In-depth interviews with the world's most passionate puppeteers.
Puppet Tears, ep 079 — Haley Jenkins
On this week's show we're joined by one of puppetry's rising stars — Haley Jenkins! Haley currently stars in the title role of PBS Kids's Donkey Hodie, based on characters from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. She has also performed on Helpsters, The Pee Wee Herman Show Live on Broadway, Sesame Street, where where she originated the role of Karli.
We talk with Haley about first finding bravery on the stage in high school, how her time in the Disney College Program ultimately led her to Sesame Street, and how all of her experiences in puppetry have informed her work as Donkey Hodie. We also talk about Haley's experiences Zari, the Muppet from Afghanistan's Sesame co-production Baghch-e-Simsim, for appearances in the United States! PLUS: find out her celebrity name-drop who never forgets to send a "happy birthday" text !
For mentions and episode highlights, visit PuppetTears.com/HaleyJenkins
Release date: September 6, 2021 Edited by Matt Bowen Hosted by Adam Kreutinger & Cameron Garrity
Puppet Tears, ep 078 — Brian Jay Jones
Here to discuss his decades as a writer and biographer, Puppet Tears welcomes Brian Jay Jones. He has written best-selling biographies on iconic artists such as Washington Irving, Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), and George Lucas. His 2013 book, Jim Henson: The Biography was written with the cooperation of the Henson family, who granted Jones unprecedented access to the Henson Archives.
We talk with Brian about his journey in creating his acclaimed "book shelf," his admiration for Jim Henson's "creatively restless" work ethic, and how he is forever intertwined with the legacy of his subjects. He also shares the Muppet myths he was most excited to bust in the Jim Henson biography. PLUS: find out which part of the book was his personal gift to the Henson family!
For mentions and episode highlights, visit PuppetTears.com/BrianJayJones
Release date: August 23, 2021 Edited by Matt Bowen Hosted by Adam Kreutinger & Cameron Garrity
Puppet Tears, ep 077 — ToughPigs.com
On this episode, we're celebrating 20 years of ToughPigs.com with the help of Joe Hennes and Ryan Roe! As co-owners of the site, as well as editor-in-chief and head writer, respectively, Joe and Ryan have overseen the evolution of ToughPigs from a little-known fan blog to a robust media outlet for all kinds of Muppet related content.
They each host their own podcast for ToughPigs. Joe oversees The Muppet Fan Podcasts with ToughPigs.com, currently celebrating with a retrospective series ToughPigs at 20. Ryan is the host of Movin' Right Along, where he and Anthony Strand re-visit Muppet movies two minutes at a time; that show is wrapping up its third season, covering The Muppets Take Manhattan.
We talk to Joe and Ryan about the formative moments in ToughPigs's history, how they quantify a successful Muppet production, their experience in breaking the news Matt Vogel's casting as Kermit following Steve Whitmire's departure from Disney, and detail their plans to celebrate 20 years of "Muppet Fans Who Grew Up." PLUS: what Broadway standard did Adam and Cam have to clear so this interview could happen?
For mentions and episode highlights, visit PuppetTears.com/ToughPigs
Release date: August 9, 2021 Edited by Matt Bowen Hosted by Adam Kreutinger & Cameron Garrity
Puppet Tears, ep 076 — Chase Woolner
Let's give a big hand for this week's guest and our ol' pal Chase Woolner! Chase is the owner and operator of Busy Hands studio, where he crafts handmade puppets, pottery, and art supplies. He has worked as an additional Muppet performer on numerous projects including the films The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted, appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and the 2015 ABC series The Muppets.
We talk to Chase about his recent move from LA to Michigan where he works as a full-time visual artist, how a puppetry turned into his first professional gig on the set of 2011's Muppet movie, and lessons learned from all-star mentors throughout his journey. He also discusses finding inspiration from the animation industry and his eclectic puppet collection. PLUS: does Adam admit to being a flat-earth-er...?
For mentions and episode highlights, visit PuppetTears.com/ChaseWoolner
Release date: July 26, 2021 Edited by Matt Bowen Hosted by Adam Kreutinger & Cameron Garrity
Puppet Tears, ep 075 — Jim Kroupa
For this episode of Puppet Tears, the guys have their yearly check-up with The Godfather of Puppet Tears - Mr. Jim Kroupa. Infamously known for his work as a puppet builder and mech designer, Kroupa has worked on countless films and television shows from Sesame Street and The Muppets Take Manhattan to Helpsters and the upcoming reboot of Fraggle Rock. One program he was heavily involved in - Eureeka's Castle, on which he was a lead character, head builder, and writer - has re-emerged this year, streaming on Paramount Plus.
We talk to Jim about his experiences while bringing Eureeka's Castle to the screen, his recent appearance on Tina Fey's Girls5Eva, and taking a break from puppetry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also get an early look at some groundbreaking applications of his signature mechanism techniques for Apple TV+'s reboot of Fraggle Rock. PLUS: some new Puppet Tear stories not even Adam and Cam had heard before!
For mentions and episode highlights, visit PuppetTears.com/JimKroupa4
Release date: July 12, 2021 Edited by Matt Bowen Hosted by Adam Kreutinger & Cameron Garrity
Puppet Tears, ep 074 — Hugh Purves
We're back with a guest who has traveled from galaxies far, far away, to green lands before the Crystal cracked - Hugh Purves! You know him from his work on Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and so much more. He is the owner and operator of the one-stop-online-shop PuppetThings.com.
We'll chat with Hugh about the many projects on his expansive C/V, his innovative approach to material use and puppet building, and what he's learned while on the sets of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. Join us for a conversation jam-packed with insights into upping your puppetry game! PLUS: hear about his run-in with the Jedi master himself, Mark Hamill.
For mentions and episode highlights, visit PuppetTears.com/HughPurves Release date: June 28, 2021 Edited by Matt Bowen Hosted by Adam Kreutinger & Cameron Garrity
The caliber of guests on the show is amazing. A must listen for any fan of the muppets or puppetry in general.
Interesting and well edited
Who would think that this would be so wonderful? Of course when you have experts talking articulately about a subject they love,Yet somehow it is inclusive.
Bucket of Knowledge
This podcast is a gift to all novice puppeteers. I fell in love with puppets a little less than a year ago, and started listening to this podcast about 6 months in. Adam and Cam are lovable, relatable, and extremely knowledgeable. The questions for guests are smart, their banter meaningful, and I genuinely learn so much with every episode. I’m grateful for this little portal into the puppetry world, and through this podcast have connected with some of the guests. I have discovered so much I didn’t know was possible. 11/10 will always recommend this podcast. I talk about it all the time, people are starting to get annoyed with me. Whoops ;)