The Muppet Show Musical Guests


The Muppet Show was a prime-time, comedy-variety show which ran from 1976 until 1981.  It was created for kids, but each week Kermit the Frog and the Muppets invited a human guest to join them at the famed Muppet Theater.  Few prime time shows had a guest list this outstanding, and no other show featured such great guests singing with puppets. Here are eleven favorites.

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& the Muppets Jug Band with “Dueling Banjos”

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Alice Cooper Performs “Schools Out”

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Johnny Cash Sings “Orange Blossom Special”

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Dudley Moore sings “Mama Don’t Allow” with ‘Mama’

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Buddy Rich Drum Battle vs Animal

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Elton John Sings “Crocodile Rock”

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Rita Moreno Sings “Fever” with Animal

(Rita won an Emmy for this episode)

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John Cleese Doesn’t Sing a Song

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sings “Cigarettes & Whiskey”

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Kris Kristofferson & Miss Piggy Sing “Help Me Make It Through the Night”

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Dizzy Gillespie & The Electric Mayhem “Swing Low Sweet Cadillac”

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24 Comments

  1. Archbishop Boozebag

    May 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Pothead Pepper , where is the G.G. Allin episode ?

  2. Maybrick

    May 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    You missed Cheryl Ladd. 

    • Foggy_Otis

      May 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Maybrick This could have easily been a 42!

  3. Binary Daoist

    May 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    It ain’t easy being green….
    Show always reminded me of HeeHaw

  4. harlequincy

    May 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    The word Muppet is just strange…I’m w/ Bennington…fuck’em.

  5. Craggy Mac Migillicuty

    May 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    My two Favorite were Linda Ronsat Singing, Blue Byou, and Elton John, singing Good Bye Yellow Brick Road!

    • Craggy Mac Migillicuty

      May 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      excuse my spelling, hard to type on my Phone..

  6. drewodrew

    May 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Huey Lewis sang “It’s hip to be a square,” on Sesame Street.

    • thiazzi

      May 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      drewodrew Seems fitting.

  7. Brian_Baker

    May 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Loretta Swit sang “I Feel The Earth Move” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oxVayUe56U

  8. TheBMD1

    May 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I haaaaaaaate muppets. They always creeped me out as a kid. I refuse to click any of the videos above or I might not sleep tonight. I am pretty sure it all stems from realizing the finality of death and my own mortality while watching The Muppet Show.

  9. thiazzi

    May 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Half mop, half puppet!

  10. Homestar2013

    May 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    how great to sing cigarettes and whiskey on a “family/ kids” show.  Fucking brilliant!  no wonder i’m a drunk from the 60s and 70s

  11. harlequincy

    May 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    They should just have a character who wears a fuckin mop on his head…call him Moppit

  12. Homestar2013

    May 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    to bad Duddley didnt sing JJ Cales version of Mama Don’t!
    “mama don’t allow no reefer smoking in here” that would have been better than “cigs and whiskey”

  13. Foggy_Otis

    May 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Buddy Rich is in there just for YOU- Popcorn!

  14. justForRon0Fez

    May 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    how does animal play those drums so well?  He almost had em!

  15. Foggy_Otis

    May 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    joeinjersey 75 Just remember- No fucking the puppets!

  16. FLprodivider66

    May 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I’m thinking Buddy Rich was playing Animal’s part also??…still great though! : )

    • Clover leaf

      May 1, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      FLprodivider66 that was the best one.

  17. FLprodivider66

    May 1, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Where’s Elmo playing “what’s in your pants” with the young Gary Coleman? Hehe

  18. Clover leaf

    May 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Dizzy Gillespie Dressed as a stereotypical Arab, singing about a Cadillac… Truly it was a different time.

  19. Gunner

    May 1, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I remember watching these every Saturday night. Brings back good childhood memories. Fuck I’m gettin old!

  20. ecupirate

    May 2, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Muppet, more like hand up someones ass