Stuffed and Unstrung, Henson's No-Kids-Allowed Puppet Show, Opens in NYC

By Gemma Wilson
01 Apr 2010

Brian Henson
Brian Henson
Eric Charbonneau
Stuffed and Unstrung, Henson Alternative's multimedia mash-up of puppetry and improvisation, officially opens April 1 at Off-Broadway's Union Square Theatre. Previews began March 17.

The show is billed as "a night of major laughs, not for minors" and features six puppeteers, live accompaniment and uninhibited live puppet performance. According to the producers, "It's never the same show twice as a team of expert puppeteers sets off on a trail of twisted sketches and songs at breakneck pace while interaction with the audience prompts the spontaneous storylines unfolding on stage."

Stuffed and Unstrung was created by award-winning director, producer, writer and performer Brian Henson, son of legendary puppet pioneer Jim Henson. It is a product of Henson Alternative, The Jim Henson Company's label for content created specifically and exclusively for adult audiences, and WestBeth Entertainment.

Co-creator Patrick Bristow directs the show, and also serves as its host. His television credits include roles on "Ellen," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Seinfeld," "Friends," "Mad About You," "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and more.

He is an alumnus of comedy group The Groundlings where he continues to teach and direct improv and sketch comedy.



Union Square Theatre is located at 100 East 17th street. Stuffed and Unstrung will run through May 29. For more information, visit www.stuffedandunstrung.com.