Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem
Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem are a fictional musical group that debuted on The Muppet Show in 1975, they are the house band for The Muppet Show, with personalities and appearances inspired by prominent real-life rock music and jazz performers. Following The Muppet Show, they appeared in various Muppet movies and television specials and have recorded album tracks and covered numerous songs. Dr. Teeth and Animal were designed by Jim Henson, Zoot was designed by Bonnie Erickson, while the rest of the original band members were designed by Michael K. Frith, they made their debut in 1975's the pilot for The Muppet Show. The band consists of Dr. Teeth on vocals and keyboards, Animal on drums, Floyd Pepper on bass, Janice on guitar and Zoot on saxophone. In season five of the show, Lips joined the band on trumpet. Animal and Zoot played in the Muppet Show pit band, performing the opening and closing themes and underscoring most of the Muppet Show performances. Lips and Janice appeared in the orchestra in episodes.
Though Lips made some appearances with the group after The Muppet Show ended production, the group reverted to its original line-up. The original pilot episode featured "Jim", a Muppet caricature of Jim Henson on banjo; the band's first film role was performing the song "Can You Picture That?" in The Muppet Movie. They performed "Night Life" and participated in "The Happiness Hotel" in The Great Muppet Caper and performed "Jingle Bell Rock" in A Muppet Family Christmas, they appeared in The Muppets Take Manhattan where Dr. Teeth sang "You Can't Take No For An Answer". Following the deaths of two of the group's puppeteers, Jim Henson and Richard Hunt, they were limited to brief instrumental background music for years. However, Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem backed Miss Piggy for a song in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz and performed alongside Miley Cyrus in the Studio DC: Almost Live television special, they have been a mainstay in the Muppets' viral video efforts of the 2010s and have a featured role on The Muppets as the house band on the show-within-a-show Up Late with Miss Piggy.
In 2015, they released two music videos for "Jungle Boogie" and "Kodachrome". An Electric Mayhem "survive" tour with audio-animatronic versions of the puppets and rock band My Morning Jacket performing the characters was proposed by The Walt Disney Company but abandoned; the band performed a live five-song set at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival on August 6, 2016. Performed by Jim Henson, John Kennedy, Bill Barretta Dr. Teeth is the keyboard player and gravelly-voiced leader of the band, he is green-skinned and red-haired with a large grinning mouth of teeth including a gold tooth fashioned by melting down his gold records. He sports a scruffy red beard with no mustache, a fur vest, a striped shirt and a floppy purple top hat, he has arms so long. His self-introduction in The Muppet Movie was grandiose: "Golden teeth and golden tones. Welcome to my presence." He misuses long words and mangles verb conjugation. Jim Henson performed him, basing the character on New Orleans musician Dr. John.
He was built by Don Sahlin. He debuted in The Muppet Show: Violence. Dr. Teeth only sings lead vocals on the second Muppet pilot and during the first season and these songs were only written before Rowlf the Dog had become established as the regular Muppet pianist. Performances feature lead vocals by Floyd or Janice and only a few featured Dr. Teeth, his speaking roles got smaller after his performer Jim Henson's death. He performed Dr. Teeth from 1991 to 2003 but made only brief appearances with little dialogue, some examples being the 1999 film Muppets from Space and once in the music video for the We Are Family charity song in 2002. Bill Barretta took over the role beginning with The Muppets' Wizard of Oz so that Kennedy could start performing Floyd instead following the retirement of Jerry Nelson, Floyd's original performer. Dr. Teeth's first major speaking role since Henson's death was in Statler and Waldorf's own show and Waldorf: From the Balcony where Victor Yerrid performed him. Bill Barretta, has been performing Dr. Teeth since 2005.
Although being the band leader, Dr. Teeth is never featured in the regular orchestra playing at The Muppet Show like the rest of the group. Instead, Rowlf plays the piano in the orchestra pit. Jim Henson once said that Dr. Teeth was one of the most difficult characters to play due to the harshness of the character's voice. Although he appeared in Muppet Treasure Island, he was absent from Muppets Tonight and did not appear in the first episode. Performed by Frank Oz, Eric Jacobson Animal is the primitive wildman and the most published member of the band being the only member to appear in every feature film and the only member in the regular cast of the Muppet Babies spin-off cartoon, he is named for his wild drumming. Some speculate the character is based on either Keith Moon, John Bonham, Ginger Baker, or Levon Helm while others have suggested Mick Fleetwood. In the April 8, 2002, episode of Inside the Actors Studio, Billy Joel clai
Miss Piggy is a Muppet character known for her breakout role in Jim Henson's The Muppet Show. Since her debut in 1976, Miss Piggy has been notable for her volatile diva personality, tendency to use French phrases in her speech, practice of karate, she was known for her on-again/off-again relationship with Kermit the Frog, which began in 1978 and has been on a hiatus since 2015. Frank Oz performed the character from 1976 to 2000 and was succeeded by Eric Jacobson in 2001. Miss Piggy was inspired by jazz singer Peggy Lee. In 1996, TV Guide ranked her number 23 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list. In a 1979 interview with The New York Times, performer Frank Oz outlined Piggy's biography: "She grew up in a small town in Iowa,, she had to enter beauty contests to survive. She has a lot of vulnerability which she has to hide, because of her need to be a superstar." During development of The Muppet Show, Oz assigned a hook for each Muppet. Oz has stated that while Fozzie Bear is a two-dimensional character, Animal has no dimensions, Miss Piggy is one of the few Muppet characters to be realized in three dimensions.
Piggy is convinced she is destined for stardom, nothing will stand in her way. She has a capricious nature, at times determined to convey an image of feminine charm, but flying into a violent rage whenever she thinks someone has insulted or thwarted her. Kermit the Frog has learned this all too well. Since the debut of The Muppet Show, the romantic relationship between Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog has been subject to substantial coverage and commentary by the media. Throughout The Muppet Show's run, Miss Piggy's romantic pursuit for Kermit was expressed. Kermit, however rebuffed Piggy's feelings. In the films, Kermit began returning her affections and marries her in The Muppets Take Manhattan. However, subsequent events suggest that the marriage was fictional, it is mentioned by Miss Piggy, however, in The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 years that Kermit was a happily-married frog. This marriage isn't referenced in Muppets Most Wanted. Miss Piggy and Kermit formally ended their romantic relationship on May 10, 1990.
The decision was made by Jim Henson Productions and a publicity campaign titled "The Pig of the Nineties" was scheduled to follow. An autobiography of Piggy was expected to be published as part of the effort. However, shortly after the announcement on May 16, Jim Henson died and the campaign was dropped altogether; the two resumed their relationship. In 2015, Miss Piggy and Kermit ended their romantic relationship for a second time; some commentators said the relationship should end permanently since she abused him. "In the end, it's better for everyone that Piggy have gone their separate ways. For the frog, it means the end of a long, abusive relationship," wrote Noah Berlatsky in The New Republic. "Kermit continually lives in fear of his girlfriend, knowing that simple misunderstandings or slips of the tongue will result in Miss Piggy erupting like a porcine Vesuvius," dating coach Harris O'Malley wrote in The Daily Dot. "On at least three separate incidents, she attempts to coerce Kermit into a relationship, beating him when he refuses.
Other times she reacts with violence and rage whenever Kermit commits the'sin' of breaking up with her hugging a friend, talking to a woman, or just standing too close to them." Frank Oz was Miss Piggy's principal performer from her early appearances on The Muppet Show until his departure from the cast in 2000. Oz's earliest known performance as Piggy was in a 1974 appearance on The Tonight Show. Richard Hunt performed Miss Piggy during the first season of The Muppet Show, alternating with Oz. In 2002, Eric Jacobson was cast as the new performer of Miss Piggy, with his first public debut as the character was performed via satellite at the 2001 MuppetFest. Jacobson has remained Piggy's principal performer since openly describing the role as "one of the most famous drag acts in the business."During Oz's tenure as the character, other performers would step in. Jerry Nelson performed Piggy in 1974 for a brief appearance on the Tijuana Brass. Fran Brill performed Piggy for The Muppet Show: a pilot for The Muppet Show.
Kevin Clash and Peter Linz puppeteered Piggy for most of the filming of Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets from Space, respectively. Victor Yerrid performed Piggy in Muppets Ahoy!, a 2006 stage show for the Disney Cruise Line. In Muppet Babies, Piggy's voice was provided by voice actress Laurie O'Brien. Voice actor Hal Rayle provided her voice for Little Muppet Monsters; the first known appearance of Miss Piggy was on the Herb Alpert television special Herb Alpert and the TJB, broadcast on October 13, 1974, on ABC. Miss Piggy's voice was noticeably more demure and soft, singing with Herb, "I Can't Give You Anything but Love." The first draft of the puppet was an unnamed blonde, beady-eyed pig who appeared in the 1975 pilot special The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence, in a sketch called "Return to Beneath the Planet of the Pigs." She was unnamed in that show, but by the time The Muppet Show began in 1976, she had assumed something resembling her classic look—a pig with large blue eyes, a fl
Ashley Michelle Tisdale is an American actress and producer. During her childhood, Tisdale was featured in over 100 advertisements and had minor roles in television and theatre, she achieved mainstream success as Maddie Fitzpatrick in the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. This success was heightened; the film series earned a large following. The success of the films led to Tisdale signing with Warner Bros. Records, releasing her debut album, through the label; the album was a commercial success, earning a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. She starred as Candace Flynn in the animated series Phineas & Ferb from 2007 to 2015. Tisdale's second studio album, Guilty Pleasure, was released to less commercial success than its predecessor. Tisdale would part ways with Warner Bros. Records following the release of the album. During this time, Tisdale began appearing in more films and returned to television with shows such as Hellcats. Tisdale's production company Blondie Girl Productions, first formed in 2008, signed a multi-year production deal with Relativity Media in 2010.
Tisdale starred in the High School Musical spin-off film Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, releasing a soundtrack to promote the film. This marked her final portrayal of the character to date. Tisdale announced work on her third studio album in 2013, releasing the promotional single "You're Always Here", she had the leading role in the horror comedy film Scary Movie 5. Tisdale has continued to appear in television roles, she serves as executive producer of the ABC Family television series Young & Hungry. Tisdale began dating singer Christopher French in 2012. In September 2015, Tisdale was named the creative director of Signorelli, she launched her Illuminate makeup brand in 2016. In 2017 she confirmed that she is working on her third studio album, although no details of its release were given. Ashley Michelle Tisdale was born in Monmouth County, New Jersey to Lisa Morris and contractor Michael Tisdale, her father is Christian and her mother is Jewish. Tisdale's elder sister Jennifer is an producer, she is related to businessman Ron Popeil through her maternal grandfather Arnold Morris, best known for being a pitchman for the Ginsu knife.
At the age of three, Tisdale met Bill Perlman, at a New Jersey mall. He sent her to various auditions for commercials, she was placed in more than one hundred national network TV advertisements as a child, she began her theatrical career by appearing in Gypsy: A Musical Fable and The Sound of Music at Monmouth County's Jewish Community Center. Tisdale was eight years old when she was cast to play the part of Cosette in the musical Les Misérables, only recalled taking a single singing lesson before landing the role. In 2007, Tisdale told Newsday, "When I was little, I saw the play Les Misérables on Broadway. I thought it was the most amazing thing I have seen, so I went to my manager and told him I wanted to be in it". Tisdale toured for two years with Les Misérables before landing a role in a touring production of Annie in Korea; when Tisdale was twelve, she sang for then-President Bill Clinton during an event at the White House as part of a troupe. Hoping to expand her career and her family moved to Los Angeles, California.
She landed her first role in guest starring on an episode of both Smart Guy and 7th Heaven. During this time, she began doing modeling work for Ford Models; the following year, Tisdale appeared as a voice actor in both An All Dogs Christmas Carol and A Bug's Life. She guest starred in an episode of Boston Public in 2000, earning a 2000 Young Artist Award nomination for "Best Guest Performance in a TV Drama". Tisdale continued to make guest appearances on television shows and appear in minor film roles throughout the following years, with roles in films such as Donnie Darko and The Mayor of Oyster Bay. During this time, Tisdale continued to work and attend school, stating "I was always in regular school and I worked in clothing stores growing up. I didn't'make it' until I was 18, so I had graduated public school. I feel like I had the best of both worlds." Tisdale joined the main cast of the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody in 2005, would continue to star in the show until 2008.
The show proved to be a hit for the network, earned Tisdale a Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards. Tisdale had her breakout role as Sharpay Evans in the Disney Channel film High School Musical; the film was the network's most successful film of 2006, receiving 7.7 million viewers upon its premiere. The soundtrack for the film, featuring numerous contributions from Tisdale, went on to sell over three million copies in the United States alone; the song "What I've Been Looking For", a duet with Lucas Grabeel, became her first top forty hit on the Billboard Hot 100, was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Tisdale, along with the rest of the cast, embarked on the High School Musical: The Concert tour to promote the film, she met dancer Jared Murillo while working on High School Musical, the two dated for two years. During this time, Tisdale began appearing on soundtracks for the Disney Channel, released a cover of "Kiss the Girl" to promote The Little Mermaid. With the success of High School Musical, Tisdale
David Rudman is an American puppeteer, puppet builder, writer and producer known for his involvement with the Muppets and Sesame Street. David Rudman has been a Sesame Street muppet performer since 1985—currently performing Cookie Monster, Baby Bear and The Two-Headed Monster, he has received four Emmy nominations as Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for his work on Sesame Street. Rudman has directed several web videos for Sesame Street such as “Cookie Monster Auditions for Saturday Night Live” and “Conversations with Bert.” He has performed in numerous television shows and specials including Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Muppets, where he performed Scooter and Janice. His film credits include The Muppets Take Manhattan, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, A Muppet Christmas Carol, Elmo in Grouchland, The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted. Following the departure of Steve Whitmire in 2017, he became Beaker's new performer.
In addition to his work on Sesame Street and with the Muppets, Rudman is co-owner of Spiffy Pictures where he co-created, executive produced and performed in Jack's Big Music Show, Curious Buddies and Stoty, Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map and Frank and is the creator, executive producer, character designer and voice director of the animated series Nature Cat on PBS, voicing several characters including Leo the Mammoth, Prospector Jones and the Seeker. Rudman attended Highland Park High School and graduated in 1981, he has been a speaker at the school's biennial Focus on the Arts program since 2003. He attended college at the University of Connecticut. Rudman was the speaker at the 2005 graduation ceremony for the Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago. I Love Liberty The Muppets Take Manhattan - Additional Muppets Little Muppet Monsters: Boo Monster Labyrinth: Goblins Sesame Street: Baby Bear, Cookie Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Additional Muppets The Tale of the Bunny Picnic: Snort, The Snail, Additional Muppets A Muppet Family Christmas: Miss Piggy's Photographer, Additional Muppets Jim Henson's Play-Along Video - Danny the Dino Doc, Farmer Lear, Additional Muppets Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting - Additional Muppets The Cosby Show: Sweetums, Boo Monster The Jim Henson Hour: The Song of the Cloud Forest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Donatello Muppet*Vision 3D: Roy and Max The Muppets at Walt Disney World - Frog, Additional Muppets Muppet Sing-Alongs: Billy Bunny's Animal Songs: Percival Bear, Termite, Waiter Penguin, Frog Sesame Street Home Video: Visits the Firehouse: Mr. Monster The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson - Penguin, Additional Muppets Dinosaurs The Muppet Christmas Carol: Old Joe, Peter Cratchit, The Swedish Chef, Wander McMooch, Beggar Dog City: Bowser, Colonel Claghound, Additional Muppets CityKids: Frankie Frank, Additional Muppets, Muppet Coordinator Muppet Meeting Films: Big Head, Jones, Additional Muppets Sesame Street: A New Baby in the House: Courtier Sesame Street Stays Up Late: Baby Bear Muppet Time: Milton Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree: Ned Mouse Muppets Sing-Alongs: It's Not Easy Being Green Muppets Tonight: Sesame Street: Elmocize: one of the Twister Sisters Aliens in the Family: Bobut Elmo Saves Christmas: Baby Bear and Humphrey Elmopalooza: Sparky, Baby Bear and Two Headed Monster The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland: Baby Bear, Alarm Clock Bird, Pestie, Collander Stenchman Grouch Ice Cream Customer, various Grouches Play with Me Sesame Cookie Monster and Chicago the Lion Elmo's World: Happy Holidays: Orange Gold Caroler, Cookie Monster and Baby Bear Sesame Street: The Street We Live On Cookie Monster, Baby Bear and Two Headed Monster Sesame Street: A Magical Halloween Adventure: Pumpkin, Surprise Monster Sesame Street: Happy Healthy Monsters Cookie Monster Jack's Big Music Show: Jack Pinky Dinky Doo: Various Voices Elmo's Christmas Countdown Cookie Monster and Baby Bear Studio DC: Almost Live Abby in Wonderland Cookie Monster A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa: Scooter and Luncheon Counter Monster The Muppets: Scooter and Food in We Built This City montage Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular - Scooter, Additional Muppets Muppets Most Wanted: Scooter, Gulag Rat, Thingy-Thing The Furchester Hotel: Cookie Monster, Sorbet Monster, Arthur, Mr. Smellsalot The Muppets: Scooter, Janice The Muppets Take the Bowl: Scooter, Beaker David Rudman on IMDb Spiffy Pictures
The Muppets are an ensemble cast of puppet characters known for their absurdist and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy. Created by Jim and Jane Henson in 1955, they are the namesake for the Disney media franchise that encompasses television, music and other media associated with the characters; the Muppets originated in the short-form television series Sam and Friends, which aired from 1955 to 1961. Following appearances on late night talk shows and in advertising during the 1960s, the Muppets began appearing on Sesame Street in 1969; the Muppets attained celebrity status and international recognition through The Muppet Show, which garnered four Primetime Emmy Award wins and twenty-one nominations during its five-year run. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Muppets diversified into theatrical feature films, including The Muppet Movie; the Walt Disney Company began involvement with the Muppets in the late 1980s, during which Henson entered negotiations to sell The Jim Henson Company.
The Muppets continued their media presence in the 1990s with television series The Jim Henson Hour and Muppets Tonight, both of which were similar in format to The Muppet Show, three films: The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets from Space. Disney acquired the Muppets in February 2004, allowing the characters to gain broader public exposure than in previous years. Under Disney, subsequent projects included two films: The Muppets Most Wanted. Throughout their six-decade career, the Muppets have been regarded as a staple of the entertainment industry and popular culture in the United States, receiving recognition from various cultural institutions and organizations, including the American Film Institute, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Library of Congress, the Hollywood Walk of Fame; the Muppets were created by puppeteer Jim Henson in the 1950s. Conceived for an adult audience, Henson claimed, recanted, that he coined the term "Muppet" as a portmanteau of the words "marionette" and "puppet".
In 1955, the Muppets were introduced in Sam and Friends, a short-form television series produced for WRC-TV in Washington D. C. Developed by Henson and his future wife Jane Nebel, the series was the first form of puppet media not to incorporate a physical proscenium arch typical of such works, relying instead on the natural framing of the television set through which it was viewed. During the 1960s, the characters—in particular and Rowlf the Dog—appeared in skits on several late-night talk shows and on television commercials, including The Ed Sullivan Show. Rowlf became the first Muppet character to appear on network television when he began appearing with Jimmy Dean on The Jimmy Dean Show. In 1966, Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett began developing a children's educational television program and approached Henson to design a cast of Muppet characters during this stage. Produced by the Children's Television Workshop, the program debuted as Sesame Street in 1969. Henson and his creative team became involved with Sesame Street during the years that followed.
Sesame Street garnered a positive response, the Muppets' involvement in the series was touted to be a vital component of its increasing popularity, providing an "effective and pleasurable viewing" method of presentation for its educational curriculum. In the early 1970s, the Muppets continued their presence in television appearing in The Land of Gorch segments during the first season of Saturday Night Live; as his involvement with Sesame Street continued, Henson mused about the possibility of creating a network television series featuring the Muppets. Two pilot specials, The Muppets Valentine Show and The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence, aired on ABC in 1974 and 1975, respectively. After ABC passed on the pilots and no other major American network expressed interest in backing the project, British producer Lew Grade approached Henson and agreed to co-produce the series for Associated Television. Debuting in 1976, The Muppet Show introduced new characters such as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Animal alongside existing characters such as Kermit and Rowlf.
Aired in first-run syndication in the United States, The Muppet Show became popular due to its sketch-variety format, unique form of humor, prolific roster of guest stars. The series received twenty-one Primetime Emmy Award nominations during its run and won four, including Outstanding Variety Series in 1978; the success of The Muppet Show allowed Henson Associates to diversify into theatrical films centered on the Muppets, the first of which, The Muppet Movie, was released in 1979. Following The Muppet Movie were The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan, released in 1981 and 1984, respectively. Collectively, the three films received four Academy Award nominations. In 1983, Henson debuted Fraggle Rock, which aired on HBO in the United States until 1987. In the late 1980s, Henson entered discussions with Michael Eisner and The Walt Disney Company, in which the latter would acquire Jim Henson Productions and, in turn, the Muppets. Disney expressed interest in purchasing the company for $150 million.
In addition, Eisner expressed a desire to include the Sesam
Gonzo known as The Great Gonzo and Gonzo the Great, is a Muppet character known for his eccentric passion for stunt performance. Aside from his trademark enthusiasm for performance art, another defining trait of Gonzo is the ambiguity of his species, which has become a running gag in the franchise. Gonzo has been considered to be of various origins, including a Frackle, in his debut appearance on The Great Santa Claus Switch. Developed and performed by Dave Goelz, Gonzo made his first appearance in the 1970 special The Great Santa Claus Switch, as the "Cigar Box Frackle". A minor figure in The Muppet Show, he soon evolved into one of the franchise's primary characters. Gonzo has appeared in every Muppet film, including The Muppet Christmas Carol, where he portrayed author Charles Dickens and developed a double act with Rizzo the Rat; the prototype of Gonzo appeared in The Great Santa Claus Switch, "as a generic gruff baddie". Jim Henson selected this Frackle as the basis for Gonzo, gave the character to puppeteer Dave Goelz.
Gonzo was created as a character with low self-esteem, as written by Jerry Juhl, with Goelz acknowledging he put himself into that interpretation. With Jim Henson's approval, they reworked the eyes to allow the character to convey more excitement, a "zany, bombastic appreciation for life". Gonzo has several memorable performances such as his 1979 song from The Muppet Movie, "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday", he became known for his stunts as acts within The Muppet Show and beyond, with the famous quote "I shall now eat a rubber tire to the music of The Flight of the Bumblebee...music, maestro!"In 1992, he played the part of Charles Dickens in The Muppet Christmas Carol, as director Brian Henson said Gonzo was the most improbable Muppet to do so. Here, he developed a double act with Rizzo the Rat and breaking the fourth wall, with Rizzo challenging Gonzo's claims to be Dickens; the Gonzo and Rizzo partnership was continued in Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets from Space. Along with Kermit and Rizzo, Gonzo gave an audio commentary for the Muppets from Space DVD.
In The Muppets, it was revealed that he had become a powerful plumbing magnate since the Muppets separated. In the 2015 television series The Muppets, Gonzo is a major character and the head writer of Miss Piggy's late night talk show, Up Late with Miss Piggy. Gonzo is not a puppet version of a recognizable animal, he has an awkward, non animal-like appearance, which includes purple-blue fur, purple feathers on his head, bug-eyes, a long, hooked nose, referred to as a "beak". In The Muppet Show and The Muppet Movie, he performed as a performance artist, stunt double and daredevil under the name "The Great Gonzo". Gonzo is good friends with all of the Muppets, but performed a double act with Rizzo the Rat since The Muppet Christmas Carol. Gonzo has a long-standing romantic relationship with Camilla the Chicken, whom he first courted in the Leslie Uggams episode of The Muppet Show, directed Camilla and the other chickens in 2008 YouTube videos. A running gag related to Gonzo is. Gonzo's self-identity is a "whatever".
In The Muppet Movie, while having his inner conversation, says "And a thing, whatever Gonzo is. He's a little like a turkey", to which his inner self replied "but not much". In the film The Great Muppet Caper, he is shipped to England in a crate labeled "Whatever". In A Muppet Family Christmas, when Gonzo states to the Christmas Turkey that Camilla is his girlfriend, the Christmas Turkey says "You're not a bird!" In the Muppet Treasure Island CD-ROM Game and Rizzo the Rat land in a bucket of molasses, following the dialogue of a carriage driver saying "It's raining rats and... whatevers". In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, Gonzo played a Tin Man-ish character known as the "Tin Thing". In Jim Henson's Muppet Babies, Gonzo was referred to, most by Baby Piggy, as a "weirdo" or "blue weirdo". In Muppets from Space, Gonzo has a starring role. In the film he is revealed to be an alien, his alien family comes to Earth with a big party for him and before their departure they ask him to return to space with them.
Gonzo sadly says farewell to the Muppets but he soon realizes that he would be abandoning his longtime friends who have been like his family all along and declines the aliens' offer. Though performed by Dave Goelz, he has been voiced in animated form by Hal Rayle in Little Muppet Monsters. Brett O'Quinn performed Gonzo in Muppets Ahoy!, a 2006 Disney Cruise Line show. An infant-aged version of Gonzo appeared as a regular character in the animated spin-off television series Muppet Babies, voiced by Russi Taylor and Laurie O'Brien, alongside Kermit, Miss Piggy, other central Muppet Show figures. Baby Gonzo is one of the cartoon characters featured in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. Gonzo was featured on the #28 Havoline Ford of Ricky Rudd in the 2002 Tropicana 400 in an advertising campaign in which he and his fellow Muppets were featured on a select few NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race cars. Gonzo appeared alongside his fellow Muppets on the Halloween 2011 episode of WWE Raw. Gonzo was announced as the Grand marshal for the Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ca. to give the famous command of "Drivers, Start your engines".
He fulfilled his duty on March 23, 2014. Gonzo is the namesake to the CT-142 Bombardier Dash 8 used by the Canadian Armed Forces for Air Combat Systems Officer training due to the blue paint job and elongated nose housing a specialized radar. A similar flying
The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show is a comedy television series created by Jim Henson and featuring the Muppets. After two pilot episodes produced in 1974 and 1975 failed to get the attention of network executives in the United States, Lew Grade approached Henson to produce the show in the United Kingdom for ATV. Five seasons, totalling 120 episodes, were broadcast on ATV and other ITV franchises in the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1981; the show was filmed at England. The Muppet Show is presented as a variety show, featuring recurring sketches and musical numbers intertwined with plotlines taking place behind the show. Kermit the Frog is portrayed as a showrunner who tries to maintain control of the overwhelming antics of the other Muppet characters, as well as appease the rotating slate of guest stars. In addition to its guest stars, The Muppet Show is known for its uniquely designed characters, vaudevillian wit, physical slapstick, sometimes absurdist humor, parodies; as the series' popularity rose, many celebrities were eager to perform with the Muppets on television and in film.
The cast of performers over the course of the series consisted of Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Fran Brill, Eren Ozker, Louise Gold, Kathryn Mullen, Karen Prell, Brian Muehl, Bob Payne, John Lovelady. Many of the performers worked on Sesame Street, whose characters made sporadic appearances on The Muppet Show. Jerry Juhl and Jack Burns were two of the head writers; the music was performed by his orchestra. Since 1969, Sesame Street had given Jim Henson's Muppet creations exposure, he sought to create a programme that could be enjoyed by old. Two specials were aired on ABC that are considered pilots for The Muppet Show. Neither led to the sale of a prime-time network series. However, the prime-time access rule had just been enacted, which took the 7:30 to 8 pm ET slot from the networks and turned it over to their affiliates. CBS suggested it would be interested in Henson's proposal as a syndicated series it could purchase for its owned-and-operated stations, to run one night a week in that time slot.
According to the original pitch reel, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In co-creator George Schlatter was going to be involved. Lew Grade, head of the British commercial station ATV and accustomed to the idea of puppet television, offered a deal to Henson that would see his show produced at the ATV studios in Elstree, England. ATV, as part of the ITV network, would broadcast the show to other ITV stations in the United Kingdom, its distribution arm, ITC Entertainment, would sell the show in the United States and around the world. Henson accepted. "The Muppet Show Theme" is the show's theme song. It is the opening and closing theme for every episode of The Muppet Show and was performed by The Muppets in a scene of The Muppets. At the end of the song, Gonzo the Great appeared onstage to play the final note, with various comical results. For the first series, he struck the O in the show's logo as a gong; each episode ended with an extended instrumental performance of "The Muppet Show Theme" by the Muppet orchestra before Statler and Waldorf gave the last laugh of the night.
Some last laugh sequences featured other Muppets on the balcony. For example, in one episode, the Muppets of Sesame Street appeared behind the duo who told them: "How should we know how to get to Sesame Street? We don't know how to get out of this stupid theater box!" Every series, the TV version of the song was presented with re-worked lyrics. While the opening sequence evolved visually over the course of the show's five series, the musical composition remained the same. Throughout the years, the song has become a staple of the franchise; the Muppet Theater is the setting for The Muppet Show, a grand old vaudeville house that has seen better days. In episode 106, Kermit identifies the name of the theatre as The Benny Vandergast Memorial Theater, although other episodes identify it as "the Muppet Theater." It's identified as Muppet Theater in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. It is that the theatre becomes registered as a historical landmark, it cannot be shut down. According to The Phantom of the Muppet Theater, the theatre was built by a stage actor named John Stone in 1802.
At some point, a production of Hamlet ran with Stone playing the title role. An alternate exterior is shown in the book. Locations seen in the Muppet Theatre include backstage right, the dressing rooms, the attic, the canteen, the prop room, the stage and Waldorf's box, the auditorium, the recording studio, the stage door lobby, the back alley; some of these sets were re-used as the Happiness Hotel in The Great Muppet Caper. A replica of the theatre serves as the setting for the Muppet*Vision 3D attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure. Scooter's uncle J. P. Grosse owns the theatre, rents it to the Muppets, as Scooter is only too happy to remind Kermit. In a deleted scene from It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Kermit reveals that J. P. has left the theatre to the Muppets in his will. This would have taken place some time after 1996, as J. P. can be seen in episode 107 of Muppe