Original Muppet Performers Reunite for a FREE Livestream Event

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The Muppets

When you hear the word “Muppets,” you probably think of two people. Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The two were the master puppeteers behind one of the most celebrated franchises of all time. But just as the Muppets were rolling right along, they lost their leader when Henson passed away. Kermit the frog and his friends would still go on to make the world smile and laugh in both The Muppet Show and Muppet movies and in Sesame Street. But the man who started it all was gone.

Soon, Oz and three other original Muppet puppeteers will reunite to remember Jim Henson and also raise some money for the healthcare workers fighting on the frontlines against the ongoing pandemic.

The Muppets
Credit: Disney

The event is completely free and will take place at 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 16, and it’s described in the press release as such:

Thirty years after the untimely loss of Muppets creator Jim Henson, four legendary Muppets performers will reunite online Saturday, May 16, in a livestream event to help raise funds for frontline [healthcare] workers…

Bill BarrettaFran BrillDave Goelz and Frank Oz will take part in the live discussion, which also invites fans to submit questions in advance that may be answered during the event. The reunion of the Muppet performers, who also appeared in Oz’s acclaimed documentary Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched, is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Victoria Labalme, who conceived and co-produced Muppet Guys Talking, will facilitate the livestream.

The event is free and open to anyone around the world who remains inspired by Henson and his unique brand of creativity, entrepreneurship and leadership. While there is no charge to participate, virtual attendees will be encouraged to make a donation to a selected Covid-19-related cause. Participants must pre-register at www.MuppetGuysTalking/Jim.  

Related: NEW “Muppets Now” Series Streaming on Disney+ This Summer!

“So wait, who played who?”

Muppet Performers Bill Barretta, Fran Brill, Dave Goelz and Frank Oz
Credit: muppetguystalking.com

For those of you wondering which performers played which muppets, here’s the breakdown:

  • Bill Barretta:
    • Pepe the King Prawn,
    • Johnny Fiama,
    • Bobo the Bear
    • Big Mean Carl;
  • Fran Brill:
    • Prairie Dawn
    • Zoe
    • Little Bird
    • Betty Lou.
  • Dave Goelz:
    • The Great Gonzo
    • Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
    • Zoot and Boober Fraggle.
  • Frank Oz:
    • Miss Piggy
    • Fozzie Bear
    • Cookie Monster
    • Grover.

“How can I watch this?”

In order to participate in the special event, you need to pre-register at muppetguystalkinc.com/jim. Do so by clicking the link and then clicking the button on the webpage which reads “REGISTER NOW FOR FREE.” All they ask for is your first name and email address. Once you submit that information you will get a confirmation email sent to your inbox, and you will also have a chance to submit a question that will be asked during the Q&A session of the Livestream.

This livestream is bound to be insightful and a can’t-miss opportunity for any Muppet fan.

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