Happy Birthday, Jerry Nelson!

Thinking of Jerry Nelson on what would have been his 87th birthday and 37th wedding anniversary! Enjoy this biographical sketch of him, The Count Writes a Haiku.

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Cloris Leachman, 1926-2021

RIP to the marvelous Cloris Leachman. Here she is with Richard Hunt on The Muppet Show.

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New Biography Review!

Check out my new review in the Indypendent of two recent biographies of important feminist icons Andrea Dworkin and Adrienne Rich!

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Great Goelz Shoutout!

Dave Goelz gave a great shoutout to Funny Boy: The Richard Hunt Biography in this recent podcast. “There’s a woman writing a book about him which I’m always after her to get finished, because I want to read it. It looks like it’s going to be really, really good.”

Don’t worry, Dave and everyone, I’m working as fast as I can! (The shoutout is around the 1:17:00 mark.)

Thinking of Hunt today on the 19th anniversary of his death.

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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 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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