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{{character|image=Chip_eyes_blink.gif|caption=Chip's eyes have a unique blinking mechanism|performer=[[Gord Robertson]]|note=1989|performer2=[[Dave Goelz]]|note2=2015|debut=1989|design=[[John Stephenson]],<br>[[Michael K. Frith|Michael Frith]]|designnote=designers|design2=[[Tim Miller]]|designnote2=builder}}
[[Image:Chip.jpg|thumb|300px|Chip in [[Muppets From Space]]]]
 
{{designer|[[John Stephenson]] & [[Michael Frith]]|designer|[[Tim Miller]]|builder}}
 
   
'''Chip''' was a nerdy technician who worked for Gorilla Television, the pirate broadcasting operation on ''[[The Jim Henson Hour]]''. The Gorilla crew despised popular television entertainment, including that of the Muppets, so they tried to seize control of the show and broadcast their own material instead. Chip's Gorilla Television cohorts were [[Zondra]] and [[Ubu]].
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'''Chip''' is a nerdy technician who appeared in 1989's ''[[The Jim Henson Hour]]'' and 2015's ''[[The Muppets (2015)|The Muppets]]''.
   
Chip had an egg-shaped head, a protruding set of upper teeth and large eyes with shutter-style blinking pupils.
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Chip originally worked for [[Gorilla Television]], the pirate broadcasting operation seen in the [[MuppeTelevision]] segments of ''The Jim Henson Hour'' and was performed by [[Gord Robertson]]. The Gorilla crew despised popular television entertainment, including that of the Muppets, so they tried to seize control of the show and broadcast their own material instead. Chip's Gorilla Television cohorts were [[Zondra]] and [[Ubu]].
   
In addition to ''The Jim Henson Hour'', Chip appeared in the background in ''[[Muppets Tonight]]'', ''[[Muppets from Space]]'', ''[[It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie]]'', and ''[[The Muppets Wizard of Oz]]''.
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Chip has an egg-shaped head, a protruding set of upper teeth and large eyes with shutter-style blinking pupils. He wears red-framed spectacles and a plaid jacket. In his early appearances he often wore an "[[ALF]] for President" button on the lapel, referencing NBC's other prime-time puppet show of the time.
   
The original sketch for Chip came from [[Michael Frith]]. He is a caricature of Muppet writer (and Frith colleague) [[Bill Prady]], a nod to Prady's earlier career as a computer programmer.<ref>E-mail correspondence with Bill Prady via [[User:Scarecroe|Scott Hanson]]</ref>
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In addition to ''The Jim Henson Hour'', Chip made silent background appearances in ''[[Muppets Tonight]]'', ''[[Muppets from Space]]'', ''[[It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie]]'', and ''[[The Muppets' Wizard of Oz]]''.
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After a ten year absence from the Muppets (in which he earned a degree in Synergistic Informational Technology & Modern Dance),<ref>[http://abc.go.com/shows/the-muppets/cast/chip Chip's profile on ABC.com]</ref> Chip appeared in [[The Muppets 2015 Presentation Pilot|a network pitch]] for ABC (now played by [[Dave Goelz]]). He appears alongside fellow "obscure Muppets" asking if they will be included (and struggling to remember what Muppet production he's from).
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The pilot sold ''[[The Muppets (2015)|The Muppets]]'' as a series where Chip works in IT for ''[[Up Late with Miss Piggy]]''. In the series, Chip struggles with social boundaries, having read a number of e-mail exchanges between [[Gonzo]] and his online match [[Debbie]], for example ("[[Episode 103: Bear Left Then Bear Write|Bear Left Then Bear Write]]"). In "[[Episode 110: Single All the Way|Single All the Way]]", he describes his experience with synesthesia to [[Sam the Eagle|Sam]], explaining that he discovered he could sometimes see numbers as colors since he was yellow and a half years old. In "[[Episode 112: A Tail of Two Piggies|A Tail of Two Piggies]]", it's revealed that he was born with a tail. Having been removed, he keeps it on his necklace so he can be reincarnated.
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Chip re-appears in ''[[The Muppets Take the Bowl]]'', once again in a parade of obscure Muppets. Scooter, recognizing him from the now-cancelled primetime sitcom, gave him a shout-out. He also appeared in ''[[The Muppets Take the O2]]'', where he gave a two-minute warning to the audience before the intermission was over.
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==Notes==
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* The original sketch for Chip (pictured below) came from [[Michael K. Frith|Michael Frith]]. He is a caricature of Muppet writer (and Frith colleague) [[Bill Prady]], a nod to Prady's earlier career as a computer programmer.<ref>E-mail correspondence with Bill Prady via [[User:Scarecroe|Scott Hanson]]</ref>
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* In the [[Audio Commentaries|audio commentary]] on the DVD release of ''[[Muppets from Space]]'', [[Gonzo]] and [[Rizzo the Rat|Rizzo]] refer to Chip as "Lester Zidwango."
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* Before assuming the character for the 2015 series, Dave Goelz had previously performed Chip in a small role in the "[[Tales from the Vet]]" sketch in ''Muppets Tonight'' [[Episode 201: The Artist Formerly Known as Prince|episode 201]], at one point showing [[Clarissa]] "a photograph of [his] kitty" and becoming a frequent victim of [[Mulch]]'s shoving.
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<gallery widths="200px" spacing="small" orientation="portrait">
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chip sketch.png|sketch by [[Michael K. Frith|Michael Frith]]
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Bill Prady c1987.jpg|Prady, c. 1987
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Gorillatelevision-colorized.jpg|[[Gorilla Television]]
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Chip-TM15.png|Chip among fellow obscure Muppets in [[The Muppets 2015 Presentation Pilot|''The Muppets'' pitch]]
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chip blue bg.jpg|Chip, rebuilt for ''[[The Muppets (2015)|The Muppets]]''...
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chip donut.jpg|...where he works in IT<br>for ''[[Up Late with Miss Piggy]]''
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</gallery>
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
* [[Chip and Dip]]
 
* [[Chip and Dip]]
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* [[Chip (Plaza Sésamo)]]
   
 
==Sources==
 
==Sources==
 
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Revision as of 11:46, March 5, 2019

Chip eyes blink
Chip's eyes have a unique blinking mechanism
PERFORMER Gord Robertson 1989
  Dave Goelz 2015
DEBUT 1989
DESIGN John Stephenson,
Michael Frith designers
  Tim Miller builder

Chip is a nerdy technician who appeared in 1989's The Jim Henson Hour and 2015's The Muppets.

Chip originally worked for Gorilla Television, the pirate broadcasting operation seen in the MuppeTelevision segments of The Jim Henson Hour and was performed by Gord Robertson. The Gorilla crew despised popular television entertainment, including that of the Muppets, so they tried to seize control of the show and broadcast their own material instead. Chip's Gorilla Television cohorts were Zondra and Ubu.

Chip has an egg-shaped head, a protruding set of upper teeth and large eyes with shutter-style blinking pupils. He wears red-framed spectacles and a plaid jacket. In his early appearances he often wore an "ALF for President" button on the lapel, referencing NBC's other prime-time puppet show of the time.

In addition to The Jim Henson Hour, Chip made silent background appearances in Muppets Tonight, Muppets from Space, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz.

After a ten year absence from the Muppets (in which he earned a degree in Synergistic Informational Technology & Modern Dance),[1] Chip appeared in a network pitch for ABC (now played by Dave Goelz). He appears alongside fellow "obscure Muppets" asking if they will be included (and struggling to remember what Muppet production he's from).

The pilot sold The Muppets as a series where Chip works in IT for Up Late with Miss Piggy. In the series, Chip struggles with social boundaries, having read a number of e-mail exchanges between Gonzo and his online match Debbie, for example ("Bear Left Then Bear Write"). In "Single All the Way", he describes his experience with synesthesia to Sam, explaining that he discovered he could sometimes see numbers as colors since he was yellow and a half years old. In "A Tail of Two Piggies", it's revealed that he was born with a tail. Having been removed, he keeps it on his necklace so he can be reincarnated.

Chip re-appears in The Muppets Take the Bowl, once again in a parade of obscure Muppets. Scooter, recognizing him from the now-cancelled primetime sitcom, gave him a shout-out. He also appeared in The Muppets Take the O2, where he gave a two-minute warning to the audience before the intermission was over.

Notes

  • The original sketch for Chip (pictured below) came from Michael Frith. He is a caricature of Muppet writer (and Frith colleague) Bill Prady, a nod to Prady's earlier career as a computer programmer.[2]
  • Before assuming the character for the 2015 series, Dave Goelz had previously performed Chip in a small role in the "Tales from the Vet" sketch in Muppets Tonight episode 201, at one point showing Clarissa "a photograph of [his] kitty" and becoming a frequent victim of Mulch's shoving.

See also

Sources

  1. Chip's profile on ABC.com
  2. E-mail correspondence with Bill Prady via Scott Hanson
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