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TMS outline- Buddy Hackett!

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by Gorgon Heap, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    This one was so close to done I decided to just finish it.

    Hackett was a comic actor known for his funny-sounding voice. He co-starred in "The Music Man" and provided the voice of Scuttle the seagull in Disney's "The Little Mermaid". He worked with the Muppets just once, providing the voice of Grandma Ethel's late husband Louie on "Jim Henson's Dinosaurs".

    Submitted for your approval:

    "It's The Muppet Show, with our very special guest star Mr. Buddy Hackett!"


    STYLE: SEASON TWO (circa Madeline Kahn episode)

    COLD OPENING: Buddy asks for Scooter’s opinion on his new (loud and tacky) suit. While he’s holding it up on the hanger, DogLion comes along and starts eating the suit, but spits it out and leaves in a huff.

    S & W: Miss Kitty (the purple monster) comes in having lassoed Statler & Waldorf.

    MK: “Oh, no you don’t! You’re stayin’!”

    GONZO: a long feather boa comes out of Gonzo's trumpet

    OPENING NUMBER: “Splish Splash”- Floyd sings in the shower, accompanied by a parade of Muppets in his bathroom including the Electric Mayhem, birds, frogs, and creatures

    Waldorf: "Eh, what do you think?"

    Statler: "About time they cleaned up their act!"

    (S & W laugh.)

    BACKSTAGE: there's a heavy snowfall outside, and Kermit is trying to make sure the snow is kept clear. The gang all draw straws to see who's going take the first shift for shoveling snow. Gonzo literally draws a picture of a straw.

    SKETCH: Buddy & Fozzie play sailors who have to get rid of an alligator that’s nesting on deck.

    Captain Link: “Men, we’ve got a situation on our hands.”

    (Buddy & Fozzie instinctively look at their hands.)

    Statler: "I remember when I served in the navy. I think I still have my old uniform somewhere."

    Waldorf: "If you find it, I think you should sell it."

    Statler: "Oh?"

    Waldorf: "Yeah! Museums would pay top dollar for old Viking stuff! Heh heh heh!"

    MUPPET LABS: Automatic Stamp Licker (it starts acting like a puppy and runs amok, licking everything in sight, including and especially Beaker).

    BACKSTAGE: instead of shoveling, the Muppets have just been playing in the snow

    Kermit: "Will you guys cut out that snowball fight?!"

    (Kermit gets hit in the face by a snowball.)

    Kermit: "You will note I do not sink to their level of immaturity and poor sportsmanship."

    (Kermit gets hit by another snowball.)

    Kermit: "That does it! YOU'RE ALL GOING DOWN!"

    (Kermit runs, aggravated, out of the backstage door.)

    AT THE DANCE- weather jokes

    Boy: "I'm really upset with my mom right now. Instead of letting me spend my allowance, she's got me saving it for a rainy day."

    Girl: "What's wrong with that?"

    Boy: "I just found out we're in the middle of a draught."

    (Red-haired man and pink-sweatered woman)

    Man: "Boy, it seems that no matter where I go, I always get stuck in the rain! I'd almost swear that the rain must be following me around."

    Woman: "Aren't you exaggerating just a little?"

    (It starts raining- indoors, and only over them.)

    Man: "Guess it's just my imagination."

    UK SPOT: “Hello! Hello! Who’s Your Lady Friend?”- Kermit & Fozzie sing the British pub standard (in front of the blue backdrop from Steve Martin's balloon act) while Statler & Waldorf sing along from the box

    SAM’S FABLES: “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse”

    Sam (after the cat attacks the mice): “It was then that the country mouse decided... (turns page)... to form a motorcycle gang with her cousin and drive the pussycats out of town. WHAT?!”

    (Catgut runs away and the two mice follow, firing off little pop guns while riding on their little motorcycles.)

    Waldorf: "Ah, that eagle should go someplace where he'd be appreciated."

    Statler: "Like where?"

    Waldorf: "Stuffed on a mantel!"

    (S & W laugh.)

    BACKSTAGE: Gonzo wants to do an act, but after he tells Kermit about it, Kermit is convinced that no audience would sit still to see it. Just then, Scooter rushes in from outside to inform them that the theater is snowed in, so with the audience unable to leave, Kermit lets Gonzo go on.

    GONZO'S ACT: Gonzo whittles a statue of Millard Fillmore out of a corncob while doing a water ballet in a vat of pink lemonade.

    Statler: "That does it, we should leave right now!"

    Gonzo: "You can't, the theater is snowed in!"

    (S & W look at each other for a moment, then off to the side, thinking.)

    Waldorf: "Wanna go to the lobby?"

    Statler: "We can annoy the popcorn vendor!"

    Waldorf: "Or count the holes in the ceiling!"

    (They rush off, as does the audience. The curtain closes on Gonzo's act, with appropriate ending music.)

    SKETCH: Buddy is casually playing golf, in stereotypical tacky golf outfit, when he meets The Phantom of the Golf Course (Uncle Deadly).


    Buddy: "You'll need an awfully big driver for that."

    (Buddy shrugs off Uncle Deadly's warning, so Uncle Deadly takes delight in using his voodoo to mess with Buddy's golf game.)

    SKETCH: A Whatnot man relaxes in his yard, watching the birds come over to the feeder and birdbath. More and more birds keep coming in, finally ending with the shocking entrance of one of the Gawky Birds.

    BACKSTAGE: the heater has broken down, which is good news for Fozzie, Scooter and Gonzo because it means that they can take their snow fort INSIDE!

    CLOSING NUMBER: “Leaning on a Lamppost”- Buddy sings with three Whatnot backup singers as he waits for his amour to arrive. When she does, it turns out to be Behemoth in drag. Buddy is surprised.

    CURTAIN: Buddy, Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, Scooter, and Uncle Deadly are all in winter dress and having an indoor snowball fight.

    (S & W are in winter gear. Waldorf throws a snowball at the stage.)

    Waldorf: "Ah, I'll give 'em credit just this once."

    Statler: "What for?"

    Waldorf: "For once they're providing us with live ammunition!"

    (S & W laugh.)

    Comments welcome.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  2. TotallySpiesFan

    TotallySpiesFan New Member

    What Muppets appear in this number besides Floyd.

    What other Muppets tell jokes in this sketch?

    What birds appear in this sketch?
  3. Which muppets appear, drawing straws in this scene?

    Which muppets are seen playing in the snow in this scene?

    Do any other muppets perform in this number?

    Which muppets are among the audience members that are seen rushing off?

    Are any other muppets in this sketch, at least in the background playing golf?

    Who performed the following characters:

    -Miss Kitty
    -the crocodile
    -the "At the Dance" couples
    -the whatnot man in the bird bath sketch
    -the birds in the bird bath sketch
    -the three "Leaning on a Lamppost" backup singers
  4. TotallySpiesFan

    TotallySpiesFan New Member

    Miss Kitty- Frank Oz
    Crocodile- Jerry Nelson
    At the Dance Couples- Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz
    Whatnot in Bird Bath Sketch- Jim Henson
    Birds in Bird Bath Sketch- Various
    Leaning on the Lamppost Backup Singers- Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz
    Behemoth- Frank Oz
  5. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    Fozzie, Gonzo, and Scooter.

    We don't see them, we just hear them from the backstage area and see Kermit get hit.

    Nope. Just Kermit, Fozzie, S&W, and the audience.

    The usual Season Two ones- Shaky Sanchez, Droop, Gloat, Zelda Rose, duck-billed woman, Brewster, etc.

    Just some Whatnots way off in the background.

    -Miss Kitty: Dave
    -the crocodile: Frank (looped)
    -the "At the Dance" couples: Jim and Frank play the boy and girl, Jerry plays the rained-on couple
    -the whatnot man in the bird bath sketch: doesn't speak
    -the birds in the bird bath sketch: also silent
    -the three "Leaning on a Lamppost" backup singers: Jerry, Richard, and Dave
    -Behemoth: doesn't speak

    OhBoy and YouKnow Bird, three frogs, the trumpet-nosed Fazoob, the eel, the drum-headed Fazoob, the male Koozebanian, Baskerville, and the Electric Mayhem.

    The blue man and duck-billed woman, the turquoise man with the curly-haired brunette, and Beautiful Day Monster with the red-haired pink girl in the purple top.

    All six One-Sentence Birds plus the little yellow canary.

    Anyone have any comments about the outline's quality?

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  6. Great job once again, Dave.

    Nice numbers, skits and ideas...and a nice backstage plot too.
  7. TotallySpiesFan

    TotallySpiesFan New Member

    So, Dave, are you still working on outlines with Leon Redbone and John Ritter and a script with Cass Elliot?
  8. BlueAM

    BlueAM New Member

    Keep up the good work, Dave! I especially like your "Leaning on a Lamppost" concept, since I know that Herman's Hermits covered that song!

    I'll be doing some outlines myself! I'm currently working on one with Eric Idle, so I'm wondering if you like that idea. You'll be very surprised at what will happen in it.....

  9. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    I think Eric Idle would've been perfect for TMS. He's on my (extremely long) list of fanfic guest stars, but I doubt I'll ever get to him. So yeah, go for it, I'd like to see what you come up with.

    Redbone and Ritter are on the backburner for now. Cass Elliott one isn't a script, just an outline, but yeah, I'm working on it, slowly but surely. I may actually sideline it for the new TMS fanfics I wanted to work on- Jim Croce and Peter Lorre. There are also a couple of Season Four ones I wanted to do, with recording artist guest stars- Gordon Lightfoot and Dan Fogelberg. I started the Lightfoot one years ago but still haven't finished it. Fogelberg one I largely have mapped out in my head (well, at least as far as his numbers go. I've been driving in my car, listening to my old tape of his greatest hits, and visualizing his songs on TMS- done seriously tho, not comically).

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  10. TotallySpiesFan

    TotallySpiesFan New Member

    Who performed them?
  11. How about adding Muppy and Rover Joe to this number?
  12. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    Nah, the smell of one wet dog is enough. :)

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  13. TotallySpiesFan

    TotallySpiesFan New Member

    How about adding Droop and Shakey Sanchez to this number?
  14. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    As much as I like the idea, I think I have more than enough characters in the number.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  15. TotallySpiesFan

    TotallySpiesFan New Member

    Who performed these dancers:

    -the blue Whatnot and the duck-billed woman
    -the turquoise Whatnot with the curly-haired brunette Whatnot
    -Beautiful Day Monster with the red-haired pink Whatnot in the purple top
  16. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    -the blue Whatnot and the duck-billed woman: Richard
    -the turquoise Whatnot with the curly-haired brunette Whatnot: Dave
    -Beautiful Day Monster with the red-haired pink Whatnot in the purple top: Frank

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  17. TotallySpiesFan

    TotallySpiesFan New Member

    Are you still working on the outlines for Cass Elliot, Leon Redbone, and John Ritter?
  18. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    Sorta. Haven't touched them in ages, tho I may start up the Leon Redbone one again soon. I'll probably finish the Sid Caesar one first tho.

    Bumping this one up, seeing as it's winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Been such a long time since I've been in a good snowball fight (or even a lousy one, for that matter).

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  19. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    I thought I had Thog caddying for Buddy in the golf sketch, but I see now that I omitted that detail. I hereby add him back in.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  20. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Active Member

    My most favourite part is the Country Mouse and the City Mouse Dave. Great use of Catgut.;)
    Makes me think that Sam's Fables could have been a very successful running gag recurring sketch:)

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