History Series / TheMuppetShow

18th Aug '17 5:32:39 PM DocSlide
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** Lampshaded in the Rita Moreno episode with a series of backstage phone calls ("Is there no end to this running gag?!" Cue Animal smashing the phone).

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** Lampshaded in the Rita Moreno episode with a series of backstage phone calls ("Is there no end to this running gag?!" Cue Animal smashing tearing the phone).phone off the wall).
18th Aug '17 3:30:44 PM NESBoy
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* {{Improv}}: Throughout the Joel Grey episode, Fozzie works on a "jokes on request" act that annoys the crew. He even gets a joke out of their silent treatment. When it's time for him to demonstrate his act for the audience, however, he struggles on the word "amoeba", and Statler and Waldorf (who suggested the word in the first place) relentlessly start calling him a fake. Fozzie manages to make a successful joke out of it[[note]]"Two amoeba walk out of a bar. One amoeba says to the other, 'Say, is that the sun or the moon?' And the other amoeba says, 'I don't know, I don't live around here.'"[[/note]], and everyone loves it, though Statler and Waldorf admit they don't know what an amoeba is either.
2nd Aug '17 5:57:44 PM PaulA
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* SwappedRoles: In the Creator/HalLinden episode, Statler and Waldorf took over as the host, while Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear sat on Statler and Waldorf's balcony.

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In the Creator/HalLinden episode, Statler and Waldorf took over as the host, while Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear sat on Statler and Waldorf's balcony.
2nd Aug '17 5:57:15 PM PaulA
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* TheShowMustGoWrong: A lot of the humor in the show revolves around the some of the sketches somehow backfiring. Most notably when Fozzie had to take over hosting duties when Kermit was out sick. Part of the theater got destroyed in one sketch, the audience almost left when nothing was on stage, two sketches ran during the same time, and Fozzie couldn't remember the guest star's name (it was Nancy Walker). Also during the show's first season, Gonzo could't get through a sketch without getting booed off the stage.

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* TheShowMustGoWrong: A lot of the humor in the show revolves around the some of the sketches somehow backfiring. Most notably when backfiring.
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Fozzie had to take over hosting duties when Kermit was out sick. Part of the theater got destroyed in one sketch, the audience almost left when nothing was on stage, two sketches ran during the same time, and Fozzie couldn't remember the guest star's name (it was Nancy Walker). Also during Walker).
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the show's first season, Gonzo could't couldn't get through a sketch without getting booed off the stage.
2nd Aug '17 10:51:15 AM jccw227
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** In the Steve Martin episode, Statler and Waldorf auditioned for the show with an old fashioned song-and-dance number. Fozzie sat in the balcony and heckled them.
2nd Aug '17 10:41:13 AM jccw227
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* TheShowMustGoWrong: A lot of the humor in the show revolves around the some of the sketches somehow backfiring. Most notably when Fozzie had to take over hosting duties when Kermit was out sick. Part of the theater got destroyed in one sketch, the audience almost left when nothing was on stage, two sketches ran during the same time, and Fozzie couldn't remember the guest star's name (it was Nancy Walker). Also during the show's first season, Gonzo could't get through a sketch without getting booed off the stage.
20th Jul '17 5:19:37 AM Geoduck
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* CaptainErsatz: Lewis Kazagger is a [[Series/MondayNightFootball Howard Cosell]] parody.


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* WhoWritesThisCrap: Muppet Sports host Lewis Kazagger has a moment of this when covering the National Wig Racing Championships; he turns to someone off-camera and asks incredulously "Wig racing?"
29th Jun '17 12:03:41 PM snichols1973
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* ProductPlacement: Containers of UsefulNotes/KentuckyFriedChicken can be seen in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TseuPf76gvc "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" sketch]] from Season 5 with Loretta Swit.
15th Jun '17 10:49:58 PM NightShade96
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* BlackComedyAnimalCruelty: The show has Marvin Suggs and his Muppaphone, little sentient balls of fluff that Marvin "plays" like a xylophone. At least one guest star found it appalling, and more often than not Marvin [[LaserGuidedKarma got his comeuppance]], like when he played "Witch Doctor" and a real witch doctor turns him into one of his Muppaphone creatures.
10th Jun '17 8:43:56 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Ostensibly a family show, ''The Muppet Show'' in practice played freely with the dark side of Henson's vision, more familiar from his later work. Notable guest stars included Music/AliceCooper, Creator/VincentPrice, Jonathan Winters, Creator/PeterSellers, Creator/SpikeMilligan and Creator/SteveMartin. Songs from adult shows like ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'' and ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' were worked into the mix (to say nothing of Music/EltonJohn singing "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", or Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare"...) Casual violence abounded and seemingly gentle skits often took a weirdly surreal turn.

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Ostensibly a family show, ''The Muppet Show'' in practice played freely with the dark side of Henson's vision, more familiar from his later work. Notable guest stars included Music/AliceCooper, Creator/VincentPrice, Jonathan Winters, Creator/JonathanWinters, Creator/PeterSellers, Creator/SpikeMilligan and Creator/SteveMartin. Songs from adult shows like ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'' and ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' were worked into the mix (to say nothing of Music/EltonJohn singing "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", or Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare"...) Casual violence abounded and seemingly gentle skits often took a weirdly surreal turn.
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