Funday PawPet Show

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Funday PawPet Show logo. The characters displayed are (L-R) Mutt, Tod Ferret, Arthur, Poink, and Rummage.

The Funday PawPet Show was a weekly internet broadcast featuring the puppetry talents of several Florida Furs, including show founder Randy "Yappy" Fox.

The Funday Pawpet Show originated in November of 1999; Yappy and friends were working on their puppetry at his home when they came up with the idea of streaming a puppet show on the Internet. Various changes have come and gone — in equipment, location, and performers alike — but the show continues to this day, with some gaps and re-runs. The show's 400th episode aired Dec 21, 2008 and it held its 10-year anniversary in November 2009.

The FPS crew also performed live shows at various conventions around the country, most notably at Megaplex.

The audience could log onto the PawPet IRC server and join channel #pawpet to chat with the performers during the show.

The show's last live broadcast, episode 756, was on September 3, 2017.[1][2] The following week, no live show was broadcast due to the arrival in Florida of Hurricane Irma.[3]

Unexpectedly, on September 12, 2017,[4] it was announced that the show would no longer be running. Reasons included the end of Furstre.am and the music industry making it too difficult to legally use songs:[5]

   
Funday PawPet Show
We have come to a cross roads. Streaming video and music copyrights and licensing have become such a tangled mess of pain in the butt. The music industry has made it impossible for the little guy to do anything online. The costs, the bookeeping, the constant upkeep of trying to keep from getting flagged… It is no longer a labor of love. We thank you all for nearly 18 years of puppet broadcasting support. There has been a lot of history packed into those weekly 4 hour nuggets. We have learned so much from our fan base. You truly were like a large family to us, spending Sunday night in my living room. The cheers, laughs, tears and fears shall all be cherished, and we have left our mark on the Furry fandom. Some may still have never heard of us, but those that have, I hope will remember us as a positive impact.

With the end of Furstre.am, we are going to take this time to make our break.. Since finding a new hosting fit would be too much of a challenge. Hopefully we will see you all in passings on future meets or endeavors. So for one last time:

Good night, good night, until we meet again Adios, Au revoir, Auf Wiedersehn 'til then. And though it's always sweet sorrow to part You know you'll always remain in my heart.

Good night, sleep tight, and pleasant dreams to you. Here's a wish and a prayer that every dream comes true. And now 'til we, meet again, Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehn. Goodnight!!!

   
Funday PawPet Show

It was decided that ending abruptly would be easier for the cast than doing an emotional last show.[6]

Characters[edit]

Main article: List of Funday PawPet Show characters

The show was hosted by a cast of animal puppets, all mostly made by Folkmanis. The primary roles were played by the main Master of ceremonies sheepdog, Mutt, along with his sheepdog stand-in, Ezra. All the while, everyone's favorite Poink T. Ferret acted as the show's free-willed comic, often with the beloved Lili playing along with his lines.

Format[edit]

As the show was four hours long, its content was open-ended and nearly all of it was completely improvised. Aside from the opening and closing sequences, other fixed content included:

  • Roll Call, in which a guest or cast member, usually flummoxed by constant /nick changes, attempted to read the screennames of everyone in the IRC channel.
  • Photo Captions, in which viewers were encouraged to send in a caption for a humorous photograph.
  • Shout Outs, in which viewers and Channel chatters posted personal and general interest messages, which were read aloud.
  • ArtJam, in which viewers were encouraged to send in original artwork. Practice was to begin showing these at 9:30, so as to allow for completion of themed pieces, yet leave time for the show to wind down.

Any themes or topics for the evening were either brought up during conversation or were planned out in advance, as in the case of a cast member leaving or a statutory holiday, for example.

Spits or Swallows was an event held infrequently, in which the cast (and sometimes, guests) gave their honest opinions about food items that they tasted on camera. The food was usually sent in by viewers, and could range anywhere from obscure Asian beverages to new fast food items; in some extreme cases, the cast had "enjoyed" MREs, durian fruit and Cheeseburger-in-a-Can.

Guests who visited the show often participated by being interviewed by the PawPets and the IRC audience, and were usually given the Pink Flamingos Challenge, in which they were asked to eat a (preferably chocolate) confection while watching the finale to the film Pink Flamingos, in which drag queen Divine eats actual dog feces (during which, "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" plays.) Because of the graphic nature of this scene, the film itself was forbidden from being seen on screen and only the guests' reactions were taped.

A segment entitled Subservient Fursuit was broadcast on an infrequent basis. It was based on the Subservient Chicken viral marketing campaign by Burger King and featured a fursuiter having their actions directed by the IRC audience. The word "Fursuit" in the title was replaced by the fursuit's name at the time of the broadcast. While the show was not intended to be rebroadcast or redistributed at any point, many of the Subservient Fursuit segments wound up on YouTube.

Contributors[edit]

The Funday PawPet Show also featured videos submitted from its viewers, ranging from homemade films to professional animated shorts to humorous commercials. Several PawPet groups across the United States also sent in their own videos; these outside contributors included:

Notable broadcasts[edit]

  • Show #169 - broadcast 25 May 2003 - the program featured three segments:
    • The "Pawpet Newlywed Game" - three Florida Fur married couples play the Newlywed Game.
    • A "G-Rated Uber Cute" version of the FPS, including a baby food Spits or Swallows, and over-the-top performing on a completely "clean" version of the program.
    • "The Poink Show" - Poink lets loose (with help from the others), explaining the reason for the "Uber Cute" version (a flamewar on the FPS mailing list over certain subjects being "offensive").
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Trivia[edit]

Furs watching the Funday PawPet Show in Second Life
  • The show cost around $2,400 (excluding equipment costs) for a year of broadcasting; costs include licensing for the music played on the show, as well as the bandwidth needed for broadcast.
Increasingly, the majority of the funding for this was provided by donations, and the show ran a number of "telethons" during their history to raise funds. During the telethon of November 23, 2013, $7,248 was raised. The highest ever raised was $10,052 in 2007.
  • 2 recorded The Pawpet Song about his friends on the Funday PawPet Show. Lyrics
  • 2 was also the inspiration for what was to become Strawberry. When visiting the show after Megaplex 2003, he puppeted along to The PawPet Song with the pink Pecker, and then in a high, skwawky voice, began to complain about arm burn as he was pressed into doing a second song. Almost two years later in 2005, after using the pink Pecker in homage to 2 to puppet to The PawPet Song, Jess used a similar voice to interact with another character afterward — and Liesl followed shortly using a similar voice with the blue Pecker — and Strawberry and Blueberry were born.
  • The title animation and logo was the work of numerous people, including:
  • Shawn Keller recognized the show's popularity with a half-page ad parody (as The Sundae Sock-Monkey Show) in Horrifying Look at the Furries
  • The show appeared in Jim Groat's West Corner Of the Park strip on 11 April 2003.
  • Many of the puppets appearing on the show were made by Folkmanis.
  • Once, on a Sunday when no show was playing, Liesel tried to take roll-call in-channel and was kicked by the IRC bot for flooding.
  • The Funday Pawpet Show is referred to in the Jack comic arc Those That Run[1] [2].

Lyrics[edit]

The closing theme is "Adios, Au revoir, Auf Wiedersehen" from The Lawrence Welk Show and the lyrics are as follows:

Good night, Good night, until we meet again,
Adios, Au revoir, Auf Wiedersehen 'til then.
And though it's always sweet sorrow to part
You'll know you'll always remain in my heart.

Good night, sleep tight and pleasant dreams to you.
Here's a wish, and a prayer, that every dream comes true.
And now 'til we meet again,
Adios, Au revoir, Auf Wiedersehen.

Good night!

References[edit]

  1. Tweet on the Funday Pawpet Show account on Twitter. Dated September 3, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  2. Episode Guide on pawpet.tv. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  3. Tweet on the Funday Pawpet Show account on Twitter. Dated September 9, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  4. Tweet on the Funday Pawpet Show account on Twitter. Dated September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  5. Announcement on pawpet.tv. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  6. Tweet on the Funday Pawpet Show account on Twitter. Dated September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.

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