Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Apple

Written by Ed Castle. APPLE Performed by… Kathryn Mullen Only appearance… The Christmas Toy (1986) Best known role… Doll; playroom leader; The Christmas Toy the year before Rugby Tiger. WHO IS APPLE? For those who aren’t familiar with this special, think of it as a precursor to Toy Story, where a community of toys come to…

Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Riverbottom Nightmare Band

Written by Mike Baldasare and Ryan Dosier. RIVERBOTTOM NIGHTMARE BAND Performed by… Chuck Stoat (Frank Oz) Catfish (Dave Goelz) Stanley Weasel (Jerry Nelson) Fred Lizard (Richard Hunt) Howard Snake (Jim Henson) Only appearance… Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977) Best known roles… “The Nightmare” band, the last-minute addition to the Frogtown Hollow talent show Band members… The group…

Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Horatio the Elephant

Written by Ryan Dosier. HORATIO THE ELEPHANT Performed by… Joey Mazzarino First known appearance… Sesame Street Season 24, “Elephant Elevator Operator” song (1992) Most recent appearance… Sesame Street Season 44 (2013) Best known role… Random elephant; elevator operator; tutu-wearer WHO IS HORATIO THE ELEPHANT? Horatio the Elephant is one of the few full-body Muppet characters to inhabit Sesame…

Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Wrench Doozer

Written by Abigail Maughan. WRENCH DOOZER Performed by… Dave Goelz First appearance… Fraggle Rock Episode 208: “All Work and All Play” (1984) Most recent appearance… Fraggle Rock Episode 509: “Ring Around the Rock” (1987) Best known role… Cotterpin’s timid best friend Memorable quote… “Big deal! What’s so special about wanting to see what’s around a corner? I think…

Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Luncheon Counter Monster

Written by Ryan Dosier. LUNCHEON COUNTER MONSTER Performed by… Various First appearance… The Muppet Show Episode 206: Nancy Walker (1977) Most recent appearance… “Kermit’s Party” Video Shorts (2012) Best known role… Ravenous purple monster with a penchant for eating luncheon counter props WHO IS LUNCHEON COUNTER MONSTER? Luncheon Counter Monster is one of the many Muppet monsters…

Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Gorgon Heap

Written by Mike Baldasare. GORGON HEAP Performed by… Various First appearance… The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence (1975) Most recent appearance… The Muppet Movie (“The Rainbow Connection” Finale) The Muppets Character Encyclopedia book (2014) Best known role… One of the world’s greatest monster eaters Memorable quote… “Say, you look delicious!” WHO IS GORGON HEAP? Gorgon Heap is…

Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Leon

Written by Ryan Dosier. LEON Performed by… Kevin Clash First appearance… The Jim Henson Hour 101: Outer Space (1989) Most recent appearance… The Cosby Show: “Cliff’s Nightmare” (1990) Best known role… Con-man lizard at Muppet Central on The Jim Henson Hour WHO IS LEON? Leon is a sneaky, snarky, conniving pink and purple lizard who worked in Muppet Central…

Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Bubba the Rat

Written by Ryan Dosier. BUBBA THE RAT Performed by… Bill Barretta First appearance… Muppets From Space (1999) Most recent appearance… Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Best known role… Tough rat; leader of the lab rats in Muppets From Space Famous quote… “How ya doin’? I’m Bubba.” WHO IS BUBBA THE RAT? Bubba is the bulkier, muscular, tough guy rat who…

Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Lefty the Salesman

Written by Joseph Scarborough. LEFTY THE SALESMAN Performed by… Frank Oz Caroll Spinney (alternate) First appearance… Sesame Street Season 1: Episode 0079 (1969) Most recent appearance… Sesame Street “Storybook ABCs” book (2008) Best known role… Sesame Street’s shifty, shady-looking, trench coat-wearing letter salesman Memorable quote… “Psssst! Hey, bud! See this ‘U’? We had this ‘U’ in my family…