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

(TRANSCRIPT)

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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 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.

Songs/Sketches

  • Kermit and Robin the Frog sing "Friendship" with Molly and Melville.
  • Chris performs his impression of Autumn in Scotland and tries to catch a peanut in his mouth.
  • A double-decker bus full of dogs sings "Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner."
  • Chris introduces his Time Travel Apparatus.
  • "The Gnu" -- a British Chap and a Gnu
  • 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.

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, Sam the Eagle, Wolfhound, Molly and Melville, Robin the Frog

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

Performers

Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog and Waldorf
Frank Oz as Sam Eagle
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 and Baby Whale
Kathy Mullen as Melissa

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