Bear - Muppet bear featured on the puppet comedy variety show THE
Fozzie Bear (voice of Frank Oz) had a pink nose
and wore a little brown hat. He belonged to a zany troupe of theatrical
actors managed by a little green frog called Kermit. Fozzie wanted to be a
comedian but his material was so stale (the type that killed Vaudeville)
that the audience often booed him off the stage, especially resident
critics Statler & Waldorf (two old men who sat in the balcony of the
Fozzie's favorite catchphrase was "Waka, Waka, Waka!" The writer
of his comedy material was the legendary "Gags" Beasly, the heir apparent
to Henny Youngman.
Fozzie was featured in The Muppet Movie (1979) and the
sequels The Great Muppet Caper (1981) and The Muppets Take Manhattan
(1984). A much younger version of Fozzie appeared on the animated Saturday
morning cartoon MUPPET BABIES/CBS/1984-92.
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