Have you ever taken a glove puppet to a workplace interview and then used it to attack the interviewer?
If you have, you’re not alone.
Popular TV entertainer Rod Hull caused havoc on chat show legend Michael Parkinson’s programme Parkinson, when he famously attacked the suave talk show host using his unruly glove puppet sidekick ‘Emu.’
The incident occurred in 1976 when Hull was invited onto the show alongside fellow guest Billy Connolly.
As Hull and Parkinson engaged in conversation, Emu proceeded to constantly attack the interviewer, causing him to eventually fall from his chair.
Connolly however said that, “If that bird comes anywhere near me, I’ll break its neck and your bloody arm!” causing Hull to immediately bring his apparently uncontrollable “pet” back into line.
In later years Parkinson always lamented the fact that despite all the superstar guests he had interviewed on his programme over the years, luminaries as varied as John Lennon, Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela and Madonna to name but a few – he would probably be remembered most for “that bloody bird”.
In an appearance on the TV show Room 101 however, he finally got his chance for revenge when host Paul Merton unexpectedly brought Emu onto the stage locked in a guillotine and Parkinson dutifully grabbed his chance by beheading the puppet and saying, “Goodbye, you foul beast.”
Hull’s glove puppet represented a side of his personality that enabled him to create a kind of joyful mayhem, whilst appearing not to be the blame for it. The creation of this impression was aided by a special false arm that was attached to Hull’s jacket, which appeared to cradle the emu, thus making its neck and head appear as if they moved of their own volition. The apparently independent movement created the illusion that the bird had a personality of its own which usually involved unprovoked attacks on anyone that was within striking distance. The masterstroke of the performance would usually involve the apparently hapless Hull making half-hearted attempts at pulling the badly-behaved bird away from its victim in vain, which in turn would often cause him to become embroiled in the fracas and start rolling around on the floor as a result.
Have a look at the video clip below and ask yourself what would happen to you if you turned up for a workplace interview wearing an aggressive glove puppet on your arm that attacked anybody that was sat nearby.
It’s fair to say that you might be held more responsible for your actions than Rod Hull ever was!