The Muppet Show

Season 1 Episode 15

Harvey Korman

Aired Unknown Dec 13, 1976 on



  • Trivia

    • Thog was originally created for the special The Great Santa Claus Switch and appeared with another, green colored, full body Muppet named Thig. Unlike his gentler cohort, Thig would never make it into the Muppet Show.

    • The ruffles and fringe on Dr. Teeth's arms are used in order to hide the performer's arms.

    • Animal's fur is made out of ostrich feathers.

    • Thog the monster in the circus number is the largest full body Muppet. He is nine feet tall.

  • Quotes

    • Kermit: Okay, time once again for that furry, fuzzy, funnyman, fabulous, freewheeling, fast and frantic Fozzie Bear!
      Fozzie: Hey, hey, hey hey, w-wait, wait wait wait wait, froggy...
      Kermit: What?
      Fozzie: ...not so fast. Tonight, I am going to use your assistance.
      Kermit: Yeah?
      Fozzie: Yes, sir! You and I are going to tell the world's funniest joke.
      Kermit: Is that right?
      Fozzie: This is all spontaneous. Unrehearsed. Right, froggy?
      Kermit: It's unrehearsed, yes.
      Fozzie: Okay, okay, okay. Now, frog of my heart...
      Kermit: Yeah?
      Fozzie: will just wait until I say the word "hear". When you hear me say the word "hear," you will rush up to me and say, "Good grief! The comedian's a bear!"
      Kermit: Good grief! The comedian's a bear!
      Fozzie: Check!
      Kermit: When you say the word "hear"?
      Fozzie: Right.
      Kermit: Gotcha.
      Fozzie: Okay. (Kermit goes off stage) Now then, hiya hiya hiya! You're a wonderful looking audience! It's a pleasure to be here!
      Kermit: Good grief! The comedian's a bear!
      Fozzie: Not yet!
      Kermit: You just said "here".
      Fozzie: That was the wrong "here"!
      Kermit: Which is the right "here"?
      Fozzie: The other "hear"! Go go go, go. (Kermit goes back off stage) Okay. Hey! Hey, folks, this is a story you gotta love to hear.
      Kermit: Good grief! The comedian's a bear!
      Fozzie: Will you stop that?!
      Kermit: But you said "hear"!
      Fozzie: Not that "hear"!
      Kermit: Well, which "hear"?!
      Fozzie: Another "hear"!
      Kermit: How'm I gonna know?!
      Fozzie: You'll know when you hear!
      Kermit: Good grief! The comedian's a bear!
      (Both yell out nonsense syllables and then calm down)
      Fozzie: Alright, alright, listen...
      Kermit: What?
      Fozzie: You will know when I point to you. (Kermit walks off grumbling) Alright, don't grumble. (clears throat) Say, a funny thing happened to me on the way to the theater. At the stage door, I passed a bunch of Muppet fans and suddenly I hear...
      (pause, Fozzie points to Kermit)
      Kermit: Good grief, the comedian's a bear.
      Fozzie: (in an Italian dialect) No, he's-a not! He's-a wearin' a neck-a-tie!

    • Dancing on stage
      Thog: This is a really easy trick. I wanted to ride a pony around the stage, but Maurice is afraid of ponies.

    • Waldorf: The show didn't exactly lay an egg.
      (A Muppet chicken appears)
      Chicken: Bawk.
      Stantler: Wanna bet?

  • Notes

    • This is episode 10 on the Season 1 dvds.

    • Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer for Robin, remarked that the number "Halfway Down the Stairs" was his favorite of the series.

    • This episode marks the debut of Robin the Frog, Kermits nephew, in the show for most audiences; UK audiences first saw him in the Paul Williams episode. His relationship with Kermit would be established next season.

    • "Jam" is the UK spot in this episode.

    • This episode was taped from 5/25-27/1976.

    • Fozzie's joke: My house is so dirty that my dog buries his bones in the living room carpet. I don't understand it either.

      Gonzo's gong: Gonzo hits a hole in the "O".

    • As well as being a cast member of The Carol Burnett Show,Harvey Korman also supplied the voice of The Great Gazoo on The Flintstones.

  • Allusions

    • Life Magazine: It's last weekly edition was published in 1972. The monthly version ran from 1978-2000. It then became a newspaper supplement starting in 2004.

    • "Halfway Down the Stairs" was written by A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh.

      "I'm Gonna Love You to Death" was written by Joe Raposo. It was first performed in the pilot "Sex and Violence."

    • The song "I Get a Kick Out of You" is from the Cole Porter classic Anything Goes.

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