The Muppet Show
Guest Chris Langham
Production August 5-8, 1980
Premiere January 1981



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.



Waldorf: "You know, if you ever think about it, there are these strange pauses in this show when nothing happens on stage."

Sam the Eagle: "You are all a bunch of weirdos."
Chris Langham: "Weirdos? We believe in fondue. Do you believe in fondue, too?"
Sam the Eagle: "Well, I know it exists..."
Chris Langham: "I know that if you look deep inside your heart, you will find melted cheese."


  • 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.
  • 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 Greenpeace as a mascot.


Muppets: Kermit the Frog, Scooter, Gonzo, Pops, Gnu, Whales, Pigs, Floyd Pepper, Melissa, Mickey Moose, Sam the Eagle, Wolfhound

Background Muppets: Deer, Shark, Penguins, Afghan Hound, Baskerville, Dogs, Goldfish


Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog and Waldorf
Frank Oz
Jerry Nelson as Pops, Robin, and Floyd Pepper
Richard Hunt as Scooter and Statler
Dave Goelz as Gonzo
Louise Gold as Mother Whale
Steve Whitmire as Tommy the Goldfish
Kathy Mullen as Melissa


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