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rizzo question

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by the_great_gonzo, Jul 16, 2002.

  1. the_great_gonzo

    the_great_gonzo Well-Known Member

    I have a quick question. I had always thought that Rizzo had made his first appearence in THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN but recently I have heard that he was on The Muppet Show. First of all, is this true. And if so what season did he come on and what did he do on the show?
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but it was in a later season! Near the end of the series. There were rats, some even looking like Rizzo, but Rizzo was a full blown star after Steve Whitmire started giving him lines and clothing (Before then, he was...NUDE!!) I don't know exactly when, because I read he first met someone from Henson in 1978, and I think I read he tried out for Sesame Street. (In Of Muppets in Men, the book)

    But in case you are wondering, Muppets Take Manhatten was not even his first film appearence. He was on Great Muppet Caper, as a bellhop! Infact, it was even a vocal role, because he sang a verse of Happiness Hotel ("So if you don't mind friendly animals, and you learn to stand the smell"). Hope this clears a little up.

    If anyone knows more about this, please post.
  3. anathema

    anathema Well-Known Member

    Rizzo appeared from the third (I think) season on. Initially a background character, he rapidly developed into a strong personality :)

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