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ABC Is Developing Another Autobiographical Sitcom, This Time with Puppets

Autobiographical sitcoms continue to dominate the major networks' development slates, but the latest addition comes with a twist: Puppets. Deadline reports that ABC has bought an untitled single-cam comedy from Gregg Mettler (That '70s Show, Cougar Town, Back in the Game) based on his childhood growing up with a puppeteer father. The project is being described as "Malcolm in the Middle meets The Middle" — so, a family sitcom? — and apparently the many puppets in Mettler's household (see photo) were considered by him to be "surrogate siblings," which is funny and totally not disturbing, right?

'Community' Is Doing a Puppet Episode

The Community cast appeared at a panel in Los Angeles last night to talk about the show, and they revealed that there's an upcoming theme episode of the show that involves all of them being played by puppets. A premiere date for the puppet episode hasn't been announced yet, but it'll be sometime in April or May. The episode's plot involves the gang taking a ride in a hot air balloon that crashes in the woods, where they meet a friendly mountain man played by Jason Alexander. Dean Pelton encourages the Greendale 7 (plus Chang) to talk about the accident by using puppets, which spurs on the [...]

Henson is Producing a Show of British Puppets for British Humans

If you liked the above video, you are in luck because the BBC is going to be airing a new Jim Henson Company produced puppet program (or programme, to put it Britishly). English comedian Danny Baker will be running the show with the Henson team. Entitled No Strings Attached, the puppets apparently won't be able to move their likely string-based appendages or maybe they will. Considering that British people and Muppets are the two most adorably voiced things in the world, I think the kids are going to be all over this thing like kids watching a television show they like.

Wayne White Is Worth Admiring In the Beauty Is Embarrassing Documentary

Here's the trailer for Beauty Is Embarrassing, a documentary about artist and Pee Wee's Playhouse set designer and voice actor Wayne White, the man whom Matt Groening describes as "a little Zach Galifianakis, a little Snuffy Smith, a little Unabomber." The film is premiering at SXSW in March, but let's all hope that it comes out for a much wider audience soon after, because it looks like a great inspiration for anyone trying to be creative. Or trying to put cigarette butts into the mouths of children's puppets.

The Simpsons Puppet Segment Is…Something

Here's a segment from last night's Simpsons in which the animation is replaced by puppets. It's sort of like that Halloween episode that had Homer and Bart enter a 3D world, but this is a Christmas episode and that 3D one was funny, coherent and didn't feature Katy Perry in a goddamned Simpsons dress. Good lord.

Wyatt Cenac: Standup, Writer, Puppet Aficionado

Wyatt Cenac is best known as being a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as well as writing for King of The Hill. He’s also been in films such as Sleepwalk With Me and Darren Grodsky’s independent film Growing Up (and Other Lies). Working more on his own projects these days, the New York comic wrote and directed his new one-hour standup special on Netflix, Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn. He’s currently traveling for his tour "Wyatt Cenac Live in Brooklyn in ___(insert city name here)___", and I caught up with him to talk to him about his plans for doing more of his own projects. Hint: they involve puppets.

I [...]

Nerdist Debuts Neil Patrick Harris's New Web Series "Neil's Puppet Dreams"

The Nerdist YouTube network dropped a new web series today. Called "Neil's Puppet Dreams," it stars Neil Patrick Harris and a bunch of puppets. What more do you need than that?

Left Handed Radio: 'Rue Britannia'

The Left Handed Radio crew performs an audio love-letter to merry old England.

On this live episode, sketches include: Fancy a soak?, an open apology from England, the theme for the 2012 London Olympics, the "Downton Abbey" Parody Challenge, Ralph the Talking Dog meets Percival, Princess Di driving F1, Eric Gersen performs, Entitlement cologne, taking darts seriously, and the fate of the monarchy rests in the hands of a drunk American in a diaper.

This month's show was written and performed by Adam Bozarth, Dan Chamberlain, Matt Little, Taylor Moore, and Anna Rubanova with special guests Eric Gersen and John Milhiser.

Thanks to John Flynn, Alex Adan [...]

Trade Roundup: Jack Black, Jim Henson

Syfy's getting into comedy with its purchase of Ghost Ghirls, a paranormal parody that's executive produced by Jack Black. Lady improvisoirs (that is a word now, because I just said it) Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci will "attempt to solve paranormal mysteries each week while trying to prove to themselves and their customers that they are competent ghost hunters." Pretty sure "competent ghost hunters" is an oxymoron of some kind. Anyway, this sounds funny.

NBC has ordered a script for The New Neighbors, "a single-camera comedy project that centers on a family that lives in Palm Springs and is aghast with their new neighbors — a gang [...]

This Is What 'Community's Puppet Episode Will Look Like

Here's a preview of next week's episode of Community, which is an all-puppet episode that also features Jason Alexander because why not?

Kyle Kinane Spends a Depressing Few Days with a Worse, More Racist Jeff Dunham

"How much food can you fit on an ironing board?" Kyle Kinane always asks the perfect questions. It must've been quite a contrast seeing Kyle talking about the fairly racist names of Trader Joe's food and then seeing a guy slap on Chinese glasses eyes. Though, come on, Kyle, putting a hand puppet on your erect penis is always hi-lar-ious. It has to be one of the Top 5 funniest things to put on an erect penis.

You Ready for a Film Noir Puppet Comedy From Jim Henson's Son?

Yeah, you read that headline right. Jim Henson's son Brian Henson is directing a film noir comedy with puppets called The Happytime Murders. It looks significantly darker than The Muppets (these puppets smoke cigarettes!) but hopefully it'll have the same imaginative sense of world creation. Here's a description:

In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop Phil Phillips is hot on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of the famous 80s television show The Happytime Gang. As the killings continue, Phil’s former flame, Jenny, is next on [...]

Elmo's Puppeteer Finally Speaks In Regular Voice

Look no further than this interview with Elmo's puppeteer Kevin Clash if you want to know which celebrities cry when they guest star on Sesame Street (hint: all of them). Clash also reveals just how desperate Ricky Gervais is to work on a project with Elmo (hint: very desperate).