The TVLand Krofft Tribute

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tvland2009The TVLand Awards was the wonderful tribute to Sid and Marty Krofft. Here at KROFFT.NET, we gave you a chance for premium tickets to the event. As a stalwart fan of the Kroffts, it felt good to see Sid and Marty honored on the same stage as my other love, M.A.S.H.

With the impending release of Land of the Lost, and future projects such as Sigmund and the Seamonsters, this tribute should go a long way in bringing them back into the pop culture consciousness.

Friend of KROFFT.NET, author Ted Nichelson, had this report from the event:

I went to the taping of the TV Land Awards on Sunday evening at Universal Studios. They had a huge, spectacular musical production number dedicated to Krofft shows, so you won’t want to miss it. It was like a Broadway revue and ran about 8 minutes. They touched on everything just about, and had many Krofft characters in full costume – including HR Pufnstuff and Sigmund. Others were Kilng and Klang, Lidsville hats, Hoo Doo, and Billie Hayes reprised her role as Witchiepoo. They had some Bugaloos flying around. Cyndi Lauper sang “ElectroWoman and DynaGirl” while Clint Black sang “Land of the Lost.” Sid and Marty came up afterwards and accepted the Pop Culture award. It was truly amazing to see in person.

I really regret my decision not to go, but I couldn’t justify the expense. After seeing the broadcast on Sunday, I’m very envious of those who attended. The production number was very Krofft, and I’m sure there were thousands of viewers who said, “Hey, I remember that show!” every time a new song was sung. Now, when do they get their Emmy tribute?

The costumes were wonderful; each reproduced to the original puppets of the 70s. Cindy Lauper and Clint Black seemed to fit in, but Barry Williams (as much as I like him) didn’t fit in well. Also, where was Billie Hayes? The actress that portrayed Witchiepoo did a wonderful job, but Billie should have been involved in some fashion. She was part of the Krofft’s early success and, I assume, available to participate.

Photos provided by Ted Nichelson

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In all, I thought the show was great and hope that it is only a precursor to the coming wave of respect to be show to these great legends. Also, thank you Sid and Marty for recognizing us fans who’ve stuck by you all these years, and helped to keep your creations alive.

Welcome to the World of Sid and Marty Krofft!