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elmo is a character on the children's television show . He is a furry red monster with a voice, who hosts the last full fifteen-minute segment (five minutes after 2017) on Sesame Street, "", which is aimed at . He was most often puppeteered by . Following Clash's resignation in late 2012, he has been puppeteered by Ryan Dillon. Elmo is self-described as three-and-a-half years old and his birthday is on February 3. Elmo characteristically avoids pronouns, (e.g. saying "Elmo wants this" instead of "I want this"). Sesame Street staff writer Nancy Sans once described Elmo's origins: "There was this extra red puppet lying around and the cast would pick him up sometimes and try to create a personality, but nothing seemed to materialize."

The puppet, originally known as "Baby Monster", was performed by and in the background of episodes from the early 1970s, from 1979 to 1981, and from 1981 to 1984. Sans continues that "...one day [in 1984], , a talented puppeteer, raised him up and brought energy and life into Elmo and from that day forward we would all write for Elmo. Kevin's performance inspired the writers to develop Elmo's character". , , and have all been secondary performers for the character, providing movement for Elmo's arms and legs, particularly in green-screen shots.

Alongside , Elmo has appeared in , where he is taking an extended stay because of his fascination with the Furchester Hotel. His father Louie is the brother of Funella Furchester. elmo is a rod puppet his hands are controlled by the preformers movement of two rods wich they hold in one hand while the other is in the puppets head.