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 Richard Hunt.

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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 maybe he would just be hunkered down on the back porch in Truro, watching the sun set and waiting this thing out. Let’s remember Hunt’s creative, irreverent and resilient spirit as we make the best of these challenging times.

(Pic: Richard Hunt and Jane Henson, mid-1970s.)

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Thinking of Hunt Today

Celebrating Richard Hunt, as ever, on the 28th anniversary of his death. Getting closer to finishing and releasing his biography…!

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‘Richard Hunt at Teletape Studios’

Place is such an important part of a life. The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project has done a lovely article about Richard Hunt and the former Sesame Street studios in Manhattan, based largely on my work. You can check it out here!

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Jane Hunt 1928-2019

Richard Hunt’s amazing mom Jane died earlier this week, just a month short of her 91st birthday. She was a wonderful lady and a big part of why he was such a great performer and kind person. She was also a great actor in her own right, performing and directing at Nyack’s Elmwood Theater for over 50 years. A resilient, exuberant and generous woman, she raised five great kids and encouraged hundreds of others to be their most authentic selves. Please enjoy this long interview we did early on in the book project. May her memory be for a blessing.

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Happy Birthday, Richard Hunt!

Celebrating Richard Hunt’s birthday, as ever, by working on his biography. Here’s a character who was a stand-in for Hunt himself in the early days of The Muppet Show: Scooter, a young, eager apprentice who quickly made himself an indispensible member of the troupe. Here he appears with Jerry Nelson as Floyd Pepper in a song that shows off their wonderful singing and dynamic together.

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