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Count kermit walk this way

The Count asks Kermit to "Walk this way..."


German Animal t-shirt (2013).

Walk this way is an old-established joke that has its roots in vaudeville. Relying for its punchline on the linguistic double usage of "way" as both a direction and manner, the joke is perhaps most familiar to modern audiences via Mel Brooks in many of his films, including Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Spaceballs and Young Frankenstein.

Brooks, however, is not the only purveyor. Monty Python's Flying Circus used the line as a running gag, and the joke has been used or referenced in films and television shows ranging from M*A*S*H, Daffy Duck cartoons, and The Three Stooges shorts to Rugrats, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Garfield and Friends and Animaniacs. Brooks' version also inspired a 1975 song by Aerosmith.

The Muppets have followed this comedic tradition, incorporating the classic gag on several occassions.

Uses of the joke

  • In the Fraggle Rock episode "Space Frog Follies," Uncle Travelling Matt tells Wembley to "walk this way" as they exit Gobo and Wembley's room. Wembley does, imitating Matt's clumsiness on the way out.
  • In a 2011 episode of Sesame Street, Alan and Chris are about to demonstrate their Bubble Fest Finale. They tell child Crystal to "walk this way" and exit in a hammy, barker-like manor. Crystal does the same.
  • A Muppet t-shirt first sold in 2013 in Germany, depicts Animal (illustrated) walking is his typically hunched over posture, and the words "Walk This Way," with the sub line "Rock'n'Roll 1976." Although this image with Muppet rocker Animal could simply be a reference to the Aerosmith song "Walk This Way" that was a top-charting Rock'n'Roll hit in 1976, rather than a play on the classic vaudeville gag.

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