It’s time to play the music! It’s time to light the lights! It’s time to get things started with the Muppets… again!
The Muppets are back in an all-new adventure entitled “Muppets Most Wanted,” the highly anticipated sequel to the puppet troupe’s 2011 reboot “The Muppets,” which wowed critics and audiences to become the franchise’s most successful film of all time.
“Muppets Most Wanted” picks up immediately after the events of the last film, and finds Kermit the Frog and company wondering, “What’s next?” Their question is quickly answered by a talent manager named Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), who books the Muppets on a star-studded European tour. Kermit’s road trip is interrupted when he is mistaken for a criminal mastermind named Constantine and shipped off to a Russian prison. Constantine, in turn, takes Kermit’s place as the leader of the Muppets and begins to hatch a plan to steal the Crown Jewels of England.
The film stars all your favorite Muppets characters, as well as Tina Fey as Russian prison guard (and Kermit superfan) Nadya and Ty Burrell as Interpol inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon.
I recently caught up with the Muppets’ resident comedian Fozzie Bear – who embarks on a mission to save Kermit with Animal and Gary – to talk about the new movie, his famous costars and those pesky hecklers, Stalter & Waldorf.
David Onda: I’ve always admired your style, Fozzie. Why don’t more men wear hats and neckties?
Fozzie Bear: Oh, I feel like that’s a great set up for a joke. Let me see: “Why don’t more men wear hats and neckties?” Hmm… “to cross the road”… ”the backstroke”… “I was talking to the duck.” Nope, I’m sorry – I don’t have a punchline for that one. You might want to ask my writer, Gags Beasley.
Onda: In “Muppets Most Wanted,” Kermit and Miss Piggy consider tying the knot. What kind of bear would it take for Fozzie to finally settle down?
Fozzie: A bear that laughed at my jokes. Tougher to find than you think!
Onda: It’s not every day Fozzie Bear gets to be the hero. How did it feel to be the one rescuing Kermit in “Muppets Most Wanted”?
Fozzie: It was the greatest moment in my career since the day that Milton Berle stole one of my jokes. And if you don’t know Milton Berle, YouTube him!
Onda: You spend a lot of time hanging out with Animal in this movie. Is that just exhausting?
Fozzie: Animal and I get along great. We were made for each other – he’s a drummer and I’m a comedian. Without his ba-dum-bum “rimshot,” folks wouldn’t know when to laugh.
Onda: As a comedian, it must have been a treat working with Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey. What did you learn from them about comedy?
Fozzie: Ricky taught me that I should never wait for the laugh – it might not be coming. Just keep telling jokes until you wear the audience out. Eventually, they’ll laugh from exhaustion. As for Tina, she taught me the importance of funny accents. She does such a great Russian prison warden in “Muppets Most Wanted,” I’m surprised she didn’t use that accent during “30 Rock.”
Onda: Have you ever considered a restraining order against Statler and Waldorf?
Fozzie: Are you kidding!? If it wasn’t for them showing up at every performance, I might not have an audience.
Onda: Should Muppets fans run or “wocka wocka” to check out “Muppets Most Wanted” with XFINITY On Demand, or on DVD and Blu-ray.
Fozzie: Ahh! Funn-ee! They should definitely run to see “Muppets Most Wanted.” Which reminds me of a joke: Why did the chicken cross the internet? To get to the other site! Wocka! Wocka!
“Muppets Most Wanted” is now available with XFINITY On Demand, as well as Blu-ray and DVD combo pack. Click here for more information.
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