Posted November 17, 2011 10:34 AM
It seems that the Muppets always make an appearance in 8H right around the start of the holiday season to help SNL get in the spirit, usually via song, so it came as no surprise when they crashed Blake Lively's monologue after they shared a brief encounter the night before at a Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting party. And if we here at SNL have learned anything from our long history with the Muppets it's that they love singing and they love monologues!
Enjoy Blake Lively joined by Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal, Beaker and the Swedish Chef as they share a holiday tune... thankfully from the public domain. From Blake Lively's December 5th 2009 show here's "Muppet Monologue!"
Posted November 16, 2011 2:31 PM
Hope you all caught the Muppet mention in Tuesday's promos with Jason Segel and Vanessa Bayer. They were funny and informative: now we all know that in the future, if a lady asks you what Muppet she would be, the answer is NEVER Miss Piggy. Ever. Perhaps that's why Miss Piggy is noticeably absent from this sketch where our cast take on the roles of Rowlf, Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal, Beaker, Zoot, Janice and the Swedish Chef for a Muppet adventure gone horribly awry.
The idea for this sketch was born out of two people's Muppet impressions: Andy Samberg's Swedish Chef and Seth Rogen's Rowlf. The writers here were eagerly trying to find places to utilize Andy's Swedish Chef impression since he first performed it during his original audition for SNL and they finally found their moment when Seth Rogen hosted his first time in 2007 and announced during writers' night that the only impression he could do was of Rowlf from the Muppets due to their similarly scruffy voices. And with that, the cast as Muppets sketches were born. Here, from Rogen's second time hosting, on April 4th 2009, is "Muppet Bus."
Posted November 15, 2011 12:14 PM
Jason Segel, this week's host, is a huge Muppet fan, so huge in fact that he wrote and is starring in the upcoming Muppet movie, "The Muppets." And he's not the only one. We here at SNL have a long, storied history of Muppet love going all the way back to an appearance of Jim Henson's muppets in the first ever SNL show! And to celebrate our mutual love, we'll be revisiting some of our favorite SNL Muppet moments all week long.
First up in the Muppet Mayhem, is "Christmas Treat with the Muppets" from the December 18th 2004 show when Horatio replaced Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan with Kermit, Gonzo, Fozie and Animal during their classic, "I Wish It Were Christmas Today" song. Man, Kermit has got some serious dance moves!