|Sesame Street character|
Elmo at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
|First appearance||November 18, 1985|
|Portrayed by||Kevin Clash (1984–2012)
Ryan Dillon (2013–present)
Elmo is a famous character from the TV show Sesame Street. He is a red monster, and has his own part of the show called Elmo's World. His age is three and a half years old. He is very famous for his laugh. His best friend is an orange monster named Zoe.
Elmo was originally just a red muppet that was used as an extra. He did not have a real name and was sometimes called "Baby Monster." However, Kevin Clash was given the muppet in the early 1980s and used a new voice for him. This voice was made using falsetto. The muppet became very popular and he was named Elmo. Elmo always talks in third person: for example, Elmo says "Elmo wants to play," rather than "I want to play." Elmo has a pet fish named Dorothy. He plays the toy piano and likes to ride his tricycle. Elmo is very popular with younger children.
In the 1990s, an Elmo toy called "Tickle Me Elmo" was sold. In a short time, it became one of the most popular Sesame Street toys in stores.