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The ask Jim Lewis thread is now open

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by dwayne1115, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    (C'mon gang, let's keep this thread thriving so Jim doesn't get bored! :excited: )

    Jim, my friend, did you write the material (whatever material there actually was) for the America's Got Talent appearance by Kermit, Chef, Beaker, Animal, and Miss Piggy? Just curious how the writing process of an appearance like that goes down.
  2. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Not to mention sheep...
  3. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    ok here is my question.

    Where has Crazy Harry Gone to? i always loved his explitions and stuff i really thought he was pretty funny.
  4. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Not trying to answer the question here, just mentioning. Crazy Harry was in Mwoo, athough he didn't blow stuff up. He was definatly there. He even had lines!
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I posted a few questions long ago. Were these questions missed or something?
  6. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    They might have been if you want to re post them on here or send them to me in a private message then i can keep a better track of whats going on. I have been so busy with moving to another state and trying to find a job that i havent even giving this tread much thought. Sorry guys.
  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Here are the missed questions. After it was said that it would be okay to post three questions at a time, I added two additional questions, before the last set of questions (or last two... I'm too lazy right now to check how many sets it was) were answered. Here they are.

  8. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Ooh, I have a question...I know that a lot of questions revolve around "Whatever happened to" but I think this is something slightly original...

    "Whatever happened to Skeeter? Why did she stay as a baby? I suppose there was never any call for her to be an adult, but she could have joined the new cast of Muppets Tonight or Jim Henson Hour, perhaps. Any thoughts on her?"
  9. Marky

    Marky Member

    Does he still answer here or has he been frightened away?
  10. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    He answered here just a little over a week ago. What happens is that Prawnie of Dwayne e-mail the questions to him when we have enough and then he mails back with some fabulous answers.
  11. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Hey Jim! I have another question, on the recent Muppet Show Season 2 DVD set it included a piece called "The Muppets On The Muppets" did you happen to write those?

    And I think I'll go ahead and send these questions out to Jim since Dwayne hasn't been around lately.
  12. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I can't wait!

    Well, I can...but...that's not the point here.
  13. Marky

    Marky Member

    (Okay... here goes)

    Hey Jim! Any new tangiable Muppet projects coming? Like a new series? Please let the powers that be know that OLD SCHOOL stylings are IN - and I think that as a fan of pop-culture in general - the post-modern "HAVE to do something NEW NEW NEW" is done - sort of!

    Here's a fresh idea...

    BRING BACK THE MUPPET SHOW IN ALL IT'S GLORY!

    You know, as if the show just took a 26 year break. New guest stars, same show! Of course, Bobo, Pepe, Johnny and Sal would be great to have around, but I think we all want The Muppet Show back!

    PLEASE do what you can to help Disney think about how AWESOME this would be!

    :D
  14. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Hey Marky, we'll have to get your question in the next set of questions sent to Jim. Anyway, here's the latest answers from Jim!

    "I have a few trivial questions!

    I was trying to whip up some Fly-shoe Pie the ther day (following the strict guidelines set out in BYL) but it didn't work out for me. I was wondering, if there a method to seperating the Pond Water from the pond scum?

    Also, I couldn't help but wonder if you prefer Fresh Muffins or Fresh Bagels?"


    Sounds like this question is for Kermit, not me. I’m just a ghost, transcribing what the amphibian tells me. If the recipe doesn’t work, you might try take-out. I hear the El Sleazo has a knock-yer-teeth-out-if-you-still-have-any-teeth Fly-Shoe Pie. It’s to die for, literally. As for me, Muffins. As for Kermit, I’d suspect Home Flies.


    "I'm currently re-reading 'Before You Leap', and was wondering if there was every any dispute from Disney to include Kermit's Sesame past. Like, did they ever not want to put the picture of Big Bird in? Or not want to deal with the legalities of mentioning Sesame Workshop characters?

    Also, when writing a scene where Gonzo and Rizzo order a pizza, what would they have on it?"


    Kermit’s “Sesame” past is part of who he is and what he’s done, and that section of the book was autobiographical, so there were no problems and no lawyers were hurt in the making of the book. (Darn!) As for pizza: Rizzo takes whatever is available (or unguarded) and Gonzo likes everything—and I do mean everything—on it.


    "Jim, I have a bit of an odd question... but then, it's the Muppets, so what ISN'T odd? ...I digress. My point, if I have one, is this: How do you, or how does any Muppet writer, write for the Swedish Chef? Do you just give a general idea of what Chef would be trying to convey, hand it the Muppeteers, and say, "Have fun!" Or do you write it all out, or... Just- HOW? And I suppose I could ask the same about Beaker and chickens and so forth, but I'm particularly curious about the Chef."

    I write it out, figuring out what the Chef is trying to do and say, then putting together a gibberish-strewn Mock Swedish phonetic guide within which are tucked a few barely recognizable words in English. This material is then copied in triplicate, with one copy going into the trash, one copy going to the performer (who ignores it if they know what’s good for them) and the last copy kept by me as proof that I wasn’t sleeping all day. As for Beaker and the chickens, the process is similar, but involves a lot more marmalade.

    "Jim, my friend, did you write the material (whatever material there actually was) for the America's Got Talent appearance by Kermit, Chef, Beaker, Animal, and Miss Piggy? Just curious how the writing process of an appearance like that goes down."

    A good question. Yes, I did work on that. First, the producers of the show have an idea. We help figure out how the Muppets would best fit within that idea, then a script is put together. After everyone agrees that I should really find another line of work, a revised script is put together that meets everyone’s needs and that is shot, edited and aired. If it works well (and I’m happy to say Terry Fator did win!) I get a cookie.

    "Where has Crazy Harry gone to? I always loved his explosions and stuff I really thought he was pretty funny."

    A combination of things. First, Jerry Nelson performs Crazy Harry and his availability is one factor. Second, Crazy Harry is always punctuation, so the scene has to fit his personality and his unique talent for blowing things up. And third, unofficially, I find that in a post-9/11 world, blowing stuff up—even in foolish fun—isn’t as funny as it once was. But again, that’s my personal opinion.

    "In the Muppets Tonight episode with Coolio and Don Rickles, Ernst Starvos Grouper had a bodyguard named Behemoth. This monster had previously been used in older Muppet productions (most notably singing the 'Under My Skin' number in the Muppet Show episode with Vincent Price). Was this actually the monsters official name back then, or did a writer just write the character into the script, and whoever was in charge of puppets chose to pick a random puppet (as opposed to designing a completely new character)?"

    You know more than me. I’m sending you questions from now on. Seriously, I don’t know the answer to your question, but knowing the people at the Muppet Workshop, I strongly believe that this was not just some “random” choice, but that his name was is and remains “Behemoth”.

    "I know that nearly 30 minutes worth of footage was cut from It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, but were there any major scenes, subplots, or running gags that were written in the script but not filmed?"

    Now here’s a question I should know the answer to, but don’t. I wrote the first draft of the script, but not subsequent drafts. A good deal of what I wrote is there in the movie, but so much was changed that I really don’t know what, if any, major scenes, subplots, or running gags were filmed or not filmed. In any case, the director, Kirk Thatcher, did a fantastic job and I symbolically kiss the hem of his garment, in a purely platonic way, of course.


    "Whatever happened to Skeeter? Why did she stay as a baby? I suppose there was never any call for her to be an adult, but she could have joined the new cast of Muppets Tonight or Jim Henson Hour, perhaps. Any thoughts on her?"

    Ahh, Skeeter. I wasn’t there for the creation of the “Muppet Babies” animated series, but I suspect she was added to the show so there’d be another (dare I say, more balanced than Baby Piggy) female character on a show aimed at kids. We threw around various bizarre scenarios about what happened to Skeeter after “Muppet Babies,” but none of these were ever confirmed. Frankly, I suggest contacting the Federal Witness Protection Program for more info. Let us know what you find out.

    "Hey Jim! I have another question, on the recent Muppet Show Season 2 DVD set it included a piece called "The Muppets On The Muppets" did you happen to write those?"

    I wish I could say I did. Those are totally off-the-cuff in-character answers by the performers. I was, however, just off-camera. On an alternate audio track you can hear me mumbling “Oh no! If they keep this up, I’ll have to find a real job!”
  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Considering the fact that Fozzie's jokes are supposed to be bad, do you think that the title "Hey, You're as Funny as Fozzie Bear" might be seen as an insult?
  16. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Ok people I'm back and im going to Re launch this thing. so send in your questions.
    Talk to ya latter,
    Love always Dwayne
  17. RKUNKLER

    RKUNKLER New Member

    Hey Jim are there any new muppeteers for the characters we dont see much anymore.
  18. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Jim, Jim, Jimmy, Jim, Jim, Jim...I have always wondered why Animal became so popular, he is a punctuation character, rather than a story character, and yet he is always quite involved with the story and is certainly a firm favorite in both the eyes of both fans and non-fans. Any thoughts on why this is?
  19. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I also have a question for Jim. Did you help in writeing the video game Muppet party cruise? and if so what was that like was the main idea of the game layed out? and how was it bringing some of the muppets that have not had any speaking lines back into the main light.


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