Ben and Pete examine the career and appearance of Avery Schreiber, and the ties between his comedy partner — the key writer on The Muppet Show — and his manager — whom he shared with Jim Henson. And yet, they find that this show featured some of the best writing of the season and some … Continue reading Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Avery Schreiber
Pete and Ben get socked all the way to the Geek Farm, where they discuss this week's appearance of The Mummenschanz, are surprised by the behind-the-scenes origin of The Vendaface, and try to remember that Pete is forgetting everything. https://audioboom.com/posts/8142894-henson-perspective-guest-starring-the-mummenschanz Sources and References: Ben compared some of the animal mummery of Mummenschanz to Isabella Rossellini's … Continue reading Henson Perspective: Guest-starring The Mummenschanz
As we get closer and closer to the end of the season, the competition is heating up and Ben and Pete start getting persnickety about a mere half-point in the weekly quiz. They also consider the who might have been the Electric Mayhem's lead songwriter, the continuing enigma of Vendaface, and share what tangents they … Continue reading Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Kaye Ballard!
Back from a long hiatus, and no longer quite on "anniversary schedule", Pete and Ben turn their sights on the nomenclature of pairs, the legacy of earning the rank of Eagle Scout, and how the Ship of Theseus paradox works with editing and production numbers. And somehow that's all supposed to tie in with Connie … Continue reading Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Connie Stevens!
Ben and Pete sit down to discuss the legendary voice and persona of Ethel Merman, while also debating whether any movie would be good without sound editing, and possibly putting to rest the season-long investigation as to whether the Muppet Show knows it's being broadcast on television. Also: thrill to the debate about if Pete … Continue reading Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Ethel Merman!
Pete and Ben hunker down in the Sadness Café and try to tickle the ivories and make them laugh more than Phillis Diller did. They also talk about how authentic a stand-up comedian needs to be, how great of a sax player Zoot is, and whether it's time to join the great Spotify exodus. https://audioboom.com/posts/8044259-henson-perspective-guest-starring-phyllis-diller … Continue reading Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Phyllis Diller!
Ben and Pete hit the catwalk with a twirl and a smize and discussions about whether this episode was produced all at once or cobbled together later, how to reconcile that the show only sporadically engages in continuity, and whether one can ever get used to the weight and movement of long hair. https://audioboom.com/posts/8039588-henson-perspective-guest-starring-twiggy Sources … Continue reading Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Twiggy!
It's February when this drops, late from a January anniversary airdate, featuring footage from Spooky Season and an featured skit that takes place on New Year's Eve. And that doesn't even include the number of moments that Ben and Pete feel are out of order within the episode itself! Join them to untangle the chronology … Continue reading Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Vincent Price!
Broadway dancer and actor Ben Vereen is the Muppet Show's guest this week, and so Pete and (a totally different) Ben delve into Vereen's show-biz controversies. They also discuss how they are quick to anger about flag etiquette, that they are confused about the appropriateness of the phrase, "hep to the jive", and that there might … Continue reading Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Ben Vereen!
Pete asks Ben to translate and pronounce the French in this episode, and Ben asks Pete to explain whether the writing is consistent with other episodes or constructed piecemeal out of half-baked ideas. Along the way they speculate about what musician has sold the most albums, the appeal of Americana in the UK, and whether … Continue reading Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Charles Aznavour!