Episode 09: Mike the Puppeteer – ED & FRIENDS

This week on Ed & Friends, Ed has a very special guest in the form of filmmaker, improviser and puppeteer, Mike Hutcherson.


Proof that Mike can make a puppet out of anything.

Since watching Labyrinth as a child, Mike’s interests have been three-fold: comedy, story-telling and puppetry. As a student, Mike learned about narratives, mythology and theatre. As a man he has juggled filmmaking and puppeteering careers that have taken him everywhere from Disney to his own improv troupe Glitch – The Improvised Puppet Show. Ed and Mike chat about it all, with more than a few laughs on the way.

DISCLAIMER: By virtue of talking about Labyrinth as much as we do, we talk a bit about the beloved and recently departed David Bowie. The recording itself took place a week before his death, but we kept this segment in as we felt that it paid tribute to his work and his person in a way that inspired us as children and still inspires us today.

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You find out more about Mike, check out his Twitter Page. If you want to see the fantastic Glitch, their gigs are posted on their Facebook Page.

Don’t forget to have a look at the sketches Ed and Mike have been filming on Hoopla’s YouTube Channel:

COMING UP… Mike Hutcherson on Ed & Friends

This weekend, Ed & Friends releases its latest episode with improviser, filmmaker and puppeteer Mike Hutcherson.

We talk to Mike about his career telling stories, how it all started from one inspirational movie/bath time combo and how it took him everywhere from Disneyland to Glitch –  The Improvised Puppet Show.

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Episode 01: Dogs, Condoms and other Misunderstandings – SKETCH, PLEASE!

Episode 1 of Sketch, Please! drops with Christmas cheer as we have recorded the sketches sent to us by you!

Ever wondered what happens when Timmy The Dog goes off the deep end at Enid Blyton? How about the poor soul that had the job of rebranding Midsommer? These are the questions we answer with the help of our talented performers.

If you would like to write sketches for Sketch, Please!, head to the Submissions Page where you’ll find all the guidelines, T&Cs and email addresses you’ll need.

You can also rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud.


Andrew ArmfieldAndrew Armfield (@andrewarmfield on Twitter) is an actor and musician that is also an improv comedian with Improvessional (@improvessional5). He has recently completed a tour with Pinocchio & His Cat playing Pinocchio himself.

IMG_0142Heather Shaw performs with improv group The Pina Colliders, where she plays fun short form games a la Whose Line is it Anyway with her particular brand of aplomb. You can follow her on Twitter at @ladybitsandbobs

Rory HeadshotRory Vieyra is an actor and comedian that is part of the musical improv troupe Music Box (@musicboximprov on Twitter). He arrived having shortly come back from Sweden. he’s the adventurous sort.




Timmy The Dog Visits Enid Blyton by Christy White-Spunner.
Enid Blyton – Heather Shaw
Timmy The Dog – Rory Vieyra
Snowy/P.A. – Andrew Armfield

B.A.D. Lawyers by The Pretty Faces
Ethan Roadcross – Andrew Armfield
Woman – Heather Shaw
Man – Rory Vieyra

Midsummer’s Murder by Dave Parton
P.R. Rep – Andrew Armfield
Vincent – Rory Vieyra
Bridget – Heather Shaw

Polar Problems by Stephanie Weston
Smith – Heather Shaw
Jones – Rory Vieyra
Brown – Andrew Armfield

Condom Machine by Chris Paxton. Performed by Rory Vieyra

Mowgli by Ben Ferris and Alastair Faiers
Martha – Heather Shaw
Rob – Andrew Armfield

Don’t Care by Edmund Fargher
Dan – Rory Vieyra
Julie – Heather Shaw

Hosted by Edmund Fargher
Produced by Katharine Kerr