For those of you who don’t already know, The Muppet Mindset is one of the top Muppet/Henson sites around. It’s an absolute treasure trove of information. It’s also run by a really nice bunch of people and has a great feel to it.
The author is Jarrod Fairclough, and it’s the first part in a series of articles on lesser known Muppeteers.
Until recently I never considered myself a “Muppeteer”, I was a puppeteer that was occasionally lucky enough to work for the Henson company.
I guess Furgus has changed all that.
It was actually my wife that pointed it out after I had finished the first block of filming on The Furchester Hotel.
“Does this mean your a Muppeteer now?” she asked.
It actually stumped me for a moment because I hadn’t really thought about it.
“Nah.” I replied.
“But it’s a completely new character, he’s Elmo’s uncle!”
“Well…. I guess!”
It’s not a title I would ever use on myself. You’ll never see me handing out business cards with “Muppeteer” on them. However, when people call me it, I can’t deny that I get a little shiver down my spine.
What an honour.
The little kid who grew up in the Kent countryside done ok.
Thanks to Jarrod for writing it, and thanks to all of you that have sent me such positive feedback after reading it.
Not long ago I did an interview with the lovely chaps at The Box Set Pod.
You can stream it here http://www.theboxsetpod.com/listen
During the show I talk about my love of The Muppets, and how the films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth fuelled my dream of becoming a puppeteer (with a few distractions along the way). We also get sidetracked onto the world of geekdom, box sets and I mention my love of John Carpenter movies, especially Big Trouble In Little China.
I’d never done a long form interview like this so was quite anxious about it to say the least. But the guys were great and I think it went really well. It’s episode 2 of season 2, entitled simply “Muppet”.
I hope you enjoy it!