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February 23, 2012 5:25 PM   Subscribe

In 1975, a half-hour variety show titled The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence piloted on ABC television but it was going after an older audience.
posted by Brandon Blatcher (18 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
Tough to make birds and bees into puppets.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:36 PM on February 23, 2012


Sounds neat but no way that could have taken degenerate muppetry as far as Meet the Feebles. Shocking to think the director of THAT was trusted with Lord of the Rings.
posted by Schmucko at 6:03 PM on February 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


Uh, it's nothing like Meet the Feebles--the "Sex and Violence" part seems to be a joke. (In fact, from the bit that I watched, it's not even that funny, and Not-Kermit is an inadequate substitute for the green original.) Then again, if it weren't for the original Muppet Show, Jackson wouldn't have had the basis for his movie.
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:06 PM on February 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Maybe it's just a more raw form, but it's slightly edgier and more directly satirical. The not-kermit is just Kermit, but in a different body and the whole format is more like Laugh In or Kentucky Fried Movie. I think I prefer it.
posted by cmoj at 6:16 PM on February 23, 2012


Plus Roosevelt = Cookie Monster.
posted by cmoj at 6:22 PM on February 23, 2012


I've seen it before. It's not bad, but it's not really up to the Muppet Show I think.

An early Muppety thing we quite liked is Hey, Cinderella.
posted by JHarris at 6:23 PM on February 23, 2012


the whole format is more like Laugh In or Kentucky Fried Movie. I think I prefer it.


Oh, no... the behind-the-scenes, inside-baseball aspect of Muppet Theater's backstage and the feel of a Vaudeville-show-meets-magazine-TV-show vibe is so fresh and original and of-the-times, yet classic and enduring and evergreen - it propelled the show into places Carol Burnet or SNL just couldn't go.
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:51 PM on February 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Kermit's pickup line: "Well, I might be able to get you a job on an educational show for kids...*gulp*"

Loved it.

The format is interesting. I was at first immediately reminded of "Laugh In," as others have mentioned. Also something of a precursor to "Robot Chicken", I thought. Kind of amazing the effort they would go to in building an elaborate set & miniatures for a 6 second throwaway joke.
posted by ShutterBun at 8:21 PM on February 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Oh dear god...

6:32 of the second clip.
posted by ShutterBun at 8:31 PM on February 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


But the Muppets already do sax and violins all the time!
posted by maryr at 8:31 PM on February 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


I swear the birds at the beginning of the second clip are the fraggles.
posted by Quonab at 8:44 PM on February 23, 2012


Best. Of. The. Internet!
posted by psylosyren at 9:09 PM on February 23, 2012


That no one has favourited Halloween Jack's reference to "Meet the Feables" yet makes me sad.

Yeah, couldn't find my metachat post on the difference in average guest height on The Muppet Show between the first and last seasons.
posted by porpoise at 9:28 PM on February 23, 2012


Interesting. Pseudo-Kermit is a pale imitation of the frog. I can see why he was replaced with our green friend when the show evolved into the Muppet Show that we all know and love.

I've only watched the first clip in full so far, but it doesn't seem particularly funny. There are moments of brilliance, but it feels too raw and not-quite-there-yet. Still, it's interesting to see the seeds of the Muppet Show before it was the Muppet Show.
posted by asnider at 10:00 PM on February 23, 2012


the behind-the-scenes, inside-baseball aspect of Muppet Theater's backstage

Strongly, strongly second that. And there was a sort of honesty to the way they did it. Yes they were tropey type jokes, but in a way they were really played at an adult level.

Fozzy bombing. Miss Piggy's ego. Gonzo desperate to star. (Surely Gonzo would be near to killing himself to get on Celebrity Rehab, these days.)

Jim and Frank were super smart, and smart people being dumb is always the best comedy.
posted by Trochanter at 10:29 PM on February 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


[SCENE: Mount Rushmore]
Jefferson: Stop me if you've heard this one. What's Black and White and Red all over
Lincoln: I give up, Tom. What?
Jefferson: The Federalist Papers.
Lincoln: Heheheheh
Roosevelt: wohohooh...
Washington: I don't get it.
I'm glad they got better!
posted by DigDoug at 7:01 AM on February 24, 2012


The Dr Teeth & Mayhem bit in the first clip is pretty goddamn awesome.
posted by DigDoug at 7:05 AM on February 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Aw, poor Rowlf.
posted by jocelmeow at 10:52 AM on February 24, 2012


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