I was up late last night, doing The Jim Bohannon Show live in studio from downtown Washington, DC. I’m a fan from way back — when I was working as the night editor of my college newspaper back in the late 1980s, I would come back to my dorm room in the early morning hours and listen to him when he was sitting in for Larry King — and it was lot of fun to talk Jim Henson with him for a full hour. If you missed it, the entire show is available right here (you’ll have to forward to the appropriate spot — I don’t come in until after the first hour.) It was such a good time, in fact, that I hardly minded getting snarled in traffic as I made my way out of Georgetown on a Friday night.
That was the exclamation point on a fun and exhausting week. I spent most of Thursday and Friday on the phone doing interviews for places like Chicago, Wisconsin, Mississippi, and New Mexico — some of which I’ll link to when they’re posted, if you’d like to listen — and so far, I’ve managed to keep my voice and haven’t faded into a Bill Clintonesque rasp. So far.
As advertised here earlier, I also had the pleasure of taking about Jim on The Diane Rehm Show (also taped right here in DC), with a generous assist from Dave Goelz, who phoned in from California. To my delight (I’m easily thrilled), I even got to wear headphones while sitting in the studio, and only got a slight stare from guest host Susan Page when I did my Ringo Starr impression and asked it they could “turn it down in my cans a bit.”
Anyway, if you missed me — and Dave — on Diane Rehm, you can listen to the show right here.
Finally, on Wednesday morning, I was pleased to be included in a piece on CBS This Morning about the Henson family’s donation of 20 Muppets to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Miss it? Here you go.
All in all, it’s been a terrific week — and the coming week will be even busier (and just as much fun) as I make the trip to New York for talks at the Museum of the Moving Image on October 1, and the 92Y on October 2. If you’re in New York, come on by. It’ll be fun. I promise.
Okay, once more, with feeling.
We’ve now been told that we’re being rescheduled for Today once again — but there’s actually a good reason behind it. Apparently, they’d like to do a longer segment on Jim, rather than just a quick chat on the couch. While I am (once again!) a bit bummed to miss Jim’s birthday and the launch date for his biography, I’m all in favor of them taking the time to do a lengthier piece.
But that also means I can’t yet tell you when the segment will air. So . . . stay tuned again.
Isn”t live television fun?
A couple of events for you to put on your calendar, if you’re in New York the week of October 7 (yes, I know I seem to be in New York a lot — I’ll be posting a few non-Big Apple venues here shortly).
On Thursday, October 10, I’ll be speaking at one of my favorite places in New York, the New York Society Library. I had the privilege of talking about Washington Irving here a few years ago (wow, was it really five years ago now?) and it’s a great room in a great building, in an organization that’s got some seriously cool history. I’ll be speaking in the Members Room, starting at 6:30 p.m. This is a ticketed event, open to the public. And it should be fun.
The next evening, on October 11, I’m delighted to be taking part in a panel at the New York ComiCon, hosted, moderated, and put together by Joe Hennes and Ryan Roe over at ToughPigs. Officially titled “Tough Pigs Presents: Jim Henson: The Biography: The Panel” (yeah, I see what you did there, Joe), we’re bringing along three special guests to sit on a panel with me to discuss Jim’s life and work: Muppet designer Bonnie Erickson, Henson Company archivist Karen Falk, and Sesame Street performer Fran Brill, who I’m thrilled to at last be meeting in person. This is yet another panel with a really deep bench when it comes to Jim Henson and the Muppets — heck, even the moderators are experts. So, if you’re at ComiCon and wanna learn more about Jim Henson, the Muppets, the Muppet performers, or any number of his projects, we’ll be in Room 1A01 at the Javits Center, starting at 7:45 p.m. Join us, won’t you? Thank you.
If you’ve got your DVR set for Tuesday, September 24, to catch me with Frank Oz on the Today show . . . well, it’s time to adjust your settings. NBC told us last week that this might happen, but now it’s been confirmed:
The Today Show appearance with Frank Oz has been moved from Tuesday, September 24 to Thursday, September 26.
Not to worry, nothing’s gone wrong — apparently, these things happen all the time when scheduling live television. While it’s a bit of a bummer that we won’t be there on Jim’s birthday (and official launch date for the biography), my bigger concern was whether Frank Oz’s schedule would still be open. Thankfully, it was.
So, once again, set — or reset — those DVRs, because we’re gonna be on the Today show. Yes, really. I swear.
Mark your calendars now for what’s certain to be a fun event — provided you’re in the New York area, and I hope you will be, because this is a good one.
On Tuesday, October 2, at 7 p.m., I’ll be sitting with Rachel Syme for her On Biography program at the 92Y. We’ll be talking Jim and the Muppets, as well as the craft of biography — and Rachel already promised on Twitter to dress as Miss Piggy, so there’s that, too.*
This is a ticketed event, so if you’re interested in going, head on over to their website and click away now.
This is one of the most prestigious venues in New York — take a quick peek at their website and try to keep your mouth from hanging open as you look at all the cool people participating in various events and functions — and I’m beyond honored to have been asked to participate.
See you October 2!
* We won’t actually hold her to that.
Here’s the announcement I’ve been waiting to make for a while, but I wanted to wait until it officially showed up in my own TV listings. Which it finally did last night on my snazzy Verizon FiOs DVR:
On the same morning Jim Henson is published, I’ll be on The Today Show to talk all about Jim, some time (so I’m told) between 7 and 9 a.m. That’s pretty freaking cool in itself — and I’m both excited and a bit nervous about it — but what this listing doesn’t tell you is who’ll also be sitting with me to talk about Jim Henson . . . someone who knows quite a lot about Jim and the Muppets.
It’s this guy, right here.
Yup. It’s FRANK OZ.
If you’re writing it down, it’s The Today Show on NBC on September 24. Check your local listings for the right time. You won’t want to miss this one because, come on, IT’S FRANK OZ.