| Apr 13, 2012
| 12:59 PM
Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the Muppets as New York City's official "Family Ambassadors" Friday in a press conference in Times Square.
For the next year, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang will encourage families to travel to the Big...
| Oct 24, 2011
| 2:26 PM
Jim Hammond, second from left, and some very bad puppets. Photos by Eric Bojanowski.
On a cracked wooden stage inside the World and Eye Arts Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the scene, for exactly 30 seconds, seems ripped from a lost episode of Jim...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 11:24 AM
I must admit I never paid much attention to Elmo, the red furry “Sesame Street” character. I preferred my muppets more feral, and with attitude, like Animal, Cookie Monster or Oscar the Grouch. They always seemed more interesting than the...
| Nov 13, 2011
When Kevin Clash was a boy in Baltimore County, he'd watch TV mere inches from the screen and wish he could walk right into "Sesame Street."
It didn't take him long to get there. At 15, the kid from Turners Station became the regular puppeteer on a...
| Nov 23, 2011
*** (out of four)
“The Muppets” star/co-writer Jason Segel sees nothing wrong with adults loving to entertain children of all ages with puppets. Neither does Kevin Clash, who grew up admiring Jim Henson and later befriended the...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 11:56 PM
When producers asked me to compile a list of the best holiday films, I didn’t think that would be very fun. Everybody has seen Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life a million times.
I remember when I worked morning radio, we did a...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 2:08 PM
Henson Alternative's off-Broadway comedy "Stuffed and Unstrung" isn't the kind of puppet show you might have grown up with.
Part of the Jim Henson Co. — which brought children "Sesame Street" and "The Muppets" — "Stuffed and Unstrung" is a...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 12:20 AM
Sesame Street debuted in 1969, the year I was born. I grew up watching it and then watching as Jim Henson brought his puppet creations to The Muppet Show.
I was done watching Sesame Street before the Elmo character ever debuted, but when the Tickle Me...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 1:38 PM
Happy holidays, you guys! Today is Festivus, Christmas and Kwanzaa are almost here, and we're smack dab in the middle of Hanukkah. We all have our own holiday traditions, and the work of Jim Henson has been a big part of this time of year for me for many,...
| Jan 8, 2009
Big Bird snorts cocaine. Mr. Hooper uses his store as a front for stolen goods. Oscar the Grouch keeps pornography in his trash can.
If these are the stories you are looking for, too bad. "Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street" is not a...
| Jul 20, 2007
SAN DIEGO — If the words "Children's Television Workshop" light up old neural centers in your brain, consider yourself in the right demographic for "Avenue Q," the diverting Tony-winning musical that lends a new twist to the familiar "Sesame Street"...