The Friday Fives

1. Who is your favorite Muppet/Jim Henson character and why?

Kermit. How can it not be Kermit? It ain’t easy being green.

2. Ernie or Burt?

I always like Burt – better comedic timing.

3. Piggy or the Swedish Chef?

Chef- one makes the food. One eats the food. Go with the creative one.

4. Battlestar Gallactica or Pigs in Space?

Ha, funny. I think the special effects in Pigs in Space are better. Try this: Over on the Peacock app they have the original Battlestar Gallactica – man, that show does not hold up.

5. If Kermit was a famous fiction character, how would he be?

I always thought he would be a Raymond Chandler kind of character, like Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe.

4 Replies to “The Friday Fives”

  1. 1) Sweetums. I can just relate.

    2) Ernie, he was always up for a good time. Not a care in the world.

    3) Chef every time.

    4) Effects aside the plot of battlestar is better.

    5) I like to envision Kermit as Captain Nemo.

  2. 1. Rolf. It’s said that that soulful pooch was closest to embodying what Henson was really like.

    2. Tough call. You’ve both made good arguments for each. I’ll go Bert. He is frequently misunderstood thanks to Ernie’s general jackassed-ness.

    3. Swedish Chef please. He is genuinely funny, and you improv people will appreciate that he was originally portrayed by Henson and Frank Oz at the same time. One frequently didn’t know or see what the other was doing. Hence hilarity frequently ensued.

    4. Pigs in Space. Teaching kids about breaking the fourth wall is important.

    5. Paul Motherfucking Rudd.

  3. Who is your favorite Muppet/Jim Henson character and why?

    Beaker. He is utterly pointless. He doesn’t talk, just reacts. He is pure id and absurdist dada nonsense. If Salvador Dali were to be asked to design a Muppet (and trust me, do NOT make that offer) he would come up with Beaker. But Dali was nuts. Should I capitalize the word ‘Muppet’. I think if I am using it as the familiar generic term – a la kool aid, kleenex, mac and cheese, crescent wrench, Philips screwdriver – I could leave it lower case. But since I am referring to the intellectual property of a titled and trademarked title… I should capitalize. Lord knows how much respect I have for trademark here.

    Beaker from The Muppet Show wins

    Ernie or Burt?

    Is this fuck, marry, kill? Fuck Ernie, Kill Burt, Marry Beaker. Der der der. Or, and we can use this guy for the gritty AMC reboot. Look closely at those black eyes. That is a serial killer.

    Piggy or the Swedish Chef?

    What are we asking? Who I prefer? I’ll imagine the offer is I am stuck on an island with one of these folks, who do I choose? The chef, because I am hungry. Wait, doesn’t he destroy or blow up everything he works on? I vaguely remember something like that. That that was his ‘hook’, besides the silly vocalizations. I still choose him, as the explosions will send smoke signals to Kermie and Gonzo to come rescue us. And yes… I plan to apologize to Gonzo. Lets just drop that whole thing!

    Battlestar Gallactica or Pigs in Space?

    For me, when I want high brow science fiction, I head right for the State***. The Bearded Men of Space Station 11.

    The Bearded Men of Space Station 11 – The State from Sebastián Hoch on Vimeo</a>.

    Correction. Didn’t the Battlestar reboot have a super hot principle star? I never watched the original series, but I did watch the first season of the reboot – about ten years ago. It was really good. I think the piece hooked me was I know the old bad guys used to be robots… the Silons. It was a super obvious bad guy. Now, the silons can be human… or look human. That is a game changer, my friend.

    If Kermit was a famous fiction character, how would he be?

    But… he is a famous fictional character. I guess if we can jump from Marvel to DC, I would make him a Sesame St character. Did the Muppets and Sesame St ever cross paths? I mean, they are both puppet shows, right? And they both integrate real humans. Good thing I am not the only one kept up at night with this. So, here is Kermit’s famous fictional character. He went all gritty. This is from the great minds at SNL. I give you ‘Grouch’.

    *** the state is a sketch comedy show from the 90s that ran on Mtv. It ran only for about two years, but it remains the best sketch comedy show and troupe ever. You will recognize half of them, as they have gone on to success sense then. If you know Reno 911, that is also from the State. And bonus, did you know ALL of reno 911 is improvised?

  4. for the record… that above was beautifully formatted. spaces and caps and fonts and breaks and hyeperlinks! Oh.. the hyperlinks.

    Sorry. That above, as one giant paragraph, is unreadable. That chaps my ass. If you want a readable version – and get all hopped up on neatly executed hyperlinks every-fucking-where… just go there directly.

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