I like wedding ceremony, and I like a marriage much more after I’m within the social gathering. Subsequent week I’m lucky sufficient to be the Finest Man for my greatest buddy Matt. A few of you would possibly keep in mind Matt from his stellar work on The Muppet Christmas Commentary. Or possibly that story about when I went to Sesame Avenue in 2008. However most likely not.
I’ve been Finest Man earlier than for my buddy Sean 5 years in the past, and it’s a job I take very critically. My job is to make sure the bride and groom have the very best day attainable, it doesn’t matter what it takes. I’ll gladly go and query randoms strolling on the property if it means the bride feels protected (it was the photographer’s husband admiring the gardens as he waited to select her up). It additionally means I get to write down a speech, which is at all times enjoyable. Gimme a microphone and 5 minutes of the highlight and I’m a contented lil boy. Enjoyable reality: My speech at Sean’s concluded with a video Elmo had shot for them after I interviewed him earlier that yr. I used to be unable to safe a Muppet this time. Loopy Harry stopped responding to my calls.
It’s had me pondering rather a lot recently about what it takes to be a Finest Man, and since I take into consideration Muppets an excessive amount of I used to be attempting to determine who the very best Muppet could be in that position. Positive, Kermit could be nice, however he’s a little bit boring for that place. Gonzo would seemingly have everybody maimed throughout the bachelor social gathering, so he’s out. Scooter would extra seemingly be an ideal Maid of Honor. There’s actually just one man for the job; Fozzie Bear. He’s obtained all of the traits needed.
Although he doesn’t at all times succeed, Fozzie simply needs to do what’s proper and to assist out wherever he can. Whereas he isn’t sometimes ‘accountable’, he isn’t actively ‘irresponsible’. Fozzie will take cost, do what’s proper, irrespective of who it could injure within the course of.
Within the Nancy Walker episode of The Muppet Present Fozzie takes cost attributable to an sick Kermit. Whilst issues go improper with holes in partitions and failing lights and even a departing viewers, Fozzie takes the lead regardless of his misgivings and nonetheless manages to placed on one hell of a present. That’s the kind of particular person I aspire to be in my position as Finest Man. Even when the marriage goes pear-shaped, it’s my position to steer the day in the best path.
There are additionally the scenes within the Roy Clark episode the place, albeit attributable to Fozzie’s incompetence, he has to run the whole behind the scenes of the present, together with placing out a probably uncontrolled fireplace! Placing out fires whereas the present goes on round him? If that isn’t the job of a Finest Man, I don’t know what’s!
Regardless of not at all times being essentially the most dependable, you’d must agree that Fozzie is essentially the most reliable Muppet. Whether or not he likes it or not, Fozzie exhibits up and does what he has promised to do, and can give it all the pieces he has. That’s why Kermit left Fozzie in cost inb the Nancy Walker episode – positive, he knew the present wasn’t going to be clean crusing, however he knew that Fozzie may get the job carried out. Kermit trusts Fozzie as a result of Fozzie trusts himself, even when typically he shouldn’t.
Heck, simply final yr Joe Hennes mentioned the truth that ‘Belief Me’ is the forgotten catchphrase of The Muppets, and a big majority of these have been mentioned by Fozzie himself! I’m proud that Matt trusts me to be there for him all through the marriage, to do no matter is required of me. Want me to get a rubber rooster on your Aunt Gladys who runs the cafeteria in a theater? I’ll be there.
This one is a no brainer. Fozzie is essentially the most compassionate Muppet by an absolute lengthy shot. Possibly Walter scoots in at a distant second, but it surely’s all in regards to the Bear. That dude wears his coronary heart on his sleeve, which is troublesome when he doesn’t even put on a shirt! Not too long ago I interviewed very long time Muppet author Jim Lewis, who throughout that interview mentioned; Apart from Kermit, (Fozzie)’s the center of The Muppets. , you watch any of the films or exhibits, he’s the one when Kermit’s at his lowest level, it’s Fozzie who says ‘I consider in you, that’s why they proceed alongside.
It’s completely true! Fozzie needs you to consider in you as a lot as he believes in you. He’s empathetic and weak and has solely your greatest pursuits at coronary heart, which is the sign of an impressive buddy.
Maybe my most vital a part of the evening will likely be my Finest Man speech, which has been written and nonetheless doesn’t comprise a Muppet. I’ve tried to throw in some gags, however man, I want I had the arrogance Fozzie has that that is going to go effectively. Fozzie will die on stage and he’ll simply barrel via, even because the imply outdated dudes within the balcony heckle him. If my jokes bomb subsequent week I’ll by no means come out of hiding. So, I have to take a leaf out of the e book of Fozzie Bear, and I have to do my act whether or not it goes effectively or not! Fortunately I can faux confidence when it’s known as for. As a result of I’m outgoing, simply as Fozzie is. Fozzie will put himself in conditions the place he’s the focal point, or not less than within the limelight in some capability, even when that confidence is possibly typically unearned. Possibly it’s all within the neck-a-tie. I’m gonna name Matt, see if it’s too late to go together with the pink dots…
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By Jarrod Fairclough – Jarrod@ToughPigs.com