre

My 14th appearance, but my first doing a musical scene.


November 28, 2010: Performed in a presentational reading of Joyce Carol Oates’ I STAND BEFORE YOU NAKED at John Jay College’s Gerald Lynch Theatre, a benefit for Safe Horizon


November 25, 2010: Performed on the SESAME STREET float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

I got to puppeteer Cookie Monster again... what fun to see (through the scrim curtains on the windows) the huge response he gets from the crowd. The best part is connecting with a particular person, pointing or blowing him/her a kiss, saluting a soldier or sailor, posing for a photo...


And I am so thankful it did not rain.


November 13, 2010: Recorded a couple of songs for a demo of THE MUSIC BOYS


November 1, 2010: Performed in IT GETS BETTER: BROADWAY SUPPORTS THE TREVOR PROJECT at the Laurie Beechman Theatre


October 26-29, 2010: Shot a fun little puppet pilot project for Spiffy Pictures


October 24, 2010: Performed in LIVING FOR TODAY at the Laurie Beechman Theatre


October 21 & 22, 2010: Performed in HEARTBREAKERS at NAMT


October 21, 2010: Performed in a presentational reading of A.R. Gurney’s A CHEEVER EVENING at the New York Society Library


October 17, 2010: Performed in BROADWAY ORIGINALS as part of the Sixth Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival at Town Hall

Wish I hadn’t had that phlegm creep up when I started my song... fmeh.


August 3-September 26, 2010: The journey of IT MUST BE HIM at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre


September 26, 2010: Did the Celebrity Autograph Table at the Broadway Cares Flea Market

Thanks for the egg cream, Junior’s!


September 22, 2010: Performed in a so-far-secret, soon-to-be-viral SESAME STREET internet promo: the Grover Old Spice commercial parody.

I played the cow... and I also whipped off Grover’s towel. Hell yeah I did.


September 1, 2010: Appeared on Seth Rudetsky’s “Live On Broadway” on Sirius XM

I joined Kenny Solmes, Peter Scolari, and John Treacy Egan to promote IT MUST BE HIM, which opened that night. By the way, when I sang, I couldn’t hear a thing.


August 23, 2010: Recorded the Original Cast Album of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL

Yes, my gibberish has been captured for the ages. It should be out in a couple of months the spring of 2011... I have no idea why its release is so delayed. Oh, well.


Oh, and I flew down to DC to record this the day after the dress rehearsal of IT MUST BE HIM and the day before our first preview. I would not recommend that anyone else ever do this.


August 2, 2010: Performed in FREE TO DREAM at Joe’s Pub


July 16, 2010: Recorded a couple of songs for a demo of THE SCOTTISH MUSICAL


July 7, 2010: Recorded a McDonald’s radio commerial


June 28, 2010: GRAVID WATER at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre


June 16-19 and June 24-26: My scary but fun personal journey of STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG at the Union Square Theatre


June 22 -23, 2010: Shot a SESAME STREET Military Outreach video


June 7, 2010: Reading of NOT MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE for the WGAE


May 30, 2010: Performed at Barry Wood’s Retirement Gala back in my hometown


May 28, 2010: Performed at my alma mater for Peters Township High School’s 39th Annual Theatre Awards Night


April 5, 2010-May 26, 2010: The journey of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL at the Kennedy Center

I miss BGR The Burger Joint at Dupont Circle most of all, Scarecrow.


May 21, 2010: Reading of THE FLEA AND THE PROFESSOR at the Kennedy Center


April 19, 2010: Reading of THE MUMBLINGS

Yes, I flew home to NYC on a day off to do this. I got to see my beloved city, my beloved husband, and I also got to play, among other characters, a 22 year-old cokehead gigolo, alongside David Wilson Barnes, who is super-lucky-best amazing.


Also, Delta has its share of problems, but the Shuttle forgives many of its sins.


March 29, 2010: GRAVID WATER at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre

You know how they say you should never work with kids or animals? I would add to that list the lethal combination of candles and an air vent.


February 20, 2010: Performed at the WGAE Awards

Michael Delaney and I did a scene from the recently departed New York fixture GUIDING LIGHT in the style of GRAVID WATER.


December 28, 2009-February 7, 2010: The journey of [title of show] at St. Louis Rep


December 16, 2009: DREAM ROLE at 92YTribeca

Instead of belting something predictable, I did a monologue from AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN by Douglas Carter Beene.


December 14, 2009: Performed at Broadway in South Africa’s Holiday Party at the Minskoff


December 4, 2009: Finished shooting season 41 of SESAME STREET

I got to be a human extra this season. I also got to do a show with the fabulous Michael McKean.


November 30, 2009: GRAVID WATER at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre


November 26, 2009: Performed on the SESAME STREET float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

My 11th year on the SESAME float. I was under Cookie Monster this time around.


November 9, 2009: Reading of THE RELATIONSHIP THING


November 7, 2009: Performed at Women’s Event for the Center for LGBT honoring Robyn Goodman


October 26, 2009: CAKE BOSS comes to SESAME STREET

That cake was massive. And surprisingly delicious. And the Rice Krispie treats that made the buildings were the softest, yummiest treats I have ever had. Oh, and I puppeteered Ernie that day. That’s why, if you see the episode, Ernie is uncharacteristically quiet.


October 14-16, 2009: Shot a SESAME STREET Military Outreach video during one of Sesame’s many hiatus weeks... parts of it will be used in a PBS primetime special called WHEN FAMILIES GRIEVE


September 28, 2009: Started shooting Season 41 of SESAME STREET


September 14-17, 2009: Workshop of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL at the Kennedy Center


August 31, 2009: GRAVID WATER at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre


August 11, 2009: Puppeteered and voiced three blank Anything Monsters for the “Elmo’s Monster Maker” iPhone/iTouch app


July 21, 2009- August 27, 2009: The journey of DON’T SAY ANOTHER WORD for Summer Shorts 3 at 59E59 Theatre


June 29, 2009: GRAVID WATER at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre


June 22, 2009: Reading of DICK CAVETT RUINED MY LIFE for the WGAE

The Writer’s Guild East has a nifty program where they present readings of segments of screenplays and television projects. My husband, Craig Shemin, was selected to have 20 pages of his screenplay read, which was very exciting. I got to play an assortment of female characters, which was also exciting. Most exciting of all was the fact that the one and only Mr. Richard Cavett played himself! What an incredible man. What incredible stories he told. This was a special night for Craig and me.


June 5, 2009: Sang backup on Jerry Nelson’s TRURO DAYDREAMS album at Nola

Jerry Nelson is a longtime Muppet Performer, whose characters include the Count, Herry Monster, Robin the Frog, Floyd Pepper, Emmet Otter, and a gazillion others. He is a gifted singer-songwriter and the sweetest man, and I was so touched that he asked me to be part of this project. I was one of a trio of “Sweet Potatoes” on three songs. But I spent most of the session videotaping the band and Jerry, along with my husband. It was an amazing day.


June 1, 2009: Performed at Red Bull Theatre’s “Running of the Bulls” Benefit


May 25, 2009: GRAVID WATER at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre


May 11, 2009: New York Theatre Barn’s UNTITLED 3D event, performing cutting from GROUP THERAPY


May 6, 7, 12, and 14, 2009: Readings of a couple of one-acts for NYU grad students.


May 5, 2009: Taped a Michelle Obama insert for SESAME STREET

I was the tomato. She was stunning.


April 30, 2009: Recorded a voiceover for a Nivea commercial

That was me extolling the virtues Nivea’s My Silhouette lotion in the summer of 2009.


April 27, 2009: GRAVID WATER at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre


April 20, 2009: Staged reading of PANOPHOBIA by Craig Shemin

A play by my husband about what happens when someone decides he wants to use his wealth to try to cure fear. This was the very first reading. I hope it is not the last.


April 17, 2009: LANCE HORNE, OR WHAT YOU WILL at Ars Nova

Sang a song Lance wrote at age 12 with lyrics based on Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird.” I don’t say this about too many people, but I believe that Lance has genius in him. More important, he is a wonderful person.


March 20-April 7, 2009: Learned the Henson Performance Control System for an animation test.

If you do not know what this is, the simplest way to put it is that I learned how to animate a CG character through real-time puppetry. I am not an animator by trade, nor am I a computer programmer (why else would I use iWeb?) and I suck at video games, and yet these elements were a major part of the gig. My brain broke several times.


Next time you see some big-name actor doing a junket for an animated film they were in “because they thought it would be neat for their kids” and they say that even though they just stood in a recording booth for a few weeks or months and did endless hours of voiceovers, it was the most challenging job they’ve ever had because they could only use their voices to emote, please don’t shed too many tears for them. I wish I could have just done that instead of spending endless hours obsessing about how to create realistic mouth shapes and when to blink and at what angle the eyebrows should raise and coordinating several controls just right to make a character say “how are you” with just the right eye line and emotion while coordinating with a motion capture performer who’s controlling the rest of the body. And oh yeah, also using my voice to emote.


It’s amazing technology. The people who can do it effortlessly are superhuman.


Winter, 2009: Auditioned for stuff I didn’t get.


February 26, 2009: Finished shooting Season 40 of SESAME STREET

Sigh. The only song I got to sing all season wound up being looped. By Carrie Underwood.


February 23, 2009: GRAVID WATER at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre


January 26, 2009: Hosted LOVE, NY Concert at New World Stages

I loved doing a solid for my pal Rob Rokicki, but hosting a really fun musical that you don’t get to sing in much is a lot like finding one’s self in front of a Cinnabon while being weighed by Richard Simmons.


January 19, 2009:  BYE GEORGE! THE END OF AN ERROR at Joe’s Pub

I sang a parody of “Popular” from WICKED: “Nu-cu-lar.” You can imagine the fun, thanks to Lance Horne’s brilliant lyrics.


December 1, 2008: Started shooting Season 40 of SESAME STREET


November 13, 2008: The Muppets take over the TODAY SHOW



besides snacking, pounding the pavement, and waiting by the phone

photo: meredith zinner