2016 Recap – A puppet filled year

larrkin puppets.jpg– 2016 started with a series of school holiday and vacation care puppet show performances.

– The Richard Bell film I performed puppetry in (“5 for 35”) screened all Summer at GOMA as part of the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8).

 

5 for 35 Richard Bell

– I provided puppetry training (and puppets) for ImproMafia’s “Not 4 Kidz” at the Brisbane Comedy Festival.

– A new puppet character, Frazzamatazz, joined the Larrikin Puppets cast in February.

– I began sewing lessons in preparation for the puppet building component of the upcoming intensive puppetry course I was enrolled in at the University of North Texas.

Interstate International Touring– I performed MC duties (hidden under a table – Troggg was the MC!) at the official Ipswich Festival media launch. Troggg got to introduce Mayor Paul Pisasale to the stage. I also performed puppet shows at the actual Ipswich Festival, and was informed by several friends in the lead up that they noticed big roadside billboards with Troggg on them!

 

 

Beyond the Sock Frazzamatazz on set

– I also performed puppet shows at the Paradise Resort in Surfers Paradise, the Redcliffe Sails Festival, a Bunnings store in Warwick, an Indian restaurant, a nursing home and several childcare centres, schools and birthday parties.

Brisbane Comedy Festival

– Elissa helped me run some puppetry workshops at a few schools, including a full week (three workshops a day) at Belmont State School.

 

 

 

Shannon, Troggg, Brett - The Puppet Workshop– We went down to Adelaide to visit Shannon Cooke at The Puppet Workshop.

– We lived in Brooklyn, New York for three months. We saw lots of live theatre in NYC – including many puppet shows for adults, improv comedy and “Avenue Q” off Broadway (with a backstage tour thanks to puppeteer contacts).

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– Much of my time overseas was spent networking with other puppeteers, which included frequent visits to The Puppet Kitchen for monitor puppetry sessions run by the awesome Michael Schupbach. Between there, several puppet shows/events and a few Muppet screenings at the Museum of the Moving Image it was really great to meet, perform and practice with so many great NYC puppeteers and fellow Muppet fans – including Marcelo Bottaro, Arlee Chadwick, Musa ‘Fuzzy Beard’ Bradley, David Bizzaro, Zach ‘Wackiman’ Woliner, Nicola ‘Callie & Izzy’ McEldowney, John Papovitch, Kevin Hale, Tau ‘Being Elmo’ Bennett, Christina Rodriguez Stone, Matthew Soberman, Sam ‘Mo Monster’, Tania Lopez, Tim Young, Erin Finnegan, Spencer Cohen, and so many more amazing people!

MoWallyTroggg– I performed my full puppet show at the Puppetry Arts Festival of Brooklyn (yes, I transported my whole puppet stage and all the puppets to America).

– Troggg guest starred in an episode of The Fuzzy Beard Show.

– We attended a convention called “Morning with the Muppets” starring Steve Whitmire (with Kermit the Frog), Eric Jacobson (with Fozzie Bear and Animal) and Peter Linz (assisting). I asked a couple of questions during the Q&A, and was lucky enough to have a brief chat with Steve Whitmire afterwards. He fluffed up Troggg’s fur as he spoke to me about a trip to Australia they were taking soon.

Fuzzy Beard01– We spent a week in Los Angeles, staying just off Hollywood Boulevard. We walked to the Jim Henson Company and checked out the big Kermit statue out the front.

– We spent a day with Henson puppeteers Grant Baciocco (whom I’d met in Brisbane a couple of years earlier during “Puppet Up!” and stayed in contact with) and Russ Walko. Troggg of course came out on all of these puppet-related excursions in both New York and Los Angeles.

Jim Henson Company 1– We spent a week in Denton, North Texas where, at the University of North Texas, I received advanced, intensive, life changing training in film & TV monitor puppetry from Henson puppeteers Marty Robinson (Telly Monster, Mr. Snuffleupagus) and Noel MacNeal (Bear in the Big Blue House), and a puppet construction component lead by Pasha Romanowski (Project Puppet, The Moe Show). Elissa came with me to all the casual nights of drinking and chatting with the puppeteers. She also attended the special performance night we did on the final day. The whole thing was an unforgettable experience. This kind of training simply doesn’t exist in Australia. I was so happy to not only get some of my existing skills validated, but also to learn so many valuable new skills, and better ways to perform my craft from the best in the business – my heroes!

Grant and Russ 1– Since returning to Australia, I performed both puppet characters in a short comedy film called “Kev”, plus shows at schools, childcare centres, festivals and parties every week!

 

 

Marty Robinson, Pasha Romanowski, Noel MacNeal– There were more shows at the Gold Coast’s Paradise Resort, and even a few shows at New Farm Cinemas, which included some Larrikin Puppets cinema advertising before screenings of “Moana” and “Sing”. I even got to perform my first puppet show at the famous Brisbane Powerhouse!

Larrikin Puppets Deja Voodoo Woodford– And we spent the final week of the year performing three shows a day, every day at one of Australia’s biggest festivals – the Woodford Folk Festival.

It’s been an absolutely huge year! Here’s to more puppet fun in 2017!

Brett Hansen

New York and Los Angeles Puppet Adventures

Fuzzy Beard01At the end of our fourth week in New York City, Brett (and Troggg) spent a day with Musa Moses Bradley, who is the puppeteer for a character called Fuzzy Beard. We went out on the Staten Island ferry and filmed an episode of “The Fuzzy Beard Show”, with special guest Troggg!

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Troggg HollywoodThe next day, we flew six hours to Los Angeles where we stayed just off Hollywood Boulevard for a week. Troggg found Kermit the Frog’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

We also went to see The Jim Henson Company, where the famous Kermit the Frog statue stands at the front gate. He’s dressed like Charlie Chaplin. Why? Troggg explains why in the video below:

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Jim Henson Company 2

Jim Henson Company 1

Then we got to meet up with two Henson puppeteers, Grant Baciocco and Russ Walko in Burbank, California. Troggg met some puppet friends – Uncle Interloper (performed by Grant Baciocco), Toiley T. Paper (also performed by Grant Baciocco), and the stars of web series “The Ultimate Nerd-ament”, Stanley (Grant Baciocco) and JAX (Russ Walko). We had the honour and pleasure of visiting Grant’s office and Russ’ workshop (known as ‘The Puppet Garage’). Russ Walko built a bunch of Muppets for the recent TV series “The Muppets”, and also built puppet characters for an episode of “Community” and an episode of “The Simpsons” that featured puppets. One of the puppet monsters in Russ’ workshop looks like Troggg’s long lost brother! Have a look:

Grant 1Grant 2Troggg with Toiley T. Paper

Grant and Russ 1

Grant and Russ 2

Troggg got to chat with Toiley T. Paper after a successful run of comedy puppet shows at the Orlando Fringe Festival. He’s also about to perform at the Hollywood Fringe Festival:

And then Troggg had a casual discussion with Stanley and JAX about air travel:

So it’s been another fun and busy week of puppet adventures with Troggg!

We’re now in Denton, North Texas – about to start lessons at the big “Beyond the Sock” film & TV puppetry workshop at the University of North Texas. The teachers are a couple more Henson puppeteers – Marty Robinson (Telly Monster and Mr. Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street), Noel MacNeil (Bear, from Bear in the Big Blue House), and Pasha Romanowski (builder of puppet characters from New Zealand’s “The Moe Show”) .

We’ll leave you with Troggg’s guest starring episode of “The Fuzzy Beard Show” filmed in New York City:

 

Bribie Island based Larrikin Puppets Perform Almost Everywhere!

Puppet Show Frizzby and FlossyHere’s a list of all the places we’ve performed with puppets so far. 
Acacia Ridge
Albany Creek
Alderley
Alexandra Hills, Redland City
Annerley
Arana Hills
Arundel, Gold Coast
Ashgrove
Astoria, Queens, New York, USA
Balmoral, QLD
Banksia Beach, Bribie Island
Bardon
Beaudesert
Beenleigh, Logan City
Beerwah, Sunshine Coast
Bellara, Bribie Island
Bellbowrie
Belmont
Benowa, Gold Coast
Berserker, QLD
Birkdale, Redland City
Blackbutt, QLD
Bongaree, Bribie Island
Bowen Hills
Bracken Ridge
Bray Park
Bribie Island, QLD
Brighton, QLD
Brisbane Central
Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Buderim, Sunshine Coast
Buddina, Sunshine Coast
Bulimba
Bundaberg, QLD
Bundaberg Central, QLD
Burbank, California, USA
Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
Burleigh Waters, Gold Coast
Burpengary
Burpengary East
Caboolture
Camira, Ipswich
Camp Hill
Cannon Hill
Carindale
Carrara, Gold Coast
Chermside
Chermside West
Childers, QLD
Clayfield
Cleveland, Redland City
Clontarf
Collingwood Park
Coomera, Gold Coast
Cooroy, Sunshine Coast
Cornubia, Logan City
Currimundi, Sunshine Coast
Currumbin, Gold Coast
Currumbin Waters, Gold Coast
Currumbin South, Gold Coast
Daisy Hill, Logan City
Darra
Dayboro
Deagon
Deception Bay
Denton, North Texas, USA
Docklands, VIC
Dutton Park
Eaglby, Logan City
Eagle Farm
East Brisbane
Eight Mile Plains
Elanora, Gold Coast
Everton Park
Ferny Hills
Flinders View, Ipswich
Forest Lake
Fortitude Valley
Gin Gin, Bundaberg, QLD
Gladstone, QLD
Gold Coast
Goodna, Ipswich
Gordon Park
Gracemere, Rockhampton, QLD
Grange
Greenbank, Logan City
Griffin
Gympie, QLD
Hamilton
Hawthorne
Heathwood
Heritage Park, Logan City
Herston
Holland Park
Hollywell, Gold Coast
Indooroopilly
Injune, SW QLD
Ipswich Central
Jimboomba, Logan City
Kallangur
Kangaroo Point
Kearneys Spring, QLD
Kelvin Grove
Kenmore
Kenmore Hills
Keperra
Kilcoy, QLD
Kingston, QLD
Kuluin, Sunshine Coast
Logan Central
Manhattan, New York, USA
Manly, QLD
Manly West, QLD
Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast
Maryborough, QLD
Meadowbrook, Logan City
Middle Park
Minyama, Sunshine Coast
Moogerah, QLD
Moorooka
Morayfield
Morningside
Mount Morgan, Rockhampton, QLD
Mt. Coot-tha
Mt. Gravatt
Murarrie
Murra Murra, SW QLD
Nerang, Gold Coast
New Farm
Noosaville, Sunshine Coast
Norman Park
North Lakes
Ormeau, Gold Coast
Ormiston, Redland City
Pacific Paradise, Sunshine Coast
Pacific Pines, Gold Coast
Paddington
Pallara
Palm Beach Heights, Gold Coast
Palmwoods, Sunshine Coast
Parkinson
Park Ridge, Logan City
Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Parkwood, Gold Coast
Petrie Terrace
Raby Bay, Redland City
Red Hill
Redbank
Redbank Plains
Redcliffe
Robina, Gold Coast
Rochedale, Logan City
Rochedale South, Logan City
Rockhampton, QLD
Runcorn
Salisbury
Scarborough
Shailer Park, Logan City
Shorncliffe
Silkstone, Ipswich
Sinnamon Park
Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast
South Bank
South Brisbane
South Rockhampton, QLD
Spring Hill
Stafford
Strathpine
Sunnybank
Sunnybank Hills
Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
Taigum
Tarragindi
Tewantin, Sunshine Coast
The Gap
Thornlands, Redland City
Tiaro, QLD
Tingalpa
Toowong
Toowoomba, QLD
Tweed Heads, NSW
Upper Coomera, Gold Coast
Wakerley
Warana, Sunshine Coast
Warwick, QLD
Wavell Heights
Wellington Point, Redland City
West End
Witta, Sunshine Coast
Woodford
Woodridge
Woody Point
Woolloongabba
Woombye, Sunshine Coast
Woorim, Bribie Island
Wynnum
Wynnum West
Yeronga

We’re currently based in Bongaree on Bribie Island, so if anybody lives in the Sandstone Point, Caboolture, Ningi, Morayfield, Beachmere or Bribie Island areas – we can get to your party or event really quickly!