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September 29th, 2005


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10:56 am - nota bene
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god damn!

Suffice it to say, I've learned some sad news from Jim Hill's website: Jerry Juhl, brilliant writer and one of the creative souls behind the Muppets, passed away this Monday. Juhl's wife told Jim and other writers not to be maudlin but instead silly, so I was writing all one of my favorite jokes of his (tho Jack Burns may have had a hand in it): the running gag in the original Muppet Movie script about Henry Kissinger's quest in an "ill-fitting sheriff's outfit" to get a part in Kermit's movie. We know it's impossible," the screenplay advises with that delightful Muppet optimism, "but we'll get him anyway." Sadly, Kermit keeps advising Henry that they tried and they tried, but they couldn't find a part for our favorite Teutonic Machivellian. "I paid for the sheriff suit myself," Kissinger grouses in one scene, before finding a happy ending as the fifth head on Mount Rushmore. This only partly explains the KISSINGERPHONE at the end of a certain CAT TOWN episode, but anyway.

Now it's your turn. Juhl wrote, or helped write, so many Muppet ventures, from Sam & Friends in Baltimore to their first longer television specials such as Hey Cinderella! to Sesame Street and Muppet Show pieces to most every single Muppet movie out there (with the exception of The Muppets Take Manhattan, apparently.) Surely there's a joke of his in there somewhere that you remember and love -- and hopefully can identify as his.

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From:aussie_nyc
Date:September 29th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Stacy and I were fortunate to see Jerry Juhl at a Henson film festival at BAM last year. He was full of good stories about how the whole group was able to be so serious and dedicated yet be having fun the whole time.
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From:lexinatrix
Date:September 29th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
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The People's Republic of Radio tells me that there is now a Miss Piggy stamp being printed.
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From:wellstar
Date:September 29th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Not just Miss Piggy.

(No, this is not a fond memory, it is blatant public service/consumerism. I have my four sheets safe and sound, so I can now alert the rest of the world to their existence.)
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From:weds
Date:September 29th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Hold on. I have to plan something.

crap.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 29th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)

Keith

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(Car crashes through the Happiness Hotel. Chef storms out of the kitchen carrying a large pot with a steering wheel jammed in it.)

[CHEF]: "Hoonde flurnde hoonde doo!"

[POPS]: "Looks like Steering Wheel Souffle for dinner."

[JANICE]: "AGAIN?"
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From:gilana
Date:September 29th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
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So how do you know which bits were his?

One of my all-time favorites is a little long to post in its entirety. Suffice it to say:

Good grief, the comedian's a bear!

I actually have a teddy bear naked except for a necktie in homage to that skit.
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From:tablesaw
Date:September 29th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
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I just watched one of my favorite Fraggle Rock episodes, written by Jerry Juhl. No jokes, per se, but a really good revival song for Jim Henson's Convincing John.

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