“[Puppets] have been used often as political subversives, because it puts things at a little bit of a distance. It’s sometimes hard to exactly tell who the guilty party is.” — Eileen Blumenthal, Professor of Theater Arts at Rutgers University and author of Puppetry: A World History
Ernest and Bertram: Avenue Q wasn’t the first attempt at parodying Bert and Ernie’s intimate roommate relationship. This 2002 short film by Peter Spears ran at the Sundance Film Festival, but was kept from further distribution when its director was served a cease and desist order by Sesame Workshop’s lawyers. The short is based loosely on The Children’s Hour, a tragic play by Lillian Hellman about unrequited love between two women.
We Will Rock Q: The cast of Avenue Q’s 2010 off-broadway run respond to the Muppets’ version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” with their own Queen montage.