“Statler” Is Back – But It’s Not Who You Think

Richard Painter

You may know Statler as that cranky opinionated old man from “The Muppets” shown above.  With his expressionless face and gravel voice, Statler spews his personal criticisms with hyperbole and supercilious arrogance.  Statler is very funny because you can readily see the satirical silliness of his nature. When I say that “Statler” is back, I am not referring to the Muppet puppet, but rather his real-life doppelganger – a guy named Richard Painter.  To my eye, Statler is a visual caricature of Painter – in looks, voice and demeanor. I made…

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