Sunday, January 31, 2016

Puppet in jeopardy

You know you've made it when you get your very own lifesize puppet.

Alex Trebek won this honor in Toronto this week, as he hosted the 100th birthday party for noted puppeteer Mary Thornton. As you can see from the screenshot, the puppet looks like a younger and hairier Alex, though he doesn't have the mustache. (Can they attach one if Alex grows back the facial hair?)

Maybe the Toronto Famous People Players theater group can do Pat and Vanna puppets next year. Except they aren't Canadian, but why let such a trifle stand in the way of puppet immortality? Now that I think about it, the Alex puppet could host a Jeopardy ep. He's dressed for the part, after all.

Alex was good-humored about the event. He remarked that he is very lucky to be the host of an extremely popular quiz show called Reach for the Top. (Check Wikipedia if you don't get the joke.) The 100-year-old lady seemed very nice, and her daughter sounded very proud. The Alex puppet had no comment but looked happy enough.

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