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Gonzo - THE MUPPETSGonzo the Great - Hook-nosed disciple of daredevil Evel Knievel on the variety program THE MUPPET SHOW/SYN/1976-81. The Great Gonzo was a creature of unknown origin. Reportedly, he was a war baby with a parrot for a mother and as for father, any "thing" was possible [later revealed to be an outer space alien]. Gonzo made his first appearance in a 1970 Christmas special entitled "The Great Santa Claus Switch."

By trade, Gonzo was a fearless stuntman who was extremely confident of his abilities. He clearly believed that he could do the impossible like catching a speeding cannonball with his bare hands.

His companions included Fozzie the Bear, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Rizzo the Rat, his roommate. Gonzo was romantically involved with a chicken named Camilla.

The concept for Gonzo was suggested by Jack Burns, formerly of Burns and Schreiber comedy team and developed and performed by Dave Goelz.

Gonzo's relatives included Ubergonzo, an alien from outer space first seen in Muppets from Space 1999) where Gonzo meets his long-lost extraterrestrial family, and a British Cockney speaking cousin named Whitechapel who looks just like Gonzo. A baby version of Gonzo appeared in Jim Henson's cartoon MUPPET BABIES/CBS/1984-91.

Camilla the Chicken and Gonzo - THE MUPPET SHOW
Camilla and Gonzo


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