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Shields and Yarnell

I was watching a movie called Buskers the other night. It is about street performers. Why would I watch that? Because that’s the kind of weird stuff I like to watch.

The movie is basically a series of interviews with various buskers/street performers. One of the people being interviewed was a guy named Robert Shields. They had to say it a few times, but it finally dawned on me. Shields…Shields…Shields…Shields and Yarnell!

Shields and Yarnell was a mime team that were always appearing on The Muppet Show as well as other TV shows. I was very young at the time I saw them and didn’t understand anything about mime or teams or art or anything. I just thought they were neat. Over the years I forgot about them, but this documentary awoke my sleeping memories. Happily so, I might add.

What was even cooler, though, was the footage of Shields working as a mime on the streets of San Francisco. I’m not really a mime fan, but the stuff this guy was doing was incredible. Check out the running-sliding thing. Awesome.

Sadly, Yarnell passed away a few years ago. Shields now lives in Arizona, but I don’t know if he’s still performing or not. But they performed on the shows of my childhood, and those are some performances I’ll never forget. At least, not for long.

Kermit Meets the Fraggles during A Muppet Family Christmas

A Muppet Family Christmas is one of those Muppet projects that is horribly underrated. It was broadcast on TV back in the late 1980s and is available on DVD. Sadly it is not being printed anymore so the price is high and because of musical rights it is not the original broadcast, but an edited down version. This is a real shame, because the show is a magical Muppet extravaganza that takes characters from different shows and puts them together in a tribute to Christmas. I remember watching it and I was giddy to see the Sesame Street characters interacting with Muppet Show character and my mind was further blown when they threw the Fraggles into the mix.

Here is the scene where Kermit and Robin head down into the Rock to wish the Fraggles a Merry X-mas. Of course a song ensues…

If you get the opportunity to watch the special for the first time, look for a super special cameo towards the end of the show.