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This week we dive into the long history of The Muppets. In October, we raised over $4,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and one of the rewards for hitting a fundraising amount was for the audience to pick the episode – and you all chose The Muppets! In this episode, we explain their long history from late night show guests, sketch comedy shows, movies, and how they somehow managed to become a show that made a pilot geared towards adults into a children’s staple. But most importantly we talk about the impact that Jim Henson has with the creation of the Muppets, where they interact with Sesame Street and more.
If you’re unfamiliar, The Muppets are an ensemble cast of puppet characters known for an absurdist, burlesque, and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy. Created by Jim Henson in 1955, they are the namesakes of the Disney-owned media franchise that encompasses television, film, music, and other media associated with the characters.
We dive into their pre-Disney history, their post-Disney series, and films, and ask if it’s just as important now or if the franchise’s best days are stuck in the 80s and 90s.