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Lagasse on the set of Oobi in 2004
Timothy Lagasse

1968or1969(age 54) [1]
Education University of Connecticut (BFA)
Occupation(s)Director, puppeteer, puppet designer
Years active1991–present
Website timlagasse.com

Tim Lagasse (born 1968/1969) is an American director, puppeteer and puppet designer. He has worked on films and television programs for Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, Disney XD, and HBO. He is known for playing the title character on Noggin's Oobi , [2] and Crash on Disney XD's Crash & Bernstein . [3]


Lagasse has been nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards. [4] In 1991, he became the first recipient of the Jim Henson Memorial Prize in Puppetry. [5] In 1993 he was presented with a Citation for Excellence by UNIMA; [6] and later that year, received a Broadcast Design Silver Award for his series of short films, A Show of Hands . [7]


Lagasse was born in Milford, Connecticut. He attended St. Mary's School and Notre Dame High School in West Haven, [1] and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1992 [8] with a BFA in Puppet Arts. [9]

One of his earliest roles was Mr. Cook on the Nickelodeon series Allegra's Window . [1] He also played the title character on the Noggin's Oobi series, and Crash on Disney XD's Crash & Bernstein . He has performed additional characters on Sesame Street , The Muppets and the 2008 film A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa . [10] In addition to his performance credits, he has built puppets for The Jim Henson Company [11] and Puppet Heap. [12]

Lagasse also teaches the art of puppetry, lecturing at the Lincoln Center Foundation and instructing students on modern puppetry techniques at the University of Connecticut's Puppet Arts Program. [13] In 2011 he offered workshops on building puppets at the University of Central Arkansas as part of Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams Film Festival. [14] [15] In 2012 he traveled to Haiti with No Strings Productions as a puppet workshop trainer. [16]


1994–1996 Allegra's Window Principal puppeteerMr. Cook
1995–1998 Nick in the Afternoon
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Puppet designer
  • Puppet coordinator
Additional puppets [17]
1995 Weinerville Guest puppeteerCoach Loogi [18]
1996-1998 Once Upon a Tree
  • Principal Puppeteer
  • Puppet coordinator
Jasper the Hare, Bleu the Cricket [18]
1996–1998 The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss Ensemble puppeteerFox in Socks
Junior Kangaroo
Little Cat P
Sidney the Spider
1997–2006 Bear in the Big Blue House Ensemble puppeteerJet Setter Tutter [18]
1999–2000 A Little Curious
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Puppet coordinator
  • Puppet builder
2000–present Sesame Street Ensemble puppeteerAdditional puppets [19]
2000–2010 Between the Lions
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Puppet designer
  • Director
Arty Smartypants
Barnaby B. Busterfield III
Gus the Bunny
2000–2005 Oobi
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Puppet coordinator
  • Director (shorts)
2003–2006 Chappelle's Show Puppet coordinator [22]
2003–2008 Paz
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Puppet coordinator
Paz [23]
2004 Blue's Room Puppet designerPolka Dots
Dress Up Chest
2005–2009 Johnny and the Sprites
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Director (one episode)
Basil [25]
2006–2007 It's a Big Big World
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Director (seven episodes)
Wartz the Frog
Ick the Catfish
2007 Imagination Movers Puppet designer [27]
2008 A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Ensemble puppeteerAdditional puppets [10]
2010 The Electric Company Director (ten episodes) [28]
2012–2014 Crash & Bernstein Principal puppeteerCrash [29]
2015–2016 The Muppets Ensemble puppeteerAdditional puppets [30]
2017 The Muppets Take the BowlEnsemble puppeteerAdditional Muppet Performer, live show at the Hollywood Bowl, Sept. 8–10
2018The Muppets Take the O2Ensemble puppeteerAdditional Muppet Performer, live show at the O2 Arena, Jul. 13–14
2019–present Helpsters Ensemble puppeteerScatter

Awards and nominations

1991 University of Connecticut Jim Henson Memorial Prize in PuppetryN/AWon [5]
1993 Union Internationale de la Marionette Citation for Excellence A Show of Hands Won [6]
Broadcast Design InternationalBroadcast Design Silver AwardWon [7]
2003 30th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Camera Editing Between the Lions Nominated [31]
2004 31st Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/StylingNominated [32]
Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera EditingNominated [33]
2005 American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design AwardUncle Jimmy's Dirty BasementNominated [34]

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