Show #283: Big Bird’s Best Friend

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The MuppetCast celebrates Mother’s Day with Johnny Fiama, Johnny’s Mama, and Sal…but more importantly, with Muppet fan Nick Bertch and his mother Christina! Nick comes on the show to talk about his good friend Caroll Spinney (whom you may have heard of). Caroll is the longtime performer of Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and is the subject of the recent documentary I Am Big Bird.

Nick’s Muppet fan story made local news when Caroll invited him to the Sesame Street set – not once, but twice – and Chad & Dave of Copper Pot Pictures even filmed a IABB featurette involving Nick, titled “Big Bird’s Best Friend.”

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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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