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A list of Gonzo's openings during "The Muppet Show Theme" on The Muppet Show, and in some later spin-offs.


Season One

During the first season, Gonzo hit the Muppet Show sign's letter O like a gong, with the following results...

Picture Episode Description
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Episode 101: Juliet Prowse Gonzo's mallet explodes; completely blackening him.
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Episodes 102, 110, and 113 The O breaks with a shattering sound, and Gonzo peers through it.
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Episode 103: Joel Grey Gonzo misses the "O" and falls down.
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Episode 104: Ruth Buzzi The sign goes up, Gonzo misses the "O" and falls down.
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Episodes 105 and 108 Gonzo hits the "O" with such force that he can't stop shaking.
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Episode 106: Jim Nabors The white circle inside the "O" is gone, so Gonzo hits his own head.
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Episode 107: Florence Henderson The sign goes up in the air after Gonzo hits it.
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Episode 109: Charles Aznavour The "O" plays the Westminster Chimes.
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Episode 111: Lena Horne The "O" makes a foghorn sound.
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Episode 112: Peter Ustinov Gonzo's mallet gets stuck between the "S" and "H" and breaks.
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Episode 114: Sandy Duncan Gonzo hits the "O" with his own head.
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Episode 115: Candice Bergen Gonzo hits the "O" with a boxing glove and gets the sound of a ringside bell.
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Episodes 116 and 121 Beautiful Day Monster appears in front of the "O" and Gonzo hits him accidentally.
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Episodes 117 and 122 The Green Frackle hits Gonzo with a mallet.
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Episodes 118 and 123 Crazy Harry causes an explosion.
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Episodes 119 and 124 Gonzo shoots the "O" with a blunderbuss.
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Episode 120: Valerie Harper Gonzo knocks himself on the head with a sledgehammer.

Season Two

From season 2 onwards, Gonzo would appear inside the Muppet Show sign's letter "O" and try to blow a note on his horn, with the following results...

Picture Episode Description
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Episode 201: Don Knotts Gonzo's horn shoots a flame (Gonzo: "I'm sorry!")
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Episode 202: Zero Mostel Sparks and smoke fly out of Gonzo's horn
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Episodes 203 and 214 Gonzo's horn squirts water (The sound effect is re-dubbed in 214)
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Episode 204: Rich Little A balloon comes out of Gonzo's horn
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Episode 205: Judy Collins Gonzo's horn makes a flute sound
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Episode 206: Nancy Walker Gonzo's horn fires off two gun shots
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Episode 207: Edgar Bergen Gonzo's horn makes an exploding sound and blows Gonzo away
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Episodes 208 and 215 Green smoke comes out of Gonzo's horn (Gonzo: "Green smoke!")
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Episode 209: Madeline Kahn Orange smoke comes out of Gonzo's horn; Gonzo 'scrunches his nose'
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Episode 210: George Burns Gonzo's horn makes an exploding sound
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Episodes 211 and 224 Gonzo's horn makes a deep sound as red smoke comes out; Gonzo coughs
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Episode 212: Bernadette Peters A balloon comes out of Gonzo's horn and pops
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Episode 213: Rudolf Nureyev A balloon comes out of Gonzo's horn and inflates after he stops blowing
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Episodes 216 and 220 Gonzo's horn flies away (Gonzo: "Come back here!"). First season Gonzo puppet used.
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Episode 217: Julie Andrews Gonzo's trumpet glows in the dark
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Episodes 218 and 221 Crazy Harry blows Gonzo up
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Episode 219: Peter Sellers Beautiful Day Monster blows a tuba ("Gonzo: "Good grief!")
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Episode 222: Teresa Brewer Gonzo's trumpet shoots two flames (Gonzo: "I'm sorry... Sorry!")
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Episode 223: John Cleese Perfect note comes out of Gonzo's horn (Gonzo shakes his head, as if in annoyance. The audience cheers!)

Season Three

Picture Episode Description
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Episodes 301 and 506 Hiccups prevent Gonzo from playing ("Excuse me.")
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Episodes 302 and 523 White chunks fly out of Gonzo's horn.

302: "My teeth!"
523: "Popcorn!"

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Episode 303: Roy Clark Swoopfoomer flies out of Gonzo's horn (Gonzo: "Three times!")
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Episode 304: Gilda Radner Red smoke comes out of the horn; Gonzo hiccups a second red cloud
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Episode 305: Pearl Bailey Gonzo says "I'm not even gonna try it." Then the horn plays by itself
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Episode 306: Jean Stapleton Kermit stands behind Gonzo and blows a horn
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Episodes 307 and 518 A light blue spirit comes out of Gonzo's horn; Gonzo quivers
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Episode 308: Loretta Lynn Gonzo's horn makes the sound of a train whistle
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Episode 309: Liberace Gonzo's horn doesn't work: "Aw, rats." Then it plays a fanfare by itself
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Episodes 310, 512, and 520 Kermit blows Gonzo away with his horn from the left side
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Episode 311: Raquel Welch Flowers come out of Gonzo's horn
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Episodes 312 and 323 Four horns from four different directions startle Gonzo. (The music is re-dubbed in 323)
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Episode 313: Helen Reddy Colorful musical notes come out of Gonzo's horn
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Episode 314: Harry Belafonte A bee comes out of Gonzo's horn; Gonzo tries to follow it and faints dizzily
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Episode 315: Lesley Ann Warren Gonzo's horn makes a cow sound and attracts a cow. Gonzo faints
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Episodes 316 and 524 A soccer ball jams the horn down Gonzo's throat
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Episode 317: Spike Milligan Beautiful Day Monster dribbles Gonzo
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Episode 318: Leslie Uggams Gonzo's horn makes a duck sound and attracts two ducks
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Episode 319: Elke Sommer A plane comes out of the horn and crashes ("Watch out for the balcony!")
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Episode 320: Sylvester Stallone Beautiful Day Monster plays the horn for Gonzo
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Episode 321: Roger Miller Butterflies come out of Gonzo's horn and flute music plays
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Episode 322: Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Gonzo's horn makes a horse sound
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Episode 324: Cheryl Ladd Gonzo's horn makes a ringing sound.

Season Four

Picture Episode Description
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Episodes 401 and 502 Gonzo's head explodes and appears in another corner. (refilmed for 502)
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Episode 402: Crystal Gayle Bubbles come out of Gonzo's horn
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Episode 403: Shields & Yarnell Gonzo vanishes
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Episodes 404 and 501 The horn rings; Gonzo puts it to his ear ("Hello? He's not home.")
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Episode 405: Victor Borge Bobby Benson's Baby Band pop up
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Episode 406: Linda Lavin Gonzo disappears in small portions (like a blind)
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Episode 407: Dudley Moore Gonzo turns into a beetle ("Surprise!")
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Episode 408: Arlo Guthrie Gonzo is run over by a herd of cows
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Episodes 409 and 509 Gonzo blows the horn with his ear.

409: "I play by ear."
509: "What a great ear! Hahaha!"

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Episodes 410 and 508 410: Gonzo plays a single note that falls flat.

508: Gonzo plays the opening notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
Gonzo: "What were you expecting, Rachmaninoff?"


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Episodes 411 and 516 Gonzo: "I give autographs after the show!"
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Episodes 412 and 522 A boxing glove knocks Gonzo to the floor
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Episode 413: Dizzy Gillespie Gonzo plays racing fanfare
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Episodes 414 and 510 Gonzo plays a trumpet riff.

414: "That's my new hit single!"
510: "Eat your heart out, Gillespie!"

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Episode 415: Anne Murray Gonzo blows on a cow's horn ("Another television first!")
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Episode 416: Jonathan Winters Gonzo attracts a horse ("You called?")
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Episodes 417 and 521 A duck bites Gonzo's nose. Gonzo screams, while the duck laughs (refilmed for 521)
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Episodes 418 and 503 Rats appear (Gonzo: "Aw, rats.")
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Episode 419: Lynda Carter Gonzo's dental plate sticks to the horn (Gonzo: "The embarrassment...!")
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Episode 420: Alan Arkin Gonzo's horn makes a typewriter sound
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Episode 421: Doug Henning One half of Gonzo disappears, Gonzo says "Goodbye!" and disappears completely
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Episode 422: Andy Williams Muppet dogs appear
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Episodes 423 and 519 Gonzo is blown away in an Autumn storm.
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Episode 424: Diana Ross A snake (that just crawled into Zoot's saxophone) comes out of Gonzo's horn.

Season Five

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Episode 504: Shirley Bassey Gonzo's horn makes a rooster sound ("Camilla, your uncle's calling!")
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Episode 505: James Coburn No sound comes out of the horn, but it attracts Foo-Foo ("Well, she heard it...!")
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Episode 507: Glenda Jackson Penguins appear.
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Episode 511: Paul Simon Gonzo attracts a duck that kisses him (Duck: "Kissy kissy.")
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Episode 513: Tony Randall Gonzo blows on a fish.
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Episode 514: Mac Davis A turkey scares Gonzo away.
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Episode 515: Carol Burnett Gonzo's horn makes an air raid siren sound.
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Episode 517: Hal Linden Gonzo blows on a screaming banana.

Audio Appearances

Season 1 replacements

When The Muppet Show was repackaged for re-runs, the opening theme for season one episodes was replaced with a version of the theme as it was re-shot for subsequent seasons. In these instances, Gonzo's trumpet gag is recycled from another episode.

  • Episodes 101, 108, and 109: Gonzo's horn squirts water. (re-used from 203 and 214)
  • Episode 115: A balloon comes out of Gonzo's horn and inflates after he stops blowing. (re-used from Episode 213)
  • Episode 121 (TNT airings): Rats appear (Gonzo: "Aw, rats.") (re-used from 418 and 503)

Other Projects

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  • Muppets Inside: Gonzo plays a terrific solo, presumably the one he'd been trying to play all these years. Gonzo: "Ha! Didn't think I could do it, did ya?"
  • The Muppets Take the Bowl: Gonzo's trumpet sounds like a car alarm. When it doesn't stop right away, he runs offstage, presumably to check his car.
  • The Muppets Take the O2: Gonzo's trumpet sounds like a siren, causing a Muppet bobby (English policeman) to clear the area.

The Muppet Show Comic Book

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Gonzo's antics within the title have continued on into The Muppet Show's comic book series.

Meet the Muppets

The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson

On the Road

Family Reunion

  • Issue #4: Gonzo's nose gets stuck in a didgeridoo.
  • Issue #6: Two fishing hooks fall through the "O."
  • Issue #7: Gonzo appears in scuba gear blowing into a seashell.

Muppet Mash

  • Issue #9: Gonzo rings what appears to be a stone gong.
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