With the election safely behind us, let us now get back to the important things in life… like talking about lower-tier Muppets. Please welcome back our resident 80s expert Mr. Paul Washington and join him in showing some love for an under-appreciated icon.
By: Paul Washington
Today, we’re going to shine the spotlight on one of the great sidekicks of all time, Fozzie Bear. For nearly 40 years, this struggling ursine stand-up comedian has faithfully stood in the shadow of his famous best friend, Kermit the Frog.
A frog and a bear: nature’s best friends.
Fozzie spent his pre-school days under the watchful eye of Nanny, having nursery room adventures with the aforementioned Kermit, as well as Miss Piggy, Rowlf the Dog, Animal, Bunsen and Beeker, and the twins, Skeeter and Scooter. Even at that early age, his penchant for stand-up was evident. It was also then that he honed his patented “Wocka Wocka Wocka!” after telling a bad joke.
Fozzie (here, a cartoon baby) was an early standard bearer for the letter F and a pioneer in promoting its virtues even before this blog took up that mantle.