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Sept 24th : Happy Birthday, Jim Henson!

It’s Jim Henson’s birthday today – He created the Muppets.

The Muppets are a group of puppet characters created by Jim Henson. Individually, a Muppet is made by Jim Henson or his company’s workshop. Although the term is often used to refer to any puppet that resembles the distinctive style of The Muppet Show, the term is both an informal name and legal trademark linked to the characters created by Henson.

The word “Muppet” itself was said by Henson to have been created by combining the words “Marionette” and “puppet”. However, Henson was also known to have stated that it was just something he liked the sound of, and he made up the “marionette/puppet” story while talking to a journalist because it sounded plausible.

In addition to incredibly puppetry and slapstick humor, The Muppet Show featured many amazing musical acts – They even had their own band! Jim Henson truly left no stone unturned.

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Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem is the name of a Muppet rock band of the The Muppet Show. Following The Muppet Show, they appeared in various Muppet movies and television specials, and have also recorded album tracks. Dr. Teeth was designed by Jim Henson, while the rest of the original band members were designed by Michael K. Frith.

The band consists of Dr. Teeth on vocals and keyboards, Janice on guitar, Sgt. Floyd Pepper on bass guitar, Zoot on saxophone and Animal on drums. In season five of the show, Lips joined the band on trumpet. Animal, Floyd and Zoot also played in the Muppet Show pit band, performing the opening and closing themes and underscoring most of the Muppet Show performances. Lips and occasionally Janice appeared in the orchestra in later episodes. Though Lips made some appearances with the group after The Muppet Show ended production, the group later reverted to its original line-up.

Harry Belafonte perfoms on The Muppet Show.

Our favorite musical act from The Muppet Show has to be Mahna Mahna:

P.S. Jim Henson also wrote songs – including the opening theme for The Muppet Show.