This Day in Death

8.23.12: Muppet Puppeteer Jerry Nelson – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 4:46 pm August 28, 2012

Wow. This Cheech & Chong remake looks… pretty sweet, actually.


Jerry Nelson, one of the most prolific Muppet puppeteers, most known for voicing Count von Count and Gobo Fraggle, has died of emphysema at the age of 78. He died on Thursday and I was planning to start the week with that story but then Neil Armstrong had to get all jealous and sweep in to steal Nelson’s thunder. I didn’t wanna say anything in the last post, but that was kinda a dick move. Did you know Armstrong went to the moon twice? Twice! Goddamn, let someone else have a turn. Maybe a handsome blogger with a lot of free time, I dunno. He’d probably be great up there. Collecting soil samples, teaching the beautiful maidens of the Mons Maraldi about Earth-style lovemaking, having shootouts with three-headed alien bank robbers… I don’t know a lot about how space works.

In recent years, Mr. Nelson gave up the physically demanding job of operating the Count and other puppets on “Sesame Street” but still voiced the characters, the workshop said. The show’s new season launches in September, and Mr. Nelson’s voice will be heard.

This is the second Muppet-related death this year, and a lot of people would just see lemons there where I see a boundless sea of lemonade. That’s why I’m beginning work on CSI: Sesame Street, a street-smart crime drama set in a sleepy village that follows the efforts of the local law enforcement to bring down the drug and child-smuggling ring of the evil Mr. Aloysius “Trunks” Snuffleupagus. One early review called it “an insult to both children and adults alike.” That means we can only go up from here, baby!


Source: The Washington Post

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