Krofft Puppeteer School | Sid & Marty Krofft


While producing the Barbara Mandrell show the Krofft brothers found there was a shortage of puppeteers – so they opened the Krofft Puppet School. Tuition was free, but the candidates had to pass a rigorous audition that included singing, dancing and acting through a puppet. This audition winnowed out a surprising number of candidates including some good puppeteers.

One seemingly simple part of the audition was for the puppeteer to make the puppet say, “My name is Bob.” It tripped up a lot of puppeteers. Why? When we say “Bob” we actually open our mouths again at the end, so we really say “Bob-uh” with a very soft “uh” at the end. A lot of puppeteers missed that little mouth motion, and for that they were shown the door.

Van Snowden was the head professor of “puppetology” and the capable Michael Mealiffe was in charge of the school overall.


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