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Video: Muppets appear at Just for Laughs Comedy Festival

Discussion in 'Muppet Appearances' started by mrsieve, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. mrsieve

    mrsieve Well-Known Member

  2. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Woah, cool pictures...Scooter and Floyd and Lew Zealand and Beau were there? I didn't expect that many Muppets to be present, but it looks like there were a lot.
  3. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Huh. I didn't think they could do the arches live, but that's a method I wouldn't have thought of.
  4. Borples

    Borples Well-Known Member

    I love that. Full picture of Steve performing Kermit. Caption: "Kermit the Frog performs..." Muppeteers get no respect. :)

    Can't wait for more pictures and reports and videos to start trickling in!
  5. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Fantastic! And I like that Disney (and/or the Muppet performers) keep having a wider variety of Muppets in things like this (rather than just the obvious characters like Kermit, Piggy, Gonzo, Pepe, etc.) Plus, Walter's there! And it's obvious that by now, he's here to stay! I wonder if the closing number is "Rainbow Connection".
  6. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    Why wouldn't Walter be there to stay? You don't think Disney is just gonna give him the boot do you? Lol! But great pics!!! Wish I could've been there!! And looks like they performed Rainbow Connection! :)
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  7. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    How was Kermit and Piggy? Looks like they performed together!!! Whatd they sing?
  8. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Some video of "Rainbow Connection"
    Borples likes this.
  9. donald rees

    donald rees New Member

    It was absolute magic to experience the muppets live in what turned out to truly be a live version of the Muppet Show Variety show.

    The whole thing started with Kermit sticking his head out from the curtain to do his usual "It's The Muppets Gala with our special guests..." then they opened the curtains to do the Muppet Show Theme with the arches. On the TV screens, it was filmed like a traditional Muppet Presentation but live you could see the performers and their prompters. It was incredible to watch. Particularly one moment when the stagehands moved the prompters aways too early and Kermit was left with nothing to say and they all just burst out laughing until the prompters came back.

    From the opening, Sam The Eagle then led them all into a song about what "Canada Is" which was hilarious. A bunch of inaccurate facts. They brought a podium in for Kermit to introduce the comics. He then went to introduce Cirque Du Soleil, but since neither "Cirque" or "Soleil" were available Sweetums came out and offered "Duh" which was him holding a balloon saying Duh lol. Gonzo came out and offered "Cirque Du Poulet" and set off to prepare an act.

    Kermit introduced the first comic and in-between each set piece a comedian (including Caroline Rhea and Tom Papa) would come out and do their shtick.

    Floyd and Animal came out because Animal wanted to say how much he loved comedy. Kermit asked what his favourite part of comedy was and Floyd cautioned Kermit to not ask that question, but he asked it again and Animal said "Punchline" and knocked Kermit out. They brought in the Swedish Chefs kitchen and he made Poutine (and had a heart attack). It was amazing to see how many people it takes to make a Swedish Chef sketch work. Then Miss Piggy was carried in by the Mounties and did a love song "Muskrat Love" with Kermit.

    For their next act they brought in Muppet Labs (the setup took some time so Rowlf came out and sang a song about how he's never made an onion cry, then did celebrity impressions (well, three different ones: Donald Trump (ear over head) Donald Trump in Mirror (other ear over head) and Donald Trump talking his ex wife (what a b*tch)) For Muppet Labs they put beaker in the "French Immersion" machine which turned him into Montreal's beloved mascot Youppie (but muppetified). Walter came out to to introduce his favourite comedian, Fozzie, who was heckled from the balcony (of course). Fozzie closed by pleading with the audience not to forget him. Then did a knock knock joke. When we all called out who's there? He was upset that we'd already forgotten him.

    Finally Gonzo was ready for Cirque Du Poulet, where he blew up his chickens. Kermit thanked everyone for coming and said goodnight, but Pepe came out and said that was a lousy ending and we needed to do something better, okay?

    So they brought out the swamp set and did Rainbow Connection. It was such an amazing privilege to sit there and be in the same room as the Muppets as they sang that song and had us all sing along. Really a once in a lifetime experience.

    They could have just done a couple of jokes and left, but what Muppet Studios put together was really an entire new episode of The Muppet Show variety act. To be able to look up at Gonzo and down at his puppeteer was amazing. They are so talented and most of the comedians who came out in between their acts were as starstruck as we were.

    I got to sit in the front row. They asked us not to take pictures or video in order not to ruin the magic (of course, some people will post them anyway). The show was filmed and will be on television this fall.
  10. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the review. That is so cool that you got to see the Muppets live!
    It's going to be on TV? That's fantastic! I hope this leads to other things.
  11. Sharilyn

    Sharilyn New Member

  12. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

  13. LouisTheOtter

    LouisTheOtter Well-Known Member

    Thank you to everybody who's been posting links and reviews (special shout-outs to Sharilyn and Donald for their extensive blow-by-blow recaps). Those of us in "the wrong part of Canada" (or the wrong part of the rest of the world) salute you!!!

    I'm so, so, SO HAPPY that this worked as well as it did. The Muppets look and (in the one clip I've seen so far) sound terrific. Far from being out of place amongst a more adult stand-up comedy setting, it looks like they fit seamlessly into the action. Kudos to Disney and especially to all the Muppeteers for working so hard to pull this off.

    To anyone else on this forum who was there - I am so jealous right now I can't even see straight! But I'm also very happy for all of you to get this incredible chance! I can't wait to see it on TV in a couple of months!!!
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  14. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    I'm jealous too!! Even when they are doing things in the states I can't go cause its either in CA or NY! :( Wahh I wanna see the Kermit & Piggy number!!!
  15. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    Here is a picture of Steve Whitmire working hard and probably breaking a sweat performing Kermit from last nights event.

  16. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Gaaah! Wish I could have made it up to Canada for this! Thanks for the links and the reviews, gents!
  17. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    wish i could have gone :(
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  18. Muppetboy09

    Muppetboy09 Well-Known Member

    Looked like it was amazing! Can't wait to see it on TV!
  19. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    It's gonna be on tv in Canada?
  20. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Yes it is! It's going to air on Comedy Network Canada in the autumn of 2012.

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