Since 2017. Under The Puppet is a monthly show that talks to working puppeteers about the art and business of puppetry. Guests will include puppeteers from The Muppets, Sesame Street, The Jim Henson Company and more. The show also covers other forms of puppetry such as marionettes, shadow puppetry and Bunraku . Hosted by puppeteer Grant Baciocco (The Jim Henson Company, Mystery Science Theatre 3000).
Willie Tyler is a ventriloquist who, along with his partner Lester, has been making a living in show business since the 1960s when he was hired as the MC for Motown’s Motorcity Review. He joined the cast of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in in 1972 and has
Nina Keogh puppeteered the rhyming Muffy Mouse on the show Today’s Special. Her other puppetry credits include work on the iconic Canadian kids shows, The Friendly Giant and Mr. Dressup as well as the 1994 Walt Disney Pictures film The Santa Clause.
Kevin Clash made Sesame Street’s Elmo the global phenomenon he is today. He worked with The Muppets starring as Clifford, who went on to host Muppets Tonight. He puppeteered and voiced Master Splinter in the 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Tony Urbano is a puppeteer who was trained by and worked with master puppeteers such as Ralph Chessé and Bil and Cora Baird. Tony turned down a job offer from Jim Henson to focus on building his own career, a career that included hundreds of commercials
The Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky is the world’s only museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism. I speak with Vent Haven’s curator Lisa Sweasy about the museum and it’s unique collection in this episode of Under The Puppet.
I sit down with The Aquarium of the Pacific's Creative Arts in Science Supervisor Luke Richmond and Creative Arts in Science Education Coordinator and puppeteer Sarah Berman to talk about the Aquarium's use of puppetry in this episode of Under The Puppet.