Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Have you seen this, have you heard about this?

So apparently the Jim Henson Company produced a late night talk show way back in 2006. That's right, a puppet talk show from the Jim Henson Company! But you probably never heard of it because it never made it to air.

"Late Night Buffet with Augie and Del" was a proposed talk show for TBS. The Henson Company filmed two pilot for the show, which mixed newly created puppets from the Jim Henson's Creature Shop interacting with live celebrity guests in a talk-show format. Augustus "Augie" Pfiffle (Brian Henson) and Delbert "Del" Kastle (Bill Barretta) served as hosts for the show, much of which was improvised between the puppets and the guests who appeared. Guests featured in the test pilots included Kathy Najimy, Hal Sparks, Fred Willard, and Kaitlin Olson!

I saw a brief promotional piece with the two puppets at a Henson Company presentation at ComicCon International back in July '06. It was pretty funny!

Sadly the show was not picked-up and TBS decided to fill their late night line-up with George Lopez. It's a shame - because I would have loved to see this show. Heck, I still would love to see the two pilot episodes.

I wish the Henson Company would release this gem from their vault -- Henson has an awesome YouTube channel, and I think it would be a perfect outlet for sharing some funny excerpts from this shelved production (hint, hint). The Henson Company has a Twitter account (@HensonCompany). If you write to them and tell them that you want to see clips from "Late Night Buffet," their VP of New Media will see it. Maybe if they get enough messages, they’ll consider sharing bits from this piece of Henson history.