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October 25, 2008

News and Other Goings-On

Filed under: News — Ryan Roe @ 9:00 pm

There has been a heck of a lot of news in the Muppet universe lately. If you’re interested in the Muppets, Sesame Street, or the Jim Henson Company, read on for a delightful collection of links, and click away for more info. If you’re not interested in any of those things, why are you on this website?

FAO Schwartz Muppet Whatnot Workshop
This is exciting. Have you ever wanted to design your own Muppet, then sit back and relax while somebody else builds it for you? Well, now you can. Sure, it’ll cost you 90 bucks, but it’ll be worth it when you and your buddies bring your Whatnot puppets to work and put on a variety show in the break room. Also cool: The website for the Workshop has a video of Kermit and Piggy explaining what Whatnots are.

Pepe on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
The Muppet Newsflash is reporting that Pepe the King Prawn will be on Craig Ferguson’s late night talk show on CBS this Tuesday, October 28th, to promote his new book It’s Hard Out Here for a Shrimp.

Street Gang website
Street Gang is a behind-the-scenes history of Sesame Street, which we’ll be talking about more in weeks to come. For now, check out the official website of the book.

Emmet Otter musical has been cast

We’ve been waiting for more details on the new Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas stage musical that’s premiering in Connecticut this winter, and now the cast has been announced. No word yet on whether Yancey Woodchuck dolls will be available for purchase.

Elmo and Bloomberg dig Queens
Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York, where Sesame Street is taped, is expanding, and Elmo was there with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the groundbreaking.
New live Puppet Up shows
The Jim Henson Company’s Puppet Up improv comedy thingy has some live shows coming up in the Los Angeles area.

The Happytime Murders
The Hollywood Reporter and various other sources are reporting that Brian Henson will direct a “puppet noir” movie called The Happytime Murders, a murder mystery that takes place in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, but puppets are considered inferior. Entertainment websites and blogs have been reacting in typically under-informed fashion to this announcement, with lots of people assuming that this somehow means it’ll be a movie about Fozzie shooting Kermit, or something.

Oscar is green
Of all celebrities who live in trash cans, Oscar the Grouch has to be one of the ten most famous. Which is why he’s the spokesperson for Waste Reduction Week in Canada. The link above features a video of Oscar.

That’ll do it for now. Keep checking back here in the coming weeks for more Muppet-related news… unless absolutely nothing notable happens, in which case never mind.

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