The Talking Houses appeared in their own recurring sketch during the first season of The Muppet Show. Each sketch consisted of a single joke told between two houses, usually about one of their relatives but always about a building of some sort. Because the Houses never appeared outside of their sketches, it was never made clear whether they were supposed to be full-sized or in scale with the show's other Muppets.
The Houses' first six appearances featured jokes told between House #1 and House #2 on the left side of the screen. House #3 and House #4 only spoke in the final sketch on episode 119.
At the end of The Muppet Show Comic Book: Pigs in Space, Rizzo the Rat suggests a movie idea featuring the houses: "Talking Houses: The Next Generation". The Muppet Show Comic Book: On the Road #2 features a similar sketch, with talking caravans instead of houses.
- John Lovelady as House #1 (Jerry Nelson performed this house in episode 107)
- Jerry Nelson as House #2
- Frank Oz as House #3
- Eren Ozker as House #4
- House 2: I hear your son, the hotel, has become interested in his religion.
- House 1: Oh, interested isn't the word. He's seriously thinking about becoming a monastery.
- House 2: My wife's not feeling well.
- House 1: Sorry to hear it. What's wrong?
- House 2: She's got the shingles.
- House 2: My brother has ghosts in his attic.
- House 1: Sounds scary.
- House 2: Yeah, he's on the top 10 most haunted list.
- House 1: My mother is very religious.
- House 2: She's a fanatic?
- House 1: No, she's a church.
- House 1: My insides are killing me!
- House 2: Oh, ulcers?
- House 1: No, movers.
- House 2: My uncle's into poetry, he loves Edgar Guest.
- House 1: Why?
- House 2: Why else? He's a guest house.
- House 3: My youngest boy is very interested in medicine.
- House 4: He's a doctor?
- House 3: No, a hospital.
- The Muppet Show Comic Book Issue #4 - Miss Piggy's Story