November 16, 2006

Myth! Myth!


Sorry, got Muppet fever for a moment there.

BUT WHAT BETTER WAY to lead into our “Sock-Puppetry Version” of the world-famous Axis of Weevil Thursday Three!

Today we want to ask you three simple questions and expect highly detailed, well-though-out, laboriously researched answers in return. Or just any answers. As usual, anyone may play along--either leave your answers in the comment section below, or cutnpaste everything over to your own blog and leave a link.


1) Who is your most favorite puppet character (and no, it doesn’t have to be a Muppet), and why?

2) Did you have a favorite puppet that you owned as a child?

3) Do you ever engage in puppetry?

Now then, stuff your hand in a sock and start typing out those answers!!

As for my answers…

1) Well, I can’t think of many puppet characters ASIDE from Muppets, mainly because I don’t count ventriloquists, and that because I don’t really like ventriloquists, because who walks around with another person sitting on their knee!? Anyway, I always liked Statler and Waldorf the best--


They were mean and grouchy and old and Wilford Brimley-esque, who happens to be my second favorite puppet of all time.

2) No, not really. I suppose I must have had one or two, but I can’t really recall having any. I did have a few stuffed animals that I thought were much more fun.

3) Why yes I DO! I will take one of the kids’ (many) stuffed animals and do a little mime act with it. Catherine especially likes this and really gets into the interaction, forgetting every once in a while that I’m the one making it move. Such great fun, for both of us.

And for some reason, Reba likes this act, too. She has a few stuffed animals (being a little girl at heart) and every once in a while I’ll grab one and make it jump and walk and nod and look quizzical and mad and lonesome and stuff. Of course, this never fails to devolve into something less than wholesome, because I am the way I am, but even THAT still manages to get a laugh. And a slap or two.

So, there you go.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at November 16, 2006 08:00 AM

I'm up!

Posted by: Diane at November 16, 2006 08:40 AM

1) The muppet Grover. He was (is?) so naive.

2) I've had a sock puppet or two, but never played with them much. Growing up with as large a cast of characters as I did, there wasn't much need for a fantasy addition.

3) Who needs a puppet? I have a husband.

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 16, 2006 08:59 AM


Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 16, 2006 09:09 AM

Speaking of puppets, I read a scathing review of a Baton Rouge production of Romeo and Juliet in the BR Advocate a week or so ago.

The reviewer said something along the lines of, "the actors who played Romeo and Juliet had between them the sexual tension of a Bert and Ernie sketch."

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 16, 2006 10:13 AM

Well, some people refuse to see the obvious.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 16, 2006 10:33 AM

My turn!

Posted by: Sarah G. at November 16, 2006 11:36 AM

It’s like someone is controlling me and making me post the answers HERE.

Posted by: jim at November 16, 2006 12:53 PM

1. I liked that one on Pirates of the Carribean - here poppet poppet ...

Otherwise I didn't have much use for them or can't remember that far back. I'm kinda glad Lady Spud doesn't have the stuffed animal "urge", though I can see how they could be an effective prop for "entertaining".

DisneyWorld has a multi-media show in a theater where Statler and Waldorf sit in the balcony and make wise-cracks. You'd probably like it.

Posted by: Marc V at November 16, 2006 01:15 PM

1. Paco. I don't know if I can do a link, but I will try:
2. I don't remember having any puppets as a child.
3. We used to have some big puppets when I helped with children's church several years ago, and my kids had some hand puppets.

Posted by: Kathy at November 16, 2006 04:37 PM

Technically it's still Thursday, and technically I'm up.

Posted by: skinnydan at November 16, 2006 07:07 PM

And technically, that's all that matters.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 17, 2006 03:49 PM