We lost our position as funny, popular entertainment in the prime-time arena, so I'm trying to get back there. To do that and be innovative, we have to really establish a new voice.
Because of Sesame Street people thought of [Jim Henson] as a children's performer. It was sort of odd for him because he was until then an adult performer.
[We are] also starting to develop more comedy that's a little rough around the edges, kind of like Muppets in the early days but with a modern sensibility.
You can come out and say some pretty outrageous things and it's forgiven because it's a puppet... People are so used to presuming that puppets are for children they get blown away by seeing them placed in adult situations.
My dad [Jim Henson] was a very, very irreverent guy, and when he started in the late 1950s it was in adult comedy. He had a very naughty streak to him.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wallenstein, Andrew. "Jokes That Kermit Wouldn't Dare Tell", The New York Times. November 12, 2006
- ↑ "Puppet Up! Uncensored - Interview with Brian Henson", TBS.com. 2007
- ↑ "Interview with Brian Henson", TV.com. May 1, 2006
- ↑ "Comedy of Wrong", The Age. April 6, 2007
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "The Jim Henson Company Podcast", Episode 17. October 26, 2007
- ↑ "Puppet Up! an interview with Brian Henson". March 22, 2007
- ↑ "Muppet monsters bring anarchy to hand". March 21, 2007
- ↑ "Late late night on the Muppet Show". August 10, 2006