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(Not) from the makers of the Tickle Me Elmo comes his successor: The Harass Me Elmo.

Elmo, the red and cuddly Muppet from the Sesame Street television series, has learned a new lesson: ‘H’ is for handcuffs.

A man dressed as the character was one of three impersonators arrested in Los Angeles last week for allegedly harassing tourists for tips after posing for photos on Hollywood Boulevard.

Booked with him were people impersonating superhero Mr Incredible and the dark-hooded character from the horror movie Scream.

The impersonators said they were taken into custody at gunpoint, handcuffed and paraded on the Hollywood Walk of Fame before stunned tourists and other impersonators.

They were charged with “aggressive begging,” police said.

“With all of the crime in Los Angeles they pick on us?” said Elmo impersonator Donn Harper, 45, who makes up to $US400 ($A525) a day in tips.

Tourists have complained that the costumed characters harass them for not tipping after posing for photos in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Kodak Theatre.

Merchants say some of the costumed characters are scaring tourists.

Forget Elmo. It’s Bert you have to worry about.

Update: Still on the topic..the search is on for a new muppet.

The Muppets are plotting a return to primetime while looking for their next great character.

ABC has ordered a script and five script outlines for “America’s Next Muppet,” a reality TV parody in which viewers may actually get a chance to pick Kermit and Miss Piggy’s latest colleague.

ABC and Disney remain tight-lipped on the project, although word of the project first leaked last month to several Muppets fan Web sites. But it appears that the new Muppet project would borrow from shows like “American Idol” and “America’s Next Top Model” as judges (Kermit? Statler and Waldorf? Animal?) comb through several new characters to select a major Muppet.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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