I am still finding it impossible to sit at my desk for any period of time, so no crafting for me. Bummer.
But I did finally manage to catch up with something I knew was coming and had on my list to check out that I will share. It’s called SockPuppet Theater.
In a nutshell, it is actual posts taken from various online forums, Facebook, YouTube comment threads, etc. which are turned into scripts then acted out by sock puppets. The voices are hysterical. April Winchell, who runs the Regretsy site, is a famous voice-over artist. She has done MANY well-known character voices, including Miss Muriel Finster from Recess and Clarabelle Cow from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She also did Cruella DeVille from 101 Dalmations (the series, not the movie) and Rob Paulsen is perhaps best known as the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain. Rob also starred as Raphael in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There are others but those two are perhaps the best known. Regretsy always makes me laugh so I suspected SockPuppet Theater would as well.
Why? I’ve seen it happen, with no rhyme or reason, all over the internet. I read what starts out as a seemingly innocuous forum thread, or comment string, or blog rant and all of a sudden my jaw drops, my brain spins, and I am thinking well, how the heck did we get HERE from THERE?? Check out the otter video sample in the FAQ to see that devolution in action.
Watching people dissolve into frothing rage over otter videos and pie recipes is some of the best human comedy around.
And there is no shortage of material, because the internet’s biggest commodity is your ire. The more upset you are, the more you post. The more you post, the more you click. The more you click, the more money the site makes. As long as the internet keeps getting rich by pissing you off, there will be bullies and meltdowns and flame wars.
And we’ll be here to put a sock in it.
Warning: It is not for the faint of heart and if bad language offends I accept no responsibility if you ignore the warning and are, in fact, offended. BUT, some of the videos are on YouTube in a no-bad-language version so you can check them out there to get a taste of what it is all about if you can’t stand not knowing. Although the TOPICS may still offend, so keep that in mind.
The videos aside, I am in love with the puppets. I love their wonky eyes, yarn hair, and the personality the voice artists give them. I love the way you can often see a puppet in the background, as if they had just wandered in to shot while going about their puppet-y business. It makes me laugh, and I need laughs at the moment, cause I am trying to take as few painkillers as I can and it’s still painful.
Roll on Friday! Can’t wait for the new episode…..