56 episodes

A podcast looking back at comedies on their fiftieth anniversaries to ask: what was humorous then, and what — if anything — continues to amuse now?

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    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

A podcast looking back at comedies on their fiftieth anniversaries to ask: what was humorous then, and what — if anything — continues to amuse now?

    Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Rich Little

    Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Rich Little

    Pete and Ben do an impression of a pair of knowledgeable podcast hosts and discuss the career and contributions of Rich Little. They also examine the essential heart of the act of an impressionist, realize that their patented Wild Speculation™ is the equivalent of Wikipedia's [citation needed], and make a LOT of references to other podcasts.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Henson Perspective: Guest-starring George Burns

    Henson Perspective: Guest-starring George Burns

    It's the Muppet Show! With our very special return to season two on the 45th anniversary of the original NYC broadcast. Ben and Pete continue their journey documenting what jokes land, debating which conceits confuse, and wondering from where some of these musical choices came. This week they discuss the show's secret Britishness, the worst green-screen ever, and Pete's encroaching total amnesia.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Juliet Prowse

    Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Juliet Prowse

    And so we come to the close of the first season of the Muppet Show, with the 45th anniversary of the broadcast of the first production episode. Pete and Ben discuss which scenes they think were re-filmed, the creepiness of an amphibian casting couch, and which Muppets have had plastic surgery, before Pete summarizes statistics and rankings for the whole year and we learn who beat whom at the quiz.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Avery Schreiber

    Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Avery Schreiber

    Ben and Pete examine the career and appearance of Avery Schreiber, and the ties between his comedy partner — the key writer on The Muppet Show — and his manager — whom he shared with Jim Henson. And yet, they find that this show featured some of the best writing of the season and some of the most animatronic antics by the guest star. Was it kismet or nepotism, and does it matter?

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Henson Perspective: Guest-starring The Mummenschanz

    Henson Perspective: Guest-starring The Mummenschanz

    Pete and Ben get socked all the way to the Geek Farm, where they discuss this week's appearance of The Mummenschanz, are surprised by the behind-the-scenes origin of The Vendaface, and try to remember that Pete is forgetting everything.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Kaye Ballard

    Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Kaye Ballard

    As we get closer and closer to the end of the season, the competition is heating up and Ben and Pete start getting persnickety about a mere half-point in the weekly quiz. They also consider the who might have been the Electric Mayhem's lead songwriter, the continuing enigma of Vendaface, and share what tangents they contemplated when bored with the episode's musical numbers.

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

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Love comedy? Listen up.

Excellent podcast—charming hosts, well researched, great conversation. No worries if you haven’t watched whatever they’re discussing, you’ll have fun either way. I’ve learned and laughed a ton while listening!

Mae 78 ,

A terrific deep dive into comedy legend

It's always so hard to remember that shows, movies, books or most any other artistic achievement that becomes so iconic as to seem inevitable, did not necessarily have a smooth road. It's fascinating to learn the details behind the Flying Circus.

Liana.E ,

They know their stuff!

Im not the biggest fan of Monty Python but this pod is really fun! The guys know a lot and it seems very well researched. Fun podcast about an important contribution to TV history.