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Muppet SNL Land of Gorch Skits coming to DVD

Discussion in 'Family Worlds' started by Squigiman, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. Squigiman

    Squigiman Well-Known Member

    I doubt they'll have any Special Features about them, as I'm just glad to hear they aren't edited out. It's fairly well-known that most involved despised having them on. Belushi called them the Mucking Fuppets, and a writer even had a Big Bird doll noosed in a curtain-opening string. The cast, for the most part, didn't like them taking time away from them, and the writers hated trying to write for them, as certain union rules wouldn't allow the actual Muppet people to do it, or something. Read that backstage book, Live From New York, for more behind-the-scenes info. Hope that helps.

  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    You know, that would be great. I hated the bitter disdane the SNL cast had for the Muppets (outside of GIlda Radner, who appeared on TMS), and it seems they tried very hard to hide them from all retrospectives and stuff. They made a frikkin' Goat Boy action figure for cryin' out loud. Though, the SNL Trivial Pursute had on Gorch question on it (and 2 about Osmosis Jones, but it's basically the same question.)
  3. The Whatevers

    The Whatevers Active Member

    Anybody know if the skits are on YouTube?
  4. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

  5. Muppet Newsgirl

    Muppet Newsgirl Well-Known Member

    My mom's really excited; she adores Scred.

    Yeah, Belushi was a real holy terror when it came to the Muppets...wonder if he ever subjected Jim and the gang to one of his verbal tirades during Gorch's run?
  6. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Well-Known Member

    YESS, I love The Land of Gorch, esp. in perfect quality, I espicially love Scred, and the Mighty Favog, in my opinion, Favog is one of the best Frank Oz characters ever, and the most underated.
  7. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member

  8. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Well-Known Member

    Hmmm.. I am surprised that they have that picture in the set.

    Barry S. Lee
  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, it is in stores now. Does anybody here have it yet?
  10. Squigiman

    Squigiman Well-Known Member

    I just finished the first episode, after watching most, after I picked up my set, last night. Got it for $47.99 plus tax, and it came with a $5.00 gift card. Pretty sweet deal. I'd suggest checking there, first, and while the sale lasts. Amazon also has a good discount, which I thought would be the way to go, before seeing the Target price. Better without the S&H. Overall, I still don't see what the hub-bub over the original cast is/was, but also feel maybe I had to be living during that time to appreciate the sensibilities.

    George Carlin also is hit and miss, in my book, often going overboard in his characterizations and eye-widened mockery of society. Once again, maybe it was more groundbreaking, then, and I'm numbed to it by my generational gap. Either way, there were still some laughs, but overall, and as expected, though perhaps I'm biased, Andy Kaufman's bit, though I've seen it millions of times, can still be appreciated for its genius, and the Muppet bit was the best of the bunch. One question, though, as I can't seem to find the answer anywhere else, including Wikipedia. What does it mean to release one's darts? I figure it's innuendo of some sort, but really not sure.

    Another thing. I felt strange, in that it seemed like I may have appreciated more bits, if there was audience laughter with it. Since this was and remains a live show, very proud of that fact, I was surprised at how often it was silent until the very ends of sketches, like the audience say the "APPLAUSE" light go on. The only real "joke" joke I remember appreciating, outside of what I mentioned, was one about stamps dedicated to prostitution, even though I feel it wasn't the first time I heard it.

    Well, I hope everyone enjoys there sets. I didn't realize there was a Gorch bit in the second season, so now I guess I gotta put down the dough for that one, too, when/if it comes out. See ya.

  11. Squonk

    Squonk Active Member

    I've never been clear on if these skits were performed live or were pre-recroded.

    Anyone know?
  12. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    All of the skits were performed live -- the only exception was Peter Cook/Dudley Moore episode that sketch was pre-taped on January 10th during the pre-shoot of the Elliot Gould episode. All of the other 15 Gorch segments were all filmed live!
  13. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Actually, Chevy Chase also liked the Muppets. After all, why else would he appear in Follow That Bird?

    Besides that, though, I heard from someone that he actually wrote one of the sketches where the Muppets returned to the show, the same one he appeared in alongside them toward the end of the season.
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I wonder if the original casts opinions of the Muppets improved after The Muppet Show. Lorain Newman later performed the voice of Mommie Dodo in Follow That Bird, Jane Curtain made a guest appearance on Sesame Street, and Big Bird later appeared in an episode of Dan Akroyds series Soul Man (in addition to Frank Oz making cameos in some of Dan Akroyds films, but I don't know if that would have anything to do with what Dan Akroyd thought of the Muppets). Somehow I think that John Belushi would have been most likely to still hate the Muppets after The Muppet Show became popular.
  15. Squonk

    Squonk Active Member

    The Oz cameos in Aykroyd films I think have more to do with Oz's friendship with the director of those films John Landis. Landis is one of the king's of putting inside jokes in his movies...several of these involve Oz.

    Oz appears as the police officer who gives John Belushi back his personal items at the beginning of "The Blues Brothers." Then they turned the role around as he plays an officer who checks in Aykroyds personal items in "Trading Places." Oz of course reprised his Blues Brothers role in "Blues Brothers 2000" also. He's also a test monitor in "Spies Like Us." I think I've heard he has a cameo in "Into the Night," but I havent' seen it. And of course, the Muppets appear on TV in "An American Werewolf in London."

    My favorite of the Oz references, though, is when you can hear "Paging Mr. Frank Oznowicz" during the scene where Eddie Murphy arrives at the airport in New York in "Coming to America."

    It's also worth noting that Oz repaid the favor to Landis in his solo directing debut "The Muppets Take Manhattan." John Landis plays the broadway producer who is visited by "a frog with an afro." (Boffo Lenny! Socko Lenny!)

    Oh, I almost forgot another reference to Oz in "The Blues Brothers." Right before Jake and Elwood crash their car through the toy store. A customer goes up to the counter holding, if I remember correctly, a Grover doll and asks "Do you have the Miss Piggy" while there is also an Animal doll visible on the counter. All Oz characters, of course.

    Movie in-jokes are an interest of mine, what can I say.
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    No, Frank Oz does not have a cameo in Into the Night. Jim Henson does. But I've heard that Into the Night also has a "Paging Mr. Frank Oznowicz" line.
  17. Squonk

    Squonk Active Member

    Just FYI: The SNL first season episodes are now available for download individually or as a set on iTunes.

    If anyone has a guide as to what the Muppet segments are on which episodes, some might be interested if they are looking to download specific segments.
  18. BradFraggle

    BradFraggle Well-Known Member

  19. Squigiman

    Squigiman Well-Known Member

    I just noticed nobody's answered my "darts" question. Is everyone else just as clueless as I am as to what this means? Thanks.

  20. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf Well-Known Member

    No, they're not. I've checked.

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