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).
Noreen Young (Under the Umbrella Tree, Hi Diddle Day)
Noreen Young is an incredibly influential puppeteer, puppet builder and producer who has been working in the business for decades. She had a hand in creating several iconic Canadian TV Shows including Hi Diddle Day and Pencil Box, she built puppets for TV Shows like Today’s Special and Telefrancais, and she created, produced and puppeteered on the show Under the Umbrella Tree which ran on the CBC and then The Disney Channel for years.
Jim Napolitano (Nappy’s Puppets, Walking Dead World Beyond, Weinerville)
Jim Napolitano is the creator of Nappy’s Puppets. He’s known throughout the US as one of the leading shadow puppetry artists performing today. In addition to performing his uniquely hilarious shows all across the country, he’s also done film and TV work for show like the Between the Lions, Weinerville and, most recently, The Walking Dead: The World Beyond.
Willie Tyler (Laugh-In, Motorcity Revue, Hello Dummy)
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 appeared in countless tv shows, commercials and films since. He’s opened for such heavy hitters as Sammy Davis Jr, Ann-Margaret, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Frank Sinatra. Willie Tyler is a legend and he is my guest on this episode of Under The Puppe
John Kennedy (Sesame Street, Jack's Big Music Show, Dinosaurs)
John Kennedy is a puppeteer on Sesame Street where he plays Mumford the Magician. His other credits include work on The Muppets, Dinosaurs, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, and Jack's Big Music Show.
Nina Keogh (Today's Special, Mr. Dress-Up, The Santa Clause)
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 (Muppets, Sesame Street, Dark Crystal)
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 films and puppeteered Aughra in the Netflix Series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
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Enjoyable and Informative for Professionals and Fans
I love Grant Baciocco's enthusiasm for the subject of pupeteering and and respect he obviously has for his interview subjects. He takes puppeteering seriously, but also clearly revels in it. I've learned a great deal about several puppeteers whom I was unfamiliar with before listening, as these artists are usually not highlighted otherwise. Thanks, Grant!
Great puppetry podcast!!
I love listening to this podcast so much & hearing those great interviews from professionals in the puppetry business! Hands down to Grant for finding these amazing people & interviewing them on his show! Keep up the great work!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💯😊
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