Chris Lynch



Friday 07th April, 2017
Over the past week, Sesame Street Muppets have brought laughter to a thousand children in Fiji who have been impacted by Cyclone Winston. Before I visited schools, I was briefed by Fiji Red Cross' health coordinator on the psychological impact of the cyclone. She told me that two months on, many children are still too frightened to attend school. Others run out of their classrooms, frightened at the first sign of wind and rain. A day before we hit the road, I gave Fiji Red Cross staff members an impromptu performance so they could experience first-hand what children could expect. Much to my surprise, when I brought out Grover and Elmo, they reacted with fits of laughter. The Muppets are quite possibly the easiest ice breaker. 

ABOUT:   Puppeteer Chris Lynch

Tuesday 01st July, 2014
Chris Lynch is an experienced puppeteer, who's worked on many children’s television shows. In April 2016, with permisson of Sesame Workshop, the producers of Sesame Street, he travelled to Fiji wth Red Cross to help bring joy to children affected  by Cyclone Winston. Chris has worked with Disney, puppeteering the country’s first Muppet, modelled on high profile news and current affairs veteran TV presenter Mark Sainsbury. The Muppet was made to promote The Muppets film and appeared on the front page of the country’s biggest daily newspaper, The New Zealand Herald. It also featured in many online publications, including the Wall Street Journal. The Muppet made TV appearances on Close Up, the country’s most watched nightly current affairs show and What Now, New Zealand’s longest running children’s show. His first public appearance was at the New Zealand premiere of The Muppets, a fundraiser for Auckland Children’s Hospital.  Chris’ enthusiasm for puppetry was inspired by Muppet creator Jim Henson. Chris was proactive in attempting to get Sesame Street back on to New Zealand TV. He visited Sesame Workshop’s headquarters in New York, and spent the day with Elmo during a promotional tour in Sydney. 

Chris Lynch meets Kermit and Miss Piggy! (video + pics)

Tuesday 01st July, 2014
Chris Lynch with talented Muppeteers Eric Jacobson and Steve Whitmire. Chris Lynch’s passion for the Muppets prompted him to contact the Walt Disney Studios in New Zealand to offer his Muppet knowledge and puppeteering skills to help promote the ‘The Muppets’ movie. His childhood and adulthood dream came true when he travelled to Los Angeles to interview the talented cast of the new Muppet film, where he met principal Muppeteers (below) Steve Whitmire who performs Kermit the Frog and Eric Jacobson who performs Miss Piggy. Chris’ journey to meet the Muppets will screen on Television New Zealand’s Close Up, the country’s most watched nightly news and current affairs show.

New Zealand's First Muppet performed by Chris Lynch (video + pics)

Tuesday 01st July, 2014
News and Current Affairs Host Mark Sainsbury with his Muppet lookalike. Chris Lynch achieved one of his dreams jobs, puppeteering New Zealand’s first official Muppet character to promote Disney’s The Muppets film. Chris approached Walt Disney Motion Pictures and pitched the concept of having a New Zealand puppet interview Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog to help promote the new film for New Zealand audiences. Instead, Disney offered to immortalise high profile news and current affairs presenter Mark Sainsbury. Mark presents Close Up on Television New Zealand, the country’ most watched nightly news and current affairs show.