Our Favorite Cameos: Steve Martin in 'The Muppet Movie'

Our Favorite Cameos: Steve Martin in 'The Muppet Movie'

Jun 17, 2011

Steve Martin Muppet Movie

One of the most delightful things about James Frawley's The Muppet Movie (1979), aside from the songs and the creatures and the comedy, is the roster of colorful cameo appearances. As just a wee little movie geek, I didn't really "get" the chuckles when Milton Berle, James Coburn, Mel Brooks, Orson Welles, and Bob Hope popped up onscreen -- but I did know (and love) the likes of Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Richard Pryor and (especially) the wonderfully weird wit of Mr. Steve Martin.

By now we all know Mr. Martin as a fine actor (sometimes in fine films), an astute author / screenwriter, and an all-around classy guy. But back in 1979, he was a breakout stand-up comic who was known solely from the stage, records, and TV appearances. (The Muppet Movie hit in June of '79; Martin's The Jerk would not debut for another six months.) But clearly the folks at Henson Inc. knew a funny comedian when they saw one, and so Steve Martin was cast in a goofy little role known as "Insolent Waiter."

Enjoy the scene below, and keep in mind that it's moments like these that create lifelong "devotion" between movie-watcher and movie actor. In other words, I still adore Steve Martin, even if his last several flicks have been rather generic junk for the kiddies. Unlike The Muppet Movie, which is as "evergreen" a family flick as I've ever seen. Plus it's hilarious.

Note: Jump to 2:50 for the start of the cameo.

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