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Below The Frame with Matt Vogel

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Join Sesame Street and Disney Muppet Performer Matt Vogel (Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, The Count, and others) as he talks in-depth with people in the Muppet Universe - from Sesame Street and Disney Muppet Performers, to writers, wranglers, and more! Get tips and tricks-of-the-trade on how to improve your puppetry, too! All this, plus some special surprises on Below The Frame with Matt Vogel.

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United States

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Join Sesame Street and Disney Muppet Performer Matt Vogel (Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, The Count, and others) as he talks in-depth with people in the Muppet Universe - from Sesame Street and Disney Muppet Performers, to writers, wranglers, and more! Get tips and tricks-of-the-trade on how to improve your puppetry, too! All this, plus some special surprises on Below The Frame with Matt Vogel.

Twitter:

@belowframe

Language:

English

Contact:

646-241-6299


Episodes

EP#38: Kermit at the Luck Reunion, Part 2

4/11/2024
On this episode of Below the Frame, we're continuing our discussion with Muppet Performer Bradley Freeman, Jr. and musician Lucas Ross about Kermit the Frog's recent appearance at Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion music festival near Austin, TX. In Part 1 (EP#37) we talked about how Kermit was invited to the Luck Ranch up to a very special rehearsal. This episode picks up with SHOW DAY! Want to hear all about it? Then it’s time to go...Below the Frame with Matt Vogel! WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/@MattVogel_tv

Duration:00:35:19

EP#37: Kermit at the Luck Reunion, Part 1

4/4/2024
On the Season 3 Premiere of Below the Frame, we're talking with Muppet Performer Bradley Freeman, Jr. and musician Lucas Ross about Kermit the Frog's recent appearance at Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion music festival near Austin, TX. This two-part episode begins with how Kermit was invited to the Luck Ranch up to a very special rehearsal! Want to hear all about it? Then it’s time to go...Below the Frame with Matt Vogel! WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/@MattVogel_tv

Duration:00:45:51

EP#36: Dave Goelz/Jerry Stories (Peter Linz)/"Be Positive"

3/9/2022
On the Season Finale of Below the Frame, I’m talking to legendary Muppet Performer Dave Goelz! We talk about how he snuck into CBS as a teenager, his job at HP, and well, Jim Henson and The Muppets, of course! We’ll also hear a story and song by Jerry Nelson! So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to go...Below the Frame with Matt Vogel!

Duration:02:06:44

EP#35: Matt Vogel/"Doubling"/NOT Puppets (Joey Mazzarino)

3/2/2022
On this episode of Below the Frame with Matt Vogel, I’m sitting in the hot seat and answering questions from my friend, Sesame Street Muppet Performer Stephanie D’Abruzzo! That’s right, it’s my turn to talk about where I grew up, how I became part of Sesame Street and the Muppets, and lots of other stuff you probably don't know! We’ll also be learning about “Doubling” in Television Puppetry, and will ask Joey Mazzarino a question about NOT puppets! All of that on this week's Below the Frame with Matt Vogel!

Duration:02:01:40

EP#34: John Tartaglia/Jerry Stories (John Kennedy)/"Drunk"

2/23/2022
On this episode of Below the Frame with Matt Vogel, I’m talking to my friend, John Tartaglia! We’ll talk about how he got to Sesame Street, his many different projects on television and stage, and - of course, the brand new Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock series now streaming on AppleTV+! Plus, John Kennedy shares a memory and reads a story written by Muppet Performer Jerry Nelson, and we'll hear another Jerry Song as well! So, join us for this week's brand new Below the Frame with Matt Vogel!

Duration:01:59:21

EP#33: The Sesame Street Mentees 2/Injury Corner (Mike Quinn)/NOT Puppets (Fran Brill)

2/16/2022
On this episode of Below the Frame with Matt Vogel, I’m talking once again to the Sesame Street Mentees! We’ll meet the two newest members of our mentorship program and talk about what everyone has been up to since our last chat, as well as discuss POC issues that are present even in the world of television puppetry. We’ll also drop in to the Injury Corner and find out how Muppet Performer Mike Quinn was injured, and will ask Fran Brill another puppeteer a question about NOT puppets! All on this week's Below the Frame with Matt Vogel!

Duration:01:47:28

Tyler Bunch/"Blue Skies"/NOT Puppets (Pam Arciero)

2/9/2022
On this encore episode of Below the Frame, Matt sits down with Sesame Street Muppet Performer Tyler Bunch (Louie) about growing up all over the country, performing puppets for The Disney Crew, monitor nights, and creating memorable characters. We learn about the phrase "Blue Skies" and ask Sesame Street Muppet Performer Pam Arciero (Grundgetta) a question about NOT puppets.

Duration:01:33:45

EP#32: Jan Nelson/Jerry Stories (Fran Brill)/"Hoboken Honey"

2/2/2022
On this episode of Below the Frame with Matt Vogel, I’m talking with Jan Nelson, wife of the late Muppet Performer Jerry Nelson (The Count, Floyd Pepper, Robin, etc.)! We’ll hear how they met, what Jerry thought of Jim Henson (hint: he loved him), and so much more! Plus, we’ve got another Jerry Story read by Fran Brill and a Jerry Song (or two). Join us for a brand new Below the Frame with Matt Vogel!

Duration:01:12:47

EP#31: The Muppets Studio/Injury Corner (David Rudman)/NOT Puppets (Alice Dinnean)

1/26/2022
On this updated episode of Below the Frame with Matt Vogel, I’m talking to Leigh Slaughter and Michael Steinbach from The Muppets Studio! We'll hear how they landed with The Muppets, how important fan involvement is, where they see Kermit and the gang heading in the future, plus a previously unheard three minutes about the Adam F. Goldberg-led series, The Muppets Mayhem, coming to Disney+! We’ll also be visiting the Injury Corner to hear how Muppet Performer David Rudman was injured on the job, and we'll ask Muppet Performer Alice Dinnean a question about NOT puppets! It’s on this updated episode of Below the Frame with Matt Vogel!

Duration:01:34:11

EP#30: Bruce Lanoil/Injury Corner (Frankie Cordero)/NOT Puppets (Noel MacNeal)

1/19/2022
On this episode of Below the Frame with Matt Vogel, I’m talking to Muppet Performer Bruce Lanoil! We'll talk about family, how Bruce became a puppeteer, and the many, many projects he’s done over the years. We’ll also be paying yet another visit to the INJURY CORNER and hear how Sesame Street Muppet Performer Frankie Cordero was injured, and we'll ask Muppet Performer Noel MacNeal a question about NOT puppets! It's all on this week's Below the Frame with Matt Vogel!

Duration:01:29:36

EP#29: David Rudman/Jerry Stories (Leslie Carrara-Rudolph)/"Daddy's Comin' Home"

1/12/2022
On this episode of Below The Frame with Matt Vogel, I'm talking to my friend, David Rudman. David performs Cookie Monster and Baby Bear on Sesame Street and Scooter, Janice, Beaker and more for the Disney Muppets and I am so happy to have this opportunity to talk all about his life. We also have a memory of Jerry Nelson from Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (who reads a Jerry Story) and we hear a song I think was written by Jerry...but I'm not sure. It's all Below The Frame!

Duration:01:29:26

Michelle Hickey & Lara MacLean/"Monitors"

1/5/2022
On this encore episode of Below the Frame, Matt chats with Sesame Street wranglers Michelle Hickey and Lara MacLean about their jobs as wranglers on Sesame Street, a current list of live hand Sesame Street characters, and what one item they cannot do their job without. We also learn about how important "monitors" are in the world of television puppetry (hint: very important).

Duration:01:25:03

Eric Jacobson/"Good Eye Focus"/NOT Puppets (Ryan Dillon)

12/29/2021
On this encore episode of Below The Frame with Matt Vogel, we hear from Muppet Performer Eric Jacobson (Miss Piggy, Grover, Fozzie, Bert, Animal) about what made him realize that he needed to work for The Muppets, what he learned from Frank Oz, and of course, we’ll talk about the many characters he plays. We also learn about "Good Eye Focus" and ask Sesame Street Muppet Performer Ryan Dillon (Elmo) a question about NOT puppets!

Duration:01:52:38

EP#28: Rollie Krewson/Injury Corner (Bruce Lanoil)/NOT Puppets (Louise Gold)

12/22/2021
On this episode of Below The Frame Matt is talking to Rollie Krewson! She builds puppets! Famous puppets! And lots of the iconic Sesame Street characters were built by Rollie! Plus, she reveals the secret of The Muppet Stitch! We’ll also pay another visit to the Injury Corner and ask a puppeteer a question about NOT Puppets! It's Below The Frame with Matt Vogel!

Duration:01:21:39

EP#27: Mike Quinn/"Headbands"/NOT Puppets (Bill Barretta)

12/15/2021
On this episode of Below the Frame, Matt's talking to Muppet Performer and Star Wars cast member Mike Quinn! They'll be talking Muppet Show, Star Wars, puppetry (of course) and a lot more! Plus, we’ll be learning about “Headbands” in puppetry and asking a Puppeteer about NOT puppets!It’s time to go...Below the Frame!

Duration:01:44:31

EP#26: Debra Spinney/Jerry Stories (Dave Goelz)/"Zanzibar"

12/8/2021
On this week's episode of Below The Frame, I'm talking with the remarkable Debi Spinney! We learn all about Debi and find out a little of what see experienced alongside her dear Sesame Street Muppet Performer husband, Caroll Spinney - who, of course, played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch! We’ll also hear a very special Jerry Story from Muppet Performer Dave Goelz, plus and a song, too (not from Dave, but from Jerry).

Duration:01:39:07

EP#25: Frankie Cordero/"Awkward Positions"/NOT Puppets (Warrick Brownlow-Pike)

12/1/2021
On this episode of Below The Frame with Matt Vogel, we talk to Sesame Street Muppet Performer Frankie Cordero (Rudy). We talk about growing up near Chicago, his mentors (including David Rudman) and a lot more! We also ask Sesame Street Muppet Performer Warrick Brownlow-Pike (Gonger) a question about NOT puppets. This episode of Below The Frame with Matt Vogel is brought to you by "Awkward Positions"!

Duration:01:40:45

Fran Brill/Jerry Stories (Martin P. Robinson)/"Bumble Bees"

11/24/2021
On this encore episode of Below the Frame Matt gets to talk with Sesame Street Muppet Performer Fran Brill! We talk about her life as an actress, her first meeting with Jim Henson, and, of course, Prairie Dawn! Plus, Sesame StreetMuppet Performer Martin P. Robinson shares a memory and reads a "Jerry Story" and we listen to another song by the great Muppet Performer Jerry Nelson.

Duration:01:07:27

John Kennedy/"Double-Stick Tape"/NOT Puppets (Bill Barretta)

11/17/2021
On this encore episode of Below the Frame, Matt sits down with Sesame Street Muppet Performer John Kennedy (Mumford). They talk about John’s interactions with Jim Henson, his puppetry books, and the fact that he’s always working. We also learn a bit about the helpfulness of “Double-Stick Tape” and Muppet Performer Bill Barretta answers a question about NOT puppets. John's website: http://puppetkit.com Johnny K Band: https://www.johnnykband.com Bean Ball on the Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bean-ball/id1522378984

Duration:01:42:16

EP#24: Paul Rudolph/Jerry Stories (Fran Brill)/"Groovin' on Noah's Ark"

11/10/2021
On this episode of Below The Frame, Matt Vogel talks with Paul Rudolph - he’s the guy that helps the Sesame Street Muppet Performers sound as good as we do, and he is also married to one of the Sesame Street Muppet Performers. Hint: It’s Leslie Carrara-Rudolph! We’ll also hear a Jerry Story and song -- So, listen to this brand new episode of Below The Frame with Matt Vogel!

Duration:01:38:50