|PERFORMER||Frank Oz puppeteer|
|Nick Nichols voice|
|DESIGN||Michael K. Frith designer|
|Don Sahlin builder|
Leroy was a donkey who appeared in The Muppet Musicians of Bremen.
After he runs away from his mean owner Mordecai Sledge, with a tuba around his neck and a wagon full of stolen musical instruments, Kermit convinces Leroy that he should become a traveling musician. The biggest motivation for Leroy to follow his dream is the love and affection that traveling musicians tend to receive (as he hopes people will "love us all to crazy.") Even when Leroy and his newfound friends find their mean owners' secret hide-away, Leroy manages to convince the gang that there's a nice family inside.
Two Leroy puppets were used in the special: a hand puppet (with an eyebrow mechanism and an upper lip that moves over his front teeth), and a full body marionette for wide shots.
Unlike the other animals (T.R., Catgut and Rover Joe, who all appeared on The Muppet Show), Leroy did not appear outside the TV special. The Leroy puppet has since been displayed at the Center for Puppetry Arts as part of their permanent Worlds of Puppetry exhibit.
Leroy has also appeared in illustrated cameos alongside his Muppet Musicians bandmates, including the first issue of Muppet King Arthur, and the 2019 picture book adaptation of The Muppet Christmas Carol.