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ELMO on "Today" Show 9-6-05

Discussion in 'Sesame Appearances' started by JimmyDeanDog, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. JimmyDeanDog Member

    I just caught an interview with the man behind "Elmo" on NBC-TV's TODAY Show this morning.

    NOT ONE MENTION of the "Muppets" - or that if Elmo actually "IS" a muppet!

    Good segment, but I thought the no mention was rude and unthoughtful.

    Anyone else catch this?
  2. Ilikemuppets New Member

    You mean you don't know if Elmo is actually a Muppet?

    He has a book coming out about his life, and I'm sure he has a life besides and out side of Muppets. The book acctuallt talk's abuot how Sesame Street actually took a toll on his marrige.

    I mean the man missed is daughter's first day od Kindergarden because he's was going back and fourth between New York and LA doing Dinosaurs and Sesame Street at the same time, so I would cut him some slack guys.
  3. travellingpat Active Member

    I saw it and I thought it was a great interview...i dont care if hes full of himself think of all the good hes done for kids....
  4. Ilikemuppets New Member

    Sometime you have to be just a little full of your self. I mean If I had A muppet and It got that big, there no way I couldn't believe the hype, just a little.
  5. mikebennidict New Member

    Of Course Elmo's a Muppet so why would he even have to say that?
  6. BEAR Active Member

    I don't even know how to respond to this thread. Sorry, guys.
  7. Ilikemuppets New Member

    Personally, I think he seem's like a nice guy, and so do all the rest of the Muppeteers. Maybe he just came across the wrong way or something. But it takes more then five minuts to really get to know a person.
  8. BEAR Active Member

    I could be wrong, but it seems to me that people don't like Clash just because he performs Elmo and they all hate Elmo too. Personally, I think Kevin Clash is great and he really cares about his work and the children.
  9. Ilikemuppets New Member

    I agree with that.
  10. Tim Member

    No Muppet mention might have something to do with the Disney/Henson thing as the Sesame Workshop characters are NOT to be confused with "Mouse Owned" puppets

    As for Kevin, I don't know him at all, never even saw him in person, but from the few televison interviews and many print articles, he hasn't come across as egotistical in the least. With some folks, (Jerry lewis, Sharon Stone, Stan Freeberg, or Kathleen Turner, for example), it seems pretty obvious that they meay be "full of themselves", as that kind of attitude is pretty hard to hide.

    Even though I can't stand Elmo, I appreciate Kevin's abilities and talents-he wouldn't be where is is with out them. As for putting a toll on his family, show business is a lot harder than anyone understands, and you wind up making sacrifices most people don't have to. That's a trade-off we all make if we are lucky enough to be in the industry.

    Everyone, from the "Kevins" in the world and the future "Elmos" better undertand that before they get their Guild cards renewed.
  11. JimmyDeanDog Member

    Elmo a Muppet

    Certainly after 22 years of doling Elmo, I have the utmost respect for Clash.

    However when watching this interview, I just thought he'd AT LEAST mention the Muppets and Jim Henson...who actually IS the creator OF Elmo, right?...

    It's like Carol Spinney being on TV and NOT acknowledging the fact of
    being with a great duo of Henson and Frank Oz...

    In many hearts and minds, Jim Henson 'IS' - and always 'WILL BE' - THEE Muppets -

    Really don't give a dang who owns them now....
  12. Ilikemuppets New Member

    He has mentioned the before in interviews. But Tim's right. certantly Without his talents he would not be where hs is today. That's true about show bisness.

    Just out of curiosity, what did he talk about?
  13. wes Active Member

    I given this a long hard thaught, although most muppet folks hate Elmo (or the red demon as most of us call him) there's really not reason to hate Kevin Clash they guy Is a very good puppeteer and has other charactor besides Elmo( Clifford,Leon, Baby Sinclair, hoots the owl, Ect...)He has been in the business for Way over 20 years, he was even with Captin Kangaroo. Kevin Clash is one of the top muppeteers Beside Jerry, Carroll, Steve and Brain. So I since a little "Puppet Envy", So hate the Game not the Player!!
  14. Ilikemuppets New Member

    I think that is well said.Earing your way up the muppet ranks kinda prove how talented and skilled you are for any of the puppeteers. But Bill is also a very top Primary Muppeteer also.
  15. CoOKiE Member

    Maybe i'm not in the right spot to say somethin... i didn't see the interview, but like what was said, he has been in ALOT of interviews mentioning working with the Muppets. So, for one interview, he doesn't mention them, i'm going to assume the interview was about him this time, more so then his work. If you're having an interview, would you mention the school princibles that hired the teachers that have gotten you where you were today? I know he has a book coming, or is already out, so maybe it was about the book and HIS life.
  16. wes Active Member

    Did I miss something Who's Bill, Bill Barretta, if him then yeah he's good but i think Kevin has been their longer
  17. MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Jim Henson created the Muppets as an entertainment entity yes, but I don't believe he came up with the original idea for Elmo. If you know your Sesame Street history, Elmo was on the show as a generic monster long before Kevin Clash became his primary performer and made him what he is today. I do believe the puppeteers have some input into what the characters are going to be, but ultimately the writers, producers, etc. come up with characters for the show THEN see what the performer will come up with to enhance that character further.
    For example, the recent new addition Abby Cadabby: the WRITERS for Sesame felt the need to add a new female character, not the performer of Abby. I'm sure if Jim Henson were still alive he would have some input into what new characters are added to the show to some extent but he did NOT create every Muppet character up until now.
  18. MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Who's Bill Barretta?? Have you been watching any Muppet projects for the past 10 years at least? Bill Barretta started off doing the walkaround/physical performing for Earl Sinclair on the T.V. series Dinosaurs and has since gone on to perform Clueless Morgan and others in the film Muppet Treasure Island, Pepe the King Prawn in Muppets From Space, on Muppets Tonight (where he also performed Bobo the Bear, Johnny Fiama, etc.) He's also done performing work in Kermit's Swamp Years, production work on various mini-series, etc. He's become one of the core group of Muppeteers today.

    Check out this link for a full list of Bill's credits:
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0057321/
  19. Ilikemuppets New Member

    Tht's the bill I'm talking about. True, kevin has been there longer, but you can't deny just how talented Bill Barretta is, though.
  20. CoOKiE Member


    I believe they were asking "who is Bill? Do you mean Bill Barretta?" not "who is Bill Barretta?"

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