The Muppet Show (1976–1981)
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The Stars of Star Wars 

While the Star Wars characters search for Chewbacca around the theatre, Luke's cousin, Mark Hamill, offers to perform over the objections of the Gershwin gargling guest star, Angus McGonagle.

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Peter Harris
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Mark Hamill ... Himself - Special Guest Star / Luke Skywalker
Anthony Daniels ... C-3PO
Peter Mayhew ... Chewbacca
Frank Oz ... Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy / Animal (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Angus McGonagle / Dr. Julius Strangepork / Floyd Pepper / Robin the Frog / Eel / Announcer (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Scooter / Statler / Janice / Shepherd / Shark (voice)
Dave Goelz ... Gonzo / Zoot (voice)
Louise Gold Louise Gold ... Mother Fish (voice)
Steve Whitmire ... Sheep (voice)
Kathryn Mullen ... Additional Muppets (voice)
Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog / Link Hogthrob / Waldorf / Muppet Newsman (voice)
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Storyline

Kermit has booked Angus McGonagle, an Argyle gargoyle who can gargle Gershwin, when Luke Skywalker, C-3PO and R2-D2 crash through a wall. They have come to the theatre to search for Chewbacca. Kermit is thrilled to have the stars of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) on the show, until he finds out that they will not actually be performing. Luke tries to appease Kermit by bringing in his "cousin", Mark Hamill, but Mark's singing and dancing does not impress Kermit, and when Mark and Angus gargle Gershwin together, it leads Kermit to throw him out. The search for Chewbacca sees the Star Wars stars hijack the Swinetrek, so First Mate Piggy substitutes herself for Princess Leia, and the crew find that Chewbacca is imprisoned by Gonzo, who has become "Dearth Nadir". Written by Allister Coots

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Comedy | Family | Music

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1980 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Hamill along with R2-D2, C-3PO, and Chewbacca from the Star Wars movies guest starred in one episode. This was largely an outgrowth of Frank Oz's work as Yoda in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). See also trivia for The Muppet Show: The Stars of Star Wars (1980). See more »

Quotes

Waldorf: Do you think there's life in outer space?
Statler: There's certainly none in this theater.
[they both laugh]
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Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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"Oh no, it's Dearth Nadir!"
9 March 2018 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

From what I've seen of "The Muppet Show", the best guest stars know how to play along. You can tell that Kris Kristofferson found it an awkward gig . . . on the other hand, Paul Simon (total non-actor) uses his seriousness as a musician while offering the occasional eye-roll at the hijinks. It works.

But Mark Hamill seems genuinely happy to be there, hamming it up at every turn and going all-in with the musical numbers. This episode aired three months ahead of "The Empire Strikes Back", so it's hard to dismiss his appearance as publicity-related. But there he is, beaming like he's just now made it on prime-time. That look of joy speaks volumes. And seeing Miss Piggy dressed as Princess Leia is one of the best images I've ever seen.

God, this was such a good show.

9/10


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