Twenty-five years ago I interviewed Brian Henson and can you believe, I forgot to post it up here, but will very soon. More recently Brian conducted an in-depth 24 minute interview (above) with Big Think. His current interview discusses the origination of his live show "Stuffed and Unstrung", which started as a workshop class. Brian found that their puppeteers were not ad libbing as well as traditionally, Jim Henson Company puppeteers had.
"We’re sort of famous for going off script a little bit and ad
libbing. And we kind of lost a lot
of that and puppeteers were sticking to the script and we thought everything
needed to get a lot funnier, so we thought we would go to a good improv comedy
Improvisation comedy instructor Patrick Bistro was invited over to talk about
training out puppeteers in improv comedy and get
them sharpening up their comedy and the rest is history. It's a great interview. Enjoy! (Our thanks to Muppet Central Forum for the tip.)