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Published on November 26th, 2010 | by Sharilyn Johnson


Film Vault Friday: SNL’s Muppet Tradition

The campaign to get Cookie Monster to host Saturday Night Live is in full swing in the wake of his “audition” video released earlier this week.

But Cookie Monster wouldn’t be the first Jim Henson creation to be featured on SNL. Back in season one, the Muppet Dregs and Vistige shorts were a regular feature. It’s not something I’m interested to see more of necessarily, but it’s an interesting and often-forgotten footnote in SNL’s history.

(This video is likely not viewable in all regions, an annoyance I regretfully can’t avoid this week.)

About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

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