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The Muppet Show
USA, 1978  TV  


The popular television series "The Muppet Show" from the 1970s contains a few references to ancient Egypt in its sketches. Episode 319 (1978) contains a sketch with Elke Sommer as Cleopatra. In this episode, Beauregard and Beaker are building the set for the final number, a big ancient Egypt production, and Beauregard asks what shape Kermit wants the pyramids to be. Kermit is alarmed when Bo tells him Beaker's getting the power saw, crying: "He's dumber than you are!" Beaker is dragged around by the power saw and the set doesn't get finished, so Bo is still hammering while the number goes on. In the final sketch Elke Sommer, as Cleopatra, sings "Row, Row, Row". Another episode, number 409 (1979; guest star Beverly Sills) contains a sketch with miss Piggy as Cleopatra. Episode 516, with guest star Gladys Knight, contains a sketch where a group of Egyptian archeologists, sarcophagi, and mummies (including a mummy Gonzo) together sing a spooky version of "Night and Day".

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