QotD: Celebrational Muppetational!

Who is your favorite Muppet? Why?
QotD submitted by knitwitology.vox.com.

This is an easy one. By and far the greatest Muppet ever is Beaker. He was the most true to life puppet out there. He didn’t have Fozzie’s dashing good looks, Kermit’s velvet charm or Scooter’s Mensa-like brain. No sir, Beaker got up every morning, put on the same close and went to the same job for the same ne’er-do-well boss (who clearly violated Federal safety codes on a regular basis) for a pay scale that I can only imagine is the puppet equivalent of “entry level.” Beaker is every man; he is one of us.


  1. Peter Norton on 19 July 2006 at 2:50 am

    Is Beaker wearing shorts??? Is he a closet surfer?

  2. Max von Fischgeist on 19 July 2006 at 5:54 am

    The Swedish Chef, of course, is the best Muppet. He’s totally hurdy-gurdy-yordy-gordy… I think Mud(d) just ripped off the Swedish Chef when it came time to pick a personality.

    Or maybe those old guys up in the balcony that just laugh bitterly at everything.

  3. Nigel Underfoot, 11th Ear on 20 July 2006 at 9:52 am

    As a child no two muppets grated on me more than Statler and Waldorf, the two geezers in the balcony. Their peanut gallery remarks brought the show to a halt for me every time. Now, as an adult, I fully appreciate the two for their genius, a genius we don’t notice as children watching them on TV. Statler and Waldorf are what all of us in time become: Experienced veterans in the game of life who can look down upon the dregs of society and criticize them to no avail. It’s something we all secretly aspire to.

    Besides, they are the only muppets who still have a show: From the Balcony

  4. Lordleiter on 21 July 2006 at 7:10 am

    See, I totally thought of Statler and Waldorf right off the bat too, but the question indicated a singular Muppet. And I couldn’t choose one of those old coots over the other. And I don’t know how awesome one of those guys would be on their own…so I went with Beaker. I’m sure that means I read WAY too much into the question. But full marks to Statler and Waldorf as well.

  5. Miranda on 20 July 2006 at 7:11 am

    As a walking nerve (Who? Me overly sensitive?) I always felt bad for Gonzo because no one seemed to really like him. Plus he looked like he smelled funny. God, I am a SAP!

  6. Anastasia Beaverhausen on 20 July 2006 at 8:07 am

    Kermit is the best. He can sing sweetly about the rainbow connection, fend off that whore Miss Piggy, and overextend his jaw in maniacal frenzy when something goes wrong, usually as a result of something my second favorite muppet, Animal, has done. Go green!

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