Clay Aiken Learns The Art of Puppetry

For people who are fans of Clay Aiken, the end of the week means more previews of the upcoming episode of Celebrity Apprentice.  The NBC/Celebrity Apprentice Internet site provides many videos, articles and pictures about each unique episode.

Episode 9 will be broadcast on Sunday, April 15th at 9:00pm.  Titled Puppet – Up, the show will feature the exciting puppet troupe from the Jim Henson Company. Their show is now called Stuffed and Unstrung – Henson Alternative.  The celebrities will create original puppets and perform with them at a live performance.  Now, that sounds like fun!

I was interested in finding out more about Stuffed and Unstrung and I though I would share some information with you.

Puppet Up is a show that was started to demonstrate what happens when you combine traditional improvisation with the art of puppetry. The group debuted in 2006 and was called Jim Henson’s Puppet Improv. It is now called Stuffed and Unstrung.

According to Muppet Wiki:

Award-winning director and producer Brian Henson created the show with improvisational guru Patrick Bristow, who hosts it. It features a cast of six puppeteers who engage in improv games with input from the audience. The puppet action is projected on large screens flanking the stage while the puppeteers display their talents below, all in full view of the audience.

The show, which is accompanied with music, is unpredictable and irreverent. It’s never the same show twice because it’s built from storylines that start with prompts from the audience.

Brian Henson is chairman of the Jim Henson Company and the Henson Alternative is the company’s label for content created specifically and exclusively for adult audiences.

From what I have read, Stuffed & Unstrung honors Jim Henson’s achievement and if you like to laugh you will enjoy the show.  For more information, visit their Internet site.  Click on STUFFED

In his chat Wednesday night, Clay Aiken said that this episode was his favorite of the entire season.  I can’t wait to see Clay working with the puppets.  I bet he will be very entertaining.

The wonderful Cotton from CV provided the screen-caps from the video preview.  Thank you!


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