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Paul Williams - Episode 8
Dates: June 22-24, 1976
PAUL WILLIAMS INTRO
Brian Henson: "Hi, I'm Brian Henson. This early episode of The Muppet Show is hosted by singer, songwriter, actor Paul Williams. This appearance marks the beginning of a long relationship between Paul and the Muppets. (Various clips of Paul's Muppet works are shown.) He composed the music for The Muppet Movie, Emmett Otter's Jug-band Christmas and a film that I directed, The Muppet Christmas Carol. In this episode one of the moments that I always remember is Paul singing probably his best-known hit an Old Fashioned Love Song." (A clip of this song from Paul's episode.)
"Another great moment to watch for is Bunsen Honeydew's first appearance. (A clip of Bunsen's first sketch.) You'll see that he's on his own and he's not with Beaker. Beaker didn't actually join the show until the following season. Here's Bunsen and Paul Williams in The Muppet Show."
Fozzie's joke: "New York is so crowded, even the cemeteries have standing room only!"
Gonzo's gong: Gonzo finally hits the gong, but shakes violently as a result. [Same as episode 5, Rita Moreno.]
promises to not make fun of Paul Williams' size even though
they will be making him an honorary Muppet.
monster serenades another as he rips off his body parts and
gives them to the other one. ("Hey, you wanna put MY chest
in YOUR chest?") [This number, done in one shot, took 22
wisely lacking confidence in his monologue on the War of 1812,
lets Scooter talk him into doing the classic Telephone Pole
Bit. There's just two snags; it's a duo scene with Scooter and
Fozzie's playing the telephone pole.
introduces "one of the most talented people in the business,
Mr. Paul Williams."
Paul sings, Muppet versions of him pop out of the radio providing
three part harmony. (And you thought Kermit was kidding about
making him a Muppet!)
MUPPET LABS [Debut]
Scientist Dr. Bunsen Honeydew introduces the labs' new All Purpose Tenderizer which keeps dishes from breaking and allows them to be folded up and snuggled with. ("Ooh, it sets me all a-quiver!")
ROWLF'S POETRY CORNER
recites an ode to "Silence", which in typical Muppet
fashion becomes quite loud as other Muppets wander onstage partaking
in the activities alluded to in the poem.
admits he has a special motive for being on "The Muppet
Show"; so that he can be the tallest person in the cast...but
then he meets Sweetums, Thog (from The Great Santa Claus Switch
and The Muppets Valentine
Show), and a Mutation.
unsure what to expect, practices by method acting as a telephone
pole. Hilda doubts anyone would confuse a bear with a pole until
an electrician lays telephone wire over his nose.
UK SKETCH: MUSICAL NUMBER: "I'M IN LOVE WITH A BIG BLUE FROG"
Louise sings a charming song about her frog beau ("The
neighbors are against it and it's clear to me/And it's probably
clear to you/They think the value of their property will go
right down/If the family next door is blue") backed by
a frog chorus including Kermit and Robin (from "The Frog
Prince"). [And no, while some of the frogs are blue, none
are particularly bigger than the others. This song appears on
the original Muppet
and Waldorf mock the frog chorus' "Grump grop grump grop,
ribbit ribbit ribbit's."
and Paul discuss famous short people in history including Wally
Blatner, inventor of the elevator shoe which Paul's wearing.
a lousy comedian, Fozzie's a very convincing actor - a woodpecker
knocks away at his head!
Day Monster alerts his travel agent (Paul) that he wishes to
go to Pittsburgh. When none of the travel options fit the monster's
budget, Paul drops a 5000 pound weight on him and mails him
brings on "my kind of people, Wayne and Wanda."
As Wayne saws Wanda in half, she attempts to warble "You Do Something to Me".
Newsman interviews retired shoe salesman Arnold Stockton (Paul)
about an extraordinary event which turns out to be a total non-story.
having just learned what the Telephone Pole Bit is, is convinced
the pair will die onstage, a paranoia further confirmed by the
vultures lurking about backstage.
introduces the comedy classic.
[Mike Oznowicsky is a reference to Frank Oz' puppeteer father, Mike Oznowicz.]
MUSICAL NUMBER: "SAD SONG"
by Rowlf on piano, Floyd on bass, Animal on drums, and Zoot
on sax, Paul sings his hit with a chorus of Muppets.
assures Kermit he loved every minute of the show until the big
monsters come back out.