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The Muppets Valentine Show
An early Muppet Show pilot from 1974 that misinformed me about where babies come from. Guests: Brian Arnold, Joey O.
Bonus Episode: Love and dynamite are in the air as I introduce 2 guests to 1974’s “The Muppets Valentine Show,” an early pilot of what would eventually become The Muppet Show, guest-starring a pregnant Mia Farrow.
On This Episode
- Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), your typewriter-bound host wearing sunglasses indoors whom you’ll never see again.
- Brian Arnold (@phillyradiogeek) from Me and You and a Blog Named Boo.
- Joey O. (@ImGonnaDJ24) from Y-Not Radio and Words with Nerds.
About the Special
Topics and Tangents
- Jim Henson’s Red Book entry about getting this pilot green-lit by some guy at ABC named Mike Eisner. (Yep, that one.)
- Hey, fellow kids, remember typewriters?
- We quickly touch on Crazy Harry’s original incarnation as “Crazy Donald” and then immediately drop it.
- Before Miss Piggy, Kermit loved Miss Mousey. Corporate foreshadowing!
- George the Janitor is simultaneously UHF’s Stanley Spadowski and WWE’s Perry Saturn.
- George and Mildred took a back seat after this pilot, but were regular partners on The Muppet Show’s “At the Dance” sketch.
- The morose Muppet Droop had a quick cameo, alongside a bunch of other Muppets, in the Cosby Show episode, “Cliff’s Nightmare.”
- This is the first appearance of Kermit the Frog riding a bicycle.
- You gotta know what a crumpet is to understand cricket.
- Mia Farrow sings Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms, a 19th-century love song I remember better from the recurring Looney Tunes musical bomb gag.
- The first time I remember hearing the word “sex.”
- Brian on the Candy Apple News Company, which you can now watch an episode of on YouTube.
Previous Episodes of This Podcast Mentioned
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