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Episode 413: Dizzy Gillespie

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Guest Dizzy Gillespie
Production Oct 29 - Nov 1, 1979
Premiere UK: January 4, 1980
US: February 28, 1980
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Statler is sick (of the show), so Waldorf brings his wife, Astoria, to the show. Meanwhile, Inspector LaBrea of the County Environmental Department arrives backstage to monitor the noise level of the show. LaBrea tells Kermit that to keep the noise down, he has to cut the trumpets for the show. Kermit tries to keep LaBrea busy while Dizzy performs. At last, things turn out all right, because LaBrea reveals that he's a big fan of the trumpetist, and he accompanies Dizzy and the Electric Mayhem on saxo in the closing number.

Songs/Sketches

Notes

  • Although Astoria looks like Statler, there is no indication in the episode that the two are related. The idea that Astoria is Statler's twin sister (and therefore Statler and Waldorf are brothers-in-law) has been cited in a number of places on the internet. [1] For more internet "urban myths", see the Rumors section.

Cast

Muppets:

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Scooter, Rowlf the Dog, Floyd Pepper, Zoot, Janice, Animal, Waldorf, The Swedish Chef, Geri and the Atrics, The Announcer, Fish Singer, Mary Louise, Astoria, Inspector LaBrea, Pigs, Slim Wilson

Background Muppets:

Dr. Teeth, Sopwith the Camel, Bongo Player

Performers

Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Waldorf, Rowlf, Dr. Teeth, the Swedish Chef, and Slim Wilson
Frank Oz as Fozzie Bear, Animal, Miss Piggy, and Atrics piano player
Jerry Nelson as Floyd Pepper, Geri, and the Announcer
Richard Hunt as Scooter and Janice
Dave Goelz as Inspector LaBrea, Zoot, and Atrics drummer
Steve Whitmire as Atrics tuba player
Louise Gold as Fish Singer and Atrics guitar player
Kathy Mullen as Atrics knitter and Mary Louise

Sources

  1. Among others: funtrivia.com, timrollpickering, Guy Fawkes' blog.


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