- Statler and Waldorf
colour text =
The Muppet Show
name = Statler and Waldorf
caption = Waldorf (left) and Statler (right)
creator = Bonnie Erickson
portrayer = Waldorf:
Jim Henson(1975–1990), Dave Goelz(1992-present), Victor Yerrid(Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony)
Statler: Richard Hunt (1976–1991),
Jerry Nelson(1975,1992-2001), Steve Whitmire(2002 - present), Drew Massey(Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony)
The Muppet Show: 120
Muppet Babies: 6
Muppets Tonight: 22
Reel Classic Extra: 11
alias = Waldorf: P. Fenton Cosgrove, Uncle Waldorf, Robert Marley, Wally-D
Statler: Uncle Statler, Jacob Marley, StatCat
species = Human
gender = Males
age = (from first appearance on The Muppet Show) 33
occupation = Hecklers
family = None Known
spouse = Waldorf: Astoria
residence = The Muppet Theater Balcony
Statler and Waldorf are a fictional pair of Muppet characters.
They are two ornery, disagreeable old men who first appeared in the television series "
The Muppet Show" heckling the rest of the cast from their balcony seats. They appeared in every episode of the show. In "The Muppet Show", the two were always insulting Fozzie Bear's poor jokes, except for one occasion where Fozzie, with help from Bruce Forsyth, heckled them back. It is later revealed in the "Muppet Family Christmas" special that the two hecklers were friends with Fozzie's mother, Emily Bear. Despite constantly complaining about the show and how terrible some acts were, they would always be back the following week in the best seats in the house.
Statler and Waldorf are named after two
New York Cityhotels, the Statler Hoteland the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The muppets are rumored to have been modeled after two of Jim Henson's college professors.
Waldorf's wife, Astoria, appeared in Episode 413 of "The Muppet Show", with guest star
Dizzy Gillespie. Astoria was played by the Statler puppet in women's clothing, and it is mentioned that Waldorf is married to Statler's sister. When Statler was absent in one episode, Waldorf was accompanied by Astoria instead.
In the pilot episode of "The Muppet Show", Statler and Waldorf were performed by
Jerry Nelsonand Jim Henson; subsequently they were performed by Richard Hunt and Jim Henson. Beginning with " The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992), they were performed by Jerry Nelsonand Dave Goelz. When Jerry Nelson left the Muppets to work for Sesame Street, muppeteer Steve Whitmire(also a puppeteer for Sesame Street) took over adding yet another new role to his credits; his first two were that of Kermit the Frog( Jim Henson) and Beaker (Richard Hunt).
In the 1996 series "
Muppets Tonight", based around a television show rather than a theatre, Statler and Waldorf were shown watching the show at a nursing home, but still making disparaging comments.
Statler and Waldorf also appeared (as adults) in the Saturday morning animated television series "
Jim Henson's Muppet Babies". Both characters were voiced by Dave Coulier. Unlike all other adults who visit the nursery in that series, Statler and Waldorf's faces are shown.
Both made an appearance in "
Marvel Team-Up#74". In this issue, Spider-Manteams up with the cast of " Saturday Night Live" to battle the Silver Samurai. Statler and Waldorf appear in typical style as hecklers on a balcony.
They also made an appearance on the animated television show "
Family Guy". In the episode " Petergeist", they watch "Lost" with Peter and Lois from a balcony. After Peter comments on the great episode they just watched, Statler says "Well, at least the show's got the right name." Waldorf wraps up by saying "Yeah, I couldn't follow any of it!" and the two burst into laughter. Peter then remarks that "they don't care for most things."
A joke was made about the duo's nature in "
The Muppet Christmas Carol", where they played Jacob and Robert Marley. When Ebenezer Scroogeaccuses them of always criticizing him, they reply "We were always "heckling" you." "It's good to be heckling again." "It's good to be doing "anything" again!" There is at the end of the film a shop which is called "Statler and Waldorf".
In one episode of "The Muppet Show" they started heckling the opening number before it even started. Kermit decided to cancel it when Waldorf (sarcastically) guessed what it was: a Chinese gorilla dancing ballet. They were then allowed to perform an opening number of their own. After performing it, they were suddenly sitting on their usual balcony as if they'd teleported back during the applause. Waldorf then asked "Why can't they do numbers like that?" When Kermit remarked that they just did, the duo started to criticize it.
The duo was parodied in a
MADtv" Sesame Street" sketch involving Big Birdbeing infected with bird flu. They appear at the end of the sketch, when Statler says "We'll be getting letters on that one," to which Waldorf remarks "As if anyone who watches this show can write."
Currently, the duo are featured characters in Disney's "
Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3D" in Disney's Hollywood Studiosand Disney's California Adventure Park.
They make a cameo appearance in Pixar's short film "Presto", where they can be seen in their theater box.
"From the Balcony"
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