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A messenger brings a message from the scheduled guest star -- Benny Brillstein, the Yiddish yodeler. Benny refuses to be on the show, so [[Kermit the Frog|Kermit]] asks [[Chris Langham|Chris]], the messenger boy, to be the guest. Chris knows a joke, so Kermit introduces him as a comedian.
[[Image:Langham2.jpg|frame]]
 
[[Image:Langham3.jpg|frame]]
 
A messenger brings a message from the scheduled guest star -- Benny Brillstein, the Yiddish yodeler. Benny refuses to be on the show, so [[Kermit]] asks [[Chris Langham|Chris]], the messenger boy, to be the guest. Chris knows a joke, so Kermit introduces him as a comedian.
 
   
 
Chris' bizarre acts include owl impersonation and odd magic tricks -- "Pick a sausage, any sausage." Finally, doing an escape act in his dressing room, Chris locks himself in a wardrobe and can't get out. He has to do his final number, "Hawaiian Cowboy," from within the wardrobe.
 
Chris' bizarre acts include owl impersonation and odd magic tricks -- "Pick a sausage, any sausage." Finally, doing an escape act in his dressing room, Chris locks himself in a wardrobe and can't get out. He has to do his final number, "Hawaiian Cowboy," from within the wardrobe.
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Backstage, a magnetic [[Mickey Moose|moose]] attracts various objects.
   
 
==Songs/Sketches==
 
==Songs/Sketches==
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* Kermit and [[Robin]] sing "[[Friendship]]" with two [[whales]].
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* "[[Friendship]]"
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* [[Muppet News Flash]]
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* Chris performs his impression of Autumn in Scotland and tries to catch a peanut in his mouth.
 
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* A double-decker bus full of dogs sings "[[Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner]]."
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* [[UK Spots (The Muppet Show)|UK Spot]]: "[[Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner]]"
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* "[[The Gnu]]"
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* Chris introduces his Time Travel Apparatus.
 
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* "[[Hawaiian Cowboy]]"
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* "[[The Gnu]]" -- a [[British Chap]] and a [[Gnu]]
 
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* Chris attempts to display he can dramatically burst out of a wardrobe, but gets stuck inside. As he must appear in the closing number to sing "[[Hawaiian Cowboy]]," the Muppets are forced to put on a cowboy hat on top of the wardrobe and move it on stage so Chris can sing from inside. However, Chris does manage to free himself in spectacular fashion to finish the song properly.
 
   
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==Quotes==
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==Episode guide==
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{| border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=8 valign=top
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:''[[Sam the Eagle]]:'' "You are all a bunch of weirdos."
 
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:''[[Chris Langham]]:'' "Weirdos? We believe in fondue. Do you believe in fondue, too?"
 
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| [[Image:TMS519.coldopen.jpg|250px|center]]
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:''[[Sam the Eagle]]:'' "Well, I know it exists..."
 
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| Chris, a messenger, brings a telegram from tonight's guest star who has canceled at the last minute. Kermit immediately hands over the guest star duties to Chris.
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:''[[Chris Langham]]:'' "I know that if you look deep inside your heart, you will find melted cheese."
 
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|-
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| [[Image:Gonzo open 423.jpg|250px|center]]
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| [[The Muppet Show Theme]]: Gonzo is blown away in an Autumn storm.
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|-
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| [[Image:TMS519.opening.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Kermit, not quite sure how to introduce Chris, brings him onstage to introduce the opening number.
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|-
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| [[Image:Song.friendship.jpg|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:TMS519.opening-2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| For the opening number, Kermit and Robin sing "Friendship" while fishing on the ocean. They dive into the water, where they meet a mother whale and her baby, who join in the song with them. They suddenly hear a bang. Above, a gang of pig whalers sail along, singing "[[We'll Meet Again]]". They notice Kermit and Robin sitting on what looks like a boulder, but is actually the mother whale.
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| [[Image:TMS519.backstage1.jpg|250px|center]]
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| After witnessing a fiasco involving Melissa and her Magnetic Moose, Kermit tells a wisecracking Floyd to be nice to Chris, since he's a newcomer.
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|-
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| [[Image:TMS519.scotsman.jpg|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:TMS519.scotsman-1.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Chris, dressed as a Scotsman, does some of his standard prop comedy schtick, which culminates in him getting rained on by peanuts.
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|-
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| [[Image:TMS519.backstage2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| An audience member comes backstage because he wants his watch back. Kermit learns, to his horror, that the magnetic moose is in the canteen. The moose runs away, with pots and pans stuck to it, chased by an angry Swedish Chef.
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|-
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| [[Image:TMS519.newsflash.jpg|250px|center]]
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| [[Muppet News Flash]]: Metallic stars fall on the Newsman.
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| [[Image:Langham3.jpg|250px|center]]
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| In the dressing room, Sam the Eagle witnesses Chris doing some "zen skiing". Chris does a card trick for Sam using sausages.
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|-
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| [[Image:Song.londoner.jpg|250px|center]]
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| [[UK Spots (The Muppet Show)|UK Spot]]: A pack of dogs ride in a double decker bus and sing "[[Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner]]".''
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| [[Image:Langham-timeapparatus.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Chris displays a time travel apparatus, which carries him backwards through his speech.''
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| [[Image:TMS.519.Gnu.jpg|250px|center]]
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| A British chap sings about his encounter with "[[The Gnu]]" at the zoo.
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| [[Image:Langham2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Backstage, Chris shows Kermit and Gonzo his imitation of an owl. Statler and Waldorf briefly ponder the brief pauses in the show.
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| [[Image:TMS519.dressingroom.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Gonzo enters Chris's dressing room to worship him. Chris shows him a trick involving a wardrobe closet and the magic word "Hoopla!" which goes awry.
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| [[Image:Song.hawaiiancowboy.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Still stuck in the wardrobe closet, Chris somehow makes it onstage for the closing number, "[[Hawaiian Cowboy]]". It suddenly occurs to Chris that he can turn around and escape the closet from the back, which is completely clear. At the end of the number, it rains peanuts on Chris once again.
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| [[Image:TMS519.goodnights.jpg|250px|center]]
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| At the closing, Chris demonstrates his new electronic larynx, which begins to malfunction.
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|}
   
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
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*Chris was the only British writer on ''[[The Muppet Show]]''. He was hastily made the guest for this episode after the original guest, [[Richard Pryor]], was unable to make the taping.
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* Chris was the only British writer on ''[[The Muppet Show]]''. He was hastily made the guest for this episode after the original guest, [[Richard Pryor]], was unable to make the taping.
   
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* Sam Eagle is the only Muppet performed by [[Frank Oz]] in this episode.
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*The mother whale puppet in the opening number was over 8 feet long; it was the biggest hand puppet ever featured on the show. After the show was taped, the producers donated the whale puppet to the environmental advocacy group [[Wikipedia:Greenpeace|Greenpeace]] as a mascot.
 
   
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*Chris later wrote for and appeared in ''[[The Jim Henson Hour]]''.
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* Chris later wrote for and appeared in ''[[The Jim Henson Hour]]''.
   
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*The name of the cancelled guest star is a backstage reference; [[Bernie Brillstein]] was [[Jim Henson]]'s agent.
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* The name of the cancelled guest star is a backstage reference; [[Bernie Brillstein]] was [[Jim Henson]]'s agent.
   
 
==Cast==
 
==Cast==
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'''Muppets:'''
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'''Muppets:''' [[Kermit the Frog]], [[Scooter]], [[Gonzo]], [[Pops]], [[Gnu]], [[Whales]], [[Pigs]], [[Floyd Pepper]], [[Melissa]], [[Mickey Moose]], [[Sam the Eagle]], [[Wolfhound]]
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:[[Kermit the Frog]], [[Scooter]], [[Gonzo]], [[Pops]], [[Gnu]], [[Whales]], [[Pigs]], [[Floyd Pepper]], [[Melissa]], [[Mickey Moose]], [[The Newsman]], [[Sam the Eagle]], [[Wolfhound]], [[Afghan Hound]], [[Muppy]], [[Mutt]], [[Molly and Melville]], [[Robin the Frog]], [[Whatnots]], [[Goldfish]], [[The Newsman|Newsman]], [[The Swedish Chef]]
   
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'''Background Muppets:'''
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'''Background Muppets:''' [[Deer]], [[Shark (Muppet Show)|Shark]], [[Penguins]], [[Afghan Hound]], [[Baskerville]], [[Dogs]], [[Goldfish]]
 
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:[[Deer]], [[Shark (Muppet Show)|Shark]], [[Billy the Bear]], [[Raccoon]], [[Foxes|Fox]], [[Penguins]], [[Baskerville the Hound]], [[Brown Dog]], [[Lyle (dog)|Lyle the Dog]], [[French Poodle]], [[Dogs]]
   
 
==Performers==
 
==Performers==
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:[[Jim Henson]] as Kermit the Frog and Waldorf
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:[[Jim Henson]] as Kermit the Frog, Waldorf, the Newsman and The Swedish chef
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:[[Frank Oz]] as Sam Eagle
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:[[Frank Oz]] as Sam the Eagle
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:[[Jerry Nelson]] as Pops, Robin, and Floyd Pepper
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:[[Jerry Nelson]] as Pops, Robin, Floyd Pepper, Mickey Moose, the Wolfhound and the Gnu
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:[[Richard Hunt]] as Scooter and Statler
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:[[Richard Hunt]] as Scooter, Statler, Muppy, Pig and British Chap
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:[[Dave Goelz]] as Gonzo
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:[[Dave Goelz]] as Gonzo, Pig and Whatnot
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:[[Louise Gold]] as Mother Whale
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:[[Louise Gold]] as Molly and the Mutt
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:[[Steve Whitmire]] as Tommy the Goldfish and Baby Whale
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:[[Steve Whitmire]] as Tommy the Goldfish, Melville and British Chap
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:[[Kathryn Mullen]] as Melissa and the Afghan Hound
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==External links==
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*[http://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/2013/08/09/871980/ Jim's Red Book - 8/7/1980 - Chris Langham (MS)]
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Revision as of 14:59, 2 November 2018

The Muppet Show
Langham01.jpg
Guest Chris Langham
Production August 5-8, 1980
Premiere UK: March 1, 1981
NYC: January 31, 1981

(TRANSCRIPT)

A messenger brings a message from the scheduled guest star -- Benny Brillstein, the Yiddish yodeler. Benny refuses to be on the show, so Kermit asks Chris, the messenger boy, to be the guest. Chris knows a joke, so Kermit introduces him as a comedian.

Chris' bizarre acts include owl impersonation and odd magic tricks -- "Pick a sausage, any sausage." Finally, doing an escape act in his dressing room, Chris locks himself in a wardrobe and can't get out. He has to do his final number, "Hawaiian Cowboy," from within the wardrobe.

Backstage, a magnetic moose attracts various objects.

Songs/Sketches

Episode guide

Picture Description
TMS519.coldopen.jpg
Chris, a messenger, brings a telegram from tonight's guest star who has canceled at the last minute. Kermit immediately hands over the guest star duties to Chris.
Gonzo open 423.jpg
The Muppet Show Theme: Gonzo is blown away in an Autumn storm.
TMS519.opening.jpg
Kermit, not quite sure how to introduce Chris, brings him onstage to introduce the opening number.
Song.friendship.jpg

TMS519.opening-2.jpg
For the opening number, Kermit and Robin sing "Friendship" while fishing on the ocean. They dive into the water, where they meet a mother whale and her baby, who join in the song with them. They suddenly hear a bang. Above, a gang of pig whalers sail along, singing "We'll Meet Again". They notice Kermit and Robin sitting on what looks like a boulder, but is actually the mother whale.
TMS519.backstage1.jpg
After witnessing a fiasco involving Melissa and her Magnetic Moose, Kermit tells a wisecracking Floyd to be nice to Chris, since he's a newcomer.
TMS519.scotsman.jpg

TMS519.scotsman-1.jpg
Chris, dressed as a Scotsman, does some of his standard prop comedy schtick, which culminates in him getting rained on by peanuts.
TMS519.backstage2.jpg
An audience member comes backstage because he wants his watch back. Kermit learns, to his horror, that the magnetic moose is in the canteen. The moose runs away, with pots and pans stuck to it, chased by an angry Swedish Chef.
TMS519.newsflash.jpg
Muppet News Flash: Metallic stars fall on the Newsman.
Langham3.jpg
In the dressing room, Sam the Eagle witnesses Chris doing some "zen skiing". Chris does a card trick for Sam using sausages.
Song.londoner.jpg
UK Spot: A pack of dogs ride in a double decker bus and sing "Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner".
Langham-timeapparatus.jpg
Chris displays a time travel apparatus, which carries him backwards through his speech.
TMS.519.Gnu.jpg
A British chap sings about his encounter with "The Gnu" at the zoo.
Langham2.jpg
Backstage, Chris shows Kermit and Gonzo his imitation of an owl. Statler and Waldorf briefly ponder the brief pauses in the show.
TMS519.dressingroom.jpg
Gonzo enters Chris's dressing room to worship him. Chris shows him a trick involving a wardrobe closet and the magic word "Hoopla!" which goes awry.
Song.hawaiiancowboy.jpg
Still stuck in the wardrobe closet, Chris somehow makes it onstage for the closing number, "Hawaiian Cowboy". It suddenly occurs to Chris that he can turn around and escape the closet from the back, which is completely clear. At the end of the number, it rains peanuts on Chris once again.
TMS519.goodnights.jpg
At the closing, Chris demonstrates his new electronic larynx, which begins to malfunction.

Notes

  • Chris was the only British writer on The Muppet Show. He was hastily made the guest for this episode after the original guest, Richard Pryor, was unable to make the taping.
  • Sam Eagle is the only Muppet performed by Frank Oz in this episode.

Cast

Muppets:

Kermit the Frog, Scooter, Gonzo, Pops, Gnu, Whales, Pigs, Floyd Pepper, Melissa, Mickey Moose, The Newsman, Sam the Eagle, Wolfhound, Afghan Hound, Muppy, Mutt, Molly and Melville, Robin the Frog, Whatnots, Goldfish, Newsman, The Swedish Chef

Background Muppets:

Deer, Shark, Billy the Bear, Raccoon, Fox, Penguins, Baskerville the Hound, Brown Dog, Lyle the Dog, French Poodle, Dogs

Performers

Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Waldorf, the Newsman and The Swedish chef
Frank Oz as Sam the Eagle
Jerry Nelson as Pops, Robin, Floyd Pepper, Mickey Moose, the Wolfhound and the Gnu
Richard Hunt as Scooter, Statler, Muppy, Pig and British Chap
Dave Goelz as Gonzo, Pig and Whatnot
Louise Gold as Molly and the Mutt
Steve Whitmire as Tommy the Goldfish, Melville and British Chap
Kathryn Mullen as Melissa and the Afghan Hound

External links


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