My son Grant wakes up first. Every day. Then, after feeding Freddy, he settles down onto the computer. “Dad- did you see the new Google?” He showed me Ernie & Burt on Google, and I did a search to confirm we hadn’t missed the local Jim Henson exhibit (ends Nov. 29).
While telling Grant about my childhood hero, Henson, he reminded me of this video… March 2006 (below).
But first, I’ll provide you with some “must watch” Sesame Street and Muppet moments:
2) Peter Sellers discussing with Kermit how there is no Sellers because he had him “surgically removed.” An interesting moment considering Seller’s history of assuming his character’s identity on and off screen.
3) Dom DeLuise merdlealadop space scene (watch Dom improv with an antenna he happened to catch before it fell into a hole).
4) The Pigs in Space are given the chance to understand the meaning and purpose of life, but opt for dinner instead (a soul-searching commentary by Henson).
5) Aaron Neville and Ernie sings “I’d Like to Visit the Moon.” Best harmony ever ever ever.
I met Neville once while interning at a PBS station in New Orleans. He was as calm, cool, and humble as he appears. Sadly, I never met Henson. It was always one of my dreams.