Spitting Image / Les Guignols De L’info : American Version , Will They Work ?

Spitting Image / Les Guignols De L’info : American Version , Will They Work ?

I’ve been a huge fan of Spitting Image and Les Guignols De L’info for a long time now.

It all started with catching glimpses of Contra Informação on television . I would have the RTP channel on cable during the 2000s . I was 13 when September 11th happened and at the time there was webcartoons satirizing George W Bush and Osama Bin Laden . One video that went viral around that time was a Budweiser commercial ( WAZZ-UP ! ) parody featuring realistic caricature puppets of Obama Bin Laden , Saddam Hussein , Muammar al-Gaddafi calling each other over the phone parodying the commercial . Suddenly it shows that 2 Government Men ( who look like Sylvester Stallone ) are tapping into the phone call. George W Bush ruins it by going on a microphone shouting ( WAZZ-UP ) with causes the terrorists to hang up the phone.

This was my introduction to Les Guignols De L’info. I was so amazed with the puppets and … here’s a thing about me , when I see and ear something that I like , I become obsessed . It’s a good thing that I don’t drink. lol

I was talking to a puppeteer friend of mine about these shows and he told me they were a rip off of Spitting Image. At that time I started high school shortly after. The first things I’ve seen of Spitting Image was a very pixelated video clip of The Who ( My Generation ) parody from 1986 ,   a clip of an interview with Ian Hislop talking about The Spitting Image 1987 Election Special , The very first episode , An episode from 1985 which ended with a parody album commercial about the RS232 Interface Lead . This was before YouTube , so let’s just say that don’t know anything about “ illegal downloading “ back then. 😉 Then on a couple trips to New York , I went to the The Paley Center For Media ( The Museum of Television and Radio ) and watched as much Spitting Image as I could find. The first time was this compilation of the best of Spitting Image’s first 3 series. The on my next trip , I watched a couple episodes from 1989 and the 1990 episode where Margret Thatcher was in a coffin the whole entire episode ( symbolized her resignation ) .

And I have been a huge fan since. 🙂

In recent times , there has been news about the possibilities of not only a Spitting Image revival in America but also a Les Guignols revival in America. Now I’m from America but there’s a reason why I like British and French comedy. I like my comedy creative and satirical. I’ve been a fan of Jim Henson’s Muppets my whole entire life and got into Monty Python’s Flying Circus in childhood. Perhaps Spitting Image and Les Guignols as well as Dinosaurs introduced me into leftist politics. When I got into Anarchism in the summer of 2017 , the funny thing is I kind of understood Spitting Image and Les Guignols De L’info more. 🙂 Now I don’t speak a word of French , but I still enjoy watching Les Guignols . I just watch the body language for the most part and if there’s a translator on me , I would try to figure out what those puppets are saying. And when I do , it amazes me what they were able to get away with. Both Spitting Image and Les Guignols De L’info got away with more than even South Park.

So with the question remaining , Would American versions of Spitting Image / Les Guignols De L’info work ? My first question is “ WHY an AMERICAN VERSION ? “ I loved the shows the way they were. Also I find British swear words and slang funny ( Yep that shows that I’m from America lol ) . British Comedy makes me want to understand the differences of their culture compared to America. How they call Soccer “ Football “ , How they call TV / Television “ The Telly “ , How they call French Fries “ Chips “ and how they call Potato Chips “ Crisps “ for example. Or how we call a series of episodes per year of a television show a Season where in Britain they call it a series but we call the show as a whole a “ series “ . lol It’s interesting and fun to learn. Saying an American version of Spitting Image and or Les Guignols De L’info is kind of like saying an American Monty Python’s Flying Circus. To me , that sounds like a total dystopia , just like any reboot / remake that’s not from the original people , it’s going to suck and it’s going to disappoint fans. But of course in capitalism , no one cares about the cult following fandom that actually cares about the show. They want to reach the masses.

Americans for the most part never heard of Spitting Image and Les Guignols De L’info. The only thing about Spitting Image that most Americans know about is the Genesis Land of Confusion music video from 1986 , and even then most people think all the puppets were created for that one music video. They have absolutely no idea they had a television show of their own. However those who were around the 1980s might have remembered the 3 NBC Specials.

It’s kind of like answering the same question on why the 1990s Muppet Movies were so good and better than The Muppets ( 2011 ) and Muppets Most Wanted , all four movies were made after Jim Henson’s death and all four had The Walt Disney Company involved. The answer to that is the same with why the NBC Spitting Image specials were great , they were made by the original crew .

I think Sid and Marty Krofft were hired to create DC Follies . Sid Krofft said that with DC Follies he was delivering what the American audiences wanted to see but not vicious like Spitting Image.

And that’s my point . If an American Spitting Image and or Les Guignols was possible then it would end up like a cross between DC Follies and Saturday Night Live.

Americans are very cautious with their satire for the most part. Kind of liberal. Unless you count South Park which is currently Right Wing Libertarian ( The Libertarian Party ) and kind of centrist and same with most American satire like Bill Maher and SuperNews! ( which was inspired by 2DTV I think ) .

Besides , there’s already an American Spitting Image show out in time of Trump which is Stephen Cobert’s Our Cartoon President on Showtime. And it just makes SuperNews! Look good and it’s not as great as Lil Bush which was on Comedy Central years ago when I was in high school .

I heard about the Les Guignols American revival which someone from The Daily Show with John Stewart being involved as well as Robert Smigel ( Saturday TV Funhouse from SNL which I’m a fan of ) . It’s almost like no one seen the PBS documentary “ Anti-Americans : A Love / Hate Relationship “ . It’s like the magazine version of Les Guignols De L’info was Charlie Hebdo and Spitting Image was like a cross between Mad Magazine and Private Eye Magazine as well as Week Ending / Dead Ringers .

In Europe they were fearless when it comes to satire. Les Guignols De L’info lasted 18 years longer than Spitting Image , had a bigger budget and they went beyond any satire show I’ve ever seen.

And when Charlie Hebdo got attacked in 2015 , Les Guignols reported it with the same fearless satire as Charlie Hebdo. I often wonder if that was the reason why they were about to get canceled.

The big story was that Vincent Bolloré bought Canal+ and was going to cancel Les Guignols De L’info as a favor from his friend Nicolas Sarkozy due to his worry that Les Guignols would ruin his chances of being re-elected in 2017.

The writers from the 2000s were fired , the producer / show runner shortly after , Les Guignols was half it’s length and the budget kept dropping until they were canceled in 2018.

What was interesting was there was 3 last episodes mocking the situation.

One was PPD in the familiar Les Guignols De L’info setting going to a crew party where he hears the show was getting canceled and he packs up .

The other one was a goodbye song which is quite similar to the ending of Spitting Image in 1996 except it was more low key.

The final episode featured PPD and Jacques Chirac leaving the Canal + studio where Bob Sylvester of The World Company dismisses them. The last episode ends with PPD looking back and leaving slowing in depression , sadness and that feeling of loss that the satirists lost and the evil capitalists have won.

There’s clearly a difference between American humor , satire and culture vs Europe humor , satire and culture . And if one or the other shows were revived , it won’t matter if they are going to go after Trump , the show would be commodified , dumb down and just like all the great classic cartoon characters , they would become shadows of their former selves .

So when Roger Law mentioned in an interview that the American revival was going to be written by Americans , I knew that was a sign that it wasn’t going to be great. Both shows didn’t mind not being patriotic and nationalistic to America but in America it’s a totally different story. If you are not patriotic in America , people will hate you and want you out of the country.

The new Spitting Image puppets look so good , it looks more like the heyday Spitting Image from 1984 – 1986 and not so much the Pablo Bach caricatures from the mid 1980s until the end of the run as well as 2DTV and Contra Informação ( which had some obscure Spitting Image puppets on there . )

But when you don’t have great satirists like Ian Hislop on board , and you have American writers instead ( which is not likely they are going to be leftist or even at least as progressive as the ones who written great satire on the show Dinosaurs ) , It’s not like they heyday of Mad Magazine is what I’m getting at.

Still I’ll be excited to see Spitting Image / Les Guignols De L’info either way. Besides there should be a better release for them on DVD and digital anyways.

_ Erica

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When Trump reminds us of Looney Tunes

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Funniest Christmas Comedy Specials EVER

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Funniest Comedy Puppet Shows on Television & Film / Movies

Funniest Comedy Puppet Shows on TV Television and Movies Film


Funniest Puppet Shows in Television and Film

Today I’m going to be talking about in my opinion the best and funniest puppet shows in television and film , mostly referring to adult puppetry.

And for the most part I’m referring to the “ Television / Film standard “ puppetry which most are already familiar with regarding The Muppets.

And since I’m on the subject , I might as well shamelessly plug in my 20 year old adult puppet satirical comedy sketch show “ The Erica Crooks Show “ http://youtube.com/user/officialericcrooks/videos

In no order , here I go.

( 1. The Muppet Show / Sesame Street / Fraggle Rock / Jim Henson’s Muppets

Might as well start off with the ones who started it all. 🙂 Even though Bennie and Cecil were technically the first ones to develop hand puppet development specifically for television , Jim Henson developed it to where his puppets didn’t look like toys but more like 3rd demential cartoon characters many decades before the cartoon animation standard of CGI animation took over cinematic cartoon animation.

For me , there’s so much to like about The Muppets. Some find similarities to Jim Henson’s Muppets with the animated cartoon character creations of Walt Disney and his team with a sense of irreverent humor and silliness that are close to Walt Kelly’s Pogo. And of course those are accurate , but I also do find similarities between a puppet version of Looney Tunes meets The Gong Show in a vaudeville theater setting referring to The Muppet Show.;

The Muppet Show has not reran on television for years. I grew up with Muppet Show reruns when it was on Nickelodeon in the early mid 1990s . Still there’s younger generations discovering the show and of course there’s fans who would upload everything since Disney is too lazy to release any of the original Jim Henson’s Muppets commercially just like Network DVD with Spitting Image but unlike Disney , they are just extremely slow to not releasing the rest of the Spitting Image series at all.

People get the wrong idea of Jim Henson’s Muppets so easily and just think that they are Sesame Street , like all the characters are like Elmo and the current newish cute characters on Sesame Street Post-Jim Henson era. People think puppets are for kids. People used to think the same with cartoons and cartoon animation years ago. Though it seems like Adult Puppetry no matter how hard they try or how desperate , they can never get a break.


I think people don’t realize that The Muppets used to be extremely funny and were really considered a Comedy group just like classic Looney Tunes cartoons , Three Stooges shorts , Classic Simpsons , etc.

The whole idea of The Muppets is when you actually sit down and WATCH the Jim Henson era Muppets ( perhaps a little bit of the 1990s Brain Henson era ) , you totally forget your watching a puppet show because THEY ACT SO HUMAN ! And at the same time , very cartoonish , kind of like the examples that I just gave above. Sometimes you might see a person in your personal life that remind you of a Muppet. Perhaps you got your heart taken advantage of by a narcissistic bitch like Miss Piggy or perhaps you acted like Animal in your high school or college years or knew of someone who was just as impulsive . Perhaps you know someone in authority that acts just like Oscar the Grouch , Boober Fraggle , Bert or even Sam the Eagle.

And yes , Sesame Street did satirize Donald Trump in more than one occasion. 3 from what I can recall off the top of my head.

While most can relate to the actual characters , why I love The Muppets is the energy within the intuitive creative humor with a spice of irreverence. Sometimes they can even shock you a little bit.

“ Well if you don’t go ( along with Kermit’s invitation to visit his birthplace aka The Swamp ) , I’ll put you all in the hospital. “ _ Miss Piggy ( John Denver episode of The Muppet Show )

“ Their job is to be rebellious , their job is to say ” screw Disney ! “ _ Frank Oz

“ A puppet can say something a real life performer won’t touch with a stick. “ _ Jim Henson

And of course since I mentioned Looney Tunes , like Tom & Jerry , The Muppets as a whole reflected a nostalgia from comic strip pun type humor like Walt Kelly’s Pogo to the explosive Golden Age of Animation , almost like if Tex Avery was limited as a puppet show …. Almost !

Even Classic Sesame Street mostly seen in the 1970s more than in the 1980s , had the same sort of irreverence. Even though the 50 year old educational show for kids can do it’s job , The Muppets barely toned down their irreverence. If it’s Don Music slamming his piano in deep depression as a struggling songwriter , if Little Chrissy had his band members and his whole entire audience abandoning him during is live performance of the song “ Exit “ , If it’s Ernie and his devil-may-care prankster charm teasing the life out of boring ol buddy Bert until he goes off into the kitchen and smashes dishes or enjoys the game Ernie suggested just to result to Ernie abandoning the whole dang thing all together making Bert the fool yet again , if it’s Harry Monster taking cars with Anything Muppets driving them off the roads and throwing them into the recording studio of Guy Smiley to even Harvey Kneeslapper ( enough said ) , let me just say that I’m hitting on 31 now and these clips crack me up when I see them on youtube . I grew up with 1980s and early 1990s Sesame Street. And for many many many years , I thought the 1970s and 1980s episodes were basically the same and all well and good. Until I started seeing a pattern and strong difference between the 1970s Sesame Street vs the 1980s Sesame Street.

Both The Muppet Show and Classic Sesame Street 1970s shared the Muppets’ sense of wild zany humor as well as collaboration of Rock Music.

Fraggle Rock was a totally different show but still credited as “ Fraggle Rock : with Jim Henson’s Muppets “ . Like Dark Crystal and Labyrinth , the 1980s was a time where Jim Henson was becoming more and more interested in his idealistic vision ( yes Jim Henson was an INFP , The Idealist , Jim took the Myers Briggs Personality Test , it says it in Brian Jay Jones’ Jim Henson : The Biography “ .

Fraggle Rock was meant to be a show symbolizing bringing peace to the world.

If there’s one thing however that relates to The Muppet sense of humor , that would be head writer Jerry Juhl . And many of the episodes written by Jerry Juhl , the humor does show within the characters , especially Boober.

The Muppets in the 1980s still had it’s slapstick sense of humor but perhaps not as irreverent and edgy as it was back in the 1970s , but very close , in fact it does show up just as good time and time again.

Especially if it’s just Jim Henson and Frank Oz performing their classic characters again.

As for Disney , you won’t see the original magic like this again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoEdmKybRiU

So really The Muppets were at their best from the very beginning “ Ever seen the dark comedy Wilkins Coffee Commercials ? Those are some of my all time favorites personally 🙂 lol” and until the last episode of Muppets Tonight. Yes there were some pumps in the road like Muppet Babies , Little Muppet Monsters , Jim Henson’s Play-a-Long Video , but keep in mind when Muppets Take Manhattan wasn’t a box office hit , it was sort of the slow beginning of the end.

Or perhaps it was the cancelation of The Muppet Show after 5 Seasons when the show was at it’s best. Jim Henson passed away at 53 due to the anxiety and stress of the Disney business deal.

And let current Sesame Street , Disney’s Muppets and The Happytime Murders make you turn to the Classic Jim Henson’s Muppets and make you nostalgic that must faster.

( 2. Dinosaurs

Jim Henson had the idea for a satirical sitcom where Dinosaurs symbolized the stupidity of humanity which lead to their slow extinction around 1990 . The show was one of the few ideas of Jim Henson that was made after his death.

Dinosaurs was absolutely perfect for the left leaning 1990s , and if Fraggle Rock was about Peace and Understanding those that differ from us , Dinosaurs was political satire.

Like The Muppets , people thought Dinosaurs was just a cute show that most people forgot except the Elmo voiced Baby Sinclair “ I’m The Baby , Gotta Love Me “ ( Also performed by Kevin Clash ) . But in many ways , Dinosaurs was like the 1990s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meets Jurassic Park meets The Simpsons. And of course when The Simpsons were hip , you had shows like The Critic , Mission Hill , and Family Guy ( Sorry folks , I just can’t get into that show , even if I force myself. I rather watch Robot Chicken personally . )

But personally I thought the show went beyond shows like Classic Simpsons and even Beavis & Butt-head.

“ We had a lot of leftie writers. “ _ Brian Henson ( On The Dinosaurs documentary on the DVD box set )

In a previous blog article , I was talking about how ridged American Left Wing Politics are and examples of satirical comedy shows in America that were left leaning unlike Britain and France which could get further left than American Television could get away with.


The one thing about the show that I focused on was the show within the show. That’s like watching Monty Python’s Flying Circus and you keep fast forwarding until you find Terry Gilliam’s Cut Out Animations , same with me when it comes to watching Harley Quinn in Batman The Animated Series , SanDeE* in LA Story , or Susan Watts in Some Kind of Wonderful , or any movie Lori Petty happens to be in.

Perhaps I feel the same way when it comes to Dinosaur TV .


This was mind-blowing because to me this was the first time I ever seen a television show satirize television in such a way where it almost screams out “ Anti-capitalism “ politically , and perhaps in ways it did.

I always thought how cool would it be to see a fan edit , or perhaps THAT was a show itself.

That inspired the format of the filmed version of my satirical puppet show , The Erica Crooks Show in the matter to lampoon Television !


And what I found out in 2017 when I became an Anarchist , lefties such as Anarchism , socialism , etc feel the same way about the media. It’s not about “ Liberal Media / Fake News “ , it’s more on the lines of “STOP MAKING STUPID PEOPLE FAMOUS ! “

There’s even an episode of Dinosaurs that was dedicated to satirizing television which of course next to the Potatoism episode is one of my all time favorites.

Unfortunately it looks like Disney wants people to spend money watching the episodes because anyone who uploaded episodes like the one I’m referring too “ Network Genius “ is going to be speeded up , reversed or slowed down to beat so called copyright infringement just like episodes of Doug.

It just makes me want an Anarchist Society MORE so . 

( 3. Spitting Image / Les Guignols De L’info

I seen Contra Informacao ( Puppets by Pablo Bach of Spitting Image fame ) and Les Guignols De L’info ( The Osama Bin Laden Budweiser Commercial via internet  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6xT6CuEiXk . ) before I seen Spitting Image.

A puppeteer friend of mine who worked on Spitting Image told me about it and I don’t know how many times I thanked him for getting me into the show and how many questions I had for him relating to his work on the show.

This was probably between 2002 – 2005 , definitely the early 2000s . YouTube was barely popular at the time and all the videos were pixelated so if you wanted to watch videos on the internet without having a hard time with Google Search unlike today , You’d use a Peer-To-Peer Torrent Downloading Application . That’s how I seen my first episodes of Spitting Image which happened to be the very first episode and an episode from Season 2 about the RS232 Interface Lead . I ended up showing it showing it off at High School and only I found it funny.

I also showed Blackface and WWII cartoons from The Golden Age of Animation in my Anti-Racial High School class. I even made this introduction using Invader Zim music and this Flash Animated cinema opening with a file cabinet like the opening of some documentaries show , sort of similar to film presentations I did at my local public library side from the adult puppet shows. Perhaps the first video clip I seen on the internet was a pixelated copy of The Who “ My Generation “ parody from 1986. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnOXxFnoEVs

And I watched this combination of the first 3 seasons of Spitting Image at The Museum of Television and Radio on my Trip to New York City which was around the time I got a chance to see Avenue Q ( The original cast ) and “ The Producers “ ( which I much prefer the 1968 Mel Brooks classic ) . I was mindblown , I needed to see MORE ! And that’s the thing about me , it’s like an addict , when I get hooked onto something good , I NEED MORE ! Don’t worry folks , I’m only an addict for pop culture and knowledge , as far as I know. lol

First off you can deny how awesome the puppets are. It’s like how Jim Henson improved the puppet for not only television but also film ( The Dark Crystal , Labyrinth , The Storyteller ) , Spitting Image looks like Mad Magazine meets The Muppets. There’s also a story that floats around that Jim Henson was asked to join but wasn’t interested.

Kind of like the satire of Dinosaurs but beyond PG , going towards a balance between PG-13 and R where Les Guignols De L’info took on the hard R and many times more hardcore than Spitting Image ever was.

The writing was brilliant ! It was like the kind of show that I wanted to see with Dinosaurs’ show within a show “ Dinosaur TV “ but with caricatured people.

Most fans will agree the 1980s episodes are the absolute best.

My favorites are usually 1985 – 1991 ( Series 2 – Series 10 ) . However I do like watching the 1990s episodes for some of the musical and pop culture parodies.

And guess what folks ? Someone was nice enough to upload almost EVERY SINGLE EPISODE which Network DVD never took down , ENJOY !


I would consider Spitting Image to be perhaps my 3rd favorite television show of all time , or 4th , I’m not sure where Dinosaurs would go. 🙂 It’s pretty close , though I think Spitting Image gave me that fill I needed.

Plus something about British Comedy , perhaps they are more for iNtuitive personality types where in America it seems like humor is targeted toward either the ESFP or ESTP .

Spitting Image was made by left leaning satirists definitely.


Les Guignols De L’info wasn’t as cartoony and silly as Spitting Image could get. Les Guignols De L’info was a lot more Darker .

And even though I’m born in the country of America and know barely any language outside English , I can get what’s happening for the most part by the body language of the puppet.

Also I have a French translator on my iPod touch and I tested it and it works.

Despite all of this , I’m a huge fan of the show.

I own all the DVDs which I got off of amazon.fr !

They stopped making DVDs after 2015 , and 2015 was a big year for the show because Vincent Bollore bought Canal+ , sacked the original writers and later the producer of the show ,

And the show changed format no longer having PPD as the host. Kind of an unnecessary change but from what I’ve noticed in the English dubs , it was quite exciting just to get THAT !

Before , I remember reading that Les Guignols were going to be featured in a PBS documentary and I WAS SO STOKED !

https://vimeo.com/55017531 ( Go To 7:00 on the timeline )

So when sketches were being dubbed in English , That’s was a very exiting time as an English speaking Guignols fan .


Sadly the show came to an end this year after 30 years .

Like Spitting Image’s ending reminding viewers “ Don’t Forget To Spit “ [ perhaps referring to direct action / Bob Crow’s quote “ Spit on your own and you can’t do a thing , but if we all Spit together , we’ll drown the bastards. “


The ending to Guignols had several .

There was their goodbye song ( kind of similar to the Spitting Image ending but sad )


There was also another one which I’m struggling to find the link to because Canal+ looks like they are ripping it off from who ever uploaded it. I’m sure it’s online somewhere .

The one where PDD is hosting Les Guignols as usual , goes around to the party in the Canal+ studios where the production crew are partying to Daft Punk’s “ Get Lucky “ while the DJ ( I’m not sure who that is ) snorts cocaine with a rolled dollar . It cuts to a shot where it looks like the Canal+ executives or censors had just about enough of the antics and shenanigans of Les Guignols . Cuts back to the party where a blood shot eyed puppet smokes a join and falls to the floor and Mr Stallone of the World Company asks what is going on and all the lights go off. PPD Gets the news that Vincent Bollore is shutting down the show. PPD is desperate to get revenge and even asking Jacques Chirac who strangely enough took the place of PPD as host in the last season / series for no reason. PPD packs up his desk from a hair piece to the famous early Les Guignols Egg Coco clock given to him by the obsessed “Co-Co “ Johnny Hallyday , and yes that was the show’s first big hit GAG ! He was one of the first puppets on there too. So the sketch ends with Jacques I think telling PPD to hang on to the satirical memories of the show. Nicolas Sarkozy ( in which the big true conspiracy of the ending of Les Guignols was because Nicolas Sarkozy hated his puppet and wanted Vincent Bollore to cancel the show or at least get his puppet off the show because they are such rich capitalist friends. ) butts in and him and Jacques are backing up to either a vacation or “ Hollywood “ ? Was this an indication of the Fox deal for an American Guignols as NBC wanted an American Spitting Image ? ( * Update * Roger Law donated the rest of what he has of Spitting Image to Oxford University but still interested in pitching Spitting Image to Netflix to any American mainstream network who wants it. I also heard HBO rumors a few years back. )

The final sketh shows Jacques Chirac getting sacked revealing that Canal+ is in fact owned by none other but THE AMERICANS ! BOM BUM BAW ! ( Dramatic music cliche ) aka THE WORLD COMPANY !

The final piece shows a Sad PPD looking back at the very establishment that him and his fellow puppets were rebelling against political only to walk out in failure and depressing disappointment. It does bring a tear to the eye https://www.facebook.com/GuignolsInfo/videos/1945429055507401/ , very similar to the first episode where they responded to the shootings that happened at Charlie Hebdo. I think who worked people on Guignols knew the satirists who were killed closely , so it was a personal loss to them , so of course they amped the satire against the religious terrorists even more !

I was watching those episodes closely not only entertained but fearing that these courageous satirists might get attacked next.

This was right before the 2015 change over.

One sketch I remember gasping in entertainment was this one.



The satirical sketch I think was made a year prior , but still .

That was the thing about the show , Les Guignols responded to September 11th the very next day with a George W Bush puppet hiding behind the news desk with a very pissed off Stallone ( Ugly American stereotype , GENUIS caricatures on the American ruling class ! ) threatening the religious terrorists on air.

So regarding the legacy of the show , it went beyond Spitting Image as a political satire , it lasted longer than Spitting Image , and their budget was beyond Spitting Image.

When Guignols was getting good by the 1990s , Spitting Image was losing it’s touch until it’s cancelation in 1996.

And the other thing about Les Guignols De L’info was they can make most Americans GASP !

Never before has a television show or perhaps sense were able to knock the piss out of religious terrorists in the way Guignols has. In fact , I think that was partly why they were given the threat of cancelation in 2015.

There was a terrorist attack in France when Guignols was off the air and Vincent Bollore sacked the writers …. But they still had the producer who later got sacked. I think it was said that once they got him off the backs of those who worked on Guignols , it’s back to business as usual.


Ever seen their Jackass parody ? lol Saturday Night Live wouldn’t touch this with a thousand mile long poll.

LES SUIS GUIGNOLS ! ( 1988 – 2015 / 2015 – 2018 )

Les Guignols De’ Info wasn’t just one out of many Spitting Image inspired shows , they were THE BEST ONE out of all of them. Contra being the next one mainly because it was Pablo Bach’s puppets and actual puppets from Spitting Image appeared on the show.

2DTV was Spitting Image animated which was an inspiration to me as well. http://www.youtube.com/user/officialericcrooks/videos

Newzoids was so much better than Headaches. And Dead Ringers as well as Have I Got News For You is as close to BRAND NEW Spitting Image as your ever going to get.

Personally I don’t know why 2DTV can’t be revived. That was the best alternative for a comeback in my opinion , even more than Newzoids.



And like Spitting Image’s Music video with Genesis Land of Confusion


There was one with 2DTV with George Michael


And even the American show inspired by 2DTV called SuperNews! Has a music video with Weird Al , Which I watched online on Current TV’s website by the time of it’s cancelation.


OK , now I’m talking about animation. But let me just say that the show itself , the writing could have been better in my opinion.

But what was funny about them was they were some of the first one’s to knock the piss out of social media.




Google Toilet

One of the BEST theme song openings I have ever seen and heard in my opinion.


Like Apollo’s Pad , another great funny show that had such little attention and remembrance and should be remembered more in my opinion.

Even though Apollo’s Pad made me laugh more.

Did I mention SuperNews! Having a sweet opening ?


Guignols had a sweet one too !


Also their last one was also pretty sweet.


One more thing about Spitting Image. They were involved in commercials and stuff because the show was expensive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sukEm_7zgYU

But one show they did that deserves an award of their own is “ Round The Bend “.

( 3. * BONUS *

Round The Bend


It was like 1990s Nickelodeon but on a Dinosaurs level … a PG rated Spitting Image !

Mad Magazine meets puppets again.

The humor was close to bad pun humor like The Muppet Show with a mix of Mad Magazine and Spitting Image ( not only the puppets but THE VOICES ! Yep , John Glover is in the house ! )

JUST WATCH THE SHOW AND ENJOY ! All the episodes are on there !

Also make sure to check out the website of one of the creators “ Tony Husband “


I know it’s been a long read , so get on up and start …



( 4. Gremlins

And it’s not just because Chuck Jones of Looney Tunes fame makes a cameo. ( Sorry I can’t find the clip ) “ Yep the bat never looked better. It’s great , you’re doing fine. Hello Gerold. “ and Mr Jones pays the bartender after looking at Billy’s drawing and leaves in the background.

Don’t you just love those awkward cameos ? OK Trump’s movie cameos such but since we’re talking about Puppets.



From Richard Hunt , Frank Oz as a cop , and Jim Henson having a hard time with his agent Bernie in the movie Into The Night. And yes folks , I’m that crazy enough to get that movie just for that alone.

Friend : Erica , why do you own a DVD of Rocky III , you don’t even like those kinds of movies like I do.

Me : Because Jim Henson recording a special Muppet Show into for the movie alone since Sly was a guest star on The Muppet Show.

Anyway , back to Gremlins.

What can I say , I seen the movie in my Middle School years and what I love about it should be obvious by now. It starts out like a horror movie and ends up being this wacky parody.



( someone captured this from their TV , I couldn’t find a cleaner captured clip . Sorry. )

And Gremlins 2 is funny also and so Anti-Capitalism ! lol TAKE THAT CAPITALISTS !

The second one sort of parodied itself. I thought it was funny.

From the WB Tattoo , all the crazy parodies at the end.

And maybe it’s just my dark sense of humor speaking but this is one of my favorite moments in the movie , Intellectual Gremlin talks to Grandpa Munster and then this happens…


The slapstick totally cracks me up.

I did have a friend in middle school in which we talked about someday joining together to write Gremlins 3. He HATED Gremlins for being funny and he HATED Gremlins 2.

Nothing came about that of course.

I will say this , if Gremlins were revived , JUST LIKE YODA , I WANT TO SEE PUPPETS NOT CGI !

Like the British Telecom commercial which was as close to a Gremlins 3 we ever got.


If you look up the behind the scenes video with all the chroma key involved , to me as a a puppeteer and puppet indie filmmaker , it’s truly a treat to watch.


Unlike the movies , this was done by British puppeteers. Won’t be surprised if Spitting Image people had their hands in this. Pun intended. lol

( * FUN FACT * When setting up secretly alarms and cameras in my apartment , I found out the guy setting up my cameras and such was a Gremlins fan. So I told him about this. 😉 * )

Did I mention I’m a music addict ?

Peter Gabrel’s OUT OUT ROCKS THE HOUSE ! This so needs to be on Apple Music , I SWEAR !


( 5. Meet The Feebles

Let’s face it

The X rated Fritz the Cat is pretty tame in today’s standards.


( Funny how people warned me about NOT EVER SEEING stuff that I end up loving . That’s what separates the right from the left politically. Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk ! )

So is the NC-17 Meet The Feebles.

But one thing is for sure.


If your curious what I’m getting you into ,

Check out the trailer


In 2018 , The movie was in the headlines describing The Happytime Murders.

It doesn’t come close because as I said in previous blog videos and articles about the film , my philosophy to comedy is this , “ It’s got to be either creative and or satirical or it’s not funny to me at all. “ In my opinion .

Team America has it’s funny moments like I’m so Ronery to “ MATT DA-MON ! “ and of course , South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone .

But for Adult Puppet Movies outside The Muppets , it’s Meet The Feebles.

What other puppet movie can you think of where they show a Vietnam Vet Frog drug addict or a drug lord Walrus , a Suicidal / homicidal obese yet sort of innocent Hippo and An arrogant gay fox who is the stage director who refuse staying hidden in the closet ! Talk about a pro-LGBTQ+ character right there. Also Harry the sex positive rabbit. And let’s not forget Wobbert .

Great characters , dark satire , I think it’s brilliant.

Peter Jackson’s only puppet movie. And it was an independent film coming from someone who wasn’t a puppeteer before hand , at least to my knowledge.

Also there’s a documentary called Sex , Drugs and Soft Toys !

So enjoy the trailer

And / or



( 6. Puppets Who Kill

I personally like Puppets Who Kill more than Greg The Bunny .

I know Kevin Carlson and James Murray worked on it , had cameos of their puppets ( Want to See Timmy the Tooth puppets swear ) ?

They were going to do a show called “ Crow Police “ which looks great and a hell of a lot funnier than Happytime Murders ,


Perhaps even the Billy West / James Gomez ( Ren & Stimpy ) Billy Bastard 


Yeah way funnier than Happytime Murders .

Puppets Who Kill is brilliant


And also , Jerry Juhl of The Muppets LOVED IT !

And it was made by Canadian puppeteers that worked with Jim Henson on Fraggle Rock and even The Jim Henson Hour !

The characters are hilarious ! It’s like The Simpsons but more satirically dark.

You’ll immediately LOVE THESE GUYS !

Oh just go watch the show already.


( * Fun Fact * : One of the reasons why I hate the internet. When I was in middle school / early high school when I first heard about these , I was shocked and freaking out saying “ What was Jerry Juhl thinking “ on the Muppet fan forums and looking like a fool . The thing that people should know about the internet is don’t get too fresh with someone who appears to be a Social Justice Warrior or an idiot online , they could be just a kid. https://www.facebook.com/notes/erica-crooks/the-earliest-surviving-origins-of-the-erica-crooks-show/1715639221870122/ I’ve talked about how I promoted myself at a young age and some college guy just didn’t realize he was talking to a kid the whole time. Jokes on him , My show is 20 years old ! youtube.com/user/officialericcrooks/videos

But anyway that’s the story of my life , I thought satire was bully humor until I grew up and realized that this world really is in a mess. Adults need satire. And perhaps kids need to learn about the dark facts of this current reality early on. Just an opinion.

Anyway , go check out Puppets Who Kill. Next to Dinosaurs and Spitting Image / Guignols , Puppets Who Kill in my opinion was the next BEST adult puppet show outside The Muppets. ( Dinosaurs was made by Henson and Puppets Who Kill like Avenue Q had Muppet people involved , Spitting Image did too a little bit like Louise Gold and director Peter Harris but you know what I mean . )

( 7. Apollo’s PAd / Mr Meaty




Plus I have a thing for foam puppets , I admit it. AS AN ARTIST ! Get that dirty picture out of your might right now . lol Anyway .

This is an adult puppet show that I wished people talked about more. I tried to bring awareness on Muppet fan sites but it’s weird the liberal politics of message forums and reddit can be . But understandable. Sometimes I can’t believe there’s younger Muppet fans who get into it from watching Classic Muppet videos online. There’s a time in one’s life where you got to realize , you are not the youngest adult anymore.


My Twin Flame is 6 years younger than me so I got to face facts sometime.

Speaking of which there was this puppet show on Nickelodeon which I was totally missing out on called “ Mr. Meaty “ .


Now I’m watching the episodes on YouTube and I LOVE IT ! I’ve been watching a bunch of them while I struggle to sleep at night. YouTube is sort of my TV next to reading and doing this stuff. Lol


But if you know of the show , then prepare for the R rated version “ Mr. Meaty “


In other words watch whatever didn’t get pulled off.

( Another mentions

Inside Outdoors

The guy who made the puppets had a website called Whattacharacter or something and unfortunately he passed away not long ago.

Puppeteer Ed May ( who has worked for The Jim Henson Company )

Worked on the show and has uploaded the little existence of the show.


I remember seeing the show once or twice as a kid and I was searching the internet for almost a decade trying to find information about it , and even asking around on any puppet forum I could find at the time.

Another slapstick puppet comedy show on television ? WHAT IS THIS SHOW ?

Check out the clips .  https://www.youtube.com/user/MrBunraku/videos

( 8. The Erica Crooks Show

Here I go again with my shameless plug in.

Oh what the hell , the show is going to be 20 years old starting next year so might as well. 🙂

I already talk about my inspirations . ;P


But seriously , I’m the kind of fan who not only is obsessed with what I love , collects what I want into my personal libraries and media collections , but I’m an artist who wants to go out and do my own spin on it.

In 2015 , I did a panel at Rhode Island Comic Con in 2015 about just that “ Bringing Back The Good Stuff “

Here’s a blog video where I talk about it.


As for The Erica Crooks Show , sometimes it’s best to let Art speak for itself. 🙂


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Funny Christmas Comedy Favorites ( 2018 )

Erica Crooks Pop Culture Blog 2018 – Favorite Christmas

Funny Christmas Comedy Favorites

( as of December 7 2018 )

It’s holiday time once again and in no order , I’d like to talk about some of my all time favorite Christmas Comedy Funnies !

( 1. Twisted Christmas by Bob Rivers




I can’t believe this 1988 album is 30 years old , probably because it’s as old as me.

This is totally going to show my age but I grew up when movies where on VHS tapes and music was on Audio Cassettes.

And if you had a CD or even a rarely seen Laserdisc in the 1990s , it’s like showing your fellow poor working class friends and family and their kids what real gold looks like.

Anyway ,

I remember hearing “ The 12 Pains of Christmas “ which was probably one of my introductions to “ Audio Comedy “.

I think I have the CD to this album somewhere.

I know it’s on Apple Music / iTunes so it doesn’t matter right ?

I love this album not because it’s a hilarious rude parody of Christmas , but I have a loving heart for audio comedy like the Cheech and Chong comedy albums.

I even did a satirical Audio Comedy show which I should upload to YouTube as well as my audio comedy albums.

Also it’s a similar process of how The Erica Crooks Show and my Animated Cartoon films are made.



There’s even an animation I did based on the Elvis sketch from this album.


And here’s my animation with me and my friend’s idea for a webshow which we were inspired by this audio sketch from Bob Rivers , but our show didn’t go past a test.


Still my Elvis parody from the early episodes of The Erica Crooks Show was also inspired by the Bob Rivers sketch.

The Elvis Parody was on the show through 2006 – 2007 and premiered on the American Idol parody.


I think I build that Elvis puppet lip-syncing to the Bob Rivers sketch during the pre-filmed days of The Erica Crooks Show but I stopped doing that due to copyright infringement blah blah blah.


Another favorite of mine is Wreck The Malls which might have been my early introduction to Punk Rock. 🙂

( 2. Jim Henson’s Muppets related

If you know just what a Jim Henson / Muppet nerd I am , this one is obvious.

From Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas

Alright , I confess . The best scenes in the special always involve Kermit and The River Bottom Nightmare Gang



I went to see the musical with my mother and I am enjoying “ Jam Session “ on the recently released Soundtrack.

Now why did I find this hilarious t-shirt ?


to perhaps the #1 Muppet Special of all time “ Muppet Family Christmas “ .


( FUN FACT : The voice of Steve Whitmire’s Turkey in this special influenced me to create the voice of the sort of host of The Erica Crooks Show “ Barney The Hand “


The late 1980s was the best built versions of The Muppets since Muppets Take Manhattan . Since then they’ve looked more and more off model through the years ( more so when Puppet Heap started building for The Muppets ) .

So yeah , Jim Henson Era only ! http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Christmas_Productions

With the acceptation of Muppet Christmas Carol and It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.

Letters To Santa I didn’t really care for. The only time Elmo was funny was in the 1980s and off screen.

But still , if I had to choose , any of these are better than The Happytime Murders !


One more thing , That Birth of Jesus Christ Thing at the end of that John Denver special and the kids in the crowd … UGH !

It’s like Season 12 of Sesame Street , one of those “ Star Wars Holiday Special “ downhill sell out moments within the history that thankfully only fans know about.

Kind of like this one !


OK , the commercial is hilarious featuring The Muppet Show newsman and The Muppets were total sell outs of meat from the 1950s and 1960s but still , it makes me cringe because Jim Henson fought hard for adult puppetry and when Muppets Take Manhattan didn’t do so well , Jim started to sell out just so Henson Associates didn’t crash as a business.

That’s why Jim Henson wanted to sell to Disney , to go back to being an artist and get away from business duties.

He’s innocent. Now Eisner , don’t get me started about that slimeball scum of the earth !

( 3. Spitting Image

All I can say is this !


Probably the funniest Christmas Specials I’ve ever seen that isn’t made by Henson !


The rare unreleased 1987 special



( The other great one just before all the good people left the show )

( lol John Sessions )





( 4. Ed Edd N Eddy’s Jingle Jingle Jangle


My favorite parts are Rolf’s wacky song and that fun fact scene where Nazz has a nipple slip ! SERIOUSLY ! THEY GOT AWAY WITH IT ! They pulled a Miley Cyrus !

( 5. The Beavis & Butt-head Christmas Special

Probably the best episode ever made and the reason why I say this is because of the “ It’s A Wonderful Life “ parody. And well that’s not much of a reason so I’ll explain why it’s the best episode of Beavis & Butt-head ever made. It revealed a secret that only fans of Beavis & Butt-head know about.


Beavis is actually innocent , smarter , and the only reason why he’s friends with Butt-head in the first place is because it’s really Butt-head who’s the dim-witted sociopath.

Just showing Beavis in the soup kitchen helping Stewart really shows , as well as the angel picking Butt-head instead of both Beavis & Butt-head is a give a way to the secret that the show did have that character development.

One of the last episodes also highlighted this a little bit too. https://beavisandbutthead.fandom.com/wiki/The_Miracle_That_Is_Beavis

But it’s very subtle . Just like how Jane Lane is revealed to be a Lesbian in the Daria TV movie “ Is it fall yet .“ YES I LOVE JANE LANE ! ❤

( 6. Ernest Saves Christmas


Yes I am a fan of the Ernest Movies. Also I thought The Simpsons satire on Ernest was one of the BEST GAGS in Simpsons history !

“ Ernest Goes Somewhere Cheap ! “


They ripped the films to shreds ! lol


And what do you know , it’s 11:11pm as I write this and I got Selsa all over my right arm ! Lol

Anyway , I just love free spirited characters like Ernest. This full grown adult with a childlike heart of gold is just something that all FP personality types ( MBTI ) need to see more of , your not alone ! 🙂 We can all be Ernest sometimes , which isn’t always a bad thing. 😉

( 7 . Home Alone

Great movie. The second one is nothing more but the same story but tweaked with Trump’s stupid cameo.

And yes I parodied Home Alone with Con & Spy Rotten “ Yeah Yeah Exactly Man ! “


And there’s behind the scenes and a blooper reel that goes with it too ! 😉


Also a great friend of mine gave me a digital code to get the movie on iTunes . 🙂

But seriously the movie is over talked about.

But I will say this , I am a fan of John Hughes . ( OK I admit it , SUSAN WATTS !!!! ) I LOVE WATTS !



And yes I did to a parody too !


Watts comes out of the closet !

( The animated cameo of my Twin Flame was edited out until further notice )


Oh yeah my Twin Flame is probably reading this ! She’s a Batman fan and she knows just how much of a classic Harley Quinn fan I am ! ❤




The episode is called Holiday Knights !

( I do have all the Harley episodes only iTunes and Amazon Instant Video Accounts 😛 )

Also I dressed as Harley Quinn cosplay and hosted a Harley Quinn fan panel at Rhode Island Comic Con in 2017 !


They have hilarious Christmas specials !


Just go watch them and maybe Mr Hankey will pop out of your Toilet !

( FUN FACT : Mr. Hankey was one of the first South Park episodes I seen as a kid back in the late 1990s. Perhaps it was 1998 exactly ! Lol I had to sneak downstairs when my mother was sleeping however. Lol )

ONE QUICK NOTE : If Trey Parker and Matt Stone are reading this ! BRING BACK MISSES GARRISON AS A LESBIAN ! I need a fictional role model that I can relate to… Oh never mind , Garrison is Trump now right ? Right wing ? Well , when Garrison was MTF , she was suddenly a likable character ! No thanks to Mr Hat. UGH , I so want a Mr Slave action figure . Lol Great character , too bad GLAAD didn’t think so. He’s such a positive pro-LGBTQ+ character !

One more

THE ONE I MADE ! The Ask Dr LeBrick Holiday Special


And of course my first Christmas ……


_ Erica

P.S. Check out my Christmas crap !


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