Since breaking into Hollywood in the early '00s, writer/director Nicholas Stoller has written jokes for such big-name comic actors as Jim Carrey, Jack Black and Russell Brand. But those assignments paled in comparison to his most recent gig, scribbling jokes for Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the Muppet crew for their upcoming big-screen relaunch, The Muppets. Paired with his good friend and collaborator Jason Segel (who starred in Stoller's directorial debut Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and served as both the co-writer and human lead of The Muppets) Stoller describes The Muppets as a "dream" assignment. He spoke with us on the phone from Los Angeles about the four-year process of writing the movie and why Kermit never, ever says anything mean.
We love Jason Segel as much as the next Freaks and Geeks fan. And normally, we'd be perfectly satisfied with him as the sole host of Saturday Night Live. But because there were also Muppets in the mix, we couldn't help but spend most of Saturday night's episode wishing that Kermit, Piggy, Rowlf and the rest of the Felt Pack were handling the hosting duties.
As one-half of the New Zealand folk duo Flight of the Conchords, Bret McKenzie has toured the world with his onstage partner Jemaine Clement, serenading audiences with such hilarious tunes as "Bowie", "Foux du Fafa" and "Robots." Now he's helping another crop of characters get their musical comedy groove on: those lovable, indefatigable Muppets. McKenzie served as music supervisor on their highly anticipated comeback vehicle, The Muppets, a job that required him to oversee productions of all of the movie's original songs, including two that he wrote himself. McKenzie spoke with TWoP by phone from L.A. about growing up as part of the Muppet generation, plans for a Conchords reunion and how he learned that Muppet chickens don't sing.
I can't tell if this is tasteful or tasteless. Either way, I guess E! is going to hit the ratings jackpot.
The '90s are here yet again.
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