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Lola Falana calls Bernie.

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Bernie the Agent.

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Piggy calls Bernie in a Muppetism short.

Bernie, the talent agent to the Muppets, has represented characters from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and other productions. He has even represented the guest stars. His most famous (and demanding) client is Miss Piggy.

Bernie is never seen, however, and his "appearances" consist of characters talking to him on the telephone or shouting to him on the set, where he is often just off camera.

In The Muppet Movie, Dom DeLuise played Bernie the Agent, who discovered Kermit the Frog singing "The Rainbow Connection" and encouraged him to audition for Lew Lord in Hollywood.

The name Bernie is a reference to Bernie Brillstein, Jim Henson's close friend and longtime manager.

Mentions

  • Miss Piggy appeared on The Tonight Show on New Year's Eve 1996, reporting live from the roof of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square to watch the ball drop. She spent the evening complaining about the rooftop being cold and the partying crowd being too noisy. When host Jay Leno asked her what she would normally be doing on New Year's Eve, Piggy said, "Well, usually, I have a romantic candlelight dinner for two with Kermie. But this year, my agent Bernie decided I should spend New Year's Eve on top of a freezing building with three teamsters named Vinnie!"
  • During the cold-opening of her August 2, 2007 appearance on The Late Late Show, Miss Piggy threatens to call her agent Bernie after she finds out the show is on at 12:30 in the morning.
  • Pepe says he was discovered by Bernie off the coast of Malaga, Spain in a November 17, 2008 interview on GMA Now.
  • In a 1997 appearance on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Elmo talks to Bernie over the phone, hoping to get a good L.A. role.

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