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Sam the Eagle and Stephen Colbert: A Portrait of Two American Heroes

Happy 4th of July everyone!  This seems like the perfect excuse to explore something that’s been on my mind lately: the strange similarities between Sam the AMERICAN Eagle and Sir Dr. Stephen T. Colbert.  You may have noticed it before, but it goes beyond colorful plumage and a devotion to the flag.  These Heroes share many, many other qualities.

(warning… this post is very video heavy, and it’ll take a minute to load properly.  But please scroll down to the bottom for some actually serious links)

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Did I say Muppet Week? I meant Muppet WEEKS, obviously

That was sort of anti-climatic.  But I swear I have Muppet things to share– a list of things the Muppets taught me and an exploration of the similarties between Sam the Eagle and Stephen Colbert.  Plus, more clips!

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Muppet song of the day: John Cleese does not approve of this silliness

Another day, another awesome Muppet musical moment.

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Ode to Sweetums

When we declared it Muppet Week, the first thing I thought to do was a Muppets of Labyrinth post. That will happen, believe you me. But I figured I should start off with the more traditional Muppets, so the second thing I thought to do was an Ode to Sweetums, the big, fanged, furry, yellow-eyed Muppet with a heart of gold (…sometimes).

I’m weirdly fond of Sweetums. I’m not even sure how that happened, because Sweetums used to terrify me when I was little. And I’m pretty sure it’s because of this scene:

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Muppet song of the day: Gilbert & Sullivan style

One of the things I’ve been admiring, as I’ve searched through so many Muppet related clips the last few days, is the way Henson & Co. used music.  There’s the totally awesome original songs from the movies and show, but there’s also the creative way they used already existing songs, so this week I’ll bringing you a favorite a day.

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The most sensational inspirational celebrational Muppetational Muppet Week!

Hi-ho, everyone.  The last few weeks in pop culture have been oddly permeated with Muppet references.  It speaks to the awesomeness and enduring legacy of the Muppets that 10 years after the last theatrical Muppet movie, 30 years after the first, and almost 20 years since the death of Jim Henson, the Muppets are still a perfectly relevant pop culture presence.  Also: the Muppets are the best, filled to the brim with barely contained lunacy, randomness (they’re like our patron saints), and lessons about tolerance and believing in yourself and others.

So, it’s Muppet Week here at TIRB, and we’ll share our favorite Muppet moments, characters, and stories all week.

First, why don’t we get things started with the Muppet references from the last few weeks.

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