Meet Noman, Elmo's Bitter, Unemployed Cousin
Somewhere in Brooklyn there is a muppet that's been kept out of the spotlight, shadowed by his famous cousin, Elmo, and other too-successful relatives. His name is Noman, and he is four. He would be the black sheep of the family, except he is a muppet, and orange. Our heart goes out to him. Oh! But he has a Kickstarter, upon which this is revealed:
Noman is tired of everyone comparing him to Elmo and saying that he is a failure because he doesn't have a show. But he knows the truth about Elmo and he wants to confront and expose him for the evil little monster he is.
Noman is bitter! Hence, Noman is working on a web series, called Noman's Land, to prove the truth about Elmo: "People think he's adorable and cute, but he's a lying womanizer that wants to control the world!" he says. We spoke to Noman's "handler," Lamarr Williams, who writes under the name Jay Storm, for more information.
How did Noman come to be? I've had Noman for a while. I love muppets -- I'm a big Jim Henson fan and I love everything Kevin Clash is doing with Elmo. I moved to New York from Miami in February, and I thought, let's put together a show. I decided to name him Noman, which is kind of a spin off; he's not a man, he's a monster.
I sat him down and, it might sound crazy, but I started to talk to him. It came out that he was bitter. I said, "Why am I getting this vibe from you?" It came to me, his cousin, Elmo, is making all this money...I thought that was the funniest thing.
Everyone can relate to family members being more successful, right? And the movie just came out, Being Elmo, the documentary. I thought that would make him even madder. I thought I could get a whole campaign going against the biggest muppet to date. It turns out there are a lot of people who don't like Elmo.
Elmo and Clash, rubbing it in.
Do you like Elmo? I personally love Elmo.
How do you cope with Noman always talking shit about Elmo? It's just one of those things that goes in one ear and out the other. He complains a lot; I'm used to hearing it. He's not going to change my perspective.
He's four...what's that in human years? He's 28 in human years.
What does Noman like to do? Any hobbies? Noman's favorite hobby is complaining. That's what he loves to do. He sees the bad in everything. I don't think I've ever heard him say anything positive.
He watches movies, but he doesn't like words that much. He loves the whole comic book movement for movies, but he's disappointed in the quality.
Does he have a favorite food? Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I say it's because the wrapper is orange, but he doesn't think so.
Does Noman date? He likes girls but has problems getting them. He'll tell you that he's the best, but he's never really had a girlfriend. We'll touch on that in his videos as well -- it's part of why he's bitter.
Where in Brooklyn does Noman live? Does he have anything going for him? Crown Heights. He can't really get a job, he says it's because of his orange fur. He's lazy, that's where the complaining comes from. You can't get him to do anything. This show is his last shot.
What about his family, what do they say? They see the good qualities in him. They think he should go back to school, but he doesn't want to do that. The main reason he's bitter is because he doesn't know his role in this world.
Would Noman consider therapy? I would put him in therapy but I don't think he would do it.
How much do you and Noman have in common? Noman is about 50 percent about who I am. He'll surprise you. More will come out. With him, every day there's something new.
What's next for Noman's Land? I've put together 10 more episodes. I'm going to release them once a day next week, starting Monday. If someone else thinks it's funny, that's enough for me! Also, if I can get Kevin Clash's attention, that would be great.
Noman's Land [Kickstarter]
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