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Was Gaffer ever referred to by name? I know that name was used on the action figure, but fans have known Gaffer by that name long before the action figures were made. I have seen two Muppet Show Fan Club newsletters that refer to Gaffer as "Theater Cat". I guess that might have been a more official name by Henson, but was Gaffer ever called by name on The Muppet Show, or somehwere else? --Minor muppetz 01:23, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

THe Art of the Muppets identifies the character as "Gaffer, the backstage cat," in a photograph of the puppet with Kathryn Mullen (and probably other books as well). Whether it was ever used on-screen is unlikely, but it's certainly a valid name, not just a fan creation or something made up for a toy label. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 21:59, 19 February 2007 (UTC)


I notice there's no reference to Gaffer's gender in this article. I always assumed Gaffer was female because of performer Kathryn Mullen. But in an article from Muppet Magazine issue 4, Scooter refers to Gaffer as "he." Now, some of the writings in Muppet Magazine could sometimes stray from more canonical citings in say, The Muppet Show, but it's the only reference to gender I've ever come across.

Anyway, it's not that important to mention on our page, but I thought I'd drop a note here in case the question ever came up, or other sources surfaced. — Scott (talk) 01:55, 2 November 2006 (UTC)

That's good info, actually. Early on, an anon kept adding phrases like "she (or it)", which is why the current phrasing carefully avoids the subject. But it's good to note there's at least one source for the character's gender. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 02:00, 2 November 2006 (UTC)

Meowing Appearances

According to this article, Gaffer's only meowing appearance was in episode 523. However, I beleive that gaffer also meowed in episode 419, and this cat (I'm not sure if it's supposed to be a "He" or a "She") meowed (and made other cat noises) during Foo Foo's act in episode 520. --Minor muppetz 02:12, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

I went ahead and deleted the passage. It was a reworking from a claim that Gaffer "spoke" in the episode. --Andrew, Aleal 02:36, 1 March 2006 (UTC)