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Muppets go adult

Discussion in 'Henson Alternative' started by MUPPETMONKEY, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. MUPPETMONKEY Active Member

    Of course we all know what this is all about, but I laugh at the way journalist drag the reader's attention.
    This is from Yahoo news:



    EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The creators of The Muppets and Sesame Street are staging a rude and lewd puppet show that is strictly for adults only.

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    Even Miss Piggy would blush over the antics of "Jim Henson's Puppet Improv" that is spearheading a renaissance of puppet shows for grown-ups.

    At this year's Edinburgh Fringe arts festival, there are more puppet shows listed for adults than for children.

    "That really pleases me," said the late Jim Henson's son Brian, director of the Muppet Christmas and Treasure Island movies now revelling in the freedom of performing for adults only.

    Every afternoon at the Fringe, his anarchic troupe of puppeteers do an improvisational show for kids. Every evening the air turns blue for the show that takes off into surreal flights of fancy dictated by the audience.

    "It is lovely to do a show where you can go wherever your brain takes you," said Henson, winding down after a show in which the audience asked the puppeteers to play half a dozen hot dog puppets auditioning to be Ricky Martin's backup singers.

    But would father have approved?

    "I think he would have loved it because of how outrageous I get. My Dad really believed in community and sweetness but the other side of him was incredibly naughty.

    "He always said the only reason we did this was those moments where it is like laughing in church. It becomes so infectious you cannot stop laughing."

    Henson, who first performed the improvisation show in Aspen and Hollywood, would like to develop it into a TV show. Two other projects he is working on are also just for adults.

    "There is something really therapeutic for us about this adult improv," he said.

    Henson hailed the renaissance of puppets for grown-ups, applauding the success on stage in New York and London of "Avenue Q" and the hit movie "Team America:World Police" which satirises

    President George W. Bush's "war on terror."

    "Avenue Q was very, very clever. They are specifically parodying Sesame Street with an adult twist. Team America is a more unique choice as they decided to do it with marionettes."

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    South Korea's answer to Henson, has also won acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe with its production of "Puppet City."

    So does Henson feel puppeteers around the world are trying to redress the balance so adults get a look in?

    "Yes, absolutely," he said.

    "The Americans are more action-oriented. They want to see the puppets beating each other up. British audiences are more intellectual. They like to see it sick and twisted but in an intellectual way."
  2. zeldazipple New Member

    What's up with the dp lately. I been seeing it a lot.
  3. Infinity Sirius New Member

    I've wondered what the Henson family thought of Avenue Q. I'm glad that Brian approves it and finds it humorous.

    I'm curious if this will find approval with mass audiences though. An improv show is one thing, but a whole TV show? It worked with the Muppets, but that was geared at kids and adults. Then there are other adult puppet shows seen on VH1 and MTV, but those are shown late at night and more along the lines of South Park and Family Guy.

    Anyone have a recording or know where to get a recording of the Aspen improv?
  4. AndyWan Kenobi Active Member

    I like the publicity that this is getting, but a lot of the headlines for this article (which I've seen at a number of different sources online) present it as negative before you even read it. One I saw was

    Bad Business: Muppets Go Adult

    I don't like the bias there...
  5. Teheheman Well-Known Member

    I wonder if this show was for adults? lol. But seriously, I don't see the big deal in this, if the Henson's don't mind it, I don't think that's a big deal. I would love to see this though.

    Daniel
  6. dawningoftime New Member

    I mean if you think about it, though, Jim Henson really didn't think of the muppets as kids stuff. He tended to have adult humour in his program. I find myself watching the Muppet Show now and think to myself..."My parent's let me watch this?"
  7. travellingpat Active Member

    Many of the Muppeteers think Avenue Q is funny
  8. Vic Romano Active Member

    Oh man... when I saw the title of this thread, I thought you had done another comic strip... an adult one! :o :eek: :concern:
  9. Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Lol, that would have been funny, but I bet the thread would have been very short-lived.
    More to the point though, I agree that many of the journalists are biassed, and I think it's because they are not willing to see the muppets and the Henson company do anything that they feel is different. It is my theory, and I think these articles back it up, that many people do not even try to consider the possibility that there is anything adult about the muppets. They see kids watching TMS and other shows, and immediately disregard them.
  10. BEAR Active Member


    Remember that all the original Avenue Q performers are Muppeteers.
  11. BEAR Active Member

    Okay, there are 2 different types of adult humor: smart/sophisticated and raunchy. Jim Henson stood for the smart/sophisticated brand of "adult humor" and that is what the Muppet Show always was. They never used profanity or stooped to raunchy and sexually explicit material. They were an entertainment that was to be appreciated by everyone and anyone at the same time. That is why they were so popular because they could entertain such a wide audience. As Frank Oz said of Jerry Juhl's writing, there was never any filth. That is what made the Muppets so wonderful under Jim's reign. They had class. I don't believe Jim Henson ever intended to have his characters be dirty in the way Brian Henson has done.
  12. Kiki Active Member

    Oooh... Muppets go adult!! :flirt: :D I guess it would be a bit of a laugh. Stricly for adults?? Whatever!!
  13. Beauregard Well-Known Member

    First off, I agree, I don't like the thought of the Henson name being attached to dirt, however...

    I dissagree with what you said there. Jim, Frank, and Jerry were all involved with: The Land of Gorch.

    Every episode dripped in inuendo, moss, and general raunchy-ness. There was drug-smoking...adultery...dancing that was less than uplifting...drunkenness...And a marital aid, that, actually was an extra-marital aid which was a small box with lights and fuzzy bits...

    Frankly, Jim started out with adult humour before he went on to toneddown action with the Muppets...maybe Brian will do the same?
  14. Super Scooter New Member

    ... Sophisticatedly naughty, perhaps?
  15. fluffmuppet Member

    Honestly I will watch anything Muppet!! I say bring it on! :D
  16. BEAR Active Member

    I think this may be where I draw the line and say I don't consider this Muppets and will not ever. Yeah...I said it. Doesn't mean I would never consider seeing this, as long as I know that it has nothing to do with the name JIM Henson and The Muppet brand.
  17. Super Scooter New Member

    Well, technically speaking, it's very much Jim Henson company, but not Muppets... weird saying that, but I don't know if the Jim Henson Company can really call this "The Muppets", can they? Seein' as how Disney kinda owns that name now...

    AMEN!!!

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