Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Favorite Fictional Character --- Waldorf and Statler
For some reason I'm in an oddly nostalgic mood right now so when I started thinking of characters to use for this weeks post, my mind wandered to The Muppet Show. Now there were a lot of great characters on the show; Ms. Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie, Beaker, Gonzo, and Animal to name just a few. My favorite characters though were Waldorf and Statler, those two cranky old guys who never missed a chance to heckle and jeer as much as they wanted to.
They brought a sense of lightness and fun to the show that I loved so much. I always imagined, and still do, that I'm going to be one of those old guys who are so cantankerous that you can't help but love them no matter what they do. I'll be the one sitting in the park, tripping people with my cane and sneering at them when they sit next to me on the park bench. I may even chase the neighbor kids off my yard when they come over to pick up their ball they threw over the fence. If I do become that old guy, I owe it all to Waldorf and Statler who did it with style.
They were so good with the one liners and could send out a quip in the blink of an eye. I admired the skill as a kid to be able to think on your feet and the ability to get away with it everyday. Here is a youtube video with quite a few examples of their greatness.