Muppet History 101

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This unique program of rarities examines the origins of the Muppets. Includes early live TV appearances, unusual commercials, guest spots on the Jimmy Dean and Dick Cavett Shows, and much more. Plus, this program contains excerpts from the rarely seen pilot for what would become The Muppet Show, The Muppets: Sex and Violence featuring a tribute to the Seven Deadly Sins. This program will be introduced by Dave Goelz, puppeteer for The Jim Henson Company, and creator of Beauregard the Janitor, Zoot (the saxophonist of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem), Gonzo the Great and many other beloved characters.

Dave Goelz, in 1972, happened to watch Sesame Street and became fascinated with the show. He enjoyed the Muppet character Ernie so much that he spent two months building one of his own. A chance meeting with Frank Oz led to a casual meeting with Jim Henson, which led to Mr. Goelz visiting New York and an offer to build puppets for six months. The rest, as they say, is history. By 1974, The Jim Henson Company became a permanent home and Mr. Goelz went on to perform in feature films including: The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Labyrinth, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets from Space, where Gonzo learns his origins. His television work includes: The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, The Jim Henson Hour, Secret Life of Toys, Muppets Tonight, and so much more.

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