Harvey Korman - Episode 10
Dates: May 25-27, 1976
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."
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.)"
gets ready to start off the show with a high note as a trumpet
player blares a note in his ear.
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.]
Kermit interviews Animal and talks to him (as much as he can) about his love of drumming.
introduces the most dangerous animal act (No not the drummer again!)
in the entire world.
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.")
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.]
AT THE DANCE
and Muppy try to engage a hurried Harvey in a discussion about
ecology (Rowlf: "If all those trees go, we're in big trouble.")
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".]
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
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.
responds to Waldorf's laughing that he doesn't find chickens funny.
A chicken enters the theater box and pecks at him.
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.
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.
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?")
Kermit introduces Fozzie's comedy spot.
FOZZIE'S COMEDY SPOT
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.]
The Newsman interviews middleweight champion Carl Boomer (Korman) who after defeating all his opponents, plans to battle himself.
MUSICAL NUMBER: "HALFWAY DOWN THE STAIRS"
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
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.]
thanks tonight's special guest star, Chicken Little.