Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Ethel Merman!

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!

Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Phyllis Diller!

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-dillerContinue reading Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Phyllis Diller!

Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Twiggy!

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!

Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Vincent Price!

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!

Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Ben Vereen!

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!

Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Charles Aznavour!

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!

Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Candice Bergen!

This episode was originally filmed right before Henson Associates went on holiday, and it is being dropped, delayed, when Ben has finally recovered from one. Enjoy Ben and Pete's most contentious discussions so far about what landed (or didn't), and enjoy diversions about The Seventh Seal and disgust about long, long, long legs. https://audioboom.com/posts/8001891 Sources … Continue reading Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Candice Bergen!

Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Valerie Harper!

The Muppet Show sticks its toe in the waters of meta-narrative, which encourages Pete to try and get Ben to finalize his grand theory of just what kind of show The Muppet Show actually is. Pete, in turn, works on his Muppet-based philosophy that "Peoples is peoples", much to Ben's repeated chagrin. https://audioboom.com/posts/7988980 Sources and … Continue reading Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Valerie Harper!