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EPISODE NOTES

Finally, success with Fozzie's comedy spot! While maybe not "the world's funniest joke", this routine is by far the funniest of the season. The experimentation that the writers have been taking finally pays off. The key ingredient being the interplay between Fozzie and Kermi. The rest of the season will return to the monologue format, but as a result, more interplay between the bear and the frog will be seen backstage leading to the redemption of a possible failed character. Next season will see more experimentation occur in Fozzie's act as he tries roller skating, ventriloquism, and in another classic pairing with Kermit, a phrenology demonstration!

A side benefit of Fozzie having more involvement in backstage plots will be more character development as we learn more about his offstage persona. Most of Fozzie's stories this season will concern his struggling for success, be it overcoming Statler and Waldorf's heckling, the threat of being canceled or replaced when he's stuck in a magician's box, and bringing in his agent to negotiate his contract. Second season episodes will deal with Fozzie's desire for acceptance as he meets his idol, tries to impress his mother in the audience, finds ways to improve his act, and takes on more backstage responsibility. Then in the third season, we'll follow Fozzie confronting his insecurity by going to group therapy, asking Kermit for a list of his good points and bad points, and trying to become more assertive.

Harvey Korman would later have the honor of being the only actor to perform in both of the Flintstones movies (with contributions by The Jim Henson Creature Shop) in different roles (The Dictabird and Colonel Slaghoople).

THE MUPPET PERFORMERS FEATURING

Frank Oz (Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle, pig, Mildred, George, Baskerville, patient)

with Jerry Nelson (Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Thog, whatnot, dancer, chicken, T. R. Rooster, Robin the Frog, announcer)

Richard Hunt (Statler, Miss Piggy, pig)

Dave Goelz (house, Zoot, Muppy)

Eren Ozker (Janice, dancer, Wanda)

John Lovelady (Crazy Harry, house)

Jim Henson (Kermit, Waldorf, Dr. Teeth, Rowlf, Newsman)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jim Henson

PRODUCED BY Jack Burns

WRITTEN BY Jack Burns, Marc London, Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl

DIRECTED BY Peter Harris

PUPPETS BY Bonnie Erickson and Caroly Wilcox, Mari Kaestle, Dave Goelz, Rollin Krewson, Faz Fazakas, Larry Jameson, Kermit Love

SPECIAL PUPPETS BY Don Sahlin

ART DIRECTOR: David Chandler

MUPPET COSTUME DESIGNER: Bonnie Erickson

MUPPET CREATIVE CONSULTANTS: Frank Oz, Mike Frith

ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY Jack Parnell

MUSICAL ASSOCIATE: Derek Scott

COSTUMES BY: Kaye Conry-Halley

LIGHTING DIRECTOR: Hamilton J. Willis

ASSISTANT TO PRODUCER: Sue Taylor

MUSIC CONSULTANT: Larry Grossman

THEME MUSIC BY Sam Pottle

AUDIO: Roger Knight

MAKE-UP BY Shirley Muslin

SENIOR VIDEO ENGINEER: John Willmont

SENIOR CAMERAMAN: Dennis Bartlett

VISION MIXER: Moyra Bird

SENIOR FLOOR MANAGER: Richard Holloway

FLOOR MANAGER: Martin Baker

STAGE MANAGER: Alani Bray

VIDEO TAPE EDITOR: John Hawkins

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR HENSON ASSOCIATES, INC:
David Lazer

Harvey Korman - Episode 10

Taping Dates: May 25-27, 1976
Original Airdates: December 13, 1976 (New York) and December 18, 1976 (LA)
DVD Release: Buena Vista Home Video, 2005

GENERIC INTRO: COMEDY

Brian Henson: "Hi, I'm Brian Henson. Comedy is really difficult. One thing that happens with comedy writers is that they are all really good at coming up with beginnings... really good set ups, but they can't figure out how to pay them off."

"Well now I'll share with you one of the real secrets to the Muppets. What my father figured out was if you can't get out, you just either blow something up, or you eat something, or you just throw penguins in the air. Here it is, The Muppet Show."

OPENING THEME

Fozzie's joke: "My house is so dirty that my dog buries his bones in the living room carpet. (I don't understand it either.)"

Gonzo's gong: Gonzo hits a hole in the "O". [Same as episode 2, Connie Stevens.]

STAGE CURTAIN

Kermit gets ready to start off the show with a high note as a trumpet player blares a note in his ear.

BALCONY

STATLER: Well, that's better than starting things off with a bang!

CRAZY HARRY (pops up): Did somebody say 'bang'?

WALDORF: No! (slaps Harry)

CRAZY HARRY: Well, you can't win them all.

OPENING NUMBER: "LOVE YA TO DEATH"

Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem perform a rousing song as pyrotechnics explode around them. Animal, of course, is delighted! [The Electric Mayhem also performed this song in the pilot, The Muppet Show: Sex & Violence.]

BALCONY

STATLER: That was a great number. I always liked pantomime.

WALDORF: That wasn't pantomime! Your hearing aid's busted again!

PROFILE

Kermit interviews Animal and talks to him (as much as he can) about his love of drumming.

KERMIT: You like them more than food, I guess?

ANIMAL: They are food! Eat drums! Eat cymbals!

KERMIT: How symbolic!

TALKING HOUSES

HOUSE 1: My insides are killing me!

HOUSE 2: Ulcers?

HOUSE 1: No, movers!

STAGE CURTAIN

Kermit introduces the most dangerous animal act (No not the drummer again!) in the entire world.

SKETCH

Harvey Korman as Maurice the Magnificent prepares his animal taming act and urges the audience to remain silent or the beast will go berserk. The "blackhearted" creature turns out to be the gentle Thog (from "Great Santa Claus Switch"). Harvey's tricks include getting the monster to speak ("I hardly know where to begin, I was rereading Balzac the other day, only in translation...") and to dance ("I wanted to ride a pony around the stage but Maurice is afraid of ponies.")

CONVERSATION PANEL

Panelists Kermit, Harvey, Miss Piggy, a male pig, and a whatnot discuss the issue of "What is the meaning of Life" (Harvey: "I have the last issue of Life before they stopped publishing.")

[The Whatnot's lines in this scene were originally written for Scooter, however he may have been replaced with a generic Whatnot in order to create some more episodes without Scooter that could be aired before the Jim Nabors episode.]

BALCONY

WALDORF: You can get quite an education watching this show.

STATLER: Are we watching the same show?

AT THE DANCE

MILDRED: Even though we come from two different worlds, I find myself strangely attracted to you.

GEORGE: I feel the same way.

MILDRED: You mean you're attracted to me?

GEORGE: No, to me! Weird, huh?

BACKSTAGE

Rowlf and Muppy try to engage a hurried Harvey in a discussion about ecology (Rowlf: "If all those trees go, we're in big trouble.")

UK SKETCH: MUSICAL NUMBER: "JAM"

The Electric Mayhem take to the stage again for a jam session - it rocks so much even Zoot lets out a yell. [This song appears on the rare Muppet Show Music Album simply entitled "Jam". It is also included on Muppet Hits Take Two with the new title "Sweet Tooth Jam".]

The real fun is watching the Muppets play their instruments as the puppeteers are at their best; when one imagines the band playing, the images here best represent what comes to mind: Dr. Teeth be-bopping around and moving back and forth from the keyboards with outstretched hands, Animal throwing himself into his drums and yelling, Zoot squeezing every note out of his sax, Floyd grooving, and Janice's hair flying all over as if she's absorbing the electricity of her guitar.]

TALK SPOT

Harvey complains about being the "token person" on the show. (Kermit: "Gee, we've never had that complaint before.") Kermit's solution is to stuff Harvey in a large chicken suit.

BALCONY

Statler responds to Waldorf's laughing that he doesn't find chickens funny. A chicken enters the theater box and pecks at him.

VETERINARIAN'S HOSPITAL

Facing his tenth operation of the day, Dr. Bob is too stressed to perform. He seems ready to explode but his hiccup-suffering patient beats him to it.

CURTAIN

Sam Eagle gets a tear in his eye as he introduces Wayne & Wanda.

WAYNE & WANDA - "I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU"

Wanda gets a kick out of Wayne, especially after upstaging him.

ONSTAGE

T.R. Rooster (from "The Muppet Musicians of Bremen") leads a procession of marching chickens brought up in the rear by Harvey. ("How do you get out of this chicken outfit?")

STAGE CURTAIN

Kermit introduces Fozzie's comedy spot.

FOZZIE'S COMEDY SPOT

Before Kermit can leave the stage, Fozzie tells him the two are going to perform the world's funniest joke (apparently putting the Telephone Pole Bit fiasco of working with a partner behind him). All Kermit has to do is rush up to Fozzie declaring, "Good grief, the comedian's a bear!" when Fozzie says the word "hear". Unfortunately, Fozzie's set-up contains a couple "here" and "hears" leading to an Abbott and Costelloesque argument. [This Muppet classic appears on the original Muppet Show soundtrack, Muppet Hits Take 2, and The Muppet Show: Muisc, Mayhem and More.This routine is so funny that Richard Hunt can be heard laughing in the background.]

BALCONY

STATLER: Did you get that joke?

WALDORF: No, but I don't speak Italian.

NEWSFLASH

The Newsman interviews middleweight champion Carl Boomer (Korman) who after defeating all his opponents, plans to battle himself.

MUSICAL NUMBER: "HALFWAY DOWN THE STAIRS"

Robin the Frog (from "The Frog Prince") sings the poignant A. A. Milne song perched halfway down a flight of stairs. This song was re-recorded for an appearance on Top of the Pops. Some alternate versions with different colored backgrounds have been spotted in different countries. [The song appears on the original Muppet Show soundtrack and a re-recorded version is on Ol' Brown Ears Is Back. Although later Robin is cast as Kermit's nephew, no reference as such is made yet here.]

STAGE CURTAIN

Kermit thanks tonight's special guest star, Chicken Little.

CLOSING THEME

WALDORF: The show didn't exactly lay an egg.

CHICKEN: Bawk.

STATLER: Wanna bet?

Guide Written by
D. W. McKim and Phillip Chapman

With contributions from
Jogchem Jalink and Dave Ebersole

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