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.
This classic comes from Season One, Episode Four of The Muppet Show with aired on October 11, 1976.
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.
Bert and Ernie made special appearances in two episodes of the Muppet Show. Episode 102, where Bert sang “Some Enchanted Evening” and episode 518. I think Bert and Connie Stevens make a great couple.
The second appearance in episode 518 is during a big number with host Marty Feldman (a great episode).
Since a lot of the stuff coming out of Muppet Labs is more akin to magic, it seems appropriate that the lab assistant with the constitution of and elephant and elasticity of a rubber band would come to us with the message. “Science is Magic.”
The pieces was done by Hannah DS. I can only imagine what happen to poor Beaker moments after the rainbows began jumping around the lab. Transmuted into a pot of gold? Who knows! After all science is magic.
The Retroist likes to post pics of cakes with a retro theme. Obviously these aren’t full-blown cakes but they are amazing and very tasty looking. That is some serious talent. The faces look completely edible and don’t look like a plastic accessory.
[via] Cupcake Occasions
Looking for something delicious and retro to serve for dessert this Thanksgiving? How about some custom Muppet Cake Pops?
Check out the link to Bakerella.com to see some of the others, including Miss Piggy and Beaker!