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ELMO on "Today" Show 9-6-05

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

  1. KatieMokey

    KatieMokey New Member

    Not only is Kevin an amazing puppeteer, but he's one of the head producers at Sesame, isn't he? He has his hands very much inside Sesame Street. And everyone has their off days. It's kinda' hard to judge someone on one interview. If everyone judged me on one 15 minute encounter on a bad day... whoo, boy!
  2. gfarkwort

    gfarkwort Member

    I think if there weren't Henson kids...or they steped down and the Muppets were still together, I think he would be the president and make a very good one.
  3. JimmyDeanDog

    JimmyDeanDog Member

    Thanks MelissaY1 -

    My whole point here (as the starter of this thread) is that there was not
    ONE MENTION of the Muppets during that interview!

    That struck a nerve people....
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    Here's the video if you can get it:

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  4. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Active Member

    I saw the interview, recorded it. So you're angry that he didn't merely mention that Elmo is a Muppet OR the name Jim Henson? Big deal! We know Elmo's "a Muppet," Kevin knows Elmo's "a Muppet," frickin' Matt Lauer knows that Elmo's "a Muppet," whether Disney/Sesame owns the name or not. Geez, I doubt Kermit mentions he's a Muppet every time he's interviewed.

    As for the interview itself, it was a nice and short--just five minutes long--and he talked a little about his book, how he wanted to be in children's television, his daughter, and how Elmo came to be. He actually mentioned Richard Hunt, Kermit Love, and "Frank" during the interview, so I think he very well knows what organization he comes from.

    As for Kevin himself, he could not have been any less "rude or unthoughtful," even throwing Elmo's voice in here and there. It's rare nowadays when you actually get to see a Muppet performer being interviewed on TV, and I enjoyed it.

    Didn't hear the word "Muppet?" Well, buy his book, I'm sure it's gotta be in there somewhere.
  5. puppetise

    puppetise Member

    were can we get the book? sorry to make this go off topic
  6. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    You're welcome and for the record I attended Mr. Clash's book signing today at Books of Wonder in NYC and he was EXTREMELY kind and generous with his time. He saw over 100 people and their children and spent time with every one of them including me. He took photos, sat on the floor playing and talking to the kids with Elmo, etc. Very generous man. And he DID talk about Jim Henson during his Q&A session and working with the Muppets.
  7. wes

    wes Active Member

    I know who Bill is we were not talking about him and then his name pops up!

    I think he is Very talented, and i believe that he has a broaser ranger than Kevin and his charactor are better that kevins. I think if their were more muppeteers like Bill the muppets would be doing alot more stuff!! But i digress...
  8. wes

    wes Active Member

    I agree with that statment 100%, his good what can i say!!
  9. OverUnderAround

    OverUnderAround New Member

    For only 100+ people to turn out in a city of 7 million is not good a good sign for his book tour.

    Still, I'm glad you encountered him.:)
  10. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member


    Well it was more than 100 if you count that like each set of parents whatever had 2-3 kids with them. :) it was also a smaller bookstore, and I don't think was heavily advertised. I'm ASSUMING that the one he did this past Saturday at the Barnes and Nobles in Lincoln Center had a larger turnout. Either way it was worth it to me :)
  11. Marky

    Marky Member


    Anyone who went to the muppet auditions last year will know that Mr. Clash isn't exactly Mr. Polite. Jeff Cornover was the only one who had a soul.
  12. wes

    wes Active Member

    Marky i'm sorry you feel that way, I thought he was very polite. The man was just doing his job,at the auditions he had his game face on. I had the chance to speak with him were both leaving at the same time and he spoke to me. I though he was very polite he ask us If we were leaving to all the way back to Atlanta (we came from Atlanta to Toronto. We were some of the folks that traveled the farthest)He's probably a very busy guy, with a book he was writing and and auditions and Sesame Street.

    He can't be Elmo all the time!
  13. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Why what exactly happened? If you can't go into details I understand but was he just being like the harsh strict "teacher" figure or was he being a *******?? There is a difference...I had a ***** of an art teacher in college and she used to pick on me (and many other students) constantly during class yet when we had our private reviews, or chats, she always said kind words to me and said I had lots of potential..
  14. Brinatello

    Brinatello New Member

    I recall catching the end of this segment on the Today show and was pleased there was a mention of Muppets at all. I say there was because of having both Kevin and Elmo on, it's considered a Muppet segment even if the word 'Muppet' was never used. The primary focus was on Kevin, Elmo and his book, not so much the whole empire of the Jim Henson company. And yeah, with interviews, they do cut them down and much of what was recorded doesn't get aired! I know this from experience.
  15. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Active Member

    I have the utmost respect for Kevin Clash, and I also have RESPECT for the red demon. But I just thought of something when I was thinking about how Elmo's taken over. I initially thought, "Jim Henson would never approve of this", and then I remembered he actually DID approve Elmo. So he basically gave Elmo the license to print money, and he didn't get any hindsight like the rest of us did, which was too bad.

    BTW, today would have been Jim's 74th birthday, which is why I mentioned Jim. :cry:

    BJ
  16. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    To add to this, when I went to the recent book signing with Kevin Clash, he mentioned during his Q&A that Jim was so happy for Kevin that Elmo took off as a character for him even though Jim passed on before Elmo really became a massive success.
  17. Marky

    Marky Member

    Thank heavens for that. There were only four of us at my audition. Jeff was nice. Kevin was asleep at the wheel. The others were like "What we have in mind will ka-ching ka-ching ka-ching!"

    I swear I saw dollar signs in their left eye with mouse-ears in their right.


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