Milton Berle - Episode 27Taping Dates: June 9-11, 1977
Original Airdates: November 14, 1977 (New York) and November 11, 1977 (LA)
DVD Release: Buena Vista Home Video, 2007
GENERIC INTRO: GROWING UP WITH THE MUPPETS
Brian Henson: "Hi, I'm Brian Henson. I grew up in a house full of Muppets. And friends of mine use to always ask "What's it like?", "It must be great fun.", 'It must be crazy." And the truth is the Muppets were always kind of awesome to me. And I have a lot of respect for the Muppets. My father use to work endlessly, hours and days on end... working all these pieces and making them just exactly right."
"Years later The Muppet Show went into over 100 countries, in 20 different languages. It was the first show to do that. Have a listen to this and you'll hear the way some of the characters sounded in other countries around the world. (A clip of Fozzie's monologue in French is shown with Staler and Waldorf heckling him in Mandarin.) Unfortunately for Fozzie, his jokes weren't any funnier in French or Mandarin. Enjoy the show."
Timmy Monster helps Milton with his "maaake-up"!
The balcony: Statler says "Another show, another headache!"Gonzo's horn: Water blows out of the horn.
Kermit announces tonight's guest is one of the truly great comedians and introduces one of the beautiful people.
OPENING NUMBER - "UGLY"
A group of Muppet Monsters extol the virtue of being among the sizable population of aesthetically challenged creatures with assistance from a crocodile and warthog.
Terrified of coming face to face with his idol without having anything substantial to say, Fozzie attempts to hide from Milton Berle.
Kermit reminds the audience of Milton Berle's well-earned moniker of "Mr. Television".
MILTON'S COMEDY SPOT
Milton Berle attempts a stand up comedy routine, but finds even a seasoned veteran can't escape the wrath of Statler & Waldorf's merciless heckling.
Inheritance battle between a son and a pet cat.
PIGS IN SPACE [debut]
A take-off of Star Trek type spaceship shows, the classic sketch debuts here as another star vehicle for Miss "First Mate" Piggy, and two new characters, Captain Link Hogthrob and Dr. Julius Strangepork aboard the U.S.S. Swinetrek. The trio try to identify an oncoming celestial object.
Fozzie finds the sliding panel door to be not quite the most benevolent of hiding spots.
MUSICAL NUMBER - "THE ENTERTAINER"
Backed by Rowlf on piano, Milton points out that while most people think of the tune as an instrumental, the song does indeed have words which he sings with a chorus of Muppets.
[In contradiction with the backstage plot, Fozzie joins the small chorus onstage - presumably to as the token bear to sing the line about the "dancing bear". Perhaps Fozzie felt more comfortable in a group setting? At least Scooter saves him from delivering the line about the "comedian that never lets them down".]
UK SKETCH: MUSICAL NUMBER - "THE ENTERTAINER (PART TWO)"
Still onstage with his piano, Miss Piggy requests Rowlf to play an encore as she molds the lyrics to better suit her and sells the song with all she's got with much energetically provocative dancing and even an attempt to accompany Rowlf on the keys!
Scooter penetrates both Fozzie's latest disguise and what's left of his ego.
Kermit brings on Zelda Rose and Her Singing Owl "straight from a three month engagement at the Desert Springs, Vermont Humane Society".
MUSICAL NUMBER - "WHO?"
Armed with a baton, Zelda cues her owl to hoot at the appropriate moments.
Fozzie still insists on hiding from Milton until he hears him mention to Kermit that he's always wanted to do a song-and-dance with the bear.
MUSICAL NUMBER - "TOP BANANA"
Milton and Fozzie take the song they started backstage out to the theatre with Milton wearing Vaudeville costume and make-up while the duo trades classic shtick and physical comedy.
Fozzie shares his bows with Milton.