|PERFORMER||Richard Hunt 1976-1991|
|David Rudman 2008-present|
|DESIGN||Michael K. Frith designer|
Rollie Krewson builders
Scooter serves as a "gofer" backstage on The Muppet Show, and appeared from the first produced episode through the end of the series. Possessing glasses with eyes embedded in the lenses and generally wearing a green track jacket, Scooter is a vaguely humanoid character of unknown heritage (as cited in Of Muppets and Men, when pressed about his family, he explained that his mother was a parrot but he didn't know about his father).
Although occasionally seen in production numbers, his primary role lay in the backstage plots. From the second through the fourth seasons, Scooter appeared in the opening, acting as call boy and delivering a brisk "15 seconds to curtain" to the guest star. (For the final season, Pops handled the guest star introductions.) According to The Muppet Show Style Book, Scooter is about 14 years old.
Scooter's position at The Muppet Theatre is as general aide and gofer ("...I'll go fer coffee; I'll go fer sandwiches; I'll go for anything you need...") Although initially hired because his uncle, J. P. Grosse, owns The Muppet Theater, Scooter holds on to his job through both nepotism and efficiency. Scooter had been around since the first (production) episode, but his proper introduction, including his hiring and identification as J. P. Grosse's nephew, occurs in episode 106. Scooter's family connections served as a running gag, especially during the first season.
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In addition to Scooter's regular job as a gofer, he has also appeared on-stage. He often sang in group numbers or as part of the background chorus, as well as singing some solo numbers, including "Six String Orchestra" and "There's a New Sound".
Scooter also took part in some of the theatrical sketches that were performed on The Muppet Show. In episode 323, in the Muppets production of "Robin Hood", he did double duty, playing the role of Alan-A-Dale in addition to working as stage manager. In episode 506, he played the role of the son in the "Jabberwocky" sketch (as part of the larger Alice in Wonderland play).
Additionally, Scooter took over hosting duties in episode 308, when Kermit accidentally got on an in-service train from the railroad station where the show was being performed. One notable episode for Scooter is episode 419, in which Scooter leads the others in a correspondence course, "How to Be a Superhero". On occasion, Scooter has helped Miss Piggy in her attempts to get Kermit to become romantically interested in her. These attempts include telling Kermit that Avery Schreiber and Miss Piggy are a couple, bribing the audience to applaud for Miss Piggy (or, as Scooter said, "go hog wild"), and tricking Kermit into signing a marriage license before performing in Miss Piggy's supposedly "staged" wedding.
In episode 320, Scooter sold backstage passes to some of Sylvester Stallone's female fans. This action angered Kermit, who wanted to have a talk with Scooter. As Kermit introduced Sylvester Stallone, Scooter took the opportunity to get the girls to convince Kermit that they were desperate to see him rather than Stallone; this maneuver is an example of Scooter using his ingenuity rather than his family connections to get out of a tight spot.
While others were often unappreciative of Fozzie Bear's jokes, Scooter usually liked them and the two often did acts together. These included musical duets such as "Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear" and "On Her Doorstep Last Night", and comedy acts like "The Telephone Pole Bit".
In The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years, he introduced a montage of guest star clips, saying that his favorite Muppet moments are those with the guest stars.
In A Muppet Family Christmas, he found an old film strip of the very first Christmas that the Muppets had ever spent together.
Scooter has also appeared in The Muppets Go Hollywood, John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together, The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show, Rocky Mountain Holiday, and The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson. He also hosted the 1985 video compilation Children's Songs and Stories and made appearances in Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook and Rowlf's Rhapsodies with the Muppets.
In The Muppet Movie, Scooter is the road manager for Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. In The Great Muppet Caper, he's a resident of the Happiness Hotel. In The Muppets Take Manhattan, he graduates with the other Muppets, and briefly works as a movie theater usher.
In Muppet*Vision 3D, Scooter hosts the preshow film, addressing the queue audience and trying to keep order backstage while Kermit gets things ready in the auditorium. Scooter does not play a significant role in the movie itself, but makes a cameo appearance, riding a bicycle with Janice.
After an eight-year absence, Scooter made his first new appearance in Muppets from Space, first during the "Brick House" number, and later, selling Gonzo t-shirts. In It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, it's revealed that if Kermit wasn't born, Scooter would have been a cage dancer. And in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, he plays the assistant to the Wizard.
In 2011, Scooter appeared in the film The Muppets, returning to his role as the resident "gofer". Scooter takes the threat to Muppet Studios to heart. "I'm stage manager of the Muppet Theater," explains Scooter. "I try to help Kermit save the studio, 'cause without a theater and stage, there's really not much for a stage manager to do."
Scooter gets to play a new role in the movie - as host - when, in a pinch, Kermit calls on Scooter to fill in for him on stage. Unfortunately, the classic advice Scooter gets to calm his nerves - pretend that the audience is naked - doesn't necessarily work for him.
Scooter also appeared in the sequel Muppets Most Wanted, again filling in as host when Kermit (actually Constantine) faints onstage, as well as performing "Moves Like Jagger" with a group of penguins.
Baby Scooter appeared in Piggy's dream sequence in The Muppets Take Manhattan, and he later was a featured member of the Muppet Babies animated series. The Baby Scooter seen on Muppet Babies was redesigned as a brainy, computer-knowledgeable child and he was given a tomboyish twin sister named Skeeter.
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Here, Scooter's personality is modified to more of a square, nerdy man-child. This change allowed performer David Rudman to further develop the character beyond his classic Muppet Show persona. Before production on the series began, Rudman suggested removing Scooter's Muppet Show jacket and giving him a wardrobe change inspired by comedians like Fred Armisen and David Wain. In most appearances from the series onward, Scooter's regular attire consists of a hoodie with a plaid shirt and/or a t-shirt. In the presentation pilot, Scooter wore a Hawaiian shirt.
A running gag with Scooter's "swear words" begins in "Pig Out" where Scooter describes to Piggy how he doesn't ever want to live through another moment like the time Kermit "said 'good grief' like ten times in a row." Other "Scooter Swears" include "Fudgcicles", "Jeepers, this is Golly Swell", and "Heavens to Betsy". Scooter's naïvety is still present in the show, as witnessed in "Walk the Swine" in which Scooter gets into a wreck with Rizzo the Rat and consistently takes bad suggestions for insurance and car repair from Rizzo's relatives.
In "The Ex-Factor", it is revealed that Scooter still lives with his mother, and also has a distaste for her new boyfriend Ken. Also in this episode, it is revealed that Scooter--in search of a way to "get out and party"--frequently goes to Color Me Mine (a pottery/painting workshop), where he takes Kermit to help him make a gift for Denise. Despite Kermit's best efforts, Scooter makes constant judgments on his skills and ends up throwing both of Kermit's attempts into "The Whoopsie Bin". It is even more to Scooter's chagrin when Rizzo and Pepe start going in order to pick up women.
In "Too Hot to Handler", Scooter confesses that he's had a crush on Chelsea Handler ever since he "switched the TV up to the naughty language channels" and discovered her, instantly becoming, "pardon my naughty language--Smitten." He proceeds and succeeds to ask Chelsea out on a date, but runs home when she gets "way too physical, way too fast" (kisses him). They later meet up and Scooter explains that he needs a much slower relationship, to which Chelsea agrees.
In "Going, Going, Gonzo", Scooter feels a need to get some adrenaline in his life and live it to the fullest after seeing Gonzo fly amongst the overhead cables and lights backstage, thus making Scooter realize how fragile life is. He goes to get guidance from The Electric Mayhem, where Janice suggests piercing his ear--and proceeds to do so. At the last moment, however, Scooter leaps from his seat and tosses Animal around when he tries to hold Scooter down. Scooter feels guilty about it, but the band finds delight in it and says Scooter can come hang out with them anytime.
Scooter's disgust for Ken is further explored in "Single All the Way" where he comments that Ken has very long fingernails, comparing him to a Spanish guitar player.
After Kristin Newman's creative retooling, Scooter's "mama's boy" persona was dialed down. The only time after the first 10 episodes Scooter talked about his mom and her boyfriend was "Little Green Lie" where he says he's available for laser tag because, if he stays home, he has to watch his mom and Ken practice active listening. In "Because... Love" Scooter reveals that his biological dad skips his birthday party each year because, according to Scooter's therapist, he's a pathological narcissist.
Scooter features prominently on Muppets Now for Disney+, where every episode is shown from the perspective of his computer. He is tasked with uploading the various shorts to the streaming platform, typically being interrupted by his fellow Muppets for a myriad of reasons.
He also appears as the announcer and rule keeper for "Pepe's Unbelievable Game Show," constantly flummoxed by Pepe's inability to keep the show in any consistent format.
- Richard Hunt: The Muppet Show (1976) - Muppet*Vision 3D (1991)
- David Rudman: Studio DC Hosted by Selena Gomez (2008) to Present
- Adam Hunt: Muppets from Space (voice only)
- Matt Vogel: Muppet RaceMania (voice only)
- Brian Henson: It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and Muppets Party Cruise
- Rickey Boyd: The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
- In the first three Muppet movies, Scooter is seen working with popcorn. In The Muppet Movie, before the Muppets view the first screening, Scooter sells "organic popcorn." In The Great Muppet Caper, Scooter sells popcorn as the Muppets, Nicky Holiday, Marla, Carla, and Darla fight over the fabulous Baseball Diamond. In The Muppets Take Manhattan, Scooter works as an usher at a movie theater, where the Swedish Chef tosses popcorn into the air and calls it a 3-D effect. Though he never sells popcorn in the latter appearance, the Usher Scooter Action Figure, based on his Manhattan appearance, features an old-fashioned popcorn cart.
- Richard Hunt based the character's voice and personality on how he remembered himself from his youth.
- Though Scooter never made any appearances between 1992 and 1999, a framed photo of him appears on-screen in Muppets Tonight episode 106.
- Following the death of Richard Hunt, Scooter would not have a consistent performer for 16 years until David Rudman took over.
- According to the website for New York City Family Ambassadors, Scooter's middle name is Horace. Yet it has never been mentioned in any Muppet production, only on that particular website.
- The Muppet Show Book (1978)
- The Comic Muppet Book (1979)
- Muppets at Sea (1980)
- Robin Hood (1980)
- Fozzie's Big Book of Sidesplitting Jokes (1981)
- Kermit & Cleopigtra (1981)
- Muppet Manners (1981)
- Bo Saves the Show (1982)
- Jim Henson's Muppet Show Bill (1982)
- Two for the Show (1982)
- Kermit's Garden of Verses (1982)
- The Case of the Missing Mother (1983)
- The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
- The Muppet Guide to Magnificent Manners (1984)
- Muppets! Muppets! Muppets!: The Best of Muppet Magazine (1986)
- Kermit's Mixed-Up Message (1987)
- The Phantom of the Muppet Theater (1991)
- Jim Henson's Bedtime Stories (1991)
- The Phantom of the Muppet Theater (1991)
- Sweet & Silly Muppet Poems (1992)
- Fozzie's Funnies (1994)
- Jim Henson's Big Book of Muppet Stories (1994)
- If You Were Kermit (1994)
- Look and Find Muppets (1996)
- The Muppet Show Comic Book (2009-2012)
- Muppet Robin Hood (2009)
- Muppet Peter Pan (2009/10)
- The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson (2009)
- Muppet Snow White (2010)
- Muppet Sherlock Holmes (2010)
- I am Kermit the Frog (2011)
- The Muppets: Meet the Muppets (2011)
- Green and Bear It (2012)
- The Twelve Days of a Muppet Christmas (and a Chicken in a Pine Tree) (2012)
- Kermit's Double Trouble (2014)
- The Muppets Character Encyclopedia (2014)
- Muppets Meet the Classics: The Phantom of the Opera (2017)
- Muppets Meet the Classics: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (2018)
- The Muppet Show Style Book; Henson Associates: New York, NY, 1978.
- Finch, Christopher Of Muppets and Men; Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.: New York, NY, 1981.
- The Muppet Show: Episode 106
- The Barretta Brothers: Two of Us Show #27 (00:23:17)
- David Rudman/Jerry Stories (Leslie Carrara-Rudolph)/"Daddy's Comin' Home", Below the Frame with Matt Vogel, January 12, 2022. (00:59:28-01:01:05)