|DESIGN||Dave Goelz designer/builder|
A "pop-eyed" Catfish is a member of the Riverbottom Nightmare Band in Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. During the band's performance, he swims about in his tank supplying visual accompaniment not unlike a go-go dancer. He often backs up his cohorts' ill-tempered antics by spitting water in someone's face. He also enjoys a spot of fishing himself (using his pole to steal Kermit's scarf).
For Goodspeed Opera House's stage adaptation, the role of Catfish was originated by Tyler Bunch. For the 2009 production, Jennifer Barnhart took over and the character was listed in the playbill as "Scatfish."
When performing in the talent show, Dave Goelz had to play him in a glass tank with a scuba arm connected to the tank on a forklift. He was afraid that if the forkilft were to move, that his arm would fall off and get crushed.