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The Muppets at YouTube Space LA is a series of projects that were shot in late-March 2015 at the YouTube Space LA facilities in Los Angeles, California.

YouTube talent including Lindsey Stirling, Crash Course, VSauce3, Mike Tompkins, Barely Political and Mental Floss collaborated with the Muppets to shoot videos at YouTube Space LA. The Muppets at YouTube Space LA collaboration videos went live from April through June 2015.[1]

In addition to the collaborations with YouTube stars, the Muppets will also be releasing a slate of original music and comedic videos created exclusively for the Muppets’ YouTube channel throughout the rest of the year.[1]

Collaboration Videos

  • Mike Tompkins - The Muppets appear in an A cappella video performing Echosmith’s “Cool Kids” with Tompkins posted on May 4, 2015. (YouTube)
  • Mental Floss - Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and others appear in a special Muppet edition of “The List Show” posted on May 6, 2015 to present "20 Facts about the Muppets." (YouTube)
  • Crash Course - John and Hank Green get interrupted by a classroom full of rowdy Muppets in a video that was slated to be posted on June 3, 2015, but was delayed until July 8.[1] (YouTube)

Muppet Videos


The videos, many produced under the working title "Muppets YouTube"[2], were directed by Kirk Thatcher.[3][4] Tom Bergeron tweeted photos from the YouTube project set, although his exact role or involvement (if any) in the final product is currently unknown.[5] Pictures of musician Moby acting alongside Kermit the Frog were also tweeted from the set.[6].

Based on photos shared on social media, known Muppet characters featured in the project include Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Sam Eagle, Walter, and Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem (Dr. Teeth, Floyd, Janice, Zoot, Lips, and Animal). Known Muppet performers (also based on on-set photographs) include Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Matt Vogel, David Rudman, Peter Linz, and Dave Goelz. Christopher Alender (president of Soapbox Films, the company who produced the Muppet viral videos from 2008 to 2010) and Craig Keif (director of photography for OK Go's "The Muppet Show Theme" music video and the Moi by Miss Piggy commercial) are also connected to the project.[7]

Pictures from the set showed the Electric Mayhem performing in a jungle setting and on a concert stage; Kermit, Miss Piggy, Walter, Sam Eagle, and Moby in a board room setting; and other pictures show portions of The Swinetrek set from Pigs in Space;[8] at the D23 Expo in August 2015, Steve Whitmire stated that "We just shot four or five 'Pigs in Space' videos."[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Muppets and Top YouTube Stars Make Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational Videos at YouTube Space LA. May 4, 2015
  2. Sean Goode on Instagram
  3. Kirk Thatcher on Twitter
  4. Lucy Walker on Twitter
  5. Tom Bergeron on Twitter
  6. Lucy Walker on Twitter
  7. Sean Goode on Instagram
  8. Photo 1 and Photo 2 on Instagram
  9. Tough Pigs: Muppets and Performers Rock D23

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