The Muppet Show

Paul Williams

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 10/25/76
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  • Episode Description
  • Paul williams seems self-conscious about his height; Fozzie impersonates a telephone pole. Sketches/Songs: "All of Me", "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song", "Muppet Labs", "Silence", "At the Dance", "I'm in Love with a Big Blue Frog", "Talk Spot", "Pittsburgh", "Talking Houses", "You Do Something to Me", "Muppet Newsflash", "The Telephone Pole Bit", "Sad Song"

  • Cast & Crew
  • Paul Williams

    Himself

  • Fran Brill

    Mary Louise

  • Richard Hunt

    Beautiful Day Monster/Ohboy Bird

  • Jerry Nelson

    Whatnot Monster/Paul the Jugband Singer

  • Jack Burns

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Singer, songwriter and actor Paul Williams stops by for a few songs, laughs and a good time with Kermit and the gang.

    By meathead704, May 03, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Waldorf: (About Paul Whiliams) He's a credit to his race. Stantler: What race is that? Waldorf: hundred yard dash.

    • Paul Williams: I had a special reason for being on the Muppet Show. Aside from myself, the everyone is a muppet. Muppets are little, tiny things. For the first time in my life, no one will make jokes about how short I am. for the first time in my life, I am the tallest person on the show. (Sweetums, Thog, and a Mutation come out, dwarfing poor Paul) Paul: For the first time in my life, I will cry in front of 30 million people...

    • Janice: That man is annoying me. Zoot: He isn't even looking at you. Janice: I know, that's what's annoying me.

    • Waldorf: This show is good for what ails me. Statler: Well, what ails ya'? Waldorf: Insomnia

    Notes (9)

    • Episode 8 on Muppet Show Season 1 dvds

    • The UK spot with the song "I'm in Love With a Big Blue Frog" marks the UK debut of Robin the Frog, Kermit's nephew, on the show. He can be seen on the far right of the bottom chorus row. Most audiences had to wait until the Harvey Korman episode to be introduced to Robin, and his relationship with Kermit wouldn't be established until the second season.

    • Paul Williams is one of only a few guests to have Muppet characteratures made of themselves (he gets two, both of which appear in the "Old Fashion Love Song" number). This was originially going to be a tradition in the show, starting with Juliet Prowse, but later dropped.

    • "I'm in Love With a Big Blue Frog" is the UK spot in this episode. It was featured on "The Muppet Show" album.

    • This episode was nominated for an Emmy for writing.

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    Trivia (4)

    • The name from the telephone pole bit, Mike Oznowicz is the name of Frank Oz's father.

    • Rowlf's possible names: Howlington, Wendell, Barkus, and Vanderwoolf.

    • Paul Williams placed his Muppet likeness on his piano.

    • Paul Williams went on to write songs for several Muppet projects, including The Muppet Movie, Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas and The Muppet Christmas Carol. He was nominated for an Oscar for Kermit's signature song, "The Rainbow Connection."

    Allusions (3)

    • "You Do Something To Me" is a standard written by Cole Porter. "Sad Song" was written by Paul Williams.

    • "I am a lineman for the county" is the first line of the song "Wichita Lineman" written by Jimmy Webb.

    • "Old Fashioned Love Song" was written by Paul Williams. It was released in 1971.

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