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Jim Lewis

Jim Lewis is a former Jim Henson Company staff writer with a wide variety of writing and production credits.

Lewis first worked with the Muppets as the editor of Muppet Magazine. His first actual production was the 1988 direct-to-video Hey, You're as Funny as Fozzie Bear.

His other credits include:

As is the case with fellow Muppet writer Craig Shemin, the credited work of Jim Lewis represents the tip of the iceberg of his true contributions. From the late 1980s through 2004, Lewis was the Muppets' primary in-house writer, contributing to countless interviews, promotional material and Muppet appearances. He was responsible for a large amount of web content and a great many of the press quotes attributed to the Muppets, and he also wrote much of the Gonzo/Rizzo/Kermit material on the Muppets from Space DVD commentary. In this capacity, Jim Lewis contributed a great deal to maintaining the tone and consistency of the Muppet characters in the years since Jim Henson's death.

One classic example of his work was Kermit the Frog's 2002 acceptance speech on receiving a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame: "The most important people I want to thank today are all you people over here, the fans ... Because of you, I'm able to stand here today, uh, on a huge stack of phone books, accepting one of the greatest honors in show business... When I was looking around yesterday, I saw all the stars of the great performers nearby. I'm proud to be their new neighbor. Like my friend Edgar Bergen, whose magic with Charlie McCarthy kind of inspired my career, and my closest friend Jim Henson. Now Jim not only inspired my career, he actually inhabited it. And Jim was a great man whose work moved us all, especially me."

The 2006 book release of Before You Leap, which was "written" by Kermit the Frog, was actually penned by Lewis. Lewis also penned Pepe the King Prawn's 2008 book It's Hard Out Here for a Shrimp.

Although credited as co-producer of Muppets Tonight, according to Lewis,

Someone obviously slipped up. Or maybe it was the 20 bucks I gave the guy who typed up the credits at the end of the show. Seriously, those titles are one of the mysteries of writing for television, but since I had involvement from the beginning I felt it was earned.[1]

Sources

  1. Lewis, Jim The Muppet Newsflash interview

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