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[[Image:VMC-Gonzo-Kermit-small.jpg|frame|With Kermit in <i>Very Merry Muppet Christmas.</i>]]
 
'''Performer:''' [[Dave Goelz]]
 
'''Performer:''' [[Dave Goelz]]
   
'''First appearance:''' [[The Great Santa Claus Switch]]
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==Gonzo's Biography==
 
''Recent appearance:'' [[The Muppets' Wizard of Oz]]
 
 
 
'''Gonzo''', to say the least, is weird. He is blue, bug-eyed, and has a long hooked nose. On [[The Muppet Show]] he performed as a performance artist, stuntman and daredevil under the name "The Great Gonzo" (or "Gonzo the Great"). He takes pride in his iconoclasm, all the while romantically pursuing [[Camilla]] the chicken.
 
'''Gonzo''', to say the least, is weird. He is blue, bug-eyed, and has a long hooked nose. On [[The Muppet Show]] he performed as a performance artist, stuntman and daredevil under the name "The Great Gonzo" (or "Gonzo the Great"). He takes pride in his iconoclasm, all the while romantically pursuing [[Camilla]] the chicken.
   
 
Gonzo first appeared as Snarl the Cigar Box Frackle in [[The Great Santa Claus Switch]], where he was performed by [[Daniel Seagren]]. Since then, he has only been performed by [[Dave Goelz]].
 
Gonzo first appeared as Snarl the Cigar Box Frackle in [[The Great Santa Claus Switch]], where he was performed by [[Daniel Seagren]]. Since then, he has only been performed by [[Dave Goelz]].
 
A long-running gag related to Gonzo is that it's not clear what species he is supposed to be, though some say he resembles a buzzard. [[John Cleese]], in his appearance on the show, referred to him as "the ugly, disgusting little blue creature who catches cannonballs." In the film [[The Great Muppet Caper]], he is shipped to England in a crate labeled "Whatever" (while [[Kermit the Frog]] and [[Fozzie Bear]] are respectively labeled "Frog" and "Bear"). In the 1999 film [[Muppets From Space]], it was revealed that Gonzo is an alien.
 
 
In the first season of ''The Muppet Show'', the character was underplayed with a permanently sleepy look. The producers noticed that he worked better in a more energetic form and modified the eyes to have movable eyelids which helped make him a more active character. As such, he became one of the principal characters in the series.
 
   
 
His most well-known running gag is playing the final trumpet note of the opening Muppet Show theme and having some strange thing happen--the bell of the instrument explodes, sprays water, has an inflating balloon in it, et cetera. In the first season, Gonzo did not use a trumpet, but instead attempted to hit the white space within the "O" in the "Muppet Show" sign like a gong, usually with bad results.
 
His most well-known running gag is playing the final trumpet note of the opening Muppet Show theme and having some strange thing happen--the bell of the instrument explodes, sprays water, has an inflating balloon in it, et cetera. In the first season, Gonzo did not use a trumpet, but instead attempted to hit the white space within the "O" in the "Muppet Show" sign like a gong, usually with bad results.
 
[[Image:VMC-Gonzo-Kermit-small.jpg|frame|With Kermit in <i>Very Merry Muppet Christmas.</i>]]
 
   
 
He has several memorable performances, such as his song from [[The Muppet Movie]], ''[[I'm Going to Go Back There Someday]]'', and his affecting rendition of ''[[My Way]]'' that he sang as his finale when he decided to leave the Muppet Theater in [[Episode 411: Lola Falana]].
 
He has several memorable performances, such as his song from [[The Muppet Movie]], ''[[I'm Going to Go Back There Someday]]'', and his affecting rendition of ''[[My Way]]'' that he sang as his finale when he decided to leave the Muppet Theater in [[Episode 411: Lola Falana]].
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Gonzo fans would also recognise this quote: "I shall now eat a rubber tire to the music of The Flight of the Bumblebee...music, maestro!" Another famous performance is best summed up by his quote, "I shall now defuse this highly explosive bomb while simultaneously, and at the same time, reciting from the works of Percy Bysshe Shelley." Other acts include: dancing "Top Hat" in a vat of oatmeal, hypnotizing chickens and being hammered feet first into a railway tie by two American Gladiators.
 
Gonzo fans would also recognise this quote: "I shall now eat a rubber tire to the music of The Flight of the Bumblebee...music, maestro!" Another famous performance is best summed up by his quote, "I shall now defuse this highly explosive bomb while simultaneously, and at the same time, reciting from the works of Percy Bysshe Shelley." Other acts include: dancing "Top Hat" in a vat of oatmeal, hypnotizing chickens and being hammered feet first into a railway tie by two American Gladiators.
   
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==What is Gonzo?==
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A long-running gag related to Gonzo is that it's not clear what species he is supposed to be, though some say he resembles a buzzard. [[John Cleese]], in his appearance on the show, referred to him as "the ugly, disgusting little blue creature who catches cannonballs." In the film [[The Great Muppet Caper]], he is shipped to England in a crate labeled "Whatever" (while [[Kermit the Frog]] and [[Fozzie Bear]] are respectively labeled "Frog" and "Bear"). In the 1999 film [[Muppets From Space]], it was revealed that Gonzo is an alien.
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==Gonzo and Rizzo==
 
[[Image:MCC-Gonzo-Rizzo.jpg|frame|With Rizzo in <i>Muppet Christmas Carol.</i>]]
 
[[Image:MCC-Gonzo-Rizzo.jpg|frame|With Rizzo in <i>Muppet Christmas Carol.</i>]]
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Starting with the 1992 movie [[The Muppet Christmas Carol]], Gonzo has been paired with [[Rizzo the Rat]], who has become his best friend. Gonzo and Rizzo have appeared as a team in later projects, especially [[Muppet Treasure Island]], [[Muppet Classic Theater]] and [[Muppets From Space]].
   
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==Performing Gonzo==
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In the first season of ''The Muppet Show'', the character was underplayed with a permanently sleepy look. The producers noticed that he worked better in a more energetic form and modified the eyes to have movable eyelids which helped make him a more active character. As such, he became one of the principal characters in the series.
   
Starting with the 1992 movie [[The Muppet Christmas Carol]], Gonzo has been paired with [[Rizzo the Rat]], who has become his best friend. Gonzo and Rizzo have appeared as a team in later projects, especially [[Muppet Treasure Island]], [[Muppet Classic Theater]] and [[Muppets From Space]].
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==Trivia==
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* Gonzo was one of [[Jerry Juhl]]'s favorite characters to write for.
In [[The Muppets' Wizard of Oz]], Gonzo played a Tin Man-ish character known as the [[Tin Thing]].
 
   
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
 
[[Quotes: Gonzo the Great|Gonzo quotes]]
 
[[Quotes: Gonzo the Great|Gonzo quotes]]
   

Revision as of 21:21, December 13, 2005

File:VMC-Gonzo-Kermit-small.jpg
With Kermit in Very Merry Muppet Christmas.

Performer: Dave Goelz

Gonzo's Biography

Gonzo, to say the least, is weird. He is blue, bug-eyed, and has a long hooked nose. On The Muppet Show he performed as a performance artist, stuntman and daredevil under the name "The Great Gonzo" (or "Gonzo the Great"). He takes pride in his iconoclasm, all the while romantically pursuing Camilla the chicken.

Gonzo first appeared as Snarl the Cigar Box Frackle in The Great Santa Claus Switch, where he was performed by Daniel Seagren. Since then, he has only been performed by Dave Goelz.

His most well-known running gag is playing the final trumpet note of the opening Muppet Show theme and having some strange thing happen--the bell of the instrument explodes, sprays water, has an inflating balloon in it, et cetera. In the first season, Gonzo did not use a trumpet, but instead attempted to hit the white space within the "O" in the "Muppet Show" sign like a gong, usually with bad results.

He has several memorable performances, such as his song from The Muppet Movie, I'm Going to Go Back There Someday, and his affecting rendition of My Way that he sang as his finale when he decided to leave the Muppet Theater in Episode 411: Lola Falana.

Gonzo fans would also recognise this quote: "I shall now eat a rubber tire to the music of The Flight of the Bumblebee...music, maestro!" Another famous performance is best summed up by his quote, "I shall now defuse this highly explosive bomb while simultaneously, and at the same time, reciting from the works of Percy Bysshe Shelley." Other acts include: dancing "Top Hat" in a vat of oatmeal, hypnotizing chickens and being hammered feet first into a railway tie by two American Gladiators.

What is Gonzo?

A long-running gag related to Gonzo is that it's not clear what species he is supposed to be, though some say he resembles a buzzard. John Cleese, in his appearance on the show, referred to him as "the ugly, disgusting little blue creature who catches cannonballs." In the film The Great Muppet Caper, he is shipped to England in a crate labeled "Whatever" (while Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear are respectively labeled "Frog" and "Bear"). In the 1999 film Muppets From Space, it was revealed that Gonzo is an alien.

Gonzo and Rizzo

File:MCC-Gonzo-Rizzo.jpg
With Rizzo in Muppet Christmas Carol.

Starting with the 1992 movie The Muppet Christmas Carol, Gonzo has been paired with Rizzo the Rat, who has become his best friend. Gonzo and Rizzo have appeared as a team in later projects, especially Muppet Treasure Island, Muppet Classic Theater and Muppets From Space.

Performing Gonzo

In the first season of The Muppet Show, the character was underplayed with a permanently sleepy look. The producers noticed that he worked better in a more energetic form and modified the eyes to have movable eyelids which helped make him a more active character. As such, he became one of the principal characters in the series.

Trivia

  • Gonzo was one of Jerry Juhl's favorite characters to write for.


See also

Gonzo quotes

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