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is anyone here a fan of wayland flowers i absolutly love him and madame was amazing

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I definitely remember watching them as a kid and absolutely loving them on shows like Hollywood Squares and Madame's Place. If it had a puppet, I had to watch it and, of course, it spoke to a gay sensibility before I even 'knew' I was gay.
I wish they would reshow his shows... the wit was way before it's time. Between him and Paul Lynde, there definitely was a gay sensibility on t.v.

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I saw Wayland Flowers perform live twice here in Chicago. Both were unforgetable. Wayland was a master puppeteer and actor of the first order. Not only was his manipulation flawless, he was able to make you beleive in his characters and care about them.
I loved Waylan and Madame! I wonder, are there any DVD's out there featuring them? I think a lot of gay puppeteers end up having a sort of "Madame" puppet as a signature character, by chance or design I don't know... Mine is Baba Yaga the witch (rod puppet), a crusty old broad not unlike Madame. She's in storage in New York right now, and she's broken. Need to build a new, improved Baba. Used to joke that she had a sister in the middle-east named Baba Ganoush! :)
he was quite amazing the way he perfromed Madame with such grace she was almost real and the voice was also amazing he could actually convince you madame was a woman
See if you can find Madame in Manhattan, a full-length video of Waylan's nightclub act performed live. Features Madam her own self, of course, also Jiffy, Crazy Mary and a character I had never seen before, Madam's Jewish dresser ("How'd you like to have a nose like THAT full of coke?!?") This is Waylan's orginal material not watered down for TV. Deliciously obscene! Hysterically funny!

Steven Shipman said:
I loved Waylan and Madame! I wonder, are there any DVD's out there featuring them? I think a lot of gay puppeteers end up having a sort of "Madame" puppet as a signature character, by chance or design I don't know... Mine is Baba Yaga the witch (rod puppet), a crusty old broad not unlike Madame. She's in storage in New York right now, and she's broken. Need to build a new, improved Baba. Used to joke that she had a sister in the middle-east named Baba Ganoush! :)
Cool! I'll have to search amazon and ebay. Thanks Bill! :)
actually check Joe Kovacs website i think it's on there

Bill Henderson said:
See if you can find Madame in Manhattan, a full-length video of Waylan's nightclub act performed live. Features Madam her own self, of course, also Jiffy, Crazy Mary and a character I had never seen before, Madam's Jewish dresser ("How'd you like to have a nose like THAT full of coke?!?") This is Waylan's orginal material not watered down for TV. Deliciously obscene! Hysterically funny!

Steven Shipman said:
I loved Waylan and Madame! I wonder, are there any DVD's out there featuring them? I think a lot of gay puppeteers end up having a sort of "Madame" puppet as a signature character, by chance or design I don't know... Mine is Baba Yaga the witch (rod puppet), a crusty old broad not unlike Madame. She's in storage in New York right now, and she's broken. Need to build a new, improved Baba. Used to joke that she had a sister in the middle-east named Baba Ganoush! :)
Thanks Nate! I did find it on a site called Classictime Video for about $13...it seems they sell out-of-print movies transferred from VHS to DVD, but I'm not a stickler for HD quality or anything, so it's probably fine for my purposes. (I also found the movie Lili on there, which has wonderful puppets.) Will check Joe Kovacs too.
Get the video! $13? Cheap for the pleasure it will give you over and over again!

The film Lili -- which features fabulous fully-articulated handpuppets by Walton and O'Rourke, with some manipulation by master puppeteer George Latshaw (former editor of The Puppetry Journal) -- is available from the Puppeteers of America's lending library for a small rental fee. (You cannot avail yourself of this service unless you are a member of the PofA, which you should be!) This film is the basis for the great Broadway musical Carnival!, (source of the song, "Love Makes the World Go 'Round"). In it, handpuppets save an innocent young girl from committing suicide; thereafter, she becomes a member of their troupe, fulfilling for them the same function that Fran Allison did for Burr Tillstrom's Kuklapolitans in the great early "pioneering" TV show, "Kukla, Fran and Ollie".

Steven Shipman said:
Thanks Nate! I did find it on a site called Classictime Video for about $13...it seems they sell out-of-print movies transferred from VHS to DVD, but I'm not a stickler for HD quality or anything, so it's probably fine for my purposes. (I also found the movie Lili on there, which has wonderful puppets.) Will check Joe Kovacs too.
Hi Bill! Welcome to the group. Yes, I love Lili. The puppetry in it is AMAZING! I've been waiting for it to come out on DVD forever, so I'm definitely snatching it up.
after hearing about lili and seeing it i have to say it absoluty amazing the puppets in it are beautiful btw does anyone know who built madame crazy mary and jiffy

Bill Henderson said:
Get the video! $13? Cheap for the pleasure it will give you over and over again!

The film Lili -- which features fabulous fully-articulated handpuppets by Walton and O'Rourke, with some manipulation by master puppeteer George Latshaw (former editor of The Puppetry Journal) -- is available from the Puppeteers of America's lending library for a small rental fee. (You cannot avail yourself of this service unless you are a member of the PofA, which you should be!) This film is the basis for the great Broadway musical Carnival!, (source of the song, "Love Makes the World Go 'Round"). In it, handpuppets save an innocent young girl from committing suicide; thereafter, she becomes a member of their troupe, fulfilling for them the same function that Fran Allison did for Burr Tillstrom's Kuklapolitans in the great early "pioneering" TV show, "Kukla, Fran and Ollie".

Steven Shipman said:
Thanks Nate! I did find it on a site called Classictime Video for about $13...it seems they sell out-of-print movies transferred from VHS to DVD, but I'm not a stickler for HD quality or anything, so it's probably fine for my purposes. (I also found the movie Lili on there, which has wonderful puppets.) Will check Joe Kovacs too.

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