So, it was announced a few hours ago that Steve Whitmire (you know, that guy this blogger just can’t seem to shut up about), is going to be making an appearance at Fanboy Expo’s Knoxville Comic Con this coming June.

From the Fanboy Expo Facebook page:

It’s not easy being green! Fanboy Expo is thrilled to announce that Steve Whitmire will be joining us for Knoxville Comic Con June 29-July 1st. Steve is known for voicing and puppeteering some of our favorite Muppet characters like: Kermit the Frog, Ernie from Sesame Street, Rizzo the Rat, Wembley Fraggle, and Beaker. Steve is brand new to conventions and is anxious to get out and meet fans. Get your tickets to Knoxville Comic Con

As someone who’s been missing his almost weekly Muppet Pundit posts, I’m glad to see Steve taking another step in embracing the Muppet fandom. This certainly does seem to be the ‘Year of the Muppet Performer’ (I honestly apologise for not remembering whether ToughPigs or The Muppet Mindset coined that phrase first), with Frank Oz taking over Twitter with his adorableness and the Muppet Guys Talking documentary getting a decent amount of hype.

There’s really not a lot more to say about it for now until much closer to the date, but hey, now you have plenty of time to get planning for a great few days of fun stories and quite a few laughs!

If there’s anything to update, I promise you I’ll be on top of it!


4 thoughts on “Steve Whitmire’s Steppin’ Out in Knoxville

  1. I think it was The Muppet Mindset who coined the term “Year of the Muppet Performer.”
    Thank you for spreading the word, Marni. It will be interesting to see if/when the big-name fansites see fit to mention it.
    I really needed some good news today. You have no idea.


    1. And if the convention does warrant a mention on the big-name fan sites, it will be interesting to see if they see fit to mention Steve’s name or if they play up the “Gates McFadden, former Muppets’ choreographer!” angle.

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      1. Someone posted it on the Tough Pigs forum today…and spelled Steve’s name wrong. *facepalm*
        Incidentally, I’m not knocking Gates McFadden. I would be stoked to meet her too. She’s been involved in at least two of my favorite things (Muppets and Star Trek: TNG).


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