The names of the 3 puppets I’m working on are:
1) The Cat-Eater: This is the original puppeteer – originally named The Penguin, he’s a little old, but he has a huge smile on his face and he can read your mind. He’s a huge fan of cats, so that’s one of my personal inspirations!
2) The Big Red Dog: You know, the one with the red head band? My first puppet, I have a really big soft spot for that one. But then he started having big accidents, so when he left, I thought, okay, this is my new puppet.
3) The Tuna Dog: Another one with a large grin – and I know what you’re thinking!
4) The Duck and Tuna Dog: My 3rd puppet, I have a lot of faith in him… so I had to make him smaller and get rid of the feathers. I think I have a similar personality to The Penguin, so he’s my 3rd favorite.
What are your hopes for the upcoming season of “Bob & David”?
The first season was on YouTube for about two and a half years, and it got really popular, so I knew we would get a renewal, and then I started working on the second year in 2012. I think I had about 10 episodes, but the first two seasons were kind of the start to this whole thing being huge. We did another six or seven episodes, and then I’m getting an Emmy nomination. I’m hoping the new season is our breakout Emmy season.
What is the process for making new “Bob & David”?
We have about eight puppeteers working on each project, which is really great because we’re really building relationships with each one and getting them a little bit less “me” – less “a big puppet.” We’re actually allowing them to bring their whole personalities to each episode, if they want to. I think it is also more fun, and we’re making it all for fun and for fun’s sake, rather than because it’s right for the hour.
We start out making a script and we write it, and then we meet with them to talk about how they can be funnier, or tell a different story. In order to do that, we have an old-fashioned brainstorming process.
For this season, we wrote the entire first season in three days and then spent the next