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Animal bowls backstage

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The Fred Award

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Biff, stuck on a bowling ball

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Head bowling

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Super Grover 2.0 learns a banana is not a suitable bowling pin.

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1996 Sesame Street puzzle

Bowling is a sport in which the player attempts to knock down pins set up at the end of an alley. Bowlers can play singly or in teams. In popular culture, bowling is a common recreational pastime of sitcom characters, especially the middle or working class, from The Honeymooners to The Simpsons. The bowling ball itself often serves as a comedic prop, sometimes being stuck on someone's hand or landing on the head.

The Muppet universe has frequently demonstrated these tropes.

References

The Muppet Show

  • The Muppet News Flash delivered in episode 217 states a plane carrying sports equipment had to eject portions of its cargo. Items include 10,000 ping pong balls and one bowling ball (which knocks out the Newsman).
  • Animal takes up bowling in episode 221. Unfortunately for the cast, he uses the backstage area as his alley and several Muppets are targeted (due to Animal's overhand style of throwing).
  • Leo Sayer points out in the cold open of his episode that his dressing room is so quiet "you can hear a pin drop." Several bowling pins fall from above, caused by a pair of bowling monsters, who call it a strike.
  • As passengers interrupt Miss Piggy's performance of "All Alone" in episode 308, she finally karate chops them all. The sound of pins falling is used as they topple over. Elsewhere in the episode, Kermit wonders aloud how Gonzo ever talked him into performing the show from a train station. Gonzo replies the bowling alley was occupied with a tournament.
  • The coveted Fred Award is merely a modified bowling trophy.

Sesame Street

  • In an Ernie and Bert sketch, Ernie prepares for his nighttime bath with increasingly absurd items, culminating with Bert's bowling ball (in case someone needs to borrow it). Sure enough, Ernie's ridiculous predictions come true, including an Anything Muppet man stopping by to borrow a ball for his tournament.
  • Flo Bear writes a new version of "Cinderella" in episode 2990, renaming it "CinderTelly." In the story, the royals throw a "bowling ball" and Whamo (the Rental Magician) provides CinderTelly with some proper equipment.
  • Mr. Bull discusses his favorite B-word sports with Mr. Chatterly in an episode of "Alphabet Chat." One such sport is bowling and a visual aid is placed on Mr. Chatterly's lap.
  • Biff spends episode 3217 with a bowling ball stuck on his hand following a round at the alley. After Dr. Edwynn performs a "bowlectimy," he gets it stuck on his finger. Later, Biff and his wife Celeste celebrate his freedom with a round of bowling, only to have a ball get stuck on Celeste's hand.
  • The WASA spaceship Wiggleprise includes a bowling alley for the five very brave, very smart, very cute little worm astronauts.
  • Bert and Ernie appear as cavemen in an edition of Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures. As they attempt to roll a large rock uphill, it gets loose and rolls down, knocking over some bones. Ernie believes they've just invented bowling.
  • In a Super Grover 2.0 sketch, he attempts to find a ball a cactus is able to play with. He retrieves a bowling ball, which they find is too heavy to catch (with Grover feeling "bowled over" when trying to catch it). In a season 45 edition of the segment, he attempts to find a suitable set of bowling pins some aquatic creatures can use to bowl underwater.

Other

  • In episode 207 of Muppets Tonight, Kermit leaves the KMUP premises and jokes that without his supervision, bowling balls would fall from the sky. Instead, the studio monitors immediately fail. Dennis Quaid is able to fix them, which leaves Clifford to be pummeled by bowling balls from above.
  • Gonzo attempts a "head bowling" act in The Muppets, where he tosses a bowling ball toward his unfortunate aide (Gary, in a deleted scene, and Jack Black).

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