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What made Bobo work better than Beauregard?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Lourenzo, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. Lourenzo

    Lourenzo New Member

    So I looked up Beauregard on the Muppet Wiki and saw the reason why his character never took off: Apparently he has no desires and does not want anything.

    And this just seems weird to me, because Bobo kinda of the same. He's described as content and by Bill Baretta as "just grateful that he gets to have a life outside the zoo"

    While Beauregard has more or less faded into obscurity over the decades, Bobo's still going. He Pepe and Big Mean Carl are real the only 90s muppets who have managed to live on to the present day.

    So why does one work better than the other?
     
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  2. BlakeConor14

    BlakeConor14 Well-Known Member

    For me bobo can have any job in the Muppets and still make it funny. Beauregard has that one role which is difficult to write for
     
  3. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    That's true, Beauregard's main traits are that he's unintelligent and he likes mops, while Bobo is a much more flexible character because he's smarter and generally has more interests.
     
  4. Mikey's Muppet

    Mikey's Muppet New Member

    I like Beauregard and often wondered why he wasn't seen more often. Loved his sincere "What colour are their hands now?" question in the Great Muppet Caper after Kermit says they're going to catch the thieves "red handed". He's a funny character.
     
  5. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    I prefer Beauregard!
     
  6. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    Well Beauregard is basically just a one note character, he talks goofily and does somtething stupid. Bobo has more depth to him, sure he is also goofy, but is not stupid and his deadpan style of humor makes him way more funny.
     
  7. jobi71

    jobi71 Active Member

    I think they did use Beau pretty well in the original Muppet Show. He had the main plot in the last episode filmed: The End of the World. And aside from being the janitor he was a stage hand with Beaker with typical results - both of them tangled in the fly system in Another Opening Another Show and bringing everything but bananas to Fozzie during the Banana Boat song. His best use by far was the Cabbie in Great Muppet Caper. As to why he faded from sight? His role was primarily as backstage staff. And if you look at the other characters who had similar roles - George, Hilda and especially Gladys - none of them stuck around too long either. It was a nice meta joke for the gang to find him in the old theater wondering where they went. I saw Dave Goelz speak a few years back and someone asked about Beau. He said he loved the character, but the writers found it hard to write for him. If we do get a second season of the new TV show I am hoping they can find a bit more for him to do. After all so much of the show is the behind the scenes that he would fit in. I know I frequently pitch plot ideas that involve two odd or non-associated characters stuck in L.A. traffic, but what if Beau had to drive Sam to an important meeting at ABC and they were - you guessed it - stuck in traffic.
     
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  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I always thought Bobo was dumb as well. I was surprised when Bobo and Beauregard were paired together in a couple of Muppets.com videos.
     
  9. 1000 Eyes

    1000 Eyes Well-Known Member

    That's basically my thoughts as well - Bobo can do anything, whereas Beauregard can't. (Though I do like Beauregard, too.)
     
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  10. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    One thing I realized about Beauregard is that early on, he was supposed to have superhuman strenght, but the writers dropped that early in TMS, that would have been a strange trait.
     
  11. JT Yorke

    JT Yorke Active Member

    I like his taxidriving :p
     
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Same here, my exposure to TMS as a kid was very limited at best, but I always had the movies on tapes to revisit whenever I wanted, so when I think of Beauregard, the first thing that usually comes to my mind is him as the taxi driver in GMC, which I always enjoyed: especially how Kermit quickly picked up on Beau would always go in the exact opposite direction of where they told him to go.

    But another thing to remember about Beau is that one of the main reasons they created the character was, in a sense, to make a Wendell Porcupine-esque character for Dave to perform on a regular basis since Wendell was something of a break-out character from Emmet Otter.

    As for what makes Bobo work better, I think a lot of that has to do with Bill having so much clout with the Muppets; notice how most of the more recent characters to the lineup are mostly his: Pepe, Bobo, Johnny Fiama, Big Mean Carl, they're all Bill Barretta characters. It's similar to how Elmo became so big on SST, because of what Kevin was able to do with him.
     
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