Up: Henson has new late night special
puppet improv special from The Jim Henson Company to air November
20 on TBS
comedy gets a fresh twist this November when TBS presents The Jim
Henson Companys PUPPET UP! Uncensored, a one-hour special to be
taped before a live audience at The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.
The special, in which puppeteers construct improvised scenes from
the audiences suggestions, will tape Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.
and 10:30 p.m., then premiere on TBS Monday, Nov. 20, at 11 p.m.
Cast of Puppet Up: Allan Trautman, Brian Henson, Paul Rugg,
Julianne Buescher, Drew Massey and Victor Yerrid.
Jim Henson Companys PUPPET UP! - Uncensored is executive-produced
by Brian Henson and Lisa Henson. The special is produced by Martin
Baker and co-produced by Eric Poticha. Patrick Bristow (Ellen, Austin
Powers: International Man of Mystery) serves as the stage shows
director and host.
Even before creating comedic puppets for the early
days of Saturday Night Live, The Jim Henson Company has been on
the cutting edge of both comedy and puppetry, said Michael Wright,
senior vice president of original programming for TBS and TNT. We
are thrilled to be working with them on this very funny project,
which pushes traditional comedy improv to a whole new level.
Brian Henson said, We began doing puppet improv
workshops to hone our comedy skills and realized that we were having
so much fun that audiences might enjoy watching too. It has been
amazing to see our troupe evolve, and I am sure our Vegas shows
will be our best yet.
The Jim Henson Companys PUPPET UP! - Uncensored
is a demonstration of what happens when the perilous and provocative
forms of traditional comedy improv are mixed with a bunch of irreverent
puppets. With a motley group of characters brought to life world-renowned
puppeteers, The Jim Henson Companys PUPPET UP! - Uncensored is truly
innovative comedy. Premiering in March 2006, the show has played
to critical acclaim and sold out crowds at both the HBO Comedy Festival
and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
the puppetry for the show are some of The Jim Henson Companys top
puppeteers, as well as some of the countrys top comedy improvisers.
The cast includes Brian Henson, Second City alum Julianne Buescher,
Tyler Bunch (Sesame Street), The Groundlings Ted Michaels, Drew
Massey (The Muppets Wizard of Oz), ACME Comedy Group founding member
Paul Rugg, Allan Trautman (Greg the Bunny) and Victor Yerrid (Team
The Jim Henson Companys PUPPET UP! - Uncensored
will be filmed as part of HBO and AEG LIVEs The Comedy Festival,
taking place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Tuesday, Nov. 14 and
Saturday, Nov. 18. TBS is serving as title sponsor of the five-day
event, which will feature more than 50 performances, events and
screenings. The mission of The Comedy Festival is to bring together
the biggest stars and cutting-edge comedy talent in a broad range
of programming, from star-level performances and special events
to stand-up, sketch comedy and film. In addition to The Jim Henson
Companys PUPPET UP! - Uncensored, The Comedy Festival will feature
Comic Relief 2006, starring Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Whoopi
Goldberg and simulcast on HBO and TBS Saturday, Nov. 18, at 9 p.m.
The Jim Henson Companys PUPPET UP! Uncensored marks
the second TBS project from The Jim Henson Company. Earlier this
year, The Jim Henson Company filmed a pilot
for The Late Night Buffet with Augie and Del, an irreverent
show hosted by puppets Augustus Pfiffle and Delbert Kastle who interact
with live celebrity guests in a talk-show format. The Late Night
Buffet pilot was produced for TBS by The Jim Henson Company, with
Brian Henson (Farscape) as executive producer and puppeteer and
Bill Barretta (The Muppets Wizard of Oz) as co- executive producer
Henson (Producer, Performer)
is Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Jim Henson Company and
an award-winning director, producer, writer and performer.
recent years, Henson served as Executive Producer on the television
projects It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Muppets'
Wizard of Oz, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (which he
also directed) and Jim Henson's Jack and the Beanstalk:
The Real Story (which he also co-wrote and directed).
he has been leading the Creature Shop's work with its revolutionary
puppeteered animation system. He is currently in post
production on an episode he directed for TNT's anthology series
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen
King, scheduled to premiere in the summer of 2006.
Buescher, a whimsically versatile Henson performer,
Second City alum and graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul,
hosts E!'s Gone Bad and is a regular on Jimmy
Kimmel Live (using her freakish ability to voice-match
almost any actor/singer). Julianne's ear-biting In A Minute
storytelling ran on KPFK LA and KPFA Berkeley. She created
and starred in the award-winning film Resculpting Venus:
A Comedy about Breast Cancer.
Massey is an actor, puppeteer, and voice-over
guy whose film credits include Muppets Wizard of Oz,
The Producers, Doctor Dolittle, Cats &
Dogs, Team America, and Men In Black I and II.
Drew has also performed on TV in Greg the Bunny, Angel,
Malcolm in the Middle, Muppets Tonight, Cousin Skeeter,
Crank Yankers and in ads for Foster Farms, Sony and Levi's.
He also draws really well and loves animals.
Rugg, a founding member of the ACME Comedy Group
in Hollywood and an award winning writer for TV animation,
has lent his vocal talent to such shows as Animaniacs,
Pinky and The Brain, Histeria, Buzz
Lightyear Of Star Command, Dave The Barbarian,
Toonsylvania, American Dragon, Catscratch.
Paul also wrote, produced and starred in Freakazoid
as well as the "Manny The Uncanny" segments for ABC's One
Trautman began his performing career as an actor,
noted for his portrayal of "Tarman" in the cult classics Return
of the Living Dead: Parts One and Two. He has gone on
to puppeteer in such features as Muppets From Space,
Cats & Dogs, Babe and Dr. Dolittle
(for which he was also performance coordinator).
His television puppeteering credits include Greg the Bunny,
Unhappily Ever After, Muppets Tonight and Dinosaurs.
Yerrid is an actor and puppeteer who likes calling
people "Hank" regardless of their name. His credits include
The Producers: The Movie Musical, Team America,
Just Like Heaven, Men In Black II, Angel, Crank
Yankers, Robot Chicken, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, Greg
The Bunny, Sesame Street, Between The Lions
and Bear in the Big Blue House. Victor enjoys
most berry-based smoothies and adores his wife Janet.
more information, visit the official Puppet
Up web site of The Jim Henson Company.
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