Jim Henson on ‘What’s My Line’

by alphamonkey on February 26, 2007 · 1 comment

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You know, it’s hard to overstate as to just how much the loss of Jim Henson in 1990 effected the Muppets.  Revisting the first season of the Muppet Show on DVD , there’s simply no denying the fact that Henson’s own quirky sense of humor had a lot to do with what made them such beloved characters, and that his absence has seriously affected the quality of the Muppet franchise.  But rather than think about how much less luster the Muppet star gives off nowadays, I’m a lot more comfortable looking back on Henson’s amazing body of work and celebrating his contribution to popular culture. 

With that in mind, here’s a great clip of Henson appearing on “What’s My Line?” with Kermit just prior to the launch of the Muppet Show.  Not only is it great to see Henson and Kermit interacting, Henson’s offbeat sense of humor is in full evidence in how he responds to the panel’s questions.

Thanks to 10 Web Zen Monkeys for the find.

As an aside, I highly recommend picking up the Muppet Show: Season One on DVD.  Even though the guest stars seems rather dated now, there’s such an incredible amount of great satire, comedy, and music in that series that continues to hold up with the years.  For a real treat, watch the pilot episode of the Muppet Show which shows you just how far off-center Henson was willing to take his creations. 

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  • http://360.yahoo.com/razorfine_review Thundarr (Alan Rapp)

    Damn, you beat me to it!

    Here, here!  I picked this up a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve only made it through the first half, but it’s been a fun ride. 

    The first season is, in spots, a little rough – Miss Piggy is voiced by different actors, and a few of the Muppets struggle to find their spots on the show (like Gonzo, Janice).  But Kermit, Rowlf, and so many of the others hit the ground running in top form.

    There’s some nice extras too with a Muppet verison of Pop-Up trivia which gives you some interesting facts, and some bland ones, and I really enjoyed seeing the UK spots which weren’t aired in the US – my fav so far is “Tomorrow” performed by muppets of the creators and behind the scenes staff including a muppet of Henson himself (which I’m still scouring the Internet for, shoot the link my way if you find it).

    Worth taking a look!

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