The Muppet Show

Season 1 Episode 7

Joel Grey

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Aired Unknown Oct 18, 1976 on
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Fozzie's new act annoys the cast. Sketches/Songs: "Comedy Tonight", "At the Dance", "Muppet Newsflash", "Wilkommen", "Talk Spot", "Pachalafaka", "Stormy Weather", Fozzie's Act, "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Clues", "Muppet Newsflash", "Razzle Dazzle"

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Jim Henson

    Jim Henson

    Kermit the Frog / Rowlf the Dog / Link Hogthrob / The Swedish Chef (puppetry and voice) / Dr. Teeth / Muppet Newsman / Waldorf

    Frank Oz

    Frank Oz

    Miss Piggy(1977-1981)/ Fozzie Bear / Animal / Sam the Eagle / The Swedish Chef (Hands)

    Richard Hunt

    Richard Hunt

    Beaker / Miss Piggy (1976-1977) / Janice (1977-1981) / Wayne / Scooter / Statler / Sweetums

    Dave Goelz

    Dave Goelz

    Gonzo / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Zoot / Muppy / Beauregard

    John Lovelady

    John Lovelady

    Crazy Harry (1976-1977) / Nigel

    Eren Ozker

    Eren Ozker

    Janice / Wanda / Hilda (1976-1977)

    Joel Grey

    Joel Grey

    Himself

    Guest Star

    Jane Henson

    Jane Henson

    Various Muppeteers

    Guest Star

    Jim Henson

    Jim Henson

    Gloat/Beautiful Day Monster/Hashim

    Recurring Role

    Frank Oz

    Frank Oz

    Gorgon Heap/Banana/George the Janitor/Mildred

    Recurring Role

    Richard Hunt

    Richard Hunt

    Boppity/Crazy Harry/Joel's Hat

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • Notice that the back row of the Muppet audience is merely propped up and not moving. There was a shortage of performers.

      • Notice during the "Wilkommen" number that Dr. Teeth's hands are different. This time they are merely foam.

        The band for this number consists of Baskerville on guitar, Muppy on piano, and Catgut on drums.

      • In the "Comedy Tonight" sketch, the green whatnot Muppet with black hair that is wearing a trench coat, has three different voices.

      • The monsters seen during the 'Comedy Tonight' sketch are; Gorgon Heap, Lenny the Lizard, Boppity, Beautiful day Monster, Ms. Kitty, the vultures from The Great Santa Claus Switch, and Gloat. Also, Mary Louis and Crazy Harry appear in the sketch.

      • During the end of "Wilkommen" we can see the tip of Goelz' head under Zoot's and Janice's bodies.

    • QUOTES (1)

    • NOTES (6)

      • Episode 3 on Muppet Show Season 1 dvd

      • The music for "At the Dance" was composed by Joe Raposo.

      • Debut in this episode: Fozzie bantering with Statler and Waldorf (the hecklers in the box).

      • "Pachalafaka" was supposed to be the UK spot but "Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Clues" was chosen instead because the show needed a musical number.

      • When this episode was released on dvd in the Season One box set, some cuts had to be made for various reasons:

        - "Stormy Weather" sung by Wayne and Wanda (Music licence issue)
        - 2 short Muppet Newsflash bits (Added just before the show was broadcast, these two skits were not on the master tape provided to Disney)

      • This is the only episode of The Muppet Show that contained an extra verse in the opening theme. Kermit sings, "Our show tonight will feature some stuff that looks like this." Curtain reveals some shots from the opening number, "Comedy Tonight."

        Fozzie's joke: In our house we use paper plates and every night after dinner my wife erases the dishes.

        Gonzo's gong: Gonzo misses the "O" and falls.

    • ALLUSIONS (5)

      • Fozzie's jokes on any subject is similar to a Morey Amsterdam routine. You can see this routine on "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

      • "Pachalafaka" was written by Irving Taylor. It was on the 1958 album "Terribly Sophisticated Songs: A Collection of Unpopular Songs for Popular People." Soupy Sales recorded it as well for a 1965 album.

      • The song "Comedy Tonight" is from the Stephen Sondheim musical A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum....

      • The song "Wilkommen" is from the musical Cabaret by John Kander & Fred Ebb. Joel Grey made the song famous in the original Broadway production and then again in Bob Fosse's movie version.

      • The song "Razzle Dazzle" is from the musical Chicago by John Kander & Fred Ebb, who also wrote Grey's most famous starring vehicle, Cabaret.

        Joel Grey later played Amos Heart in the extremely popular Broadway revival of Chicago, where he sang "Mr. Cellophane," a song used in the Ben Vereen episode of The Muppet Show.

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