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A Muppet Central Watchalong: Friday night at 9pm eastern/8pm c

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Pig's Laundry, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    It's always nice when we come together and watch Muppet stuff. With the excitement of Hollywood Bowl show (and the fact that most of us won't be able to attend or even see it online) I thought we could celebrate the huge event by watching another similar event The Muppet Show Live!. If you haven't seen it, it's a real treat. All the classic sketches are there: Muppet News Flash, Pigs In Space. All the characters are there. Even the performers make appearances (Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, Brian Henson), along with a surprise cameo from a certain Sesame Street Muppet. The full thing is up on Youtube, so everybody can see it it. It'll be fun, we can pop popcorn, we can talk to each other while we're watching the show. So, who's with me?

    Just be at this exact place at 8:00pm Central time, 9:00pm Eastern time, 7pm Mountain time.

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  2. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    *raises hand*
     
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  3. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Will not be able to make the event.
     
  4. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Just thirty-one minutes to go!
     
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  5. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Sorry, but I cannot attend the event.
     
  6. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    The event is just here on Muppet Central. We're just watching Muppet Show Live on YouTube and talking about it here while we watch.
     
  7. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Ladies and gents, it's time to light the lights:

     
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  8. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Ah, Statler and Waldorf. Gotta say, Jerry's voice really suited Statler.
     
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    What is up with Mahna Mahna's floppy eye sockets?
     
  10. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Hm, the video's been buffering for about a minute :p.
     
  11. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Oh, you're right. That's creepy.
     
  12. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I've never heard In N' Out Burger get such a big applause.
     
  13. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Not a fan of Jon Voight in this. Sorry.
     
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  14. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Well that was fun. A few thoughts I wrote down while watching:

    • I love Pepe. He says all the things none of the other characters could get away with. :D
    • It's very unnerving watching a Muppet play with a "puppet", especially when that puppet turns out to be alive. Hey, wait a minute, where was Fozzie sticking his hand?!? :concern:
    • The only crowd that cheers for Jim Henson's Jack and the Beanstalk
    • Ah, there's something so soothing about Kermit's voice.
    • Is it bad that I skipped past most of the guest star stuff. Not the montage, just Brooke Shields, John Voit, and that terrible stand up comedians. :o
    • Still can't get over Mahna Mahna's creepy eye sockets
    • There seemed to be a lot of issues with the audio
    • The absence of Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Scooter, and a few others was very much felt.
    • This must've been one of Jerry's last performances.
    • Steve really did like to laugh at his own jokes.
    • I could listen to the Muppeteers talk for hours.
    • Watching them all together really makes me want to watch that Muppet Guys Talking documentary
    • I really love Jerry's voice.
    • Take a shot every time they use the That Ole' Black Magic clip in something about Jim or the history of the Muppets
    • I wonder who puppeteered Dr. Teeth in this.
    • It's always really exciting seeing The Electric Mayhem perform live
    • Man, nothing can top Paul Williams. I actually almost cried a little a couple of times when they did that medley.
    • I'm not sure if Elmo enhanced that medley in any way, but my inner nerd loved it :laugh:. It seemed a bit odd that he was the only Sesame Street character that appeared.
    • I love the little shot towards the end when you can see all the performers.
    • I hope the guys at The Hollywood Bowl had as much fun as this audience did.
    You know, I think the Muppets have probably changed more in the last sixteen years then any other 16 years in their history.
     
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  15. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I'm glad that I didn't watch the guest star stuff either.
     
  16. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I guess Mahna Mahna's eye popped out right before it was time to go on stage. You know what they say - "the show must go on."

    John Kennedy puppeteered Teeth, assisted by Steve Whitmire. Kevin Clash did Janice. Bill Barretta puppeteered Animal, assisted by Drew Massey.

    Elmo seemed to be there primarily to give Kevin something else to do - his only regular Muppet character from this period being Clifford. Incidentally, Kevin also filled in as Beaker in that early backstage scene where Steve was busy with Kermit.

    And yes, this was one of Jerry' last non-Sesame performances. I think he announced his retirement the night before.

    Agreed, this is somewhat of an awkward period for the Muppets, given the downsized cast of classic characters. You know, for a lot of people, seeing Rowlf in anything during this period was a pretty big deal. He was hardly seen (much less heard) in between Jim Henson's passing and TM11. Really great that they gave him a bit more to do in this show.

    Also worth nothing that this marked Eric Jacobson's first public appearance as Miss Piggy. Evidently, the appearance was done via satellite to keep Eric a secret from the audience. As we've seen over the years, Muppet freaks are not at all unlike escaped mental patients. Any kind of change drives them nuts.

    They'll also applaud almost anything... :p;)

    "You've all heard of DVD technology..."
    "WOO!"

    Okay, okay, DVD was a bigger deal in those days, yes. But you get what I'm saying!

    Oh, and trivia note - the Newsman is the only one of Jim Henson's characters that Brian has also performed.

    I'd really like to see the full Q&A segments from the convention.
     
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