2014 Guests and Attending Professionals

Paul McGinnis

Paul McGinnis has been a puppeteer for Sesame Street since 2001. His other television and film credits include The MuppetsCrank YankersWarren the ApeCrash & BernsteinFeltThe West WingIt’s a Big Big WorldDog With a BlogThe Book of PoohGreg the Bunny, and Between the Lions. He has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy FallonGood Morning America, The ViewThe Early Show,Top ChefThe ChewThe Isaac Mizrahi ShowThe Paula Poundstone Show, and The Daytime Emmy Awards

Paul has puppeteered for such viral video hits as Funny Or Die's "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" starring Jon Hamm, Broadway’s The [title of show] Show, and Sesame Street’s Old Spice parody "Smells Like a Monster" and their Call Me Maybe parody "Share It Maybe".   He also puppeteered for the Sesame Street XBox 360 Kinect game series.  And his puppeteering can be seen in commercials for LivingSocial, Sony Bravia, Go Daddy, and Barcel.

On stage, Paul puppeteered the Audrey II puppets for the first national Broadway tour of Little Shop of Horrors. He also manipulated the life-size puppets for the national tour of Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular. He produces his own works of puppetry for screen and stage, and particularly enjoys creating Bunraku-style puppet projects that showcase current dance trends and other types of dynamic movement.

Lucky Yates

Lucky Yates plays Dr. Krieger on the hit show Archer on FX. He also played a bazillion characters on the show Good Eats on the Food Network along side his pal Alton Brown. He has a podcast with Amber Nash (Pam on Archer). He was a puppeteer in the movie Elmo In Grouchland. If you look really hard, you can see him walking across Sesame Street. He does improv comedy with Amber every weekend at Dad's Garage Theater right here in Atlanta GA. He had an online puppet show called Spook House Dave and is going on tour with Mr. Brown in October. He is a super nice guy so say hello.

Victor Yerrid

Victor has been a principle puppeteer for the Jim Henson Company for over 15 years. His work with the company includes Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Hangover, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, Neil’s Puppet Dreams, Sid The Science Kid, Hannah Montana, The Pajanimals, Bear in the Big Blue House, Late Night Liars, The Producers, and the 2010 Grammy Awards with Cee Lo Green. He is also a founding member of the Henson Company’s puppet improv troupe, Puppet Up. Victor has worked both as a puppeteer and voice-over artist on numerous other TV & film projects including Team America, Men In Black II, Angel, Community, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Robot Chicken, MADD, The Sarah Silverman Program, Warren The Ape, Greg The Bunny, and Sesame Street.

The son of a piano teacher, Victor’s early years were spent plunking out tunes on the piano and singing songs in the back of his mother’s ’67 Chevy. He eventually took up classical percussion and was accepted to the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Upon graduation, Victor began playing with the Philadelphia Opera Orchestra and toured Japan with a chamber orchestra led by current New York Philharmonic conductor, Alan Gilbert.

Looking for other fun performance opportunities, Victor began studying acting, voice-over, and even tap dancing. He eventually landed an internship at the beloved children’s TV series, Sesame Street, in the hopes of becoming a songwriter there. What he discovered instead was a performing medium he had absolutely no knowledge of, puppeteering.

Eventually, Victor became one of the Jim Henson company’s lead performers. Today, he continues his work there as a puppeteer, show creator, and producer. He is also the co-creator of the web series The Rufio Show and the Youtube channel Puppets N Sh*t.

Attending Professionals:
Madison Cripps

Madison J. Cripps cut his puppetry teeth busking in 2006. Now a professional puppeteer and puppet builder in Asheville, NC, he combines his background in fine art, construction, environmentalism and theatre with new interests, such as circuit bending. Madison animates his unique hand carved marionettes with song, interaction, and pun.

Stacey Gordon

Stacey Gordon is an improviser and puppeteer in Phoenix, Arizona, where she's been building puppets, teaching, and performing in Puppet Slams since 2001. Stacey co-directs & puppeteers for The Bob & Angus Show, a web-series produced for Mayfair Games. Her puppets have been featured in music videos, commercials, and on ABC's The View.

Broderick Jones

Brodrick Jones is a writer, comedian, and puppeteer best known for Jigsaw, a web series about a robot and a mad scientist who yell a lot. This is his first Dragon*Con. Be gentle.

The Sci-Fi Janitors

Bob and Carl are Dragon Con's little yellow puppet ambassadors. You can catch their geeky antics on DCTV. They are your hosts for an incredible 3rd year of The Late Night Puppet Slam bringing you the very best in geeky adult puppet shows at the biggest puppet slam in the world! They will also be filming a live episode in their panel again this year so be sure to check it out!