Jarrod Fairclough – Ask 100 people their favorite episode of The Muppet Show, and you’ll likely hear a lot of the same answers – Mark Hamill, Steve Martin, John Cleese etc. Then some people get real obscure, like Arlo Guthrie or Mummenschanz. You’ll never hear Rich Little’s name though, because that episode blows chunks.
Well, those fine folks at We Got This Podcast are asking for the opinion from anyone and everyone, including you! Yes, you! On October 9th, Columbus Day for you American folk, the guys will be hosting 2 live episodes from The Museum of the Moving Image, dedicated to choosing the best episode from The Muppet Show, as well as the best Jim Henson-era movie (the first 3). In order to narrow it down, they’re asking the public’s opinion, and by the end of the first episode, with guests comedian John Hodgman and Muppet writer Craig Shemin, they’ll determine a winner. That winning Muppet Show episode will then be shown to the audience.
Afterwards, Muppet performer Stephanie D’Abruzzo will join the second show, to determine the best Muppet movie from the original trilogy. Again, the winning choice will be shown to the audience, so it’s a good chance to not only fan out, but to also see a Muppet movie on the big screen!
The official press release is below, which includes a link to purchase tickets. Note – if you’re going to both, you will need tickets for each separate event.
We Got This with Mark & Hal to team up with The Jim Henson Legacy for a doubleheader of Muppet screenings and live recordings
The hit Maximum Fun podcast will host two screenings at the Museum of the Moving Image preceded by live recordings of their show with special guests
NEW YORK – Returning to New York for the first time since last fall, the hit Maximum Fun podcast We Got This with Mark & Hal
will serve as hosts, judges, and jury as they partner with The Jim Henson Legacy
and Museum of the Moving Image
to record two live episodes in which they’ll answer unanswerable Muppet questions and screen the winners for audiences at the Museum in Queens, New York on Monday, October 9th
. Both events will be ticketed separately.
First, hosts Hal Lublin & Mark Gagliardi will pick the Best Muppet Show episode of all time from a shortlist created through fan voting! Hal & Mark will be joined by The Jim Henson Legacy president, Emmy-nominated writer and producer Craig Shemin and actor, podcaster, and New York Times Bestselling author John Hodgman (The Daily Show, Judge John Hodgman) to pick the best episode of all time, which will then be screened immediately after the recording. You can vote in the poll by going to muppets.wegotthispodcast.com
For their second show, Mark and Hal will be joined by Tony-nominated actor and Muppeteer Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q, Sesame Street, Nature Cat) to determine which of the classic Muppet film trilogy is best: The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, or The Muppets Take Manhattan? They’ll deep dive into the topic with their usual combination of fun trivia and hilarious side tangents before arriving at their final decision. The winning film will then be screened for the audience.
“Mark and I are lifelong fans of the Muppets,” said Hal Lublin. “We’re honored to be partnering with The Jim Henson Legacy, whose efforts to preserve and share his work is a gift to fans and an inspiration to future generations. And we’re particularly excited to be recording at the Museum of the Moving Image, an organization we’ve admired for many years. It’s the perfect partnership!”
We Got This with Mark & Hal
features co-hosts Hal Lublin and Mark Gagliardi (Thrilling Adventure Hour, Welcome to Night Vale, Venture Bros, Drunk History) giving objective answers to subjective questions each week on the Maximum Fun network. From whether ketchup belongs on a hot dog to which Star Wars film is the best, they jump right into the fray and emerge with the definitive answer. Produced by Ken Plume, they’ve been downloaded millions of times around the world and welcomed guests like Nathan Fillion, Adam Savage, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Christopher Moore, and Ted Leo to tackle the most important unimportant topics of our lifetime.