KERMIT THE FROG
Interview by Wayne Chinsang
Illustration by Fphatty Lamar

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Wayne Chinsang: Congratulations on the Season One DVD release of The Muppet Show. Is it weird to look back on those episodes and think that you filmed them nearly 30 years ago?

Kermit the Frog: Those episodes were just plain weird the day we made them, so I don't see any reason they shouldn't seem weird almost 30 years later. But I don't really give much thought to the time that's passed. Y'see, we amphibians have a whole different sense of time. For frogs, 30 years is like a week and a half, give or take daylight-savings time.

WC: Nowadays, royalties on DVD sales for television shows end up being pretty good financially for the cast. Did the Muppets make out pretty well in negotiations?

KF: Financially? Gee, were we supposed to get paid to do those shows? Personally, I did the show out of a passion for show biz and entertaining people, plus all the flies I could eat at craft services. But I do know that Miss Piggy has done well financially. Not only did she get a percentage of the gross, but she got a rather large part of the back end, too. Gee, I wonder if she's going to take that wrong?

WC: So, you're turning 50 years old this year. Do you have any plans for a big 5-0 birthday bash?

KF: Absolutely! I'm hitting the road. And if you're a frog, that's a pretty brave thing to do.

WC: Your publicist told me that the first season of The Muppet Show on DVD is just the first item planned to help celebrate your 50th. What other things does the company have lined up this year?

KF: Publicist? Company? Who have you been talking to? It's just me, the pig, the bear, a whatever… and the rest of the Muppets. I think we're victims of identity theft here. Whoever you talked to, they're right. We've got big plans: the release of The Muppet Show, re-mastered editions of four Muppet movies-- with lots of extras-- and some surprises and new productions that are so secret that even we don't know about them. Stick around, and we'll all find out what happens next.

WC: The DVD for The Wizard of Oz television special will be released the same day as the show set, and in that special you played the part of The Scarecrow. I was wondering how much preparation you had to go through before shooting to play the part of someone without a brain?

KF: Playing The Scarecrow was a real no-brainer. (pauses for rim shot) Sorry, that's what happens when you pick up Fozzie Bear's interview notes by mistake. Oh, here's another one: "The key to playing The Scarecrow is to always remember that he's someone who is truly outstanding in his field. Get it? He's a scarecrow. Out... standing in his field?" I think Fozzie ought to get a refund on this material. Actually, speaking for myself here, it was an honor to play The Scarecrow. I just watched what Ray Bolger did and tried to imagine what he'd have done if he were a short frog with spindly arms and legs.

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