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Web Video: Muppet Viral Videos

In 2008, The Muppets needed a good boost of popularity. So, what's the quickest way to become popular in this day and age? Post funny videos on the Internet, of course!

The good folks at Muppet Studios started off by setting up individual channels on YouTube and other video sites for several characters (Gonzo, Beaker, The Swedish Chef, Sam Eagle, Statler and Waldorf, Fozzie Bear, and Rizzo the Rat), as if the characters themselves were posting the content. These videos soon caught the attention of Muppet fans on the Web, sending some of the videos' hits into the millions. One video ("Ode to Joy", starring Beaker) won a Webby Award in 2009.

Eventually, in 2009, all the Muppet viral videos were reposted under a singular channel, which still posts new content every now and then - and people are still watching, judging from the fact that the "Bohemian Rhapsody" video gained 13 million hits in the span of three months.

May have also led to the 2011 Muppets movie getting out of Development Hell.

These have no relation to the YouTube video "Hilarious Muppet Bloopers!", which dubs over video of Beaker singing with "Never Gonna Give You Up", turning it into an elaborate Rick Roll.

You can find the videos here.

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Statler: Well, at least these videos are short.
Waldorf: How would you know? You always fall asleep in the first minute.
Statler: I know. Delightful isn't it?
Both: Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!