Kitty Quo Quo Quo Qua
Kitty Quo Quo Quo Qua may certainly have one of the longest names in puppetry. She definitely has the longest name in our cast. Because of her cumbersome name, we usually just call her Kitty.
The Interdimensional Space Cat
She is a space cat who has the unique ability to appear in our universe courtesy of fuzzy physics. Because she is SO LARGE, only her paw can be seen when she is visiting The Milky Way. We understand that even space cats enjoy a saucer of cream now and then. It’s a bit abstract yet our audience accepts her just as she is. Which of course is very kind of them.
A very handy puppet to have
Sharp eyes will note that this puppet is nothing more than a paw. The puppet was designed to allow the puppeteer the ability to pick up stage props while interacting with Unka Unka the caveman. Kitty is also the only puppet in the show with no voice. This too allows Terrence Burke to rest his voice during the segment of the shows that she is appearing in. In 2014 his daughter Eleanor Burke performed this puppet on stage and during a live television appearance. CLICK HERE to watch the video on our YouTube channel.
The cat inspired by a dog
This particular member of our cast was inspired by the two dog paw puppets White Fang and Black Tooth. These puppets were created and performed by Clyde Adler on the Lunch with Soupy Sales show. Here’s a webpage about Clyde and the puppets.
When Wump Mucket Puppets creator Terrence Burke was growing up in the 1970s, he would regularly watch Soupy on TV. His parents were not fans of this program. Maybe they didn’t enjoy the slap-stick or pie throwing? For a nine-year-old boy back then, it was comedy gold. What is important is that he remembered the two dog paw puppets, and year later adapted the idea to fit into his show. One interesting note, Soupy Sales began his television career in Cincinnati in 1949 hosting Soupy’s Soda Shop on WKRC TV, now know as Local 12. Here’s a later video of Soupy and White Fang to watch on YouTube.