The public radio science program Radiolab
recently wrapped up a tour featuring their latest live show, Apocalyptical
. It is, as you might have guessed, about the end times. The show, hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich and featuring live performances from comedians Kurt Braunohler and Reggie Watts and an appearance from dinosaur puppets, is now available for free on YouTube.
posted by inturnaround
on Dec 11, 2013 -
Here is the video
for the J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr) and Sharon Van Etten cover of John Denver's song Prisoners (from the tribute album The Music Is You
), featuring Aimee Mann and Superchunk's Jon Wurster as two eerily committed John Denver fans. If this sounds like the kind of thing you like, you'll really
posted by Frobenius Twist
on Oct 8, 2013 -
To celebrate Doctor Who
's 50 year(!) run, our friends at Nerdist bring you a new animated web series
featuring a stop-motion 11th Doctor investigating a mystery involving his previous selves. It's Doctor Puppet
(I wouldn't have though it was possible for Matt Smith to look even more
like a Rankin/Bass
stop-motion puppet, but these folks proved me wrong...)
posted by Ursula Hitler
on Apr 7, 2013 -
After Kad & Olivier sign off and the Satisfaction production logo fades, viewing audiences are oftentimes treated to a cold open of an empty talk show set... one that quickly becomes the impromptu dance floor for a shameless Frenchman making an absolute giddy fool of himself while lip-syncing pop songs alongside a menagerie of... wait, *what*?!
That's right. The Late Late Show
's Craig Ferguson appears to have a not-so-secret French admirer
-- one who's not above ripping off both his opening titles and his signature dance sequences
(including the iconic animal puppets
by The Jackson 5, "Flashdance"
by Irene Cara, "On the Floor"
by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, "Waka Waka"
by Shakira, "Men in Black"
by Will Smith, "Let's All Chant"
by the Michael Zager Band, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
by Wham!, "It's Raining Men"
by The Weather Girls, and "Vive Le Vent (Jingle Bells)"
by Tino Rossi.
Luckily, Ferguson's sense of showmanship is more prodigious than litigious
-- he responded to Arthur's "homáge
" by booking a pair of translatlantic crossover shows, with Arthur visiting LA that week and Ferguson flying out to Paris just last month. Video of both shows (plus lots more) inside! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jul 11, 2011 -
In the summer of 1968, Jim Henson met Johnny Hart
, the co-creator The Wizard of Id
. The comic had been syndicated in US papers since 1964, and Henson and Hart discussed making a TV show based on the comic, featuring puppets by Henson and co. In early 1969, a short test pilot was shot and shopped around the TV networks. Over a year later, ABC supported the idea of a feature-length film, but by this time, Henson was busy with Sesame Street
and other Muppet productions, so the program was scrapped. Earlier this month, the Henson Company
posted the short test pilot on YouTube
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 28, 2011 -
After a viral pandemic struck the world a few years ago, scientists had to scramble to stop the spread of the virus but they could do nothing for those who had already been infected. Now those who were exposed face their biggest challenge yet.... High School. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue
on Dec 2, 2010 -
In a wonderful 15-minute video
from 1969, a young Jim Henson shows you how to make puppets out of ordinary things. Yes, it's SLYT, but it's a really good
SLYT, so I beg forgiveness.
posted by cerebus19
on Sep 16, 2010 -
"The TV Wheel
was a television experiment created by and starring Joel Hodgson
, of Mystery Science Theater 3000
fame. Cable network HBO ordered a pilot, but ultimately passed on picking up the show. The pilot episode eventually aired once on Comedy Central as a special presentation following the last new episode of MST3K to be broadcast on that network."*
The pilot, bookended by introduction segments, is right through this door: [more inside]
posted by item
on Aug 11, 2010 -
just wants to go home
. Directed by Academy Award winning
Czech director Jan Sverak
, this yet to be released film is loosely based on stories of the flooding of Bohemia
in 2002. With design elements reminiscent of the beautiful flash games
created by Amanita Design
, it is visually stunning. No word on any North American distribution (boo), but opening on May 20 in the Czech Republic (yaay!).
posted by Ohdemah
on May 15, 2010 -
December 9, 2001, at a singular event called Muppet Fest
, Muppet performers and special guests came together to perform a very special edition of The Muppet Show - a live performance
. Until now, those of us who could not attend were only able to read the script
, but recently a (slightly edited) video of this unique performance has turned up on YouTube: Part 1 [more inside]
posted by anastasiav
on Apr 15, 2010 -
The puppets Pat and Mat are beloved everywhere their Rube Goldbergian antics have been shown on TV. A couple of inventive handymen they consistently solve simple problems in outlandish fashion. Pat and Mat traveled far afield from their Czechoslovakian origins thanks to their short running time and silence, which made translation unnecessary. Considered ideologically impure by Czech authorities, creators Lubomír Beneš and Vladimír Jiránek were allowed to make around 30 episodes by the Slovakian arm of the state television corporation. They continued making new episodes after Communist rule ended and production was kept going after they passed away. First, let me present my sentimental favorite, Wallpaper
. Below the cut are all the episodes I could find online. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Sep 7, 2009 -
is a (would-be) TV cooking show with a spicy saigon kitchen-witch as your hostess, a cast of unruly puppets as culinary advisors, and a cavalcade of hip-hop/sports world celebrities as surprise dinner guests. Shot on location in a technicolor cardboard kitchen, each episode will instruct you on how to prepare wild gourmet multi-course meals with ingredients you probably have on hand in your kitchen already, such as pretzel rods, cheese puffs, eggs, sugar, secret ingredients, and pizza. After all, you never know who might show up for dinner." [more inside]
posted by cog_nate
on Jul 1, 2008 -