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{{song|writer=|composer=[[Scott Joplin]]|lyricist=John Brimhall|date=1902|source=|publisher=}}
 
{{song|writer=|composer=[[Scott Joplin]]|lyricist=John Brimhall|date=1902|source=|publisher=}}
[[Image:Entertainer.jpg|thumb|300px|Phyllis and the orchestra]]
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[[Image:Entertainer.jpg|thumb|300px|Phyllis Diller and the orchestra.]]
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[[Image:Berle01.jpg|thumb|300px|Milton Berle with Rowlf.]]
   
 
"'''The Entertainer'''" is a ragtime song (or a "rag") composed by Scott Joplin in 1902. Improbably, the instrumental composition became a top 10 hit in the 1970s as the theme music to the acclaimed film, ''The Sting''.
 
"'''The Entertainer'''" is a ragtime song (or a "rag") composed by Scott Joplin in 1902. Improbably, the instrumental composition became a top 10 hit in the 1970s as the theme music to the acclaimed film, ''The Sting''.
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[[Phyllis Diller]], backed by [[The Muppet Orchestra|the orchestra]], performs "'''The Entertainer'''" on the saxophone in ''[[The Muppet Show]]'' [[Episode 118: Phyllis Diller|episode 118]]. The number is played for comedy, as she misses many of the notes and the saxophone frequently squeaks. In this performance, the orchestra members include [[Rowlf the Dog]], [[Floyd Pepper]], [[Zoot]], [[Animal]], [[Nigel (Muppet Show)|Nigel]], [[Trumpet Girl]], and a [[Pigs|Pig]].
 
[[Phyllis Diller]], backed by [[The Muppet Orchestra|the orchestra]], performs "'''The Entertainer'''" on the saxophone in ''[[The Muppet Show]]'' [[Episode 118: Phyllis Diller|episode 118]]. The number is played for comedy, as she misses many of the notes and the saxophone frequently squeaks. In this performance, the orchestra members include [[Rowlf the Dog]], [[Floyd Pepper]], [[Zoot]], [[Animal]], [[Nigel (Muppet Show)|Nigel]], [[Trumpet Girl]], and a [[Pigs|Pig]].
   
On [[Episode 203: Milton Berle|episode 203]] of ''The Muppet Show'', [[Milton Berle]] explains to Rowlf that few people realize there are lyrics for the song before singing the first verse as a simple recitation with only Rowlf's piano accompaniment. He is then joined by a chorus of Muppets that includes [[Fozzie Bear]], [[Scooter]], [[Lydia]], a [[The Bouncing Borcellino Brothers|Bouncing Borcellino Brother]], a clown girl, and a pair of [[Whatnots]] who sing the second verse with a full arrangement before returning to Berle's solo. Fozzie's appearance in the number is out of character with his behavior in the rest of the episode, in which he is hiding from Milton Berle. [[Miss Piggy]] reprises the number for the [[UK Spots (The Muppet Show)|UK Spot]] in the same episode.
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On [[Episode 203: Milton Berle|episode 203]] of ''The Muppet Show'', [[Milton Berle]] explains to Rowlf that few people realize there are lyrics for the song before singing the first verse as a simple recitation with only Rowlf's piano accompaniment. He is then joined by a chorus of Muppets that includes [[Fozzie Bear]], [[Scooter]], [[Lydia]], a [[The Bouncing Borcellino Brothers|Bouncing Borcellino Brother]], a clown girl, and a pair of [[Whatnots]] who sing the second verse with a full arrangement before returning to Berle's solo. Fozzie's appearance in the number is out of character with his behavior in the rest of the episode, in which he is hiding from Milton Berle. [[Miss Piggy]] reprises the number for the [[UK Spots (The Muppet Show)|UK Spot]] in the same episode.
   
 
[[Kermit the Frog]] and [[Pepe the King Prawn]] sang a song to the tune of "The Entertainer" in a commercial for [[V-Chip]].
 
[[Kermit the Frog]] and [[Pepe the King Prawn]] sang a song to the tune of "The Entertainer" in a commercial for [[V-Chip]].
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Image:203-11.jpg|Miss Piggy's UK Spot reprise
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Image:Vhcip-jason.jpg|V-Chip commercial
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{{wikipedia|The Entertainer (rag)}}
 
{{wikipedia|The Entertainer (rag)}}

Revision as of 17:52, January 4, 2011

Music by Scott Joplin
Lyrics by John Brimhall
Date 1902
Entertainer

Phyllis Diller and the orchestra.

Berle01

Milton Berle with Rowlf.

"The Entertainer" is a ragtime song (or a "rag") composed by Scott Joplin in 1902. Improbably, the instrumental composition became a top 10 hit in the 1970s as the theme music to the acclaimed film, The Sting.

Phyllis Diller, backed by the orchestra, performs "The Entertainer" on the saxophone in The Muppet Show episode 118. The number is played for comedy, as she misses many of the notes and the saxophone frequently squeaks. In this performance, the orchestra members include Rowlf the Dog, Floyd Pepper, Zoot, Animal, Nigel, Trumpet Girl, and a Pig.

On episode 203 of The Muppet Show, Milton Berle explains to Rowlf that few people realize there are lyrics for the song before singing the first verse as a simple recitation with only Rowlf's piano accompaniment. He is then joined by a chorus of Muppets that includes Fozzie Bear, Scooter, Lydia, a Bouncing Borcellino Brother, a clown girl, and a pair of Whatnots who sing the second verse with a full arrangement before returning to Berle's solo. Fozzie's appearance in the number is out of character with his behavior in the rest of the episode, in which he is hiding from Milton Berle. Miss Piggy reprises the number for the UK Spot in the same episode.

Kermit the Frog and Pepe the King Prawn sang a song to the tune of "The Entertainer" in a commercial for V-Chip.

In a Super Grover 2.0 segment, a group of penguins try dancing to the song, but find a large block of ice is in their way.

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