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A frog in my throat

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Behemoth with a case of "ingrown TV show host."

Having "a frog in my throat" is a common expression referring to the hoarseness of one's voice.

Given the fact that the most famous Muppet character, Kermit, is a frog, the expression has found its way into many productions as a part of a joke.


  • In Julie on Sesame Street, Kermit struggles to make it through the opening lines of "Bein' Green" due to laryngitis. He remarks, "Bet you thought I was gonna do the old joke about having a man in my throat, didn't you?"
  • In a 1975 appearance on The Tonight Show, Kermit does make the "person in my throat" joke in response to his own. "That's a frog joke, real big with all the frogs out there," he tells Johnny Carson.
  • In episode 115 of The Muppet Show, Behemoth visits the clinic for his sore throat. Dr. Bob inspects and discovers that Behemoth has a frog in his throat - Kermit, to be exact.
  • Kermit tells Bob Hope that he's speechless when participating in The Bob Hope All Star Christmas Comedy Special. Hope is surprised and suspects he must have a person in his throat.
  • Dolly Parton claims to have a frog in her throat before duetting with Kermit on Dolly. She tells him she's only croaking with him.

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