Friday, December 12, 2014

The Best Hecklers in the World.

I want to take a moment to celebrate the wittiest hecklers this world has ever known.

That's right... Statler and Waldorf.

March 19, 2015 will mark forty years of the dastardly duo heckling, criticizing and picking apart any and all subjects... from terrible Muppets skits, to movies, to song and dance numbers. The pair always have something insidiously funny to say... and I wouldn't have them any other way. As you can probably guess, when it comes to the Muppets, they're at the top of my favorites list.

Statler and Waldorf first made their appearance via the second Muppets pilot program produced for ABC, entitled The Muppets: Sex and Violence. Sam Eagle and the Swedish Chef also made their first appearances on this episode. Statler and Waldorf are seen sitting in their stately den and tell some fairly mundane jokes. Here's a video of their first appearance.

As you can see, their characters weren't fully fleshed out at the onset. As the Muppet Show went into full production in 1976, the duo came to more resemble their infamous cantankerous reputation. It's at this point that the duo took their seats in the skybox and started to hurl jokes! Here's one of my favorite bits starring Statler and Waldorf (as we know and love them). Poor old Fozzie Bear!

As many of you know, Statler and Waldorf got their names from two of the most famous hotels in all of New York City -- the Statler Hilton (located right across the street from Madison Square Garden and now known as the Hotel Pennsylvania) and the Waldorf-Astoria (famous for the Waldorf Salad; recently sold in October 2014 for nearly two billion dollars).

If I've learned anything from Statler and Waldorf in life, it's this...

Trolling is always more fun with a buddy.

*Statler and Waldorf, The Muppets and all related characters are owned by Disney. I make no claim to their ownership. This article is written for illustrative and celebratory purposes only. All rights are reserved by their respective owners.

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