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Late Night Buffet Taping Summary: Not Enough Juice!

Discussion in 'Henson Alternative' started by renegade, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. renegade

    renegade Well-Known Member

    Hi Gang ,
    I just got back from a 4 hour taping down at the Henson studios for the show LATE NIGHT BUFFET WITH AUGIE AND DEL .
    I really felt the show was very close to awful , Not enough Juice ! It reminded me of that show ALF'S HIT TALK SHOW ( YUCK )
    Now that being said here is the good news the puppets were friggin AMAZING!
    and watching Brian Henson and Bill Beretta work was soooo Great !
    The band has 3 monkeys and a brooklyn big hair type lady as the band leader. The monkeys were some of the best designed muppets I've ever seen ! and what a terrific female puppet! I will try to do a few drawings this week of them.
    One of the monkeys was puppeteered by Karen Prell and it was also great to watch her work, she has such great timing ! and acting
    But they never took advantage of the band and there great characters, they just played music and never did any bit's which I feel was a huge Mistake .
    There was one DIRTY bit at the end of the end of the show that had a few laughs . The interview of the guest were just God AWFUL and super borring.. .
    If your going to do a talk show why does it have to have the same format as every other talk show (IE:the band and the sassy band leader, two chairs for the guest and a back drop of the city behind them )
    but all in all watching the people work was well worth it !
    Just thought I would share .
    thanks ;)
  2. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Wow, well guess I'll have to jugde for myself.
  3. renegade

    renegade Well-Known Member

    please do . These are only my opinions and I would luv to hear yours .
  4. Stulz

    Stulz Well-Known Member


    I was there as well. As pilots go this was really a great 1st step. I think once they add more sketches into the show and use the charcters outside the studio setting the pacing will improve.

    We were laughing are "beeps" off (ooops I can't say that here.. you'e gonna have to beep that) for most of the show.

    The puppets were huge!! I'm surprised they made them so big.. it's a lot of weight to mess around with.

    Anyway I posted the preview shown @ comic-con yesterday on YouTube..


  5. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Well-Known Member

    well thanks for the utube and sorry to hear that it was awful
  6. Teenager's

    Teenager's Well-Known Member

    Wow! Those Puppets Are Huge!....sheesh, but very nice though....they move so smoothly....and realistically....sorry to hear that the actual show wasn't that great/fun....but it's good to hear Karen Prell is in it!

    JAZZ4JEFF New Member

    I also attended the first taping. Two quick comments. The guests at the first taping were Kathi Najimi and Hal Sparks. They both brought lots of energy and comedy to the show. And, I found it odd the the pages kept telling the audience in line "These are Puppets, not Muppets". "Don't make the producer angry by calling them "Muppets". What was that all about?
  8. Stulz

    Stulz Well-Known Member

    Muppets VS puppets

    Henson doesn't own "The Muppets" anymore so I guess these puppets will not be considered "Muppets" ..plus that way Disney can't sue/ try to buy the rights to them and then burry them in the vault .. ; ) :p
  9. Stulz

    Stulz Well-Known Member


    Oh just one more thing: The guests for the 2nd taping were Fred Willard and Kaitlin Olson (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
  10. matleo

    matleo Well-Known Member

    Fred Willard should be fun. He's great in an improv scenario casue he always looks like he's uncomfortable so you start to ignore him but the he says some really outlandish things.

  11. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    When does the show air on TV? TBS, right?
  12. Stulz

    Stulz Well-Known Member


    The thinking is 11pm on TBS. Won't be on until early 2007 I heard, but we'll see..
  13. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Also shouldn't this thread be in the Jim Henson company threads rather than the Walt Disney Company threads.

    Disney doesn't have anything to do with this, right?
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Does anybody who saw the tapping remember what voices Brian Henson and Bill Baretta used for their characters?

    Man, it seems like this will be the first-ever Henson series to actually be performed in front of a live studio audience. I wonder how close to a real talk show this wil be. I wonder if episodes will be rerun.
  15. MWoO

    MWoO Well-Known Member

    Bill sounds like slower slightly less italian Jonny Fiama and BRian sounds like a less ftrantic slightly deeper italian Sal.

    I don't really know why they used such giant puppets. I don't think they are all that great. Not much expression in them other than what is built in. I was expecting something less human looking.
  16. WOCKA2416

    WOCKA2416 Well-Known Member

    I think the show was very good and has a lot of potential. I believe it is going to be a 30 minute show, so you have to remember that the not so funny parts will be cut out. I think Henson has a potential hit on their hands! :)
  17. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I bet the format being the same as every other talk show is parody. Keep in mind that Hensons like parody.

    By the way, I merged the two threads together since they were the same topic.
  18. tomahawk

    tomahawk Well-Known Member

    I went with Chris (Stulz), and I thought it was hilarious. It was great to see the Muppets (puppets... whatever) back to being a little more edgy without it feeling forced. I felt that was the worst part about MWOO was that it felt forced. Brian and Bill were great as always. Fred Willard was hilarious.
  19. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    wow!!! thanks for the YOUTube link... they are kinda BIG lookin'. The one that Bill is doin moves like a robot almost! :smirk:
  20. cyberroo

    cyberroo New Member

    We went to the later taping, and while I thought the guests weren't great, I think the concept has potential. Hopefully Hal Sparks was more entertaining in the early taping.

    The puppets are huge, I assume to keep them in proportion with the human guests, rather than having little tiny puppets with big people. We also wondered if there were Disney issues there - by rescaling the puppets, it reduces the confusion with muppets.

    The interstitial skits were hilarious, and I think the show will get stronger as they grow more accustomed to the format. Hopefully they'll get that opportunity.

    It was completely amazing to see how the show came together, and to see Bill and Bryan in that environment. Very different than even PuppetUP.

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