A brief history of Kermit doppelgangers and a bonus tutorial!
I finally get to take the wife to see The Muppets: Most Wanted tonight. I got to see it a couple of weeks before it opened (I know a guy) and I’m stoked to see it again. I enjoyed The Muppets, but it felt like a reboot, and more of a vehicle for Jason Segal than a MUPPET movie. I’m not complaining! Kudos to Segal for doing the damned near impossible (judging from recent history, i.e. Muppets in Space): making a GOOD Muppet movie!
The Muppets Most Wanted puts the Muppets front and center. And it introduces us to a new Kermit imposter, Constantine, The World’s Most Dangerous Frog!
But this isn’t the first time Kermit has been replaced …
Kermit the Pig
In a second season episode of The Muppet Show, the pigs takeover the show. Performed by Dave Goelz, this is probably the most frightening of the Kermitgangers. At least it was to me as a little kid!
Season one of the Muppet Show gave us this guy, who seemed like an explosion of Kermit id — up to no end of mischief. We also get a Kermit take on the old Marx-bros mirror gag! (A gag that is revisited by Kermit and Constantine.)
Lenny the Lizard
The Steve Martin episode of The Muppet Show is my all-time favorite. Martin shows up to host only to discover that it’s open audition night at The Benny Vandergast Memorial Theater (better known as The Muppet Theater nowadays). The only show to air without an added laugh track, the laughing and applause you hear is coming from the crew and performers watching the performances. Great stuff.
Baskerville the Dog (in Fozzie Bear-esque polka dotted tie and brown porkpie) kills in his audition as comic. Fozzie gives him the ol’ vaudeville hook and yells, “Next!”
Says Kermit, “C’mon, Fozzie, you’re taking all this too personally!”
Next up is Lenny the Lizard (Richard Hunt) auditioning to be the emcee.
“NEXT!” yells Kermit.
Kermit the Forg, Kermit the Gorf, Kermit the Grof (Honorable Mentions)
Not really Kermitgangers per se, but this bit from Sesame Street stands out in memory:
BONUS! Make Your Own Constantine PEZ Dispenser Tutorial!
And now, because the internet is fueled by DIY and lists (and cats, but the wife is allergic, so I’ve got nothing), it is with almost patriotic pride that I present to you the Make Your Own Constantine PEZ Dispenser Tutorial!
STEP 1: Obtain a Kermit PEZ dispenser:
STEP 2: Using a fine point Sharpie, draw a mole:
STEP 3: You’re all done! “Hi-lo! I yam Kyermeet the Frerg …”
What did YOU think of The Muppets: Most Wanted? What sort of pointless tutorial would you like to see next? Let me know!