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How is Jerry Nelson doing?

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by beaker, Sep 10, 2002.

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  1. skogs34

    skogs34 New Member

    I guess my all time favorite was a puppet made by Caroly Wilcox for "Saturday Night Live" whose name was Scred, or Skred as they say in the Land Of Gorch. Scred was the most responsive, expressive puppet I ever had a hand in doing, so to speak. :crazy:
  2. pattywack

    pattywack New Member

    I know this is a given, but do you ever plan to come back to the Muppet Show franchise?
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    What are some of your favorite keepsakes from your years of Muppeteering? :sing:
  4. skogs34

    skogs34 New Member

    I don't see it in the cards I've got in my hand right now, no. But you know that old saying, "Never say never". Howzzat for nebulous?
  5. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Hey Jerry,

    I had a nebulous once...but I got it removed.

    It's so good to see you are here at MC again, and I really do hope you are well. As always, it's such a pleasure to see you and to be reminded of all the wonderful Muppety moments you've given us in the past. Hope you're life is full of peace and laughter, right now.

    -- Beau
  6. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    I have a question for Jerry too. I just want to mention something first.

    Remember when Gobo met Doc for the first time? Before Gobo went back into the Fraggle hole, he happily looks up at Doc with obvious gratitude and says "Thanks! Thanks for everything!"

    When I think about Jerry's work over the years, that's exactly how I feel.

    Coincidentally, my question is a Gobo-related one. Jerry, if offered the chance, would you consider lending your talents (or at least your voice) to the upcoming Fraggle film?

    If you're reading this Jerry, have a great day and oh yeah, and "thanks...thanks for everything!"

    Josh
  7. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt New Member

    Hello Jerry, nice to see you here.

    What is your favorite Fraggle episode? What is your favorite Fraggle song?
  8. Krazedmuppet

    Krazedmuppet Active Member

    Hey Jerry,

    Have to say Im a little star struck- :) You and your work, and the team you belong to have touched and changed my life in so many ways, and I cant tell you what an honor it is to even have a chance that you could be reading this, just does not seem possible. I look up to you guys, thank you for all your years of work to make us smile :)
    Hope all is well, and you are feeling better,

    Love,
    Katie
  9. JoeyMuppet

    JoeyMuppet New Member

    My Facebook Interview with Jerry Nelson

    You've heard of the podcast "Muppet Cast", right? Well I was wondering if I could do alittle "Facebook question/answer session" with you.. via e-mail. The following questions are from Muppet Central.

    1. Jerry, in all of the years that you have worked for the Muppets, what advice would you give to somebody who would try to go into performing puppets?

    I ask this because because I am trying my work and making my own videos and experimenting with a puppet on camera and in front of a mirror. Thanx. -zns

    zns,
    I never set out to be a puppeteer so I'm not really qualified to answer this question. My advice to anyone wanting to do anything is to just keep doing it until you do it really well. "Practice makes perfect" is an adage for good reason. It's true! With puppets, Lip sync, focus and make it as real as you can. Tension makes it interesting so conflict has to be part of what is happening. Study everything. Acting, singing, music, dance, people, animals, yourself, nature, the universe and life with all it's vicissitudes. By the time you have all that down, you'll probably be working as either a puppeteer or a librarian and that'll be okay too because you can do puppet shows for birthday parties on your day off.


    2. What are some of your favorite keepsakes from your years of Muppeteering? -frogboy4

    Frogboy4,

    Lori Champagne, Chris Smigliano and fans from Muppet Central sent me a Champagne Recognition Award after Muppet Fest, which I proudly display in my office. That's One, One favorite thing. Ah Ah Ah!

    Marianne Murphy Made a beautiful Happy Birthday scrapbook with computer pictures of my characters with quotes from the Muppet show and Fraggle Rock. That is Two, two favorite things! Ah Ah Ah!

    Muppet belt buckles, a silver Kermit, all those things are wonderful things but things are after all only things and are only important because they stir the memory of something better.

    I keep in my heart the most precious of all, the love I have felt from all the friends and fans I have played with and met over the years.

    3. Remember when Gobo met Doc for the first time? Before Gobo went back into the Fraggle hole, he happily looks up at Doc with obvious gratitude and says "Thanks! Thanks for everything!"

    When I think about Jerry's work over the years, that's exactly how I feel.

    Coincidentally, my question is a Gobo-related one. Jerry, if offered the chance, would you consider lending your talents (or at least your voice) to the upcoming Fraggle film? -Convincing John

    Convincing John,

    The children of Jim Henson can always count on me for anything. ( but I won't fly, they'll have to send a bus)


    4. "On The Muppets you often seem to be teamed up with Louise Gold, and make a pretty dynamic duo (The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Secret Life Of Toys, Muppet Treasure Island), what’s it like working with her?" -Skekayuk

    Skekayuk,

    Louise is so phenomenal. What a talent and such a dream to work with. She gives 120% 100% of the time. I loved working with Louise Gold and I miss her sunny personality and smile, her laughter, and her beautiful voice and everything about her. I wish I was young again and could do even more plays, songs and shows with Louise.

    Does that give some idea as to how I felt and feel about working
    with the "girl of my dreams" to play opposite.
  10. zns

    zns Active Member

    Thanks Jerry. I appreciate your advice. As long as I still have my one character, Morris Monster, I will keep working with him and see where he takes me.
  11. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Jerry... you are such an incredible man. I'm sorry I didn't get a question in for you this time around, but I'm just so thrilled that you grace our little site with your incredible talent and voice. Thank you so much for being her for us fans! You're awesome, Mister Nelson, and I can never thank you enough for gracing my childhood and my entire life with your talent, sir.
  12. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Ooh, I like that answer! Skred not only stood out as one of the strangest of all the Muppets, but also one who seemed gentle and touching at times. I always wished he would make a random cameo someday, as much as Im sure the original puppet deteriorated ages ago.

    Also I'll never forget how they wheeled you out like a madman at Muppetfest 2001, so classic. Thanks so much for being a part of the fan community(I remember the old 1998 Muppet Central chats where you'd pop on!) and we can't wait to see you back in some sort of capacity.

    OH! One more thing, Happy Birthday!(Just realized Im a couple days late)
  13. skogs34

    skogs34 New Member

    ZNS & MM,

    Something else, I forgot to mention, The I Ching - Chinese Book of Changes also gave me some insight and mental focus. You might check that out while you are doing all the other things I advised one to do in the study of puppetry.
    JN
  14. skogs34

    skogs34 New Member

    By this; "seemed gentle and touching at times", I guess you are referring to the piece Scred did with Lily Tomlyn on SNL.
    Anyone that hasn't seen that piece can view it on you tube. It was one of my favorites of everything I did on that show.
    JN
  15. skogs34

    skogs34 New Member


    Thank you Prawncracker for sharing your feelings with me. It is paramount in a world with such negative things going on to try to counteract that with positive energy. Like pebbles dropped into a pond, the actions you create in the world spread out in ever widening circles and the more people you touch with good energy , the more people they affect with the energy you started, until hopefully it is greater, or at least equal to, the negative.
    I assume you meant here rather than her, unless you were referring to the loud Rapunzel I did on Sesame Street or Madam Trash Heap from Fraggle Rock;>D :batty:
  16. zns

    zns Active Member

    I'll remember that! Thanks again Jerry. As long as I have this sort of guidance, I will continue to work on my puppetry as much as I can.
  17. skogs34

    skogs34 New Member

    If you want to be a puppeteer no matter what, you may be able to be a successful puppeteer. A puppeteer is someone who animates inanimate objects. How convincing you are in this would probably determine your success in this endeavor. If you depend on anything other than your drive and desire to achieve your goal, I wouldn't count on success.

    A young person searching in life for a teacher, went to a master and knocked on the gate. When given an audience with the master he asked, "How long will it take me to become proficient in my craft?" The master replied, "five years."
    The apprentice responded, "No, I mean if I really worked hard and studied night and day, how long would it take?"
    "Oh", the master replied, "in that case, it would only take ten years."

    Whatever you do in life, it should be something you are willing to dedicate your life to. If it takes ten or even twenty years, that shouldn't matter. What matters is, it is THE ONLY THING you want to do. It is the driving force of your life. You must love it, because if you don't, you are not doing the right thing. Don't dedicate your life to something you don't love as much as life itself.

    Obviously, one has to make ends meet, so you do other things that enable you to continue on your path. Jobs that keep body and soul together and pay the bills. Even so, stay focussed on where it is you want to go and what it is you want to do. As someone very wise once said, "Keep your eyes upon the road and your hands upon the wheel."

    ZNS, I wish you well,

    JLN
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  18. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    *trying not to fan-boy freak out* :sing: Thank you, Jerry! It's always SO amazing to hear from you--and your wisdom truly knows no bounds! You even caught my embarrassing typo. Look at me? Posting to one of my icons and I forget an E. I'll blame Lefty the Salesman. *shifty eyes*

    Thanks again, Jerry! Oh! Also just HAVE to thank you for signing a picture I sent of you and your characters. It meant the world to me and is now hanging proudly on my wall next to the signed picture of The Count, and a picture Frank Oz was kind enough to sign.

    Take care, Mr. Nelson! All the best!
    Ryan Dosier
    theprawncracker
  19. Nick22

    Nick22 Active Member

    So the actual Jerry Nelson has been posting in this thread? *gasp*

    Mr. Nelson, I think you're AMAZING. You're definitely one of my favorite puppeteers and one of my all time favorite performers. I hope, when I'm older, that i can be a puppeteer. i rully hope to work with the Muppets, if they're still around. Floyd Pepper is one of my absolute favorite characters from the Muppet Show. I think that you're truely an inspriation, at least to me you are, and one day, i would rully hope to meet you. I sent you a letter to the Sesame Workshop, but I'm not sure if you've received it yet. Also, happy birthday, even though I'm late. I just wanna thank you for lending your amazing voice and your skill to the Muppets, and sharing it with everyone. I wish you all the best!


    --Nick T.
  20. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    That be the skit! (Tho I also love bee costume Scred) The Scred/Tomlin duet is one of my favorite song pieces from the 70's Muppets era.

    I also wanted to say how great its been to see you whenever possible over the last few years continue to perform The Count.
    To this day I still see Count plushes at the mall, as well as (for better or worse) Count references in television pop culture and other media.

    Its also striking reading your words of wisdom and beautiful thoughts on this thread. I think we'd all agree that as great as the Muppet performer books have been, you would be able to put out the most enthralling and thought provoking Muppeteer book of widom/memoirs/etc of them all. (even a short novella sized tome or something)


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