One of my favorite types of comedy is what I lovingly call “Stupid Comedy”. I thought I started appreciating it when I came-of-age to watch (and understand some of) Mel Brooks’ movies. But after watching “The Muppets” with my five-year-old son, I realized it was probably formed even earlier than I assumed.
I was pleasantly surprised how much I was gripped by this movie. It was like watching Serenity after already seeing every episode of Firefly. I knew and loved each character already. I was waiting with eager anticipation for my favorite non-main characters to show up. I was holding my breath for the “muh-num-a-nuh” song to start at some point, so that my son could have the experience of having it stuck in his head like I always did when I was young. There were moments when those, not-really-all-that-funny jokes were told, but the entire theater burst into laughter. At first I didn’t know why I was laughing, then I discovered we were just excited to have this wholesome group of numbskulls back. The most memorable parts for me, were when they would break the fourth wall and make a commentary on the plot development.
I guess it is time for me to find “The Muppet Show” on DVD and allow the fullness of these beautiful fuzzy people back into my family. And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out their recent youtube activity: