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

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


FUNday Monday # 4 is here!

FUNday Monday # 4 is here!

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday with Coleman the Sasquatch

Wow four weeks of making Mondays a FUN day with a silly little joke told by our very own jokester, Coleman the Sasquatch!

Today’s joke was contributed by our very special guest star, the one and only expert on all things Thomas the Tank Engine, Tiernan Burke!

Thanks for watching everyone!  If you have a family friendly joke that you wish to share with Coleman, please send it in!  Your joke could help make Monday, a FUNday!

Puppets ROCK!

FUNday Monday # 2 is here!

FUNday Monday # 2 is here!

Every Monday Coleman the Sasquatch shares a family friendly joke sent to us by one of our pals. 

This week’s joke was sent in by pal our Facebook pal Heath!

Thanks Heath!  There’s a new handkerchief in the mail for you.

Got a family friendly joke or riddle to share?  Send it in for Coleman the Sasquatch to tell to the whole wide world!  www.WumpMucketPuppets.com

Book Review – The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers

Book Review – The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers

Wump Mucket Puppets Book Review photo

Fred Rogers is often on my mind.

I grew up in the 1960s, and enjoyed watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a boy.  While I enjoyed the program as a whole, it was the Neighborhood of Make-Believe that really appealed to me.  It offered me a safe, cozy place that everyone was neighborly, yet best of all…  it was a land whose main residents were puppets!  Over the past few years I sometimes wonder why I still find his work still so interesting?

To answer my own questions I had to think about this a bit.  My own father worked quite a bit when I was growing up, so I didn’t see him often.  Mister Rogers may have been a kind and caring television friend that visited our house, perhaps even a substitute father from time to time.  Revisiting The Neighborhood with my two children brings back happy memories from my own boyhood “visits”.

“Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.” – Fred Rogers

As I follow my journey in puppetry, I often research people, music, and things that have helped bring joy to my life.  In this I hope to pass along something that I have learned to my own children, and the children that come to see me perform with my puppet characters.  My interest in the life and career of Fred Rogers has lead me to reading several books, most recently The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World’s Most Beloved Neighbor (ISBN 1591452295) by former Cincinnatian Amy Hollingsworth.

I will admit upfront that I have been aware of this book for several years, yet was uneasy when it came to the idea of reading it.  After all, it is about the faith of a man I admire, yet I do not consider myself a very religious person.  Why I had these feelings I am not sure, since I know that Fred Rogers was an ordained minister in the United Presbyterian Church.  My mother has reminded me of his religious background too during a few phone conversations about people who have influenced me as a puppeteer.

Wump Mucket Puppets outside WCET TV studio with Fred Rogers painting

There have been a few incidents over the past year that inspired me to learn more about Fred Rogers, and read Amy’s book.  The first was during a lecture that I was asked to speak at  last summer, a woman in the audience came up to me after I had finished and told me that I reminded her of Fred Rogers.  At first I was puzzled by this compliment.  He was a very famous man, I am just a one man puppet troupe.  His message was simple and direct, mine is (if there is one) have fun with puppets.  Then I though, if something I said brought out my “inner-Fred”, why not?  That’s not a bad thing.  More recently I have had the pleasure of communicating with David Newell, Fred Rogers’ friend and the actor who played the Speedy Delivery man Mr. McFeely on the television program.  David’s note arrive on the last day of 2013,  I had been ill for a few days.  Reading his kind words of encouragement really made my day, and ended 2013 with a burst of happiness.  Was this Fred Rogers’ at work?  Perhaps.

I found myself so interested in this book, that I zipped through the 224 pages in two days.  In it Amy Hollingsworth shares some of her times with Fred Rogers, often as a television interviewer.  The parts that I found particularly special were when she included quotes from letters that Mister Rogers wrote to her.  The fact that he would take time out of his very busy life, to stay in touch with many people, is just a small example of what a fantastic person he was.

“The child is in me still and sometimes not so still.” -Fred Rogers

He seemed to be able to see the good in everyone, and see what their special talent was to share with others.  That he could do this makes me admire him even more.  Perhaps this may be that Fred Rogers had never lost his ability to see the world through the eyes of a child?  I am not certain, he did seem to have the ability to see things with a sense of wonder and an appreciation for everything.

Thank you Amy, for your gifts as a writer, and for giving your readers a look into the  friendship you shared with Fred Rogers.  I learned more about Fred Rogers the person from reading this,  and would feel that his faith and devotion to children through television was both simple and honest.

“There are three ways to ultimate success:
The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind.
The third way is to be kind.” -Fred Rogers

Funday Monday is here!

Funday Monday is here!

Coleman the Sasquatch Funday Monday photo Wump Mucket Puppets

Who doesn’t LOVE silly jokes?   Nobody we know!

Here’s our first Funday Monday joke, as submitted by our life-long fan (and sometimes assistant puppeteer) ELEANOR!

Do you have a silly joke that we can tell?  Make sure it’s family friendly (that means none of those bad words like “turnip”) and send it to Coleman the Sasquatch to read!

Your little joke could be seen by 42 people, and 956 Sasquatch!!!

The deadline for Funday Monday # 2 is January 12, 2014.

Offer not valid on Mars, void where prohibited, jokes may seem larger in real life.

Send your joke to us at our Official Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/wumpmucketpuppets

Puppets ROCK!