Jeffrey Glenn "Jeff" Ayers (born June 26, 1965 in North Pole, Alaska) was the third costume performer for Baby Bop from 1993 to 2008. Ayers also took turns portraying the costume of Riff in 2008.

Early Life

Ayers used to be a mascot in high school and college, and worked for the National Cheerleading Association teaching mascots all over the country doing cheerleading camps. Ayers wanted to be a professional mascot after college. He went on to the Mavericks, Cowboys and presented a plan to them. He soon got in touch with Ted, the San Diego Chicken, and hooked him with the Chicago Bulls, which fell through.


Barney & Friends

Several years later, Peggy Taylor, his casting agent, wanted him to audition for a character on Barney & Friends.

To research the franchise, he watched one of the videos and didn't have a clue that he was auditioning for Baby Bop. He goes to KD studios to walk into a room full of girls in ballet outfits. Through the audition he portrayed several emotions, like shyness and was later asked to put on the original Baby Bop costume.[1]

Ayers portrayed Baby Bop from Season 2 (1993) to Season 12 (2008) with his last appearance in "The Misbegotten Moon: A Space Adventure" as Baby Bop. In Season 12, he would take turns being the costume performer of Riff in six occasions.

Roles as Riff

Year Title Notes
2008 Celebrating Around The World
2008 Hi! I'm Riff! New content only. However in clip content he played Baby Bop
2008 Once Upon a Dino-Tale New content only. However in clip content he played Baby Bop
2008 To Catch a Thief: A Mystery Adventure
2008 The Magic Lamp: A Travel Adventure
2008 The Reluctant Dragon: A Fairy Tale Adventure

Personal Life

Jeff Ayers has been married to Kim Ayers since 1994.



  • Jeff Ayers portrayed Snowflake, one of Santa's Elves in the episode "A Visit to Santa".



  1. The Body and The Voice of BJ - Purple Tales Podcast Episode 7
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