William Claude Dukenfield, better known as W. C. Fields (1880-1946) was a famous actor and comedian in radio and film. His comic persona was that of a misanthrope who spoke in a unique drawl, was fond of alcohol, and had no regard for dogs or children. Films he starred in include It's a Gift, My Little Chickadee and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break.
- The Amazing Mumford speaks in a voice and pattern modeled after Fields' theatrical delivery.
- In a Sesame Street Game Show sketch, "Dialing for Prizes Movie", a photograph of W.C. Fields appears as the first of many celebrity pictures decorating the set of host Guy Smiley.
- Avery Schreiber exclaims "Godfrey Daniels!" when performing Sir Avery of Macho in episode 116 of The Muppet Show. "Godfrey Daniels" was an expression often used by Fields.
- Phineas T. Barnswallow, from the first Sesame Street Live tour, A Sesame Street Mystery: The Case of the Missing Rara Avis, is modeled after Fields.
- Baby Kermit and Baby Gonzo encounter archival footage in the Muppet Babies episode "Hats, Hats, Hats," where he recites his famous line, "Go away kid, you bother me" (as redubbed by Frank Welker).