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.