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{{character|image=Chip_eyes_blink.gif|caption=Chip's eyes have a unique blinking mechanism|performer=[[Gord Robertson]]|debut=1989|design=[[John Stephenson]],<br>[[Michael Frith]]|designnote=designers|design2=[[Tim Miller]]|designnote2=builder}}
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{{character|image=Chip_eyes_blink.gif|caption=Chip's eyes have a unique blinking mechanism|performer=[[Gord Robertson]]|note=''Jim Henson Hour''|performer2=[[Dave Goelz]]|note2=''The Muppets''|debut=1989|design=[[John Stephenson]],<br>[[Michael Frith]]|designnote=designers|design2=[[Tim Miller]]|designnote2=builder}}
   
'''Chip''' is 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 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, often with an "[[ALF]] for President" button on the lapel, referencing NBC's other prime-time puppet show of the time.
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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]]''. After a ten year absence, he appeared in [[The Muppets 2015 Presentation Pilot|a presentation pilot]] for ABC (played by [[Dave Goelz]]). The pilot sold ''[[The Muppets (2015)|The Muppets]]'' as a series where he works in IT for ''[[Up Late with Miss Piggy]]''.
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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 (pictured) 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, Chip appeared in [[The Muppets 2015 Presentation Pilot|a presentation pilot]] 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 (2015)|The Muppets]]'' as a series where Chip works in IT for ''[[Up Late with Miss Piggy]]''.
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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.<ref>E-mail correspondence with Bill Prady via [[User:Scarecroe|Scott Hanson]]</ref>
   
 
In the [[Audio Commentaries|audio commentary]] on the DVD release of ''[[Muppets from Space]]'', [[Gonzo]] and [[Rizzo the Rat|Rizzo]] refer to him as "Lester Zidwango".
 
In the [[Audio Commentaries|audio commentary]] on the DVD release of ''[[Muppets from Space]]'', [[Gonzo]] and [[Rizzo the Rat|Rizzo]] refer to him as "Lester Zidwango".

Revision as of 12:42, September 22, 2015

Chip eyes blink
Chip's eyes have a unique blinking mechanism
PERFORMER Gord Robertson Jim Henson Hour
  Dave Goelz The Muppets
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, Chip appeared in a presentation pilot 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.

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.[1]

In the audio commentary on the DVD release of Muppets from Space, Gonzo and Rizzo refer to him as "Lester Zidwango".

See also

Sources

  1. E-mail correspondence with Bill Prady via Scott Hanson
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