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PERFORMER Jerry Nelson
DEBUT 1996

Newt is one of the frogketeers from the Kermit the Frog Club sketch on Muppets Tonight episode 105.

Newt is a spoof of Representative Newt Gingrich, who was then Speaker of the US House of Representatives and a recognizable cultural figure. Gingrich was also spoofed on Larry King Live with the character Gingrich the Newt, a distant cousin of Kermit who was elected Speaker of the Swamp.

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