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Janice MMayhem
PERFORMER Richard Hunt 1977-1991
  David Rudman 2008-present
DEBUT 1975
DESIGN Michael K. Frith designer
  Bonnie Erickson builder

Original sketch for Janice by Michael Frith.

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Janice with Floyd on The Muppets Go to the Movies.


Janice in period costume for The Muppet Christmas Carol.


Janice as re-built for Muppets TV.


Janice in the 2009 "Bohemian Rhapsody" video.


Janice with Damian Kulash on the set of OK Go's "Muppet Show Theme" music video.

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Janice in the 2014 Toyota commercial.


Janice and her estranged twin sister.


Janice is the lead guitar player in The Electric Mayhem on The Muppet Show. She also portrays Nurse Janice in Veterinarian's Hospital, and appears in various other sketches, frequently as a chorus member. She is occasionally seen in the orchestra during the fifth season of the show. She has a very close relationship with the Electric Mayhem's bass player, Floyd Pepper (although, in the first season of The Muppet Show, she's involved with Zoot in the At the Dance sketch).

In addition to the guitar, Janice has also played the tambourine with the Mayhem, and the trumpet or trombone with the orchestra. In personality, Janice is generally laid-back, noted for her Valley girl "Fer sure" and "Rully" dialogue and behavior (such as tanning herself in The Great Muppet Caper). Twice in the Muppet movies, when caught short during a loud and confusing group discussion, Janice has inadvertently revealed her attitudes towards nudity. In The Great Muppet Caper, she's interrupted while justifying a willingness to walk along the beach naked to her mother, while in The Muppets Take Manhattan, she claims that she doesn't pose naked, "even if it is artistic." Janice also has an affinity for baking, at least during the holidays: in A Muppet Family Christmas, she makes Christmas cookies that are eaten by Cookie Monster, while she brings cupcakes to the party in A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. She lists Tina Turner and Joan Jett among her musical influences, and Weezer and OK Go as some of her favorite current bands.[1]

Janice was originally performed by Fran Brill in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence pilot in 1975, and in the first set of Muppet Meeting Films. Eren Ozker performed Janice in the first season of The Muppet Show. Richard Hunt took over the character in season two, and gave Janice her familiar Valley girl voice and attitude.

Michael Frith's original sketch of the character indicates that she was intended to be a male character, a takeoff on Mick Jagger's emaciated frame and prominent lips. Her name is probably a reference to Janis Joplin. However, in her final form as built by Bonnie Erickson, she bears very little resemblance to either Jagger or Joplin.

In an August 27, 2015 tweet, @ElectricMayhem revealed a never before known fact about Janice's family, "Janice truly is a flower child. Her mom's name was Daisy!" [1]

The Muppets Mayhem revealed that Janice is allergic to all forms of lying, which causes her to sneeze. After Nora Singh lies so much Janice becomes deathly ill until she told the truth to her and the band. Episode four revealed that Janice has a twin sister whom she has had a falling out with, but never goes into detail why. This event makes Janice form a habit of putting other people's problems and needs before her own. After a hallucinational event involving a pack of expired marshmallows, she realized that she needs to start thinking more about herself.

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