They are only second to Jim Henson & Frank Oz, as a dynamic duo. Steve Whitmire & Dave Goelz perform PHENOMENALLY together! Kermit & Gonzo, Statler & Waldorf, Beaker & Bunsen, Piggy’s Nephews, Andy & Randy, and of course, the ultimate pair, Rizzo & Gonzo. Two peas in a pod!
“Richard Hunt was a longtime Muppet performer who is known for his many characters, his accomplished singing voice, and his warm backstage personality. Hunt brought many popular characters to life, including Scooter, Beaker, Janice, Statler, Sweetums, Junior Gorg, Don Music and Forgetful Jones.”
RIP, Richard Hunt: August 17, 1951 - January 7, 1992
Thank you for everything and everyone!
“In a 2008 Washington Times article, Spinney said that even though performing Big Bird is physically demanding work, he has no intention of stopping, saying, ‘I can’t imagine willingly walking away from Big Bird and Oscar.’ He has described his experience as Big Bird as ‘a lot like growing up to be Mickey Mouse… only taller!’” -MuppetWiki
It was yesterday, and I don’t think it’s just a coincidence…
This is the guy who gave us Wembley Fraggle, Rizzo the Rat, and stepped up to the plate to continue to give us our favorite frog.
Happy Birthday, Steve Whitmire!
I love seeing familiar faces pop up unexpectantly alongside their felt counterparts.
“Bears wear hats.”
Muppeteer, Jerry Nelson & his daughter, Christine, made cameos in this particular scene, from The Great Muppet Caper.
“If everybody else your age is doing something very different than what you’re doing, there’s always going to be someone saying to you you might not succeed with it, you might not make any money with that… there’s always going to be some type of obstacle in the way. All of those things will go away if you really focus on what makes you happy.” ― Kevin Clash
”I’ve always said, and I still believe, that we all basically rode on the coat tails of Jim Henson and Frank Oz. They were a comedy duo that is up there with Laurel and Hardy. I mean, they had that sense of timing, they had that sense of play between themselves, they had the ability to understand each others characters and play off them with their characters.” - Micheal K. Frith
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This is one of my favorite things about The Muppets, too. When they do improv performances in interviews or in movies, I think that’s when they’re funniest. Because no one knows what to expect.