Advertising

Back before the Muppet Show and Sesame Street, Jim Henson had a seemingly less-glamorous gig: coffee commercial-maker. But Henson's ads weren't the heartless sellout stuff you might expect from a creative guy forced to take an ad job for the money — rather, these coffee commercials sold java via brief moments of bizarre violence. Super-short, surreal, and hilarious, these ads aired in the Washington DC and Baltimore area and were wildly popular, leading to other Henson commercial gigs. And also probably leading you down a rabbit hole of searching out other Muppets videos, because they're just so damn good: