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Jim Henson in a toilet in Time Piece.


Muppet Farts Sampler

Video sampler.

Gonzo's plumbing warehouse.

Dog City uses urination as decor.

"It looks like I farted."

Animal surprises Beaker in the toilet.

Grover showcases a "kitty cat sitting on the potty" to help promote (VIDEO)

"Sesame Street was brought to you today by the letter P and by the number 2." (Elmo's Potty Time)

Hoggle pees into a pool.

β€œYou know, toilet jokes are funny but you don't keep telling toilet jokes all the time. It's the easy way out.”
β€”Jim Henson[1]

While the Muppets most commonly have an image of innocence, their material can sometimes dip into the area of potty humor. This list includes instances of flatulence and references to relieving oneself of other bodily functions for the purposes of comedy.

  • Among the many other times that Big Bird has accidentally said Mr. Hooper's name wrong (to the latter's annoyance), he calls him "Mr. Pooper" in several episodes (the earliest known occurrence being Episode 0154).
  • After Scooter informs Kermit the Frog that he won't be managing Gonzo's act because Gonzo ate the contract, Kermit replies, "Well, let's hope the contract's not binding."
  • The Muppet Meeting Film "Let's Have the Dam Break" has Grump needing to relieve himself while Leo delivers his accounting report, which is riddled with phrases that remind Grump how much he needs to go.
Waldorf: "Fire Down Below", great number.
Statler: Thanks.
Waldorf: Thanks? You didn't write "Fire Down Below".
Statler: No, but the guy who did had just had a bowl of my chili.
  • In The Great Muppet Caper, Gonzo, Kermit, and Fozzie use Pops's only bathroom as a darkroom to develop photos of the jewel thief. Pops yells at them to hurry up; "There are people dancin' up and down on one leg out here!". Unfortunately for them, several desperate people break the door down, and the bright light ruins their photos.
  • In Dog City, after Ace's car is nearly driven into a river, Colleen Barker remarks that they "almost got wet". Ace responds, "What do you mean, almost?". Additionally, in Bugsy Them's office, a figurine of a dog relieving himself on a fire hydrant is seen on a desk.
  • Similarly, in the same special, after a fire is ignited, Colleen asks where the nearest hydrant is. Ace misunderstands this and tells her there's no time for that (assuming it was for bathroom purposes).
  • During The Tale of the Story Beyond the Tale, Gonzo asks Rizzo if he reads the credits in movies. Rizzo replies, "I don't go to the movies to read. I go to the bathroom for that," referencing the practice of reading in the bathroom to pass the time while one waits to make a bowel movement.
  • Also in the Dinosaurs episode "Nature Calls", while Earl is trying to change Baby's diaper, he is sprayed in the face, making it look like Baby urinated on him. It is then revealed a few moments later that Baby was just spraying him with a water pistol.
  • In the Dinosaurs episode "How to Pick Up Girls," Spike gets Robbie to drink eight glasses of water so that he can "mark his territory" on his crush's lawn. Just as he starts to hose down a bush, the police arrive to take them away.
  • In the Dinosaurs episode "The Son Also Rises", Fran tells Robbie he needs to fix their clogged toilet. He simply tells her that toilets are everywhere, citing bushes and trees as examples.
  • In the Seinfeld Babies sketch on Muppets Tonight episode 107, Baby Jerry says that whoever goes the longest without soiling their diaper, wins the contest. Baby Kramer proceeds to do his business and declares, "I'm out."
  • During The Real World: Muppets sketch in Muppets Tonight episode 208, Rizzo tells his housemates that they've been living together long enough that they can stop marking their territory. Bobo says, "It won't happen again... starting now."
  • Gary Cahuenga is released from his trunk in Muppets Tonight episode 210 and realizes he hasn't gone to the bathroom in over 40 years. Later in the episode, Johnny Fiama says he's laughing so hard, he's going to wet his pants.
  • When Piggy gets home in Muppets from Space, she shares some good news with her housemates, then runs upstairs excitedly shouting, "I gotta pee!"
  • Fozzie's jokebook in Muppets from Space is titled "Do Bears Joke in the Woods??"
  • In "The Muppets on Muppets", the Muppets speak about preparing a pu-pu platter for parties with heavy subtext on meanings of the phrase other than hors d'oeuvres.
  • When speaking of The Muppet Show and working with Jim Henson in "The Muppets on Muppets", Gonzo says it's like a passing ethos. Rizzo quips, "Are you passing ethos again?"
Statler: Why are we having such trouble getting online?
Waldorf: Well, it says here we might be having a problem with our download.
Statler: Hmm. A man can only eat so much fiber.
  • Miss Piggy is asked to identify a quote during a May 2003 appearance on Hollywood Squares: "Fart for freedom, fart for liberty, and fart proudly." Piggy jokingly responds, "I think it was whoever had this square last week!" Her real guess is Howard Stern, but the quote is actually attributed to Benjamin Franklin.
  • Appearing on Hollywood Squares in April 2004, Elmo is asked, "After the fun is over, 64% of Americans say they eat them. 22% say they throw them away. And 2% just let them rot. What are they?" Elmo immediately answers, "Boogers!"
  • Later in the movie, The Wizard fills The Scarecrow's head with bran cereal (known to assist the digestive system with making bowel movements). Scarecrow immediately needs to rush off to the bathroom to make such a movement, as Bunsen and Beaker giggle.
  • While most of Elmo's Potty Time is educational, there are a few comedic moments, such as Elmo saying, "Sesame Street was brought to you today by the letter P and by the number 2".
  • In Sesamstrasse Folge 2333, Lena breaks wind just as Moni is about to take a photo, causing everyone to laugh and hold their noses.
  • Appearing on Rove Live in 2008, Rove McManus tells Elmo that when he climbs the Sydney Harbour Bridge, there's nowhere to go to the bathroom. Elmo says it won't be a problem since he wears no clothes, so he can just go. He follows up with an academic question, "You know what color yellow and red makes? Orange! (That's terrible)."
  • In a 2008 video promoting, Grover tries to show a cat on the toilet, but Makeda informs him that they don't have cat toilet-training on their website. The cat doesn't mind being deleted, though, because he likes his privacy.
  • In the Sesamstraat song Stoepkrijt, a dog defecates on some chalk drawings, making a brown cloud that (specifically in the animated version) joins in on the song. A chalk drawing lady holds her nose in disgust.
  • After having waited patiently through a speech made by the Federal Communications Commission chairman at a 2010 event, Elmo prematurely reveals himself to the audience because he "has to pee." He promises that he can hold it, but after a few moments, says that he couldn't hold it after all.
  • Embarrassed at the thought of sitting on a toilet where others can see her, Mary opts to stand when Gonzo offers her a seat at his plumbing warehouse in The Muppets. A blooper from this scene involves Amy Adams flubbing the line as "I think I'll sit" instead of "I think I'll stand", causing additional on-set embarrassment for the actress.
  • In outtakes from The Muppets, Amy Adams jokes with Jason Segel about poo getting stuck in a bear's fur.
  • At The Secret Policeman's Ball in 2012, Statler and Waldorf wondered why everyone was playing with their cell phones, to which John Oliver answered "They're tweeting!" Waldorf replied, "Yeah, eating those sidewalk hot dogs will do that to you."
  • In Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet: When Pigs Fly, Kermit lies that an explosion in the Muppet Theater was caused by a gas leak. Rowlf then says, "Hey, don't look at me. Why does everyone always blame the dog when someone mentions a gas leak?"
  • The "Muppisode" "Food Fight" begins with the Muppets standing in a line for what they think is the bathroom (but is actually for a food truck). At the end of the episode, and following a lengthy contest, Floyd says they should have found the bathroom. Animal apologizes, implying he had an "accident" of some sort in the van.
  • Kermit tells Fozzie in Muppets Most Wanted that they have a solid week booked in Poopenburgen.
  • The extended cut of Muppets Most Wanted includes a scene between Dominic Badguy and Constantine referring to each other by their code names, Number One and Number Two. Scooter overhears the conversation from behind a door making the conversation sound like they're trying to help each other relieve themselves in the bathroom.
  • A blooper in Muppets Most Wanted features Waldorf laughing in a way that sounds like a fart, prompting Statler to look at his butt.
  • When interviewed in 2014 by NPR, Raya told the joke, "Why did the superhero go to the toilet? Because it was her duty [doody]!"[2]
  • Jay Leno invites Fozzie Bear to try out his Japanese toilet in The Muppets episode "Hostile Makeover." Fozzie assures him that he'll drink plenty of water at the party.
  • In a 2019 web video celebrating "Talk Like a Pirate Day," Pepe tells Kermit that someone forgot to swab the poop decks and starts fanning his face with a pirate flag.

See also


  1. ↑ Drake, Hal. "Muppeteer Henson vocal on video violence." Stars & Stripes Pacific edition, Friday, August 8, 1986.
  2. ↑ NPR "Raya The Muppet Talks About Poop And Is Proud Of It" by Linda Poon, October 1, 2014
  3. ↑ Do Bears shit in the woods?
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