The Swedish Chef puppet

Description (Brief):

The Swedish Chef is one of the best-loved Muppet characters, appearing in numerous film and television productions since his debut in 1975. The Swedish Chef speaks in a mock Swedish language which parodies the characteristic sounds of Scandinavian languages and occasionally includes an English word to help the viewer understand what he is attempting to do on screen. The Swedish Chef first appeared in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence which aired on ABC in 1975 and was one of two pilot episodes for The Muppet Show, where the Swedish Chef was a regular. Swedish Chef puppets like this one require two performers to operate. One person (originally Jim Henson) operates the head and performs the Chef's voice while another (originally Frank Oz) operates the two arms, with the performer's hands visible rather than inside puppet felt gloves as with other live hand puppets. This Swedish Chef puppet came to the museum with felt hands, suggesting that it may have been used for display or photography.

Date Made: 1980s

Performer: Henson, JimOz, FrankBarretta, BillMaker: Henson, JimDesigner: Frith, MichaelBuilder: Erickson, Bonnie

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Muppet ShowTelevision broadcastsTelevisionPuppetry


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Jim Henson


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.0101.15Accession Number: 2013.0101Catalog Number: 2013.0101.15

Object Name: puppet

Physical Description: fabric (overall material)synthetic fibers (overall material)Measurements: overall: 26 1/2 in x 16 1/2 in x 16 in; 67.31 cm x 41.91 cm x 40.64 cm


Record Id: nmah_1448975

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