Episode 20: Puppets

Competitor : Sylvie Kessler

Competitor : Sylvie Kessler

I don’t know about you guys, but we both grew up with the Muppets. Watching the antics of those crazy creatures, it was easy to forget that they were puppets - they were so real and fantastic. So when Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge LIVE at Dragon Con 2018 showed up on the DragonCon schedule, we knew that it was something we had to cover.

What is the Creature Shop Challenge? Well Picture “Project Runway” but for Puppets and you get the gist. Amateur puppeteers competed for the opportunity to get their name known and possibly impress some of the judges.

Kim sat down with the organizers/originators/judges/legends to get the low down on what the competition was about.

The Judges -from Left to Right - Kirk Thatcher - worked for Henson company for 30+ years and was judge on Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challange TV Show. Brian Henson - son of Jim Henson, and producer of the TV show Creature Shop Challange. Halle Stanford (president of Jim Henson Television)

The judges.

The judges.

Once Kim recovered from talking to such puppet royalty, she talked to the competitors. She talked to bartender/puppeteer Adam Kowalski from Asheville NC, Sylvie Kessler with her fabulous creation, Dr Kendall Bailey, Dan Ballard, Jordan Walraven. Listen in to see who won!

Competitor : Adam Kowalski

Competitor : Adam Kowalski

Dr Kendall Bailey (she's a Forensic Pathologist! From Sydney)

Dr Kendall Bailey (she's a Forensic Pathologist! From Sydney)

Competitor : Dan Ballard

Competitor : Dan Ballard

Competitor : Jordan Walraven

Competitor : Jordan Walraven

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