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The Muppets Headline the 2018 PuppetPalooza Festival

Jan. 23, 2018  

PuppetPalooza is excited to announce its headline panel performance, "Meet The Muppets and the Performers Who Make Them Great!" at the Marjorie Luke Theatre on Friday, March 2 at 6:00 pm. Fresh off their resoundingly successful "The Muppets Take the Bowl" live Hollywood Bowl spectacular, The Muppets-and the remarkable performers who bring them to life -- will enthrall audiences with an evening of story-telling, interviews, exclusive footage, musical puppetry madness and improvised mayhem!

"We are ecstatic The Muppets are coming to Santa Barbara for this dynamic and interactive performance," shared Mitchell Kriegman, Founder of the Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza. "The Muppets are legendary in the puppetry world. They will bring light and laughs to Santa Barbara, rekindling hope and joy after a heartbreaking winter season. We cannot wait for our community to share in this sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational" evening!

With unflappable charm and the ability to entertain audiences young and old, the iconic characters created by Jim Henson and his cohorts continue to be as whimsical, uproarious and downright cool as ever. Joining us will be Matt Vogel (Kermit the Frog and Sgt. Floyd Pepper), Eric Jacobson (Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear, Bill Barretta (Pepé the King Prawn and Rowlf), Peter Linz (Walter and Link Hogthrob). The evening's interviews will be moderated by Debbie McClellan, Vice President of The Muppets Studio.

"It's a rare treat for all of us to share what we do with those who love the Muppets, and especially with an audience like this who can appreciate the artistry-and insanity-of what the Muppet performers can do," said Debbie McClellan, Vice President of The Muppets Studio. "When the Muppets arrive, even I don't know what to expect, so be prepared for lots of surprises and laughs."

Don't miss what's guaranteed to be a charmingly memorable, zany and FUN evening with The Muppets and the talented puppeteers who bring them to life! Tickets can be purchased online here or can be purchased at PuppetPalooza Central, the festival headquarters located in Paseo Nuevo in downtown Santa Barbara (301 Paseo Nuevo). And for an EXTRA special experience, there will be a limited number of VIP "Meet and Greet" opportunities for purchase - sign up for PuppetPalooza newsletters HERE to be among the first notified as soon as tickets are available!

PuppetPalooza kicks off Thursday, March 1st with a full lineup of performances and events all weekend long through Sunday, March 4th. Stay tuned for a complete festival schedule of events, including big announcements coming soon that you won't want to miss! For more information about the 1st Annual Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza, visit

PuppetPalooza is made possible by the generous support from the Squire Foundation, Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture, the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, the Santa Barbara Foundation, Anne Smith Towbes, The Impact Hub, the Squire Foundation and Santa Barbara Travel.

About Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza

For four days puppets will take over the city of Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza is a family-centric event (with plenty of night time fun for adults, too!) that includes two park celebrations and over twenty performances and events at venues throughout Santa Barbara. This multicultural, bilingual festival will bring children, families, visitors and artists from all over the globe together for an unforgettable experience! PuppetPalooza's fiscal sponsors include Artists Without Limits and Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative. Visit

For over 60 years, the Muppets have entertained film and television audiences with their unique blend of heart and humor. The creation of the late visionary Jim Henson, the Muppets are among the world's most recognized and beloved characters. Since the Muppets joined The Walt Disney Company in 2004, they have starred in award-winning feature films, television series, specials & movies, music videos and original digital content. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Animal and the rest of the zany bunch have made hundreds of high-profile appearances, have their own attractions at Walt Disney World, and are featured in a wide array of Muppet merchandise. Follow the Muppets at:


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