This weekend, for three days straight, the legendary Hollywood Bowl hosted a sensational, inspirational, and, you guessed it, Muppetational show. “The Muppets Take the Bowl” brought Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, the Great Gonzo, Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, and pretty much every Muppet you can think of, to the stage.
The three-night event, with special guest star and Saturday Night Live alum Bobby Moynihan, was like seeing a live episode of The Muppet Show, complete with hilarious sketches, iconic songs, fan-favorite Muppets, and so much more. Here are some of our favorite moments:
1. The Muppets performed “The Muppet Show Theme Song.”
Of course the show had to open with in spectacular form with “The Muppet Show Theme Song.” They played the music, they lit the lights, and we all met the Muppets at the Hollywood Bowl.
2. The Muppets & Bobby Moynihan sang a medley of road trip songs.
Including Kermit and Fozzie singing The Muppet Movie’s “Movin’ Right Along,” Rowlf singing a Los Angeles in-joke infused version of Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere,” with Bobby, Walter, and some Muppet cacti singing Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”
3. PIIIIIIIIGS IIIIIIIIN SPAAAAAAACE returned!
Captain Link Hogthrob, Dr. Julius Strangepork, and First Mate Piggy debuted a hilarious new Pigs in Space sketch called “The Suits Awaken” featuring Bobby as an alien cyborg copyright lawyer. (Just go with it.)
4. A performance from “Hair.”
5. “Veterinarian’s Hospital,” “Keeping Up With the Crustaceans,” and “The Walking Bread”:
Later, Kermit debuted a series of “new projects” the Muppets had been working on because, as Kermit said, “It’s not easy being greenlit in this town.” Among the hilarious sketches were the return of “Veterinarian’s Hospital” with a cameo from Danny Trejo, the parody “Keep Up With the Crustaceans” starring Pepé the King Prawn, and another parody called “The Walking Bread” starring the Swedish Chef and moldy, zombie bread.
6. Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem rocked out.
By far the coolest (and loudest) part of the show was when Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem made their rocking Hollywood Bowl debut. The band, featuring Dr. Teeth, Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Janice, Zoot, Lips, and, of course, Animal, blew the roof off the Hollywood Bowl. Their set included their hit from The Muppet Movie, “Can You Picture That?” plus Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ “Home” and David Bowie’s “Suffragette City.”
7. “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
After the Electric Mayhem, there was a brief intermission. When the show returned, Gonzo was onstage surrounded by three chickens and they began singing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” This led to an unbelievable performance featuring Animal, Pepé, Beaker, Dr. Teeth, Sweetums, and an actual gospel choir. Talk about epic!
8. A scientific presentation from Muppet Labs.
Next, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker brought a new Muppet Labs segment to the stage. Their new invention makes Cloud-based storage simpler and more impressive than ever before! In true Muppet Labs form, Beaker took the brunt of Dr. Honeydew’s experiments.
9. Fozzie attempted to break a world record.
No Muppet performance would be complete without comedy from Fozzie. He attempted to break the world record for most jokes told in two minutes but got lost backstage, somehow wound up onstage at Jimmy Kimmel Live, and found his way to the Hollywood Bowl stage with only 10 seconds left. Luckily, Fozzie and Bobby got to tell the so-called world’s funniest joke to make up for it!
10. The Swedish Chef and Bobby Moynihan made salsa.
The Swedish Chef really cooked up some fun during the show. Bobby joined Chef as he prepared salsa … extra, extra, extra spicy salsa. You can see how Bobby’s taste test went in the picture above.
11. “Mahna Mahna” (Doo Do Doo Do Doo).
Seeing the classic bit “Mahna Mahna” performed live was totally a dream come true. Hearing 18,000 people sing “doo do doo do doo” along with the song was icing on the cake.
12. Miss Piggy channeled Adele.
The Muppets saved the best for (almost) last: Miss Piggy. Throughout the show, Uncle Deadly appeared in clips building up her song, and Miss Piggy did not disappoint. She put on a show-stopping, legendary, incredible, once-in-a-lifetime performance of Adele’s “Hello” and brought the crowd to their feet.
13. “Rainbow Connection.”
This picture should speak for itself. The most moving and beautiful moment of the night came when Kermit the Frog performed “Rainbow Connection” live. It was truly magical and unforgettable and even included a cameo from Paul Williams, who wrote the song for The Muppet Movie with Kenny Ascher.
14. “The Magic Store.”
During “Rainbow Connection,” Kermit and Paul were joined by Bobby and a ton of Muppets. They finished the song and then sang “The Magic Store,” also from The Muppet Movie. This led directly into Crazy Harry lighting off a fuse that started the fireworks spectacular!
15. The heartfelt finale.
After the fireworks, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem returned to the stage surrounded by the gospel choir, Miss Piggy’s dancers, and all of The Muppets. They closed out the show with a group sing-along to “With a Little Help From My Friends” led by Dr. Teeth. The crowd was on their feet cheering as they closed out the incredible show.
“The Muppets Take the Bowl” was an incredible event for everyone who attended. We didn’t even mention some other incredible moments, including Gonzo’s magic act, Sam Eagle introducing Wayne and Wanda, Scooter beatboxing, and so much more.
Seeing Kermit and the gang live was an incredible experience that we won’t soon forget. With this show, the Muppets reminded us that singing and dancing and making people happy is most important of all, and embracing your weird side is always okay. As Gonzo told Bobby Moynihan during the show, “It’s not okay to be a weirdo … It’s AMAZING!!”
Did you see “The Muppets Take the Bowl”? What was your favorite part? Let us know!