Show #89 – December 21, 2008

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This episode of The MuppetCast is devoted to the new TV special “A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa“, which aired this week on NBC. Along with the great new songs and bits and pieces from the special, you’ll hear from writers Hugh Fink, Scott Ganz, and Andrew Samson. A very special guest also joins us: Muppet legend Paul Williams.

Paul created and helped write Letters to Santa, along with writing the wonderful new songs for it. He talks about both this special AND the new Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas musical, which he also revamped for the stage, and for which he also wrote new songs.

Hugh, Scott, and Andrew also wrote the much-discussed but never-seen Muppet Election Special, and you’ll briefly hear about their ideas for that piece. In my opinion these three have the right idea of where to take the Muppets, and Letters to Santa is a good “first project” in Disney’s new campaign to revitalize them.

Stick around for some after-Christmas fun next week.

Questions/Comments can be emailed to, or called in to the studio phone line at 614-364-4270. Make sure to stop by the Muppet Central Forums for some spirited discussion of Letters to Santa (or any other Muppet topic), and check out Muppet Central Radio’s offering of Muppet Christmas music.

Merry Christmas, Jolly Everything, and 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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