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Episode 518: Marty Feldman

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The Muppet Show
Guest Starring Marty Feldman
Production Dates July 14-17, 1980
Home Video Best of the Muppet Show
Marty Feldman Muppet Show

"Surfin' USA"

The Muppets present their version of 1001 Arabian Nights, with guest star Marty Feldman playing the role of Scheherazade, telling tales to an evil Caliph (played by the Swedish Chef).



  • In the cold opening, Feldman brings Sopwith the Camel into the theater. For this episode, the camel is called "Loretta".
  • This episode is the third and final time Sesame Street characters appear on The Muppet Show.
  • Upon hearing that the final story has to be "Ali Baba and the 3 Thieves" instead of "Ali Baba and the 4 Thieves" (instead of "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves" due to budget problems), Feldman complains, "They didn't do this to Liza Minnelli."
  • Frank Oz voiced Fozzie, Bert, Grover, and Cookie Monster in the final musical number. A huge accomplishment for both Frank Oz and The Muppet Show, which made it a point to not pair characters played by the same Muppeteer (ie. usually not even pairing Fozzie or Miss Piggy).


  • Nickelodeon: The backstage scene before "The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk" sketch was cut.


Guest appearance by:

The cast of Sesame Street: Cookie Monster, Ernie, Bert, Grover, Count von Count, two Anything Muppets


Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, the Swedish Chef, Sam the Eagle, Sweetums, Scooter, Statler and Waldorf, Pops, Sopwith the Camel (aka Loretta), Ali Baba (Marty Feldman look-alike), Whirling Wanda (the Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish), Animal, Whatnots, Frogs, Chickens, Old Skyball Paint, Billy the Bear, Baby Bear

Background Muppets:

Robin the Frog, Beauregard, Gaffer, The Female Singers


Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, The Swedish Chef, Waldorf and Ernie
Frank Oz as Fozzie Bear, Sam the Eagle, Animal, Grover, Cookie Monster and Bert
Jerry Nelson as Pops, Robin, Policeman, Old Skyball Paint and Count von Count
Richard Hunt as Scooter, Statler and Sweetums
Dave Goelz as Gonzo and Ali Baba
Steve Whitmire as Frog and Whatnot Singer
Louise Gold as Goldilocks and Whirling Wanda
Kathy Mullen as Gaffer and Female Singer
Brian Muehl as Billy the Bear

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