Guests for August 23, 2020
Kirk Thatcher is an Emmy award winning writer/producer, an award winning television, commercial and viral video director, as well as a creature maker and designer for both films and television.
Kirk began at nineteen working at Industrial Light and Magic, designing, creating and puppeteering creatures for blockbusters such as, Return of the Jedi, Star Trek II, Star Trek III, E.T., Poltergeist, and Gremlins. He was also an associate producer on Star Trek IV, in which he had a memorable cameo as the Punk on the Bus, rocking out to the Punk anthem he both wrote and sang, called, “I HateYou!”
Kirk helped create the television series, “Dinosaurs” both designing all the Characters and Co-producing the series. He co-wrote Muppet Treasure Island and directed the Muppet TV movies, “It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie”, “The Muppets Wizard of Oz” and, “The Muppets Letters to Santa”. He also directed the Life Time Thanksgiving movie, “Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow” and over thirty Muppet commercials and web shorts including, Muppet’s Bohemian Rhapsody and all of Neil Patrick Harris’ web comedy series, “Neil’s Puppet Dreams”.
Kirk was one of the three regular judges on the Syfy channel series, “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge” and co-created, wrote, directed and Executive Produced the Netflix series, “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell” He also co-wrote and co-directed the Muppet Live Shows that played at the Hollywood bowl and in London’s O2 stadium. He loves tiki bars, espresso and has a pet Macaw named, Max.