Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
We came up with "THE GIFT OF LIFE - - THE ADVENTURES OF RUBY AND RED".
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
IT WAS WIZARD WORLD/BIG APPLE COMIC CON!
We were surrounded by Superheroes in Spandex and Comic-book Artists in their element, yet there we were with our television puppets from so many childhoods.
And the response was ecstatic!
So (so) many people would spot us - - look away -- look back and go OH MY GOD!!! as the memories of long ago flash-flooded to the forefront of their present.
(click on the pictures)
Some people were crazy for the Juke Box Band from SHINING TIME STATION. DJ KAT pulled a strong response too. Others went weepy for PINWHEEL. Bobby Moynihan from Saturday Night Live stopped by to say hello to the Hobo Bugs he watched as a kid. (He took a picture with the puppets. I asked him to e it to me and if he does I'll post it. Bobby was terrific!)
We were also visited by fellow puppeteer James Wojtal. . .
A great experience. To have planted our imaginations into so many young minds and to have had it take root was a wonderful confirmation. The puppets (who have aged far less than the rest of us!) could not have been happier!
We are so looking forward to launching our next puppet project. Stay tooned.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Here I am in 1964 with my co-stars:
(Hey! For the first time since this was taken I just noticed where the dummy is looking. And check out his expression! Good boy.)
Monday, April 25, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Rick Sapphire just posted a rare clip, shot-off-the-TV, of him doing magic on the LAUREL & HARDY & CHUCK Show, 1962. A wonderful opportunity to see the great "Puppets by Ashley" and feel the warmth-through-the-tube that Chuck shared with us lucky lucky kids. Thanks, Rick for this treasure!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Just found this: While puppeteering DJ KAT, I also portrayed many live-action characters like the villainous ventriloquist BRACKISH SWAMPWATER and PHYSICAL ED the Out-Of-Work Work-Out Guy. Here I am as DEXTER DIMBULB, hobbyist extra-ordinary. . .
Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
First class production all the way. We shot 4, 1/2 hr holiday-themed specials in Toronto. A fella named MARTY SHORT was one of the voices - - debuting his Ed Grimley character voice as an intellectual turkey who's song and dance skills ultimately save him from the Thanksgiving table.
Debbie Grover played the live on-camera Miss Peach herself, and Second City veterans (Robin Duke, Mary Long, Ben Gordon) portrayed several other voices live-in-studio while we puppeteered. We of course did many of the voices live as well. Sammy Cahn wrote the theme song and Ed Sharlack (Mork & Mindy) co-wrote the specials.
I'll see if I can post some PEACHY excerpts in the near future.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
OLga and I made the puppets and marionettes, and along with puppeteering, I played the on-camera knuckleheaded bad guy VINNIE THE VANDAL opposite Olga's tuff punk GOONEY BIRD.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
ONCE AND FUTURE FLEXITOON PUPPETS!
(I should live so long. So long!)
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
So here are a whole buncha rare items I want to share with you.
"THE BUNNY HUGGERS"
Two dancers performed in tandem by the great
Frank SULLY Sullivan.
Yeah! That's Bil and his Horse!
Bil Baird & Gabriel Marin (our son.)
In India (when it was exotic and over there).
CHARLEMAGNE the LION
Probably as close as Bil got to an altered ego
(except for maybe Snarky Parker. . .)
"THE STRANGE CASE OF THE COSMIC RAYS"
BILL TOST, OLGA FELGEMACHER & PETER BAIRD
SEEK REVENGE ON THE STAGE MANAGER (CARL HARMS)
WITH THE HELP OF THE WOLF.
What a GREAT cartoonist he was!
Everyone starts out somewhere. . .
Baird's Of Barrow Street!