Everyone’s a critic. Especially these guys.
Statler and Waldorf have been heckling Muppets performers – namely, the troupe’s resident comedian Fozzie Bear – from their private balcony box seats for nearly 40 years.
Yet, despite their unanimously bleak outlook on all things entertaining, the curmudgeonly duo has appeared in both the 2011 film “The Muppets” and its sequel “Muppets Most Wanted,” which is now available with XFINITY On Demand, as well as DVD and Blu-ray.
“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 (run by Tina Fey). 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.
I recently joined Statler and Waldorf in their balcony to talk about the new movie, their infamous career and their long-standing feud with poor Fozzie.
David Onda: Considering your cynical outlook on entertainment, I’m surprised you would participate in a sequel. What gives?
Statler: We didn’t agree to be in the sequel.
Waldorf: In fact, we never agreed to be in any of the Muppet movies.
Statler: Come to think of it, we’ve never agreed to anything.
Waldorf: I disagree with that.
Onda: In “Muppets Most Wanted,” Kermit and Miss Piggy consider tying the knot. Why don’t we see your wives more often?
Statler: We don’t have wives. We’re not married!
Waldorf: Yes, we are.
Statler: Geez, I gotta get home more often.
Onda: You two got to work with Ricky Gervais on this movie. Do you think he’s funny?
Statler: Ricky Gervais is hilarious…
Waldorf: … and rude, uncouth, disrespectful and downright insulting!
Onda: Fozzie Bear plays a pretty convincing hero in “Muppets Most Wanted.” Don’t you think you guys have been a little too hard on him?
Statler: The only way that bear could be a hero is if he stopped trying to be a comedian.
Waldorf: He’s a comedian?
Statler: I’ll say! His whole act is a joke. Ho-ho!!!
Waldorf: Besides, heckling him is our way of showing him that we’re still awake.
Statler: Which is more than you can say about the rest of the audience.
Onda: What’s the biggest misconception about Statler and Waldorf?
Statler: That we’re dead.
Waldorf: You mean, we’re not?
Onda: You guys have been together for nearly 40 years. Have you ever considered solo careers in heckling?
Statler: I’d never go solo.
Waldorf: Me neither.
Statler: How long have you been sitting there?
Waldorf: Nearly 40 years.
Statler: Go away!
Onda: Tell me why people should check out “Muppets Most Wanted” with XFINITY On Demand, or on DVD and Blu-ray.
Statler: It’s the funniest movie the Muppets have ever made.
Waldorf: It is?
Statler: This is a paid endorsement by compensated celebrities.
Waldorf: Oh, in that case, it’s definitely the funniest movie the Muppets have ever made! See it now!
Statler: Don’t go overboard; they’re not paying us that much.
“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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