News Update: September 6, 2014

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2014

The Muppets will be appearing on NBC’s America’s Got Talent this coming week, as announced by host Nick Cannon on the show last week. We’re not sure if the Muppets will show up on Tuesday night’s show or Wednesday night’s show, but as soon as we know, we’ll update this and let you know as well! This will be the Muppets’ third appearance on America’s Got Talent.

Shakespeare MuppeteersSome of the cast of Sesame Street will be appearing in New York’s “Shakespeare in the Park” performances this weekend. Appearing in the performance will be Eric Jacobson (and Grover), David Rudman (and Cookie Monster), Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (and Abby Cadabby), Ryan Dillon (and Elmo), Tyler Bunch, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, and Big Bird (either Caroll Spinney or Matt Vogel). This is sure to be a spectacular performance and is not to be missed if you’re in New York. More details on the tickets can be found on the official website.

Mashable released an hysterical new video this week featuring Cookie Monster, Telly Monster, John Oliver, and many more famous folk. The video is perhaps my favorite thing this week, and it’s really not to be missed. Check it out below! (And stick around for the second video, which features the bloopers from the sketch.)

More and more videos of Kermit the Frog and Pepe the Prawn doing interviews to promote Muppets Most Wanted on Blu-ray keep surfacing. This week, Kermit and Pepe take the People.com Co-Star Challenge,” Kermit talks to IGN about Star Wars, and talks to Collider.com about LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow (for some reason).

Early this week, Disney released a great video called “Inside the Gulag,” which features in-character interviews with Danny Trejo, Ray Liotta, Jemaine Clement, Tina Fey, and Kermit from the Gulag of Muppets Most Wanted. It’s an incredibly entertaining video that would have made for a great bonus feature on the Blu-ray, and I have no idea why it’s not there.

Finally, in sad news this week, legendary, trail-blazing comedienne and television personality Joan Rivers passed away at age 81. Joan was a great friend to the Muppets on many occasions, including her unforgettable cameo in The Muppets Take Manhattan and her excellent spat with Miss Piggy on QVC just this year. No matter your opinion on Joan, the laughter she brought to the Muppets will always be remembered.

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The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier, muppetmindset@gmail.com

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