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“Exquisite Sensitivity”: The Story of Hunt’s First Character (New Excerpt!)

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Happy Birthday, Jerry Nelson!

Thinking of Jerry Nelson on what would have been his 86th birthday. His early encouragement helped bring to life the biography of his friend and colleague Richard Hunt. He was an irreverent mensch. Here’s the piece I wrote about him … Continue reading

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RIP Phyllis George

Phyllis George wasn’t just Miss America and a sportscaster; she was The Muppet Show‘s best guest star! (At least according to them.) Her death reminded me of when the Muppets bestowed that title on her, with this great song from … Continue reading

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Let Hunt’s Spirit Cheer You

What would Richard Hunt do during these times? He’d definitely be livestreaming from his living room. I also imagine him driving around to see friends stuck at home, delivering them supplies and singing and dancing on their front lawns. Or … Continue reading

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NEW! Funny Boy Excerpt: Audition

Hunt bounded like a big puppy into his June 1970 Muppet audition, a voluble frenzy of restless energy. “Ask any of the originals what Richard was like at 19 or 20,” Hunt recalled laughingly. “Boing-boing-boing-boing. People would just sit there, … Continue reading

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