Production gifts & doubles
An early Muppet Show tradition was to present each guest star with their own Muppet counterpart. The tradition did not last long, as Connie Stevens and Juliet Prowse were the only guests to be presented with their own Muppet on the show. Other people have receive Muppet likenesses as gifts such as The Muppet Christmas Carol star Michael Caine, Muppet Treasure Island star Tim Curry, and Jim Henson and the Muppets' agent Bernie Brillstein.
Celebrity spoofs & parodies
Due to the Muppets knack of lampooning pop-culture, oftentimes Muppet caricatures and parodies of celebrities have appeared.
Several characters have been designed as caricatures of cast/crew members as a sort of inside joke:
- The Company Man, a caricature of David Lazer
- Dave the Human, a caricature of Dave Goelz
- Frank, a caricature of Frank Oz
- Frankie, a caricature of Frank Biondo
- Jerry, a caricature of Jerry Nelson
- Jim, a caricature of Jim Henson