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Video: Favorite Kevin Clash Muppet Moments

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Phillip, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I just watched Being Elmo for the very first time today on Netflex. I loved it and can relate so much to Kevin Clash's childhood putting puppet shows in the neighborhood and such. And my mother helped me build my puppets as well. I was so amazed how much I can relate to that. Beautiful Film. I'm buying the DVD and iTunes video for my ipod.
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  2. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Wasn't Kevin one of the original Muppeteers for Andy and Randy when they made their debut on Muppet Time? I miss Andy and Randy, they were probably my favorite new Muppets on Muppets Tonight, they always cracked me up. I loved the cold opening to I think it was the Sandra Bullock episode where Clifford wanted them to answer the phone and Andy was picking up the whole phone and just messing up and Clifford is loosing his patience with them quickly. Finally they figure out how to use the phone.

    Clifford: No No, put it down, put it down. Pick it up when it rings
    *phone rings*
    Clifford: Now pick it up.
    They pick it up and look confused at Clifford
    Andy and Randy: Oh hello into the phone?
    Andy: We won what? 14 million dollars? Ooooooh. Well no thank you we can not count that high.
    Andy hands up
    Clifford: Man you pigs are stupid, I can't believe you turned down 14 million dollars!
    Andy: Oh that wasn't for us, that was for you!
    Clifford shakes with anger as his hair is slightly messed up. Andy and Randy walk out the door nodding their heads
    Andy and Randy: Yo yo yo yo yo yo.

    I miss Muppets Tonight, I grew up watching that on ABC and Disney Channel. A great moment in my childhood. I remember already being a huge Muppet Show fan and hearing about The Muppets coming back in new episodes and I was a little confused because I didn't realize The Muppet Show was just reruns. But it was sure exciting seeing all this new Muppet show and being able to look back and say I was there when it permired and originally aired. :) And seeing new characters like Johnny Fiama and Sal Manila, Semore and Pepe, and Andy and Randy. Though funny thing because I already knew what Clifford looked like when I was a kid because I think I first seen him on the first Muppet sing a long video. And when I seen the TV commercials on ABC, I was a little confused thinking "Clifford has a brother?". But my mouth droped in my mind in the first episode where Kermit announced Clifford as the new host not because of Clifford being the new host but WHERE'S HIS SUNGLASSES? THAT'S CLIFFORD? I remember Kevin mentioning in the ToughPigs interview about how he didn't like the idea of Clifford not having sun glasses as well as Jim Henson talking to Kevin that the next Muppet show he wanted to do (this was already after The Jim Henson Hour) we wanted Clifford to Host. I really miss Clifford. I think the latest of his permanence was a brief cameo in Muppets Wizard of Oz. I've heard from the grape vine that he was in the new Muppet movie in the background crowd near the end but I never seen him in the crowd.

    For those who didn't see the ToughPigs interview, here it is. It's really cool.
  3. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I don't know if I posted this one already or not but to me this is a classic. I'll admit I'm not much of an Elmo fan though I don't mind the early Elmo stuff. Plus I just love the music of Chris Cerf and this had a really good 80s keyboard syth music within the rap song. My kind of music :)
  4. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I love this kind of stuff Kevin does with Elmo outside Sesame. lol When I was watching the Being Elmo Documentary, there's this great outtake. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it but it's hilarious. lol
  5. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I loved Kevin's performance in Dog City. The Jim Henson Hour and Muppets Tonight was probably my most favorite of Kevin's performance work with The Muppets. That and his work as Howard Handupme and Baby Sinclair on Dinosaurs. Amazing work. Like I probably already mentioned, Leon is my favorite Kevin Clash character. :)
  6. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, the rapping Alphabet, I remember that one. I love how Grover is spinning in different positions through out. lol It kind of reminds me a little bit of the movie Gremlins with the Gremlin doing the Flashdance parody break-dancing. I just love how in the 1980s how Jim and his crew was experimenting with puppetry even with Sesame coming up with film tricks like that. Amazing :)

    By the way, anyone still remember Wolfgang the Seal? I remember Kevin performing him on 90s Sesame, he was on Sesame all the time. That and Kingston Livingston III. I sure miss them, that and Hoots. Great characters. :)

    I just learned from Muppet Wiki that Kevin was Watson, Sherlock Hemlock's Dog.
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  7. HeyButtahfly

    HeyButtahfly Well-Known Member

    I don't think this one's been posted yet. I just discovered it.

  8. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member

    My favorite Kevin Clash moment is not from Elmo. It's not from Clifford. It's not from Baby Sinclair, Hoots, or Ace Yu. It's from Leon. I love, love, LOVE this moment from the Cosby show. There's just something about it that I like so much, it's hard to explain. Please note, this is not Kevin's best work, it's just my favorite.

    Also, here is a large compiliation of clips of Elmo when he was his best, the late 80's!
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  9. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I love that Bill Cosby episode a lot, in fact I bought the very Bill Cosby Season on DVD just to get that episode. lol Plus that episode "Cliff's Nightmare" was originally a cross over episode because Bill Cosby would come on before The Jim Henson Hour. It's truely a great funny episode and probably Leon's only outside The Jim Henson Hour appearance before he was recycled. You know there's some rumor that Leon is in fact Kermit's cousin because he would always refer to Kermit as "Cous". Still it could be just slang for dude or something like that. :)

    Speaking of Clifford, I loved Clifford on Arsenio Hall.
    Plus I believe it the episode was also Jim Henson's last TV appearance.
  10. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah. It's probably just slang. That's also what Shifter called Peter in The Real Ghostbusters episode "Partners in Slime" while Peter insisted that he's NOT his cous. Lol. I know this conversation should probably be reserved for the Toonzone Forums, but I just thought I'd mention that. Lol.
  11. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Cool, I'm on Toonzone as well. lol

    By the way, does anyone know that Kevin did do the voice of Animal in the Sandra Bullock episode of Muppets Tonight when he says "sorry"? His Sam the Eagle for It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie wasn't that bad either. Though it was strange that he took over Waldorf in the first few episodes of Muppets Tonight episodes though.
  12. WorldOfSesame

    WorldOfSesame Well-Known Member

    Independent Lens: Kevin Clash On Being Elmo.
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  13. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah. I've heard about that. I know back then Frank's availability was limited and I guess they didn't want to get him involved for just one line. I know he also at least did the puppetry for Frank's characters on the Andie McDowell episode.

    I didn't know that Kevin originally performed :sleep: on the show though. I wonder if that had to do with Dave Goelz's availability. I think he still performed Gonzo and Bunsen though. Maybe they were just considering passing him around at the time, but that's just a theory.
  14. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    When was Miss Piggy on the Andie McDowell episode? I love that episode, my favorite part of the episode was Johnny Fiamma singing a parody version of Pretty Woman "Pretty Bunsen" when Dr. Bunsen Honeydew was changing his image and beating up Sal. lol First time they ever did a hand and rod version of him, very cool. lol
    Kevin was Clifford on all the episodes so I'm sure he was available for all of them well except for the final episode which was the clip show hosted by Gonzo and Rizzo. And for Dave Golez, I think he was available for most episodes. He did some new characters like Bill the Bubble Guy, Him and Steve were Andy and Randy, Steve performed also Mr. Noodlepants. So the main Muppeteers had lots of new characters to perform. As for Jerry Nelson, he didn't really perform a lot of his Muppet Show characters, the only main one he performed was Statler. He did Dr. Strangepork in one Pigwatch sketch and Lew Zeland made a cameo in one episode getting his bag of popcorn.

    I think the complaint I've heard in terms of not a lot of Muppet fans liked about Muppets Tonight was how there was more spotlight for the newer characters then the classic characters. Personally I loved Muppets Tonight. It played a big role in my childhood, I've seen all of them and when I found out there was a bunch of UK spots that didn't air in the US versions, I was so surprised there was still some Muppets Tonight I haven't seen yet. lol

    I'm not sure if I mentioned this yet but I was shocked to see Clifford without his glasses and I remember, I think Kevin said in the Tough Pigs interview how he didn't like Clifford without his glasses. I can totally see how Clifford's personality changed from a groovy laid back jazzy musician to a panicy host who finally see's how rough Kermit's job really is. I remember there was a story in which Jim told Kevin shortly after The Jim Henson Hour ended that the next Muppet series, he wanted Clifford to host.

    A couple of my favorite Clifford Muppets Tonight moments was when a piano fell on him.
    Kermit: Clifford, it was in the script.
    Clifford (feeling a bit dizzy): Nobody told me there was a script.
    (Clifford falls on the floor)

    I think I already mentioned the Sandra Bullock cold opening with him and Andy & Randy.

    The oppisite subtract musical number was good

    Though probably one of my top favorite moments, esspecially one of my favorite moments on Muppets Tonight was Clifford and Coolio singing "Don't Forget My Number" By Milli Vanilli on Star Search, well lip synching anyways. And the record was jumping
    Ed McMahon: Hey, you guys lip synching?
    Clifford: Don't make me come over there and smack you Ed.

    Though if that was a piece of Clifford's struggling career before The Muppets then Clifford already said his other humble beginnings on Arsenio Hall.
    "I was a sponge man, what do you think?" "Either I became a Muppet or join Milli Vanilli". I wonder if this joke inspired the gag 6 or 7 years later for Muppets Tonight.
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  15. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Well, I haven't seen that episode, but that's what I heard. I think there was a "Pigs in Space" in that one.
  16. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if Kevin would perform Miss Piggy in the Pigs in Space: The Next Generation sketches because Kevin is busy performing that brain pig guy. The character with a brain for a head.
  17. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    This was just on my mind. Kevin performs this character who's reading Treasure Island and just upstages Fran Brill's character at the end. lol Plus I think he's related to Roosevelt Franklin. Perhaps his not so hip cousin. lol
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  18. CBPuppets

    CBPuppets Well-Known Member

    Kevin Clash will always be a legend in my eyes!
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  19. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Same here :)
  20. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I just loved how Elmo took his box back from Oscar. lol
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