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Remembering Muppeteer Richard Hunt - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 7th 2007 6:03PM

richard huntJim Henson passed away in 1990, but two years later, on this very day, we also lost another important Muppet performer: Richard Hunt. Hunt joined Henson for several of the Muppets' appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, and eventually joined Sesame Street, performing characters such as Forgetful Jones and Don Music. On The Muppet Show, he performed Beaker, Janice of The Electric Mayhem, Statler (one of the old men in the balcony) and Scooter (whose Uncle owned the theater).

Hunt also performed half of the Two-Headed Monster on Sesame Street along with Henson. The chemistry on stage between Henson and Frank Oz is often talked about, but Hunt was equally brilliant when working with Henson, as the hilarious exchanges between Statler and Waldorf prove. Casual fans may not hear much about him, but he was an important element in bringing that zany Muppetness to the TV screen.

I placed some clips of Hunt's characters below for your enjoyment, so, enjoy them.

[via Muppet News Flash]

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Thank you for posting this. It's very good to remember.

By the way, Sweetums was also part of Richard Hunt's wonderful repertoire.

IMO, this troupe was arguably some of the greatest assembled performers in the history of television.

January 08 2007 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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