The Muppet Show

Season 1 Episode 8

Paul Williams

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Aired Unknown Oct 25, 1976 on
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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"moreless

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

    8.5
    The legendary Paul Williams seems to fit right in on this episode of The Muppet Show. The episode starts on the right foot by showing Paul Williams' best talent: his songwriting. His rendition of "Old Fashioned Love Song" is a real treat. It's very well staged (Williams' muppet likenesses are a reason why) and Williams seems to enjoy being in the skecth as much as the viewer will enjoy watching him in it. The introduction of the very funny Dr. Bunson Honeydew is another reason why this episode works so well. Laughs are certain when the doctor is on call!moreless
Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt

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

Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

Camilla / Floyd / Robin / Crazy Harry (1977-1981) / Uncle Deadly / Dr. Julius Strangepork / Pops (1980-1981) / Thog / Lew Zealan

Jim Henson

Jim Henson

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

Dave Goelz

Dave Goelz

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

Eren Ozker

Eren Ozker

Janice / Wanda / Hilda (1976-1977)

Frank Oz

Frank Oz

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

Paul Williams

Paul Williams

Himself

Guest Star

Fran Brill

Fran Brill

Mary Louise

Guest Star

Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt

Beautiful Day Monster/Ohboy Bird

Recurring Role

Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

Whatnot Monster/Paul the Jugband Singer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • 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.

    • This episode was taped from 6/22-24/1976.

    • When this episode was released on dvd in the season one box set, a sketch with the song "All of Me" being sung by two monsters had to be cut due to issues with the song rights.

    • Debuts: Muppet Labs, poetry by Rowlf.

    • Fozzie's joke: New York is so crowded, even the cemeteries have standing room only!

      Gonzo's gong: Gonzo finally hits the gong, but shakes violently as a result.

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