Puppets Can Kazoo, Can You?

The last post talked about using a kazoo during a recorded play. Since it worked so well, we began to experiment on how else we could use the kazoo. I began to wonder if a live puppet could actually play a kazoo.

We have a human arm style dog puppet used for adlibs and decided he should play the kazoo. To do it, we had him come up and talk to my wife who was out front and he shared that he learned a new skill and wanted to demonstrate it. He held up a kazoo and placed it in his mouth. At the same time, a puppeteer placed another kazoo in my mouth and I played a song and had the puppet act as though he was playing. It came across as very believable and added another new element to our puppet experience.

A word of caution though. Kazoos work by having air pass over a thin piece of paper causing it to vibrate. If you blow too hard, you can rip the paper and it will no longer work. I blew too hard on a couple of them before we realized the problem. We didn’t toss the broken ones though, because the ones the puppets use don’t have to work.

Since kazoos are inexpensive, we purchased several and put together a kazoo band that also gave good results. With some more thought and creativity, I’m sure there are many other ways you could use a kazoo to enhance your puppet experience. Give it a try and see what happens.

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