Bananas are a fruit that grow on trees in tropical regions of South and Central America. Of the various types of banana, the Cavendish is the most prominent, having been cultivated in the 19th century by farmers. The banana is often the source of comedic references due to its shape and the slippery texture of its inner peel. It is often inserted into ears by various Muppets for comedic effect.
The Muppet Show
The banana later became part of the Singing Food and would become a fixture in the background of several Muppet productions over the years. A pair of bananas (performed by Steve Whitmire and Dave Goelz) tell jokes on Fozzie Bear's page on the DXD version of Muppets.com.
- Book appearances
- A Very Silly Songbook (1995)
Multiple bananas have appeared on Sesame Street, both as part of the singing food and individually. A group of bananas dressed as Carmen Miranda sang the song "One Banana," as well as a bunch of bananas still hanging from their tree.
In the Mopatop's Shop episode "Mischievous Monkey," a large banana was seen in the possession of Fred Forget-It.
- Bananas are featured in a number of Ernie and Bert sketches. The most notable sketch consists of Ernie's inability to hear what Bert is saying because he has a banana in his ear.
- Fozzie Bear referenced the Bert and Ernie joke in an AMC Theatres policy announcement. The joke had previously been connected to Fozzie in the Winter 1986 issue of Muppet Magazine.