The Perfect Run

Now that this year’s US 10k Classic has been cancelled I’m really out of sorts.

I don’t run that many organized races – mainly because I like to reserve weekend time for my family – so losing out on a 10k I was really looking forward to running is a bummer.

It’s too late to try to eke out a spot in the Peachtree (unless a kind soul has a number or a lottery entry they’d like to donate).

Instead, I’m just going to be jealous of the folks who ran in the Bay to Breakers race out in San Francisco a few weekends back. Some of them raced in full-on Muppet regalia.

Muppets in the Bay to Breakers 2011
Muppets in the Bay to Breakers 2011

Lucky ducks.

MetaFilter Muppets

In the week following my first post to MetaFilter, I’ve found a really great Muppet-related post: Hand built Muppet Theatre Playset.

I don’t actually blog that much about Muppets here – the blog title is mostly a non-clever URL and a handy username – but Lance Cardinal is the real deal.

Check out the Muppet Theatre Playset and the Muppet Show Backstage Playset he built & modded. The former was built from the scratch and the latter was heavily customized from the original version.

Lance is the real Muppet fanatic. I just like having that Simpsons quote in the blog header.

Cee Lo, Muppets & Gwyneth at the Grammys

Either the Grammy folks have seen fit to keep the full performances off of YouTube or I’m just that bad at searching/finding them. In any case, here’s an excerpt of Cee Lo Green performing “Forget You” along with Muppets and Gwyneth Paltrow.

At the time of our time-shifted viewing it was agreed that Gwyneth’s shoes were a bit out of place amongst the Elton John-esque outfit Cee Lo was sporting and the Muppets. She was a tad bit under-dressed, don’t you think?

Another important point is that the backing band were Muppets and not The Muppets. Better discussion of the distinction (or nitpickery) is here.

From the Henson Company via MTV News:

MTV News got some inside information about the performance just days before Cee Lo, Paltrow and their puppet posse worked the stage. Jim Henson Company CEO Brian Henson said the set was inspired by the marionette mob’s recent theater turn.

“We have a live theater show in New York called ‘Stuffed and Unstrung,’ and we’ve taken a bunch of the characters from that cast and made them into a band and backup singers for Cee Lo,” Henson said of the fuzzy puppets from the made-for-grown-ups improv show. “He’ll be backed by puppets who will make up a very weird and cool band.”

Henson said the idea to sing with the puppets came from Cee Lo, who approached the Henson Company with a concept of what he wanted to do. “We had never worked with him before, and he’s just a fabulous guy,” Henson said. “I think he’s a lifelong fan of the Muppets, and he had a pretty good idea of what he wanted.”

Some of the Muppets looked like those used in the Puppet Up! improv shows that eventually became ‘Stuffed and Unstrung’, so it’s nice to see that fact confirmed.

Related: Know Your Meme

Anyhow, whether you’d describe them as The Muppets or merely just plain ole Muppets, the performance was a ton of fun. Cee Lo and Gwyneth were good too, though I’d rank Gwyneth’s Glee performance and Cee Lo’s explicit version higher up, it was still a ton of fun.

Gwyneth on Glee:

Cee Lo Explicit:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

UPDATE: Here’s video of Elton John’s appearance on The Muppet Show singing Crocodile Rock: