Show #180 – October 24, 2010

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This episode offers up a little Muppet Halloween History, as my special guest is Muppet writer and historian Craig Shemin. Mr. Shemin is also the Vice President of the Jim Henson Legacy. The Legacy was created by family and friends in response to the extraordinary interest in the life and work of Jim Henson, and they are dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Jim Henson’s contributions to the worlds of puppetry, television, motion pictures, special effects and media technology.

The MuppetCast is brought to you by The Fingerbucket Report and Bell, Book & Comic. Life should be more Fun!

The still-in-development project “The Happytime Murders” reportedly now has official backing with Lionsgate. Hopefully we’ll get to see this in theaters in the future!

Sesame Workshop and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment just released two new games for the Nintendo Wii, DS, and the PC: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure, and Cookie’s Counting Carnival. Turn your Wii or DS into a Sesame-themed gaming system!

A shoplifter was caught at a Halloween Express store, so his punishment was to dress in a full Bert costume and hold a sign in public saying he tried to steal from the store. Sesame Street as a punishment? I don’t know about that…

And finally, Sesame Street has enjoyed some real success in the viral video space recently. The latest video to explode on the internet is a song called “I Love My Hair”, sung by an African-American puppet character. See the full video here!

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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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