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Bill Nye Muppet
No? -- MuppetDude 17:37, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
- I'll agree, with that outfit and facial features, it looks like a Bill Nye parody to me. What sketch was this from? Theatrefreak25 20:01, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
- I'm not sure there's anything particularly "Bill Nye" about him. (SSvideo) If we want to start a page for him, Cookie does name him in the sketch. But I don't think there's enough evidence to say he's a caricature. He looks like any stereotypical scientist type. Hence his so-called name. —Scott (talk) 21:22, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
- Actually, I think the evidence is pretty strong. The blue labcoat isn't part of the usual scienctist stereotype (thus why Cookie's wearing white), but became Nye's trademark; same goes for the bowtie and the eyebrows and haircolor. "Mr. Scientist Type Guy" seems like it could be both generic and specific (but he later says "Me no tell Science Guy, he know that stuff") and nearly every other random stereotyped Muppet scientist has been an old guy with glasses and/or a German accent (and while it may be more of a stretch, Nye served the exact same assistant/demonstrator role in the old Back to the Future cartoon and in other projects as well as his own show). I whipped up a comparison collage which I think makes a better case; at the very least, he's clearly Nye-esque, and as seen with other Muppet caricatures from recent seasons, sometimes the caricature is less pronounced. For example, the Chase the Cheese reporter which the Sesame Workshop presskit confirmed was specifically intended as a caricature of Chris Berman, but the primary similarity lies in the hair and costume, and to some extent the general pattern type which is not altered (i.e. Fat Blue for rounder-faced people, the Orange Gold for tall people with chins or longer faces), and the same with most of the Law & Order: Special Letters Unit characters. In a more recent appearance from 2006 (apparently Nye's been showing up a lot on Ed Begley Jr.'s reality show and other cable series, but I can't find them), as seen here, even when outside of his "Science Guy" costume, he's wearing a red bow-tie which is nearly identical to the puppet's (moreso than the washed out older promo pics suggest). -- Andrew Leal (talk) 21:42, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
If someone doesn't mind fixing this photo, I have the elusive Gene Shalit caricature (AKA Bert dressed as him..does that count?)Scooter 07:18, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
More Sesame Caricatures?
The Sesame Workhop site has a "Parody Descriptions] page, which lists two segments which may have relevance to this category, though lacking a reliable PBS signal right now, I'm hardpressed to verify either myself: "Chasing the Cheese" "A parody of ESPN's sportscaster Chris Berman. A Chris Berman Muppet is the commentator for the annual Sesame Street Chasing the Cheese event. Exercise is discussed as being healthy and fun as we watch the contestants, Telly Monster, Baby Bear, Elmo and Zoe chase the cheese.
And this segment: "24" A parody of the show "24." The Count prepares to watch his favorite television program "24," which takes place in 24 seconds and he gets to count each second. We see a Keifer Sutherland Muppet hanging from a cliff in split-screen format (in the style of the actual television program "24.") With each passing second, the suspense builds and at the end of the 24 seconds he falls a few inches and walks off.
I'm not sure if the latter would count as a caricature or a spoof (likely the latter), or to what extent either are accurate caricatures or, like Dr. Feel, just a careful tailoring of an Anything Muppet. --Andrew, Aleal 01:22, 6 February 2006 (UTC)