"Hi Joe Welcome to puppet hub. Like most puppeteers I have nothing but the greatest admiration for Jim Henson and the Muppets,[ I rember seeing him in black and white on the Ed Sullivan Show] but I do hope you will keep an open mind about 20th…"
I had always ALWAYS had puppets as a child - glove and hand puppets. My dearest stuffed toy was actually a long yellow haired puppet named Irving when I was about 9 years old.
What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry
I've always been interested in puppetry. It was just something that was always there. Finger puppets or stick puppets when I was a child. I never "grew out of it".
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
Jim Henson, first and foremost. To me, in many ways, Henson is ALL YE KNOW AND ALL YE NEED TO KNOW about 20th Century puppeteering.
If I Were a Puppet, I'd Be...
Probably one of those huge, fur covered Maurice Sendak-esque monstrosities you used to see Richard Hunt wear on Muppet TV specials and the Muppet Show -- I'm a lot more like Thog than Sweetums, tho.
More About Me:
I got a BFA in theatrical perfomance in 1990 but have worked laregly outside of theatre since then. I currently manage a comic and nostalgia shop in downtown Toronto named Dragon Lady Comics and Paper Nostalgia.
Hi Joe Welcome to puppet hub. Like most puppeteers I have nothing but the greatest admiration for Jim Henson and the Muppets,[ I rember seeing him in black and white on the Ed Sullivan Show] but I do hope you will keep an open mind about 20th Century puppeteers. After all there were so many great ones If you look in the picture section here on puppet hub you will find lots of pictures of the Bil Baird Marionettes, who Jim Henson called one of his inspirations. Jim Henson himself [ and I know this from first hand knowledge when he talked to a group of young people I was part of at a national puppetry festival ] was the first one to tell people to explore and learn from all aspects of puppetry. Just some food for thought. Enjoy the hub!
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