The Muppets interview: ‘I’d love to work with Meryl Streep in our next movie’

As Muppets Most Wanted hits theaters, we get inside the heads of the world’s most famous puppets, including a certain porcine leading lady

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Photograph: Jay Maidment

Fozzie Bear


Who was the biggest diva on the set?
I refuse to answer on the grounds that Miss Piggy might karate-chop me.

What’s an unfair assumption that people make about you?
That I ad-lib my entire act. It’s not true. All of my jokes are carefully crafted by myself and my ace comedy writer, Gags Beasley. They may not be funny, but we do write ’em down before I tell ’em.

What’s your favorite thing to do in—or favorite thing about—New York City?
I love to go to the comedy clubs! So many big and up-and-coming comedy stars got their start right here in New York. Carolines, the Comedy Cellar, Stand Up NY… I’ve played them all. And I’m hoping they’ll let me back in someday.

If you had to pick one of your fellow Muppets to be your sidekick, who would you choose and why?
Oh, Kermit is my pal and buddy, but I am his sidekick. Frogs are natural leaders. Bears prefer to stand slightly to the side in case the audience starts throwing stuff.

If there’s another Muppet movie, who would be your dream costar?
We have worked with so many great stars, I cannot even think of who else to ask. Does my comedy writer, Gags Beasley, count as a star? ’Cause if he does, I’d love to have him in the next movie. He could really use the residuals.


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