Introducing Unka Unka the caveman!

Introducing Unka Unka the caveman!

Wump Mucket Puppets Unka Unka the caveman

Our newest cast member Unka Unka the caveman!

We are very please to announce that Wump Mucket Puppets has brought a new puppet character to our stage, Unka Unka the caveman!

A couple of years ago my daughter Eleanor said, “Daddy, you need a caveman in the show.”  She is a big fan of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoons, and really enjoyed the episode that has a “caveman” chasing Mystery Inc. around.  This silliness inspired her to make up her own “caveman” word “unka”.  An idea was planted.

Some time later this doodle found it’s way to my studio desk:

Wump Mucket Puppets Unka Unka caveman doodle

Unka Unka doodle by Eleanor

This made me want to try my hand at creating a puppet head sculpted from clay:

Wump Mucket Puppets Unka Unka head

Unka head sculpted by Terrence Burke

Time past.  I was able to see many incredible paper maché puppet heads at the 2013 National Puppetry Festival.  It was time to get this puppet rolling!  It had been decades since I worked with paper maché, and I took my time to learn as I built the puppet.  There were a couple of setbacks, which will now be known as learning experiences.

Wump Mucket Puppets Unka Unka the caveman

Unka Unka’s new paper mache head observes his clay remains.

More time past.  Shows were being booked, songs were written, skits were being created.  The puppet was coming along slowly but surely.  Many thanks to fellow puppeteers Rick Morse, Mathieu René, Michael Schwabe for advice and tips.  A HUGE HUG and THANK YOU to my fantastic wife Lara Rumizen!  She really helped this puppet “get his act together”.  Many thanks to my father-in-law Jim Rumizen for shooting these photos.

Wump Mucket Puppets Cyril the Sea Serpent and Unka Unka the caveman

Cyril and Unka Unka inspect a prop for our newest skit “Elvis and The Shoemaker”

We hope our audience and fans will join us in welcoming Unka Unka to the silly stage of Wump Mucket Puppets.  Please visit out Facebook Page to view more photos of the building of this puppet.

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday # 16

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday # 16

Wump Mucket Puppets Coleman the Sasquatch FUNday Monday

We hope that all our pals had a great Easter!  Here are a couple of videos that will make you giggle:

Have you ever heard of the Easter Squatch?

Be sure to visit our YouTube page for more silliness with Coleman the Sasquatch.

Wump Mucket Puppets News!

We are getting things ready for our season launch on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, May 3rd 11:30 am at Maverick’s Baseball Cards & Comics 8522 Winton Rd in Finneytown.

Wump Mucket Puppets Free Comic Book Day graphicBe sure to come and see the premier of our newest puppet character, Unka Unka the Caveman!  He’ll be bringing LOTS of FUN to our show!  Bring all your pals to meet our new puppet pal!

FREE Puppet show!

FREE Comic Books!

How COOL is that?!?

See YOU there!

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday #10 3-10-14

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday #10 3-10-14

Wump Mucket Puppets - Happy St. Paddy's Day

It was a chilly St. Patrick’s Day in Cincinnati. My children and I spent some of the day at one of our fantastic parks, and even took in a hike.
Here’s this week’s video, I am rather proud of it:

Thanks for watching everyone. If you have a silly little joke to share with Coleman and his special guests, please leave it in the comments below.

Puppeteer brainstorming

Puppeteer brainstorming

I really am fortunate to live in a city where there are several very talented puppeteers. This evening I had the pleasure to hang out with my neighbor and friend Jesse Mooney-Bullock of Bullooney PuppetWorks.

It was great to “talk shop” about new puppets, show ideas, puppetry festivals, and our families.  Like many creative people, it’s easier to express yourself to another artist who knows both the joy and the pain of being a solo artist. 
Please take a look at his work at: Bullooney PuppetWorks

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday #10 3-10-14

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday #10  3-10-14

Wowie Zowie!  We are now in double digits as we present our TENTH little video in our year long quest to make Monday a FUNday!  Here’s today’s video:

Thanks again to the always helpful and enthusiastic Eleanor for playing along with Coleman.

Do you have a silly joke that you would like Coleman to share with our pals?  Please send it to us and we’ll be sure that he sees it.  Thanks for watching!

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday # 9

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday # 9    3-3-14

No snowstorm can stop Coleman the Sasquatch and his pal Eleanor from trying to tell a silly joke…

My daughter is such a good sport by helping me make these little videos with Coleman. Yeah Eleanor!

Terrence and Eleanor Burke of Wump Mucket Puppets.

Terrence and Eleanor Burke of Wump Mucket Puppets.

If you have a silly joke to share, please send it to us. We’d love to hear from you. Thanks for watching!

FUNday Monday # 8 2-24-14

FUNday Monday # 8 2-24-14

My goodness!  Wump Mucket Puppets’ FUNday Monday is now two months old!  Thanks to all our pals for watching Coleman and his super special guests every Monday.  Who’s that guy wearing the silly orange hat with Coleman in today’s video?

We are very happy to share some silliness with you, so won’t you share a joke, riddle, or silly poem with Coleman?  Send it in so we can continue our quest to make every Monday in 2014 a FUNday!

Perhaps we should ask for jokes or riddles of a particular theme or idea?  Sound good?  GREAT!  Let’s see who’s wearing their thinking cap (or reading this silliness) by asking our pals to send us a riddle or joke about one of Coleman’s favorite things…  SNACKS!  Please remember to keep your silly joke submission family friendly, we have many young pals.

Thanks for watching everyone.  We’ll see you in March, Puppets ROCK!

Wump Mucket Puppets - Coleman the Sasquatch

Wump Mucket Puppets – Coleman the Sasquatch

 

FUNday Monday # 7 -with less snow

FUNday Monday # 7 -with less snow

Wump Mucket Puppets - Coleman the Sasquatch and Tiernan Burke

What a Winter it has been in Cincinnati!  Cold! Snow! Ice!  Good thing we make these little videos on sunny days when the weather is nicer.  This week we are back at the Mt. Airy Forest playground.  It’s an odd name since there are NO mountains in Cincinnati!
Here’s this week’s silly joke:

Thanks to Tiernan for being this week’s super special guest.  Did you catch a peek of Eleanor sneaking up on the guys at the end?  You must have eagle eyes.  Please share a silly joke with us, we love them!  Puppets ROCK!!!
Wump Mucket Puppets - FUNday Monday picture with Coleman the Sasquatch

FUNday Monday # 6 is here!

FUNday Monday # 6 is here!

Wump Mucket Puppets - FUNday Monday title card with Coleman the Sasquatch

Wow!
We are on a roll, or Coleman just has TOO MANY silly jokes!
Here’s this week’s video with one of our puppeteers out in front of the camera… Eleanor!

Help us make every Monday a FUN day! Share our silly little video with a friend and put a smile on their face.

Got a family friendly joke or riddle that you would like Coleman the Sasquatch to tell? We’d love to hear it! Go to our Contact page, or send it to us on the Wump Mucket Puppets Facebook page

February is here with a new FUNday Monday video

February is here with a new FUNday Monday video!

Once again Coleman and his very special guest star Tiernan are at Miami Whitewater Forest for today’s silly little joke.  Give these guys a cup of hot chocolate.  It was cold out there!

Do you have a family friendly joke that you would like to share with Coleman?  Send it to us and we will help make Monday a FUN day!  Puppets ROCK!

Wump Mucket Puppets - FUNday Monday title card