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Miss Piggy with adoring guests George Hamilton and John Ritter

Snackcercise

Piggy advises to "snackcercise"

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Ritter impersonating Miss Piggy.

The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show is a one-hour television special starring the glamorous Miss Piggy, which aired on ABC on September 17, 1982. Miss Piggy hosts her own variety show, with special guests John Ritter, George Hamilton, and Andy Kaufman (as "Tony Clifton"). The special was filmed in Toronto between August 9 and 24 1982[1]

Under the direction of Kermit the Frog, the Muppets work in the studio control room and, amidst chaos, manage to keep the show on the air. Throughout the show, a romantic triangle develops among Miss Piggy, Ritter (who is smitten with the pig) and Hamilton (who is deeply uncomfortable with the star's romantic inclinations).

Highlights include:

  • Miss Piggy demonstrates her aerobic "Snackcercise routine".
  • Hamilton and Miss Piggy appear as King and Queen of The Luau at a Polynesian-style ceremony.
  • Ritter assists consumer advocate Miss Piggy in the segment "Don't Take It Lying Down Sucker".
  • Vegas-style entertainer Clifton sings a medley of pop songs and show tunes.
  • Kermit becomes jealous when Miss Piggy performs a love scene with Hamilton as Cary Grant.
  • Miss Piggy sings a solo rendition of "You Light Up My Life" and leads a musical salute to the year.
  • Hamilton sings "Three Times a Lady" to her, and joins her for a medley of standards and love songs.

As the program concludes, Miss Piggy throws a tantrum and walks off the show after arguing with the network vice president about whether her show is a special or the pilot for a series. She laments, "I'm too delicate for show business."

Notes

  • Steve Whitmire Cameos throughout the program as one of four back-up singers.
  • Jocelyn Stevenson can be seen applauding in the audience as Tony Clifton finishes "The Old Black Magic."
  • An Ernie and Bert Sketch from Sesame Street can be seen on one of the monitors in the control room.
  • A music video was filmed for "Lift the One You Love" (from the Aerobique album), probably during this special's shoot, as it uses the same set and setup as "Snackcercise." The music video was not released, and a brief clip was later seen in Henson's Inner Tube pilot.


Credits

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Guest Stars: John Ritter, Tony Clifton

Special Guest Star: George Hamilton

Producer/Director: Jim Henson

Co-Producer: Diana Birkenfield

Writers: Buz Kohan and Henry Beard

Associate Producer: Martin Baker

Music Arranged and Conducted by: Joe Raposo

Cast: Tom Harvey as Pretend Network V.P.

Muppet Performers: Frank Oz, Jim Henson, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen, Karen Prell, Steve Whitmire, Terry Angus (uncredited)

Choreographer: Anita Mann

Lighting Designer: John Rook

Costume Designer: Ann Hollowood

Miss Piggy's Stunning Gowns: Calista Hendrickson

Assistant Choreographer: Jeffrey Hornaday

Dance Music: Lenny La Croix

Miss Piggy's Staff: Polly Smith, Rollin Krewson, Mimi Kingsley

Program Assistant: Ritamarie Peruggi

Video releases

Sources

  1. Jim Henson's Red Book August 14, 2012.

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