Who (or what) is the only nonhuman to testify before Congress?
– Big Bird
– Smokey Bear
In 2002, the Sesame Street Muppet Elmo became the only puppet or nonhuman to give testimony before Congress. Former Republican Rep. Duke Cunningham of California invited Elmo to give testimony.
Elmo was there to throw his celebrity behind a call for increased funding for music education in public schools. Elmo’s human voice, provided by Kevin Clash, is every bit as recognizable and popular as the bright red Muppet character himself. Source: WashingtonPost.com
Elmo is a Muppet character on the children’s television show Sesame Street. He is a furry red monster with a falsetto voice, who hosts the last full fifteen-minute segment on Sesame Street, “Elmo’s World”, which is aimed at toddlers.
Birthday: February 3
Species: Sesame Street Muppet Monster
Fur/skin color: Red/Red
Movies and TV shows: Sesame Street, MORE
First appearance: November 18, 1985, c. 1972 (as Baby Monster); 1981 (in print); November 18, 1985 (as Elmo)