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Friday, February 09, 2007

Muppet Question # 21 Answered

On Tuesday, 6th February, 2007 at 8:56:37 AM, Spankk emailed me and said ...

Who would you say the most famous guest they ever had on the Muppet Show was?

That's a hard question to answer; largely because it depends on whether you meant 'most famous' in relation to the time the episodes went to air, or in terms of today. It is also a subjective notion in regards to what part of the world you hail from.

And of course it's all relative anyway, according to individual tastes.

For my money, it'd have to be one of the following: Steve Martin, Christopher Reeve, Julie Andrew, Bob Hope, Raquel Welch or John Cleese.

However, it's highly likely that everyone reading this will have a different opinion, so here's a story in pictures of just some* of the most famous special guests ever to feature on The Muppet Show:

* "some" = 75

The Cast of Star Wars

Alan Arkin

Alice Cooper

Andy Williams

Bernadette Peters

Bob Hope

Brooke Shields

Candice Bergen

Carol Burnett

Candice's father Edgar Bergen (and his famous
ventriloquist-dummy partner, Charlie McCarthy)

Cheryl Ladd

Christopher Reeve

Cloris Leachman

Connie Stevens

Roy Rogers and his wife Dale Evans

Danny Kaye

Debbie Harry

Diana Ross

Dizzy Gillespie

Dom DeLuise

Don Knotts

Dudley Moore

Elton John

Ethel Merman

Florence Henderson (Carol Brady)

Gene Kelly

George Burns

Gilda Radner

Glenda Jackson

Harry Belafonte

Helen Reddy
(incidentally the only Aussie on the list)

James Coburn

Jean Stapleton

Jim Nabors

Joan Baez

Joel Grey

John Cleese

John Denver

Johnny Cash

Jonathan Winters

Julie Andrews

Kenny Rogers

Leo Sayer
(now residing in Australia)

Lesley Ann Warren


Linda Ronstadt

Liza Minnelli

Loretta Swit

Lynda Carter

Lynn Redgrave

Madeline Kahn

Marty Feldman

Milton Berle

Paul Simon

Paul Williams

Peter Sellers

Peter Ustinov

Phyllis Diller

Raquel Welch

Rich Little

Kris Kristofferson and then-wife Rita Coolidge

Roger Moore

Rudolf Nureyev

Ruth Buzzi

SeƱor Wences

Shirley Bassey

Spike Milligan

Steve Martin

Sylvester Stallone

Tony Randall


Valerie Harper

Victor Borge

Vincent Price

Zero Mostel

So how does my list compare with yours, gentle readers? Anyone I've left off this list that you'd like to contest? Or is the person you deem "most famous" amongst the smiling faces above?



At Friday, February 09, 2007 12:05:00 pm, Blogger meva said...

Look how young Brooke Shields is!

And wasn't Spike Milligan an Aussie?

At Friday, February 09, 2007 12:15:00 pm, Blogger BEVIS said...

Nah, that's a common misconception about Spike Milligan. He was actually born in India and was of Irish descent. He spent a fair bit of time out here, though, because the rest of his family moved to Australia after his parents retired. :)

As for Brooke Shields, check out her mega-thick eyebrows!

At Friday, February 09, 2007 12:22:00 pm, Anonymous Tyson said...

As for which celebrity most resembles a muppet, I've always thought that Miss Piggy and Lynda Carter were related. They have exactly the same eyes and high cheek bones. That photo confirms my suspicions!

At Friday, February 09, 2007 1:41:00 pm, Blogger Javatari said...

I know of at least one person missing, who is the person I refer to in the last muppet question I asked you. But I'll leave it up to you to answer that one.

At Friday, February 09, 2007 1:54:00 pm, Blogger BEVIS said...

Tyson, I just have to say: "Rowrrr!"

Don't worry, Javatari, I haven't forgotten that question. If you're referring to someone with the initials DH, that Muppet Question will be answered in due course. :)

At Friday, February 09, 2007 2:41:00 pm, Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

i was going to say i'd be sure don knotts would have appeared, but there he was.

also, seeing the gomer pyle guy reminded me of that show. i'd forgotten about that.


At Friday, February 09, 2007 5:55:00 pm, Blogger Bet said...

Boy, would I love to see the Alan Arkin ep. Wonder if it will ever see the light of day?

If you're talking "famous at the time," I'd have to go with Elton John. I can remember when that episode aired, it was all the rage around my teenaged world.

At Friday, February 09, 2007 10:45:00 pm, Anonymous sbr said...


Surely for genuine proper old-school star power on that list it's hard to go past Gene Kelly.

At Friday, February 09, 2007 11:00:00 pm, Blogger BEVIS said...

Gene Kelly, Don Knotts, Elton John ... all classics, all very famous. But you see my point about the notion of "most famous" being entirely relative? :)

Bet, welcome! The Alan Arkin episode was featured in season four (of five), and fans of the show are still holding our breath for season two to be released on DVD. The optimist in me says it'll be released in its own sweet time; the pessimist in me adds that "its own sweet time" will probably be something like October 2148.

At Saturday, February 10, 2007 4:49:00 pm, Blogger R H said...

Bob Hope. Funniest American ever.

Debbie Harry. Wooh!

But Liberace? You must be kidding!

Marvellous. I loved the Muppets. Cute, and enormously funny.

At Monday, February 12, 2007 10:13:00 pm, Blogger Mars said...

i love that pic of Dizzy Gillespie... what cheeks!

most famous though... elton, liza, sylvester, bob hope, johhny cash. they're all huge.. i can't choose one!

At Tuesday, February 13, 2007 4:23:00 pm, Blogger Spankk said...

Did the Fraggles ever have any famous guests?

At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 2:27:00 pm, Blogger R H said...

Yes, hard to pick the most famous, some fade a bit. Right now I'd say Elton.

At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 7:15:00 pm, Blogger R H said...

I vote for Liberace as the most extraordinary.

I'd like to have seen it.


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