Last year (and possibly earlier?) Beck shows featured puppet performances. There’s a nice description of a concert at Cup of Coffey.  Youtuber jeffreyharrell got a good shot of the show they did at Bonnaroo:

There’s a number of different performances posted on YouTube.  Here are some more…

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By popular demand, the new Muppet of the Month is (drum roll): The Swedish Chef!

The Swedish Chef’s Video Cookbook

Videos of Puppets hopes your kitchen benefits from this unofficial video guide to Swedish cooking. You may or may not want to try these recipes at home.

Not Swedish Chili

Ingredients

  • The spicy spicy
  • The hotsy totsy
  • Pepper sauce

Combine and serve on finger. (May asplode head.)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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I’ve been a bit slacking lately, but I have seen some updates in a couple of wonderful shows.  Since I last mentioned Showbeast, there have been four new videos posted, including two ads for an exciting national tour (!!!), and this episode called “Baltimore Beastwork:”

 I think that show is getting weirder.  I don’t know how you can measure that kind of thing, but it’s definitely weirder.  In a beautiful kind of way.  And then, let’s not forget about the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre.

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This Greg the Bunny show sounds vaguely familiar, but I think I just totally missed it. Apparently, according to Wikipedia, it was a cable access show in NYC, and Fox tried to turn it into a series, which failed terribly because the creators weren’t allowed to be as edgy as usual, and it was diluted into a corny sitcom. That’s a real-life story that sounds like the puppet version of Wayne’s World! I was pleasantly surprised to find a post by lu terceiro pointing to a page on the Independent Film Channel (who picked up Greg the Bunny), where you can watch all kinds of recent, hilarious “webisodes.” Here is the first episode of the less-than-it-could-have-been Fox series:

It looks like the IFC has done a lot more with the show.  At least, that’s the impression I get on YouTube…

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Thistledown Puppets has a great series of skits on YouTube. It’s really funny. And the creator, Philip Hatter, has made a ton of really awesome puppets.

In this first clip, Big B. Wolf sells his DVD on how to get the ladies. I didn’t notice at first, but as pointed out elsewhere Wolf has a gold tooth, which is totally pimp.

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Gustavo Thomas recently had a great post on Chinese shadow puppet theatre. His site has a video showing behind-the-scenes how the shadow puppets are operated (at the end of long, skinny sticks). Here’s a view from the audience of the show Thomas vlogged featuring the Monkey King, a character who can change form (6 1/2 minutes, Wuzhen Dongzha, China).

Next is a clip from a documentary film A Life in Shadows.

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