Fozziemonolouge

Fozzie Bear performing a monologue in the fifth season.

A list of Fozzie Bear's comedy acts from The Muppet Show, frequently criticized by Statler and Waldorf. During the first season, the monologues usually followed the format of Fozzie telling bad jokes while being heckled, but following the first season, they often involved some kind of gimmick, although Fozzie still performed the standard monologues on occasion.

The pilot version of the series' first episode featured a monologue by Fozzie, which was cut from the broadcast version. He also performed comedy acts in It's The Muppet Show!, The Muppet Movie, Disney Extreme Digital, and a comic in the last issue of Disney Adventures, among other venues.

Sketches

  • Jokes on Any Subject
Fozzie asks the audience to come up with a word and he will tell a joke about it. Statler yells "Amoeba", which Fozzie doesn't know the meaning of. Seen in Episode 103: Joel Grey.
  • The Greatest Straight Man in the Business
Statler and Waldorf convince Fozzie that he's one of the greatest straight men in the business. Seen in Episode 104: Ruth Buzzi.
  • Not Good Enough to Clean the Palace
Statler and Waldorf give Fozzie a hard time with his monologue. Fozzie says that he's good enough to play the palace, and they tell him he's not good enough to clean the palace. Seen in Episode 105: Rita Moreno.
  • Fozzie's Best Joke
Fozzie promises that if Statler and Waldorf don't laugh at his best joke, he will quit comedy. They laugh at his joke, but he actually told his worst joke. Seen in Episode 106: Jim Nabors.
  • Impressions
Fozzie does some impressions, but they are all impressions of actors who do the same kind of acting. Seen in Episode 107: Florence Henderson.
  • The Telephone Pole Bit
Fozzie is wearing a telephone costume, and Scooter asks him a question. Seen in Episode 108: Paul Williams. Also included in Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook.
  • Fozzie Attempts to Bury Statler and Waldorf
Fozzie tells Statler and Waldorf that if they start heckling him, he will just bury them with one line. However, Statler and Waldorf end up burying Fozzie with one line. Seen in Episode 109: Charles Aznavour.
  • Good Grief! The Comedian's a Bear!
Fozzie gets Kermit to participate in his act. It's all unrehearsed, and Fozzie tells Kermit that when he hears the word "hear", he is supposed to shout "Good Grief! The Comedian's a Bear!". However, Fozzie keeps saying "hear" during parts of the joke where Kermit isn't supposed to say the line, and eventually Fozzie changes it so Kermit shouts the line when he points to Kermit, and he points to Kermit the next time he says "hear". Seen in episode 110. Also heard on The Muppet Show (album), Muppet Hits Take 2 and Music, Mayhem and More!, and included in Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook.
  • Japanese Actors
Fozzie tells a few jokes involving Japanese actors, and also does a tribute to Marco Marcell. Seen in Episode 111: Lena Horne.
  • Bruce Forsyth Does an Act
Due to the show running a bit longer than planned, Kermit cancels Fozzie's act, and puts on Bruce Forsyth, who does a monologue on Fozzie's set. When Statler and Waldorf start heckling him, he gives them some comeback lines. Fozzie is impressed, and Bruce teaches Fozzie how to come back at them, and after defeating them, they sing Side By Side. Seen in Episode 113: Bruce Forsyth.
  • The Banana Sketch
Fozzie Bear does a classic routine, written by his writer, the legendary Gags Beasley, but the scene cuts to a backstage scene after Fozzie says the first line of the monologue. Seen in Episode 114: Sandy Duncan. Illustrated in The Muppet Show Book.
  • Banana in the Ear
Avery Schreiber comes to Fozzie's defense after Statler and Waldorf start heckling him. Avery says that he used to always be heckled by his partner, who refused to do such classics as the "Banana In The Ear" gag. Fozzie likes that act, so Avery gives him a banana. Fozzie doesn't get a reaction from the audience, but Avery decides to do it himself, and the crowd goes wild. Seen in Episode 116: Avery Schreiber.
  • In a Trunk
Fozzie Bear is locked in a trunk, so he has to tell his jokes from inside the trunk. Seen in Episode 117: Ben Vereen, and also included in Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook.
  • Fozzie vs. the Audience
After getting some laughs, Fozzie finds that his identical cousin who's in the audience is telling jokes. Another member of the audience, Leo, tells Statler and Waldorf to quiet down, not because he doesn't want them interrupting Fozzie's act, but because he doesn't want them interrupting his sleep. After enough heckling, Fozzie turns around and demands that everybody who is not a real Fozzie Bear fan must leave the audience. He turns back, and only Statler and Waldorf stay. Seen in Episode 122: Ethel Merman.
  • Fozzie and Chuckie Time
Fozzie brings out his homemade ventriloquist dummy, Chuckie, and asks him questions, but Chuckie doesn't answer them. Apparently, Fozzie does not realize that the ventriloquist is supposed to do the talking for the dummy. Seen in Episode 207: Edgar Bergen. Also included in the compilation videos Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook and It's The Muppets: More Muppets, Please!.
  • Baskerville the Hound auditions
Baskerville the Hound auditions to be a comedian, wearing a hat and necktie like the ones Fozzie wears and even performing on Fozzie's usual set, but Fozzie drags Baskerville off-stage with a cane and calls out, "Next!" Seen in Episode 208: Steve Martin.
  • Fozzie on Roller Skates
Fozzie tells jokes while riding on roller skates, but he has trouble skating. Seen in Episode 215: Lou Rawls. Heard on The Muppet Show 2 and Muppet Hits. Included in Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook.
  • Phrenology
Since Fozzie's mom is in the audience, he decides to do a special act, "Phrenology". He volunteers Kermit to assist him as he reads the bumps on Kermit's head to predict his future. Seen in Episode 216: Cleo Laine. Included in Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook and It's The Muppets: Meet the Muppets.
  • Fozzie Pig
Fozzie Bear get's replaced by Fozzie Pig, a pig version of Fozzie. Seen in Episode 224: Cloris Leachman.
  • Fozzie's Memory Act
Fozzie does a memory act, with assistance from Annie Sue Pig. Fozzie, who has trouble remembering things during the act, tells the audience that he will cover his eyes, Annie Sue will describe what one person in the audience is wearing, and Fozzie will be able to point out where that person is sitting. Annie Sue says that the mystery person is wearing a brown hat and a white bow-tie with red polka dots, and Fozzie accidentally (and correctly) guesses himself. Seen in Episode 302: Leo Sayer.
  • The Electrician and the Polar Bears
Scooter introduces Fozzie, who isn't ready. Scooter tells Fozzie to just tell the joke that he'd told Scooter, about the electrician and the polar bear. Fozzie is surprised that Scooter liked it, but goes on to tell it. Unfortunately, sicne this show is performed at a railroad station, a train goes past during the act, it's sound drowning out the middle of the joke. Seen in Episode 308: Loretta Lynn.
Fozzie decides to give up comedy, and Kermit tells the audience the news. When the audience applauds over him quitting, Fozzie thinks they want him on-stage, so he decides not to quit. But it's too late, his act has been canceled, and At The Dance is on in his place. Fozzie goes on anyway, but the dancers finish his jokes for him. Seen in Episode 311: Raquel Welch.
  • Sawing a Lady in Half
Fozzie is a magician and asks for a female volunteer to be sawed in half. His volunteer is Otto the Automatic Entertainer . Seen in Episode 320: Sylvester Stallone.
  • Fozzie's Mime Act
Inspired by mimes Shields and Yarnell, Fozzie does a mime act. Seen in Episode 403: Shields & Yarnell.
  • Lines Finished by Astoria
Whenever Fozzie starts a joke, Waldorf's wife, Astoria, finishes them, hoping that he might leave. Seen in Episode 413: Dizzy Gillespie.
  • The Titanic
When Fozzie finishes a joke that refers to the Titanic, Statler reveals that he was on that ship. Waldorf adds after the skit that Statler still had the dress he wore so the crew would let him into the lifeboat. Seen in Episode 420: Alan Arkin
  • Fozzie's Magic Act
Seen in Episode 421: Doug Henning.
  • In The Woods
Fozzie tells jokes in the woods. Seen in Episode 503: Joan Baez and also included in Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook.
  • Fozzie's Puppet Act
Fozzie decides to do a puppet act. Fozzie is up above the curtains working a clown marionette, and after it comes to life, it pulls Fozzie down. Seen in Episode 508: Señor Wences, and also included in Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook.
  • Wally Whoopie
Fozzie is replaced by Wally Whoopie, the standup comedian for WHOG country radio, who makes fun of the bear. Seen in Episode 521: Johnny Cash.

See also

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