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[[Image:Statler-waldorf-sketch-bonnie-erickson-brandy-glass.jpg|thumb|300px|Television's most famous hecklers, Statler and Waldorf, as drawn by their original builder, Bonnie Erickson of the Muppet Workshop.]]
 
[[Image:Statler-waldorf-sketch-bonnie-erickson-brandy-glass.jpg|thumb|300px|Television's most famous hecklers, Statler and Waldorf, as drawn by their original builder, Bonnie Erickson of the Muppet Workshop.]]
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[[Image:StatlerWaldorf.JPG|thumb|300px|Waldorf and Statler]]
   
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==Solo appearances==
 
==Solo appearances==
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[[Image:Vlcsnap-35007.png|thumb|300px|Conrad Waldorf in [[Des O'Connor Entertains]]]]
 
[[Image:Vlcsnap-35007.png|thumb|300px|Conrad Waldorf in [[Des O'Connor Entertains]]]]
 
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* When Statler can't make it to ''The Muppet Show'' guest starring [[Episode 413: Dizzy Gillespie|Dizzy Gillespie]], Waldorf brings his wife [[Astoria]], who bore a striking resemblance to Statler.
 
* When Statler can't make it to ''The Muppet Show'' guest starring [[Episode 413: Dizzy Gillespie|Dizzy Gillespie]], Waldorf brings his wife [[Astoria]], who bore a striking resemblance to Statler.
   
* Statler appears in the "Cliff's Nightmare" episode of ''[[The Cosby Show]]'' with [[Bill Cosby]] playing his curmudgeonly partner.
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* Statler appeared on his own frequently in [[The Muppets (comic strip)|The Muppets comic strip]] (1981-1986), sometimes to heckle on his lonesome but often in the background or as foil to characters outside of the usual (such as a patient to [[Dr. Bob]]).
   
* Waldorf appears without Statler in ''[[Children's Songs and Stories with the Muppets]]'', making a song request to [[Scooter]].
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* Waldorf parodies Marlin Perkins in a ''[[Wild Kingdom]]'' spoof in the 1983 calendar ''[[The Muppets Look at TV]]''.
   
* Waldorf appears as Marlin Perkins in a ''[[Wild Kingdom]]'' spoof.
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* Waldorf appears without Statler in the 1985 video ''[[Children's Songs and Stories with the Muppets]]'', making a song request to [[Scooter]].
   
* Statler appeared on his own in a few of the Muppet [[Muppet comics|comic strips]], such as one (reprinted in ''[[On the Town]]'') in which he asks Fozzie for a copy of his monologue to cure his insomnia.
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* Statler plays a gambler in the fictitious movie "[[High Noon|High Ruin]]" in the 1988 game ''[[Muppets Studios Presents: You're the Director]]''.
   
* Statler plays a role in the ficticious movie "[[High Noon|High Ruin]]" in ''[[Muppets Studios Presents: You're the Director]]''.
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* Statler appears in the "Cliff's Nightmare" episode of ''[[The Cosby Show]]'' with [[Bill Cosby]] playing his curmudgeonly partner.
* Statler appeared in an episode of [[The Bachelorette]] on May 21, 2012, in the audience of a fundraiser variety show featuring The Muppets.
 
 
==Reversed positions==
 
Until 2011, in almost all productions, Statler traditionally sat on the right, and Waldorf on the left. One notable exception was their debut in ''The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence'', where their positions were reversed. With the duo out promoting ''[[The Muppets (2011)|The Muppets]]'' from late 2011 onward, sides were reversed.
 
   
Instances of the occurrence of Statler on the left and Waldorf on the right include:
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* Statler appeared in an episode of ''[[The Bachelorette]]'' on May 21, 2012, in the audience of a fundraiser variety show featuring the Muppets.
 
<gallery orientation=landscape widths=200 spacing=small position=center captionalign=center hideaddbutton=true>
 
Image:Waldorf and Statler.JPG|''[[The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence]]''
 
Image:StatlerWaldorfTMS403.jpg|''[[The Muppet Show]]'' [[Episode 403: Shields & Yarnell]]
 
Image:Festive-s&w.jpg|''The Muppet Show'' [[Episode 517: Hal Linden]]
 
Image:VMhawaii-b7.jpg|The Great Stone Faces<br>(from ''[[The Muppets Go Hawaiian]]'')
 
Statlerwaldorf-rmh.jpg|''[[Rocky Mountain Holiday]]''
 
Image:Waldorfstatlermfc.png|''[[A Muppet Family Christmas]]''
 
Image:Poster-S-W-Raphael-Cherubs.jpg|[[Muppet posters|Muppet poster]]<br>"[[Raphael Sanzio|The Sistine Madonna]]"
 
Image:Waldorf and Statler_NYC.JPG|''[[Muppets Tonight]]'' [[Episode 201: The Artist Formerly Known as Prince|episode 201]]
 
Image:Statler_waldorf_muppets_website.jpg|[[Muppets.com]], [[The Muppets (2011) posters|posters for ''The Muppets'']]
 
Image:DancingWithTheStarsS&W.jpg|''[[Dancing with the Stars]]''
 
Image:Muppets-ESPN-Radio (12).png|''[[Mike and Mike in the Morning]]''
 
Image:XmasParade2012 Muppets-disney.jpg|''[[Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade]]''
 
Image:AlbertHeijnCommercial-Statler&Waldorf-(2012).jpg|[[Muppet puppets (Albert Heijn)|Albert Heijn]] commercials<br>(...even clarifying the order)
 
</gallery>
 
<gallery orientation="portrait" widths="200" spacing="small" position="center" captionalign="center">
 
Image:Mupwildworldofsports.jpg|''[[The Muppets Look at TV]]''
 
Image:Statler-waldorf-tomatoes.jpg|Photo taken for the 1993 [[Muppet Trading Cards]] set
 
Image:Confusedstatwal.png
 
</gallery>
 
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
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[[Image:Statler-waldorf.jpg|thumb|300px|The duo watching themselves on TV.]]
 
[[Image:Statler-waldorf.jpg|thumb|300px|The duo watching themselves on TV.]]
 
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* [[John Lovelady]] - ''[[Des O'Connor Entertains]]'' (1976)
 
* [[John Lovelady]] - ''[[Des O'Connor Entertains]]'' (1976)
   
* [[Kevin Clash]] - ''Muppets Tonight'' [[Episode 101: Michelle Pfeiffer|episode 101]]
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* [[Kevin Clash]] - ''Muppets Tonight'' [[Episode 101: Michelle Pfeiffer|episode 101]], [[Episode 110: Martin Short|episode 110]]
   
 
* [[Victor Yerrid]] - ''[[Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony]]'' Pilot, Episode 9-34, and Halloween &amp; Oscar press clips (2005-2006); ESPN's [[Reel Classics Extra]] (2005); [[Muppets Ahoy!]] (2006)
 
* [[Victor Yerrid]] - ''[[Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony]]'' Pilot, Episode 9-34, and Halloween &amp; Oscar press clips (2005-2006); ESPN's [[Reel Classics Extra]] (2005); [[Muppets Ahoy!]] (2006)
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==Book appearances==
 
==Book appearances==
 
* ''[[Bo Saves the Show]]'' (1982)
 
* ''[[Bo Saves the Show]]'' (1982)
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* ''[[My First Muppet Dictionary]]'' (1988, Statler only)
 
*''[[Muppet Time (book)|Muppet Time]]'' (1996)
 
*''[[Muppet Time (book)|Muppet Time]]'' (1996)
 
*''[[The Muppet Show Comic Book]]'' (2009)
 
*''[[The Muppet Show Comic Book]]'' (2009)
 
*''[[Muppet Robin Hood]]'' issue #4 (2009)
 
*''[[Muppet Robin Hood]]'' issue #4 (2009)
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*''[[Muppet Snow White]]'' (2010)
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*''[[Kermit's Costume Caper]]'' (2012)
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*''[[The Muppets Character Encyclopedia]]'' (2014)
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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* [[Statler and Waldorf's Alternate Identities and Ages]]
 
* [[Statler and Waldorf's Alternate Identities and Ages]]
 
* [[Statler and Waldorf Filmography]]
 
* [[Statler and Waldorf Filmography]]
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* [[Statler and Waldorf reversed positions]]
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==Sources==
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<References/>
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://disney.go.com/characters/#/characters/allcharacters/bios/statlerandwaldorf/ Statler and Waldorf's bio on Disney.com]
 
*[http://disney.go.com/characters/#/characters/allcharacters/bios/statlerandwaldorf/ Statler and Waldorf's bio on Disney.com]
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[[Category:The Muppets Characters]]
 
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Latest revision as of 05:13, February 21, 2014

Statler's performer:
Richard Hunt • (1976 - 1991)
Jerry Nelson • (1975; 1992 - 2003)
Steve Whitmire • (2002 - present)
Waldorf's performer:
Jim Henson • (1975 - 1990)
Dave Goelz • (1992 - present)
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Waldorf's on the left, Statler's on the right.
Design Team:
Bonnie Erickson • (designer & builder)
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Television's most famous hecklers, Statler and Waldorf, as drawn by their original builder, Bonnie Erickson of the Muppet Workshop.
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Waldorf and Statler

Statler and Waldorf share the stage left balcony box in the Muppet Theater, and the two delight in heckling every aspect of The Muppet Show. Statler and Waldorf are especially unforgiving to Fozzie Bear. However, it is revealed in A Muppet Family Christmas that the two critics were friends with Fozzie's mother, Ma Bear. They always have the last word, with a final comment at the end of each episode.

Waldorf is the one with the pug-like face, mustache, and whiter hair. In almost all productions, Statler appears on the audience's right and Waldorf on the left. A helpful mnemonic is that Waldorf has the wide face.

Statler and Waldorf first appeared as a pair in the 1975 pilot The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence.

On the first season of Muppets Tonight, Statler and Waldorf are seen watching the show from the living room of what appears to be a retirement home. In the second season, they watch the show on a portable television from various locations, including a golf course and a ski lift.

In The Muppet Christmas Carol, they play the ghosts of Scrooge's business partners, Jacob and Robert Marley. In Muppet Treasure Island, Statler and Waldorf are the Figurehead of the Hispaniola. In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, they appear as the Kalidah Critics, strange beasts who shout insults at anyone attempting to cross a treacherous bridge.

From 2005-2006, Statler and Waldorf starred in a bi-weekly online series, From the Balcony, on the website Movies.com. In the series of short videos, the crotchety pair dished on the latest movie releases.

The duo take on a featured role in The Muppets, sharing the fine print of the Muppet contract with villain Tex Richman. Of course, Statler and Waldorf don't realize that Tex plans to raze Muppet Studios and drill for oil, which would mean the end of their balcony - and their heckling.

Solo appearancesEdit

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Conrad Waldorf in Des O'Connor Entertains
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Statler and Waldorf are almost always seen together, but they have made occasional individual appearances. Examples include:

  • Waldorf tries to convince John Denver to back out of his appearance on The Muppet Show in the teaser for Episode 401.
  • When Statler can't make it to The Muppet Show guest starring Dizzy Gillespie, Waldorf brings his wife Astoria, who bore a striking resemblance to Statler.
  • Statler appeared on his own frequently in The Muppets comic strip (1981-1986), sometimes to heckle on his lonesome but often in the background or as foil to characters outside of the usual (such as a patient to Dr. Bob).
  • Statler appears in the "Cliff's Nightmare" episode of The Cosby Show with Bill Cosby playing his curmudgeonly partner.
  • Statler appeared in an episode of The Bachelorette on May 21, 2012, in the audience of a fundraiser variety show featuring the Muppets.

TriviaEdit

Statler-waldorf
The duo watching themselves on TV.
Scrunchface

Casting History: StatlerEdit

Primary Performers

  • Steve Whitmire - Weezer's "Keep Fishin'" music video (2002) to Present

Other Performers

Casting History: WaldorfEdit

Primary Performers

Other Performers

Book appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit

SourcesEdit


External linksEdit

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