Hey guys, Patricia here. I’m taking a short break from Nickelodeon reviews to talk about something else I’m a big fan of: puppets. As some of you know, Kevin and I are huge Muppet, Sesame Street, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Weinerville,Â and Jim Henson fans. I listed Henson and Paul Reubens as one of my top 50 influences, Marc Weiner on my top 20 male Nickelodeon influences, and did a episode of Casual Chats on the criminally underrated puppet TV show Dinosaurs. If you haven’t listened to it yet, please check it out right here.
While those programs are great for kids and adults, I find puppets with adult humor so much more hilarious than oppose to animated shows with adult humor. But whenever people think of puppets and adult humor, they ever think of either Avenue Q or Crank Yankers. However, there are plenty of other puppet programs with adult humor that are so funny and creative that I’m surprised that people don’t talk about. In no particular order, here are the 5 puppet shows you probably never heard of, but you should definitely check out.
1. Sifl & Olly
Created by Liam Lynch and Matt Crocco in 1997 and showcased on MTV, Sifl & Olly showcases two sock puppets named Sifl and Olly respectively doing various comedic skits and jokes. Some of them include Precious Roy’s Home Shopping Network, Interview Time, S & O News, and more. The jokes range from witty, surreal, and subtle humor that make it still hilarious to this day. Sure, the effects and design seem to appear primitive, outdated, and cheap, but that’s what makes it so charming. One of my all time favorites that Sifl and Olly have ever done was their ninja segment and concluding it singing “Ninja of the Night”. Unfortunately, it was cancelled in 1999, less than 2 years since its debut. Since then, it has gained a cult following and even Lynch and Crocco featured them occasionally on the podcast Lynchland. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out. It’s on YouTube.
2. Greg the Bunny
Created by Dan Milano, Steven Levitan, and Spencer Chinoy, the show is about Greg the Bunny starring in a public access show called Sweetknuckle Junction,Â which is similar to a more raunchy version of The Muppet Show. The show relies on a lot of movie and pop culture references and has discussions on how puppets are treated like lower class trash compared to humans. I haven’t seen it in a while, so I cannot tell you any episodes to check out. But if you can, check out the series on DVD.
Hope to see you around Old School Lane soon. Thanks for reading.