Michael Oosterom

Michael Oosterom is an improv actor who performed in the Puppet Up! show at the Grove in Anaheim on March 4, 2007 and subsequent Henson projects, and served as an additional puppeteer on the 2011 film The Muppets and also on The Muppets Most Wanted. He also performed on related Muppet appearances (i.e. Dancing with the Stars) and video shorts.

Oosterom performed the puppetry for Pidge, an animatronic pigeon created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, on the ABC series Pushing Daisies, and the face puppetry/voice of Spanky the gorilla in an episode of The Middleman. He also served as the production supervisor for the puppet sequences in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and as a puppeteer for one of the owls in Where the Wild Things Are.

As an actor, Oosterom has appeared on the Nickelodeon series The Amanda Show and in episodes of The District and Help Me Help You.

Guest Appearances

The Line For The Circular Saw In The Lumber Department at Home Depot

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes all-- including the bros-- back to SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is singer-songwriter and composer Michael Penn! They chat about public restroom precautions, glamping in a tiny house, and Michael's collection of unusual musical instruments. Paul is then joined…



Paul F. Tompkins welcomes everyone in the world, including people he knows, back to SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul's special guest is Jerry Minor of Mr. Show and Saturday Night Live! They chat about Jerry's million-dollar idea, why Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate birthdays, and…


Death Valley

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes friends, strangers, mutual friends, work friends, acquaintances, and more back to SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is Real Time with Bill Maher Executive Producer and playwright Scott Carter! They chat about Scott’s fury at Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes, being a childhood baseball…


The Underwear Department at Macy's

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes you and yours, including families, back to Spontaneanation! This week Paul’s special guest is singer-songwriter Aimee Mann! They chat about the thing Aimee desires that she is most ashamed of desiring, accepting that other people have opinions of their…

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