Commedia in The Muppets

Watching the first season of the Muppet Show brought me to the conclusion that its characters are closer to its commedia ancestors than I previously imagined.

The old misers Waldorf and Statler

as

                  Pantelone and Dottore


The somewhat-violent, strong and attractive Miss Piggy

as

Colombina

The attention-hungry “artist” and daredevil Gonzo

as

Arlechinno

Even Kermit, the Master of Ceremonies that acts as a liason between the audience and the performers is quite easily a trope on Comico. Kermit even performs of the the traditional lazzi (short improvisational scene) where he tells audience that the troupe will perform some impossible acrobatic feat (which they don’t do).

Funny how little hints of the past make their way into today’s comic vocabulary. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the Muppet Movie yet…get to it!