Show #158 – April 18, 2010

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Listener David Quesal joins me from Cincinnati, OH this week as we talk about his Muppet fandom, and what propelled him through his youth to finally auditioning for touring puppet companies. If you’re thinking of puppetry as a career, don’t miss our interview!

The MuppetCast is brought to you by our friends at Bell, Book & Comic. Life should be more Fun!

Listener Jimmy sent in a track of his band Dead Ends & Girlfriends covering the classic “Rainbow Connection.” Great job, guys!

Joel T. in Hawaii has some Muppet Vinylmation fun. Thanks Joel!

Sara Allen lives a very short ways from the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA, and will hopefully have many opportunities to see Jim Henson’s Fantastic World. She also has an animation blog that you should check out. reporter Laurel Brown has the skinny on the Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody receiving not one, but two nominations in the 2010 Webby Awards! You don’t get to vote on those, sadly, but you CAN and SHOULD vote for it in the People’s Voice Webby Awards right here!

Matt Blum posted a few rare behind-the-scenes and blooper videos from The Muppet Movie and Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas.

Sesame Workshop recently aired their newest primetime special “When Families Grieve“, and PBS Parents and a variety of other news sources have already covered it. Listen for more MuppetCast coverage soon.

Doug Fabrizio on KUER radio in Salt Lake City recently had Gary Knell, President and CEO of Sesame Workhop, on his show to talk about something Mr. Knell speaks about often: the concept of Muppet Diplomacy.

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Want to meet Red Fraggle in person on Free Comic Book Day? If you’re in the L.A. area, you just might!

Pick up Jim Henson’s Song of the Cloud Forest and The Animal Show with Stinky & Jake this week at Amazon.

The “Muppets, Music & Magic” film series is currently being shown at the Ragtag Cinema in Columbia, SC. Click here for tickets and schedule.

The New York Press has a little something to say about the Jim Henson Company’s current show Stuffed and Unstrung. Actually they just interview Patrick Bristow and he says most of it.

Thanks for listening! Questions/Comments about the Muppets or The MuppetCast can be emailed to, or called in to the voicemail line at 614-364-4270. Follow the show on Twitter and join the Facebook page too!

Have a great week!


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Steve is a lifelong Muppet fan. He is the owner of FanPress, a media company specializing in telling inspiring stories in fandom. He is also a musician, songwriter, and teacher. Currently his favorite instrument is the ukulele. As such, he recently launched UcanUke, a music coaching website, where students of all ages and skill levels can learn in personalized online lessons.

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