Show #189 – January 16, 2011

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This week I’m delighted to invite film director Constance Marks onto the show, as we discuss her recent film “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey“. This new documentary, soon to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, chronicles the life and career of Kevin Clash, Creative Director of Sesame Workshop and performer of the little red monster, Elmo.

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

The new MUPPET VAULT event is coming up in a couple weeks on January 30. The theme is “Muppet Sci-Fi”, and there’s a new location, so check out for more info!

Click over to The MuppetCast YouTube Channel for the latest addition to our channel, featuring a good friend of the show, Jonathan Dichter.

Have you gotten the new version of Muppet Monopoly? Don’t wait too long!

Senior App Producer Gabriel Schlumberger gives a little behind-the-scenes from his company’s development of the Sesame Street e-book version of the classic “The Monster at the End of this book”.

Cookie Monster made it to SNL! Watch it here. Also, the Chicago Tribune has the inside story on how this all came to be.

We’re all made of money, right? Thought so. In that case, click over to the Tonner Doll Company to pick up the brand-new “Hog Wild” Miss Piggy and “Wild Frogs” Kermit the Frog.

And don’t forget your all-new exclusive Steiff Fozzie Bear! has a link to a new phone interview with Muppeteer Dave Goelz (performer of The Great Gonzo). Get the full-length interview on mp3 here.

The next installment of the Fraggle Rock Comic book comes out this week on January 19. This book has done no wrong as of yet, and fans seem to always be eagerly awaiting the next issue!

The PBS Series “Pioneers of Television” will honor Jim Henson on Tuesday, February 18, at 8pm Eastern. Set your DVRs! You can also purchase the series (containing the Jim Henson episode) on DVD here.

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New YouTube video links from listeners this week! Chase Prichard sent a link to the Disney Channel special “The Making of The Muppets Christmas Carol“.

Rafi Levavy found and sent this lovely, touching video made as a marriage proposal, using Muppet Whatnots. It’s the best Muppet Whatnot movie preview that will make your eyes well up this week.

Robert Poole made a new video combining two things that most people love: Muppets and Glee. Great work, Robert!

Nick Haglich made a video of himself singing a song written by fellow Muppet fan James Bowen. It’s a parody of John Mellencamp’s “Jack & Dianne”, with Sesame lyrics. Brilliant!

Heidi Estrin is a fellow podcaster, and recently had the opportunity to talk with Veronica Wulff, Director of Global Production at Sesame Workshop, about Shalom Sesame. Listen to the episode here.

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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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  1. Its interesting that you mention the LED Fireworks at Muppet Vision, because according to Skipper Ben at the Inside the Magic podcast says that effect has been not working for years. Apparently Disney has better things to spend their money on. whatever.

  2. Just so you know, the 90 preview only applies to songs over 2:30. Songs less than that have the regular :30 preview.

  3. I got the 2010 version of Muppet Monopoly as well. I took it to a friend’s house and then he told me that he had gotten the 2003 version for me. Now I have two similar boards, which is nice because I’ve heard of playing the game with two boards and making a figure 8 and I wanted to try it.

  4. I’d like to thank Nick for mentioning my little parody and for you, Steve, for loving it. I plan to write some more Muppet song parodies and will get to you when I get finished with them. Rock on!

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