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A billboard for Aunt Amy's Custard Pies comes in handy in The Muppet Movie.


A pie is a baked food typically composed of a pastry shell that can be filled with fruit, custard, cream, meat, or other ingredients. It is often covered with a pastry crust when consisting of fruit filling, though pies made of pumpkin or custard are more typically topped simply with whipped cream.

Pie in Humor

The "pie in the face" gag has been around since the days of Vaudeville. The Keystone Kops were credited with bringing it to the big screen. The "art" of the pie fight was later amplified in 1927 with Laurel and Hardy's short film The Battle of the Century. Monty Python, Charlie Chaplin, Bugs Bunny, The Three Stooges, Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, and Mel Brooks have all used pie gags in their productions. The Muppets have used and adapted this joke on numerous occasions. Pies used on The Muppet Show for such gags are made from Crazy Foam, a children's bath product far easier to clean off of a puppet's fur and fleece than custard or fruit.[1]

Sesame Street

The Muppet Show

Other Uses in Comedy

  • The Muppet Movie: Fozzie crashes his car into a billboard advertising for Aunt Amy's Custard Pies. The pie from the billboard goes flying onto Doc Hopperโ€™s car. Oddly enough, the billboard's designers thought it fitting to use a real, giant pie in its construction.
  • In Muppet*Vision 3D, Fozzie demonstrates to Kermit his remote controlled flying banana cream pie. When the remote control breaks, the pie hits Fozzie. Kermit says it is terrible, which Fozzie agrees, by adding, "Needs more sugar."
  • A Movie Mania parody of The Godfather has Fozzino Bearzini asking the Frogfather to take revenge on Statler and Waldorf. The Frogfather has a hitman deliver two pies to their faces.
  • In a deleted scene from It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Fozzie tells a joke with a punchline that involves hitting himself in the face with two pies.
  • In a pie gag unique to the Muppets' sensibilities, the viral video โ€œCรฅrven Der Pรผmpkรฎnโ€ has The Swedish Chef prepare pumpkin pie with a bazooka.
  • Time Piece: Don Sahlin gets a pie in the face.
  • Cat Cora unexpectedly participates in the "Muppets Y Games" Pie Catching Contest in The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora's episode Game Day, before involuntarily participating in the Rats' Pie Eating Final, "to be licked clean in minutes."
  • Wilkins Coffee: Wontkins gets a pie in the face in a commercial for Wilkins Coffee, Kraml Dairy, Faygo Strawberry, Jomar Instant and Frank's Orange Nectar. Wontkins also got a pie in the face by Wilkins when he asked "Is it hard to do?" with Wilkins responding "No! It's easy as pie!" in a commercial for Standard Oil of Ohio for their jackpot winners list (named Sohio in the commercials), and he got a Strawberry Shortcake in the face as well.
  • The Animal Show: In โ€œPelican & Flamingoโ€, Yves St. La Roache shows how he eats a pie and gets cream on his face after he shoved his mouth into the pie.

General References

Sesame Street

  • Ernie and Bert: Ernie has two slices of apple pie. He takes the big piece, and gives Bert the small piece. Bert takes offense to this, saying that he would have given Ernie the big piece and kept the small piece for himself - but the outcome is the same, so what's Bert angry about?
    (First: Episode 1166)
  • Waiter Grover: Grover serves only "CH" food in honor of Charlie's birthday, including cherry pie.
  • Waiter Grover: On rhyming day, Grover brings Mr. Johnson apple pie instead of tuna on rye.
  • Colambo: The Great Plum Plunder - Colambo enjoys a piece of Christmas pie.
  • "Blueberry Mouth": A song about blueberries and blueberry pie.
  • "Round and Round in Circles": One of the circles Elmo enjoys is a blueberry pie.
  • Episode 3240: Mr. Handford shows addition using cream pies.

Fraggle Rock

Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock

  • Deep Dive: Boober makes a blue pie as part of an elaborate plan to scare the Merggles out of their hiccups, but when Wembley accidentally slips on some greaseberries, he knocks the pie in Boober's face. This makes the Merggles laugh, ultimately curing them of their hiccups.

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