The character of Albert Snodoloberm began his life as a mildly sociopathic puppet named Al the Slug. Puppet Al was a much happier fellow, kind of cheeky. He would simply lie about his level of fame…for instance, he claimed to have done most of the dialogue replacement for Johnny Depp in the Burton-Depp movies.
So for about a decade I was making strange puppet films – you can see them over at Lumalin.com – and when Al the Slug took his turn for a feature-length role in Hell Leaks Laughter (2014), things went very badly for him, total snake eyes, done. But I wanted to keep working with the character, seeing how far down the rabbit hole of regret and envy and bitterness and casual paranoia I could take him. So I began playing him as a human…and actually, if I had to be honest, there’s something about the character that has become autobiographical. Slogging away at making obscure existential puppet movies for a decade probably feels not all that different from doing stand-up comedy and never getting famous…
And even though his adventures have now permanently (?) shifted into human form, I still think of it as a kind of puppeteering. Becoming Albert is a bit like becoming a huge biological Muppet from Newark (or Long Island, or wherever that voice is from).
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Thanks for stopping by… *puppetless handshake*