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Mummenschanz: The Swiss Mime Troupe

Updated on March 15, 2013

Mummenschanz : Theatre of the Absurd

Mummenschanz is an amazing Swiss mime troupe that have been around since the seventies. Their creative approach with unexpected props make their performances extraordinary.

With Mummenschanz, mime is so much more than a man in an invisible box. Sometimes the characters are so charming and interact with each other in such a way that you truly feel for them. The characters have so much personality and are preformed so precisely, that every show is sure to be an extraordinary experience.

Clay Masks

Watch how expertly the masks are manipulated throughout the sketch. The amount of practice it much have taken to perfect this routine just shows how much commitment they have to their craft. The clay masks characters have such personality in them!

The Official Site

Learn more about Mummenschanz on their official website:

Playing with a Ball

Playing with a Ball
Playing with a Ball

Did You Know?

In 1977 Mummenschanz made it to Broadway. The show lasted three years there. That's longer than any show in history with no words or music!

Papers

It seems so simple. Just tear off the papers on the eyes and mouth to change expressions, right? No big deal, right? But just watch the endearing scene that unfolds. Mastering the timing for this routine was clearly no easy challenge.

Quick, what do you think of Mummenschanz?

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More Mummenschanz Videos

Meet the Mimes - See the faces behind the masks

Want to see under the costumes as to who the mimes are? Kermit introduces you.

Expressions

Expressions
Expressions

The Muppet Show - Season One

Includes an entire episode with Mummenschanz!

The Muppet Show: Season 1
The Muppet Show: Season 1

Includes an entire episode with Mummenschanz including:

Mummenschanz- notepad faces

Mummenschaz - crawlies

Kermit "talks" to the Mummenschanz

Mummenschanz - clay faces.

Also includes episodes with: Charles Aznavour, Kaye Ballard, Candice Bergen, Ruth Buzzi, Phyllis Diller, Sandy Duncan, Bruce Forsyth, Joel Grey, Valerie Harper, Florence Henderson, Lena Horne, Harvey Korman, Rita Moreno, Jim Nabors, Juliet Prowse, Vincent Price, Avery Schreiber, Connie Stevens, Twiggy, Peter Ustinov, Ben Vereen, Paul Williams

 

Talk Time

Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto & Bernie Schürch

Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto & Bernie Schürch
Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto & Bernie Schürch

Mimes?

What do you think of mimes in general?

I love them!

I love them!

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    • homecouch 3 years ago

      I love mimes!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i love it

    • KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      It's an interesting art form.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome.

    • GrowWear 6 years ago

      I love mimes! Thank you for the introduction to Mummenschanz!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I remember seeing them during the 70's not sure exactly, but I think they were on a variety show called "Sheilds & Yarnell". Which I also loved. I thought these guys were so creative and awesome. Glad to see they are still doing it.

      Laura

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      awesomeneses with some foamingf epic on top

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Kewl! I wish I could see Mummenschanz!

    • Kay 8 years ago

      I have never seen these mimes before. They are really awesome. I'm generally not a big mime fan but I'll say I love 'em just because of these guys.

    • Not-Pop 8 years ago

      I vaguely remember them from The Muppet Show. I they're quite inventive, which is always a good thing when it comes to mimes. ;)

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      Terrific!

    I Hate them!

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      • GypsyPirate LM 5 years ago

        I admit that I usually do not like mimes. But, Mummenschanz...well, that's a whole different story.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Mime is an art form, just not 1 I want harrassing me as I walk through a public park! My god mimes are creepy! these guys are awesome though. I say these guys should be the only mimes not locked up behind bars

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        It really sucks

      • bechand 6 years ago

        Im not a fan of mimes in general, but i vividly remember the Mummenschanz from the Jim Henson shows - i Loved them !!!

      • Spook LM 8 years ago

        I much prefer mimics, assuming there's a difference

      Body Forms

      Inspired By Mummenschanz

      This clip is not by one of the members of Mummenschanz, but rather another performer inspired by their style and technique. Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

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          GypsyPirate LM 5 years ago

          I'd forgotten just how much I loved these guys - thank you for that. (Oh, and including the Muppet stuff? Brilliant!)

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          KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

          Thank you ... I haven't seen Mummenschanz in ages. Blessed by an Entertainment > Performing Arts Squid Angel.

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          Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

          I'd never seen Mummenschanz before. They are very clever and original!

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          bechand 6 years ago

          Forgot them - but remembering them as something i loved watching !!!

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          Robin S 7 years ago from USA

          This is terrific. I had forgotten all about Mummenschanz.

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          Richard 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

          Thanks so much for bringing Mummenschanz to my attention. Enjoyed reading about them.

          Your lens is now featured at the Squid Who blog: http://squidwho.crabbysbeach.com/blogs/

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          dc64 lm 8 years ago

          What a great lens. I'm lensrolling this to my court jester lens because it moves along a similar theme. Liked the videos, and you've got some great pics!