Here Come the Puppets! is a special that was taped for PBS during the 1980 World Puppetry Festival, airing on January 4, 1981. Co-hosted by Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson, it featured performances by Burr Tillstrom, Shari Lewis, Bil Baird and the Muppets. Other performers included Sergei Obraztsov, Manteo's Sicillian Marionettes (from NYC), Albrecht Roser, Bruce Schwartz, Martin Stevens, and Frank Ballard's (at the time, Puppet Arts head at University of Connecticut) "Ring of the Nibbelung."
Kermit opens the show, standing outside the White House. We then see Jim performing Kermit outside the festival hall as he gives us an introduction to the show.
The Muppet selections include:
- A skit with Kermit and Miss Piggy
- An introduction by Kermit and Fozzie
- Oscar the Grouch sings "I Love Trash" as Bruno rollerskates
At the end of the special, Oscar and Bruno are joined by Sweetums, The Bossmen, some Muppet Birds, Doglion Beast, Mean Mama, Fletcher Bird, Betsy Bird and many other assorted large Muppets as Sweetums brings out Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and Caroll Spinney.
- Producer: Jerry Hughs
- Writer: Stephan Dick
- Directors: Bob Walsh, David E. Gerber, Carol Moore-Ede
- For Henson Associates, Inc.: Nancy Bielen