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Here's the Opening Musical Number from 'Muppets Most Wanted'

The Muppets sequel Muppets Most Wanted hits theaters March 21st, and this new trailer was just released, which shows the movie's opening musical number, "We're Doing a Sequel." It features all your favorite Muppets and a bunch of winky inside Hollywood terminology.

A Bunch of Muppets Are Being Inducted Into the Smithsonian

Several of Jim Henson's Muppets will be displayed in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., Reuters reports. 21 Muppets, including characters from Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, will join Kermit the Frog in the museum's Jim Henson Collection and will become part of its puppetry display in November. Characters like Miss Piggy, Cookie Monster, Rowlf, Bert, Ernie, Fozzie Bear, and the Swedish Chef are amongst those that were inducted in yesterday's ceremony, which took place  on what would have been Henson's 77th birthday.

Disney Is Developing a Muppets Stage Show

There may be a Muppets stage show on the way. Variety reports that Disney is working to develop a live show involving Jim Henson's beloved felt creatures, and they recently staged a 15-minute presentation for a prospective show. The short but elaborate test run involved 85 different Muppets and was received well, so we'll just have to see if this becomes a real thing. You can see the Muppets next in The Muppets… Again!, a Europe-sets sequel to Jason Segel's reboot that stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, and not Jason Segel.

Mike Birbiglia Did Standup and Bombed in Front of the Muppets

Comedian and Sleepwalk with Me writer/director Mike Birbiglia appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night and told a story about bombing onstage in front of the Muppets and being heckled by Statler and Waldorf, which must difficult because they're the most famous and successful hecklers ever.

Hit the jump for the second half of the interview, which features Birbiglia's story about parasitic mice:

Neil Patrick Harris, Nerdist, and Brian Henson Team Up for the Web Series "Neil's Puppet Dreams"

Here's a new extended promo for Neil Patrick Harris's new web series "Neil's Puppet Dreams," which he's starring in for the Nerdist Channel on YouTube, with Brian Henson of The Jim Henson Company providing the puppets. The premise of the series is that Harris has an ailment that causes him to only be able to dream in puppets and trying to kick the illness. Neil's Puppet Dreams premieres on the Nerdist Channel a week from today on the 27th and should do a lot to raise awareness for Neil Patrick Harris's condition, whether he's faking it or not.

Watching as The Muppets Go Hollywood For the First Time

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

At the beginning of 2014, I reflected on the past year of this column and cited a compilation of Jim Henson’s early work [...]

Watch Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog Play "Dueling Banjos"

Funny or Die continues to trot out the big guns for its fancy new redesign. Here's comedy's two most famous banjo players, Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog, playing "Dueling Banjos." Both of their entire comedy/banjo careers have been building to this moment.

The video is first in a series to promote Matt Hoyle's upcoming photo book, Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People, with videos featuring Tina Fey, Chevy Chase, Robin Williams, Patton Oswalt, Weird Al Yankovic, and more set to release on Funny or Die in the coming weeks.

Watching a Comedic Voice Evolve: The Rare, Early Clips of The Muppets

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When the late Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who performed as Robin the frog, Sgt. Floyd Pepper of the Electric Mayhem, and Snuffleupagus, was asked a [...]

The Complete Guide To Everything: Christmas Specials Christmas Special (Part Two: More Christmas Specials)

On a very special episode, we discuss two beloved Christmas specials: Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas and Frosty the Snowman. Of course, these conversations devolve into Tim's problems with the current state of the Muppets, his feelings about the problems with eight year olds today and an indictment of magicians in general.

Also, we talk about the perils of doing hard drugs and sleeping under a bridge, and solve a problem from a listener involving taking sexy pictures of a lady to raise money for an engagement ring.

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'Fraggle Rock' Is Getting a Doozers Spin-Off

Despite being off the air for 25 years, the production company behind Yo Gabba Gabba! and The Jim Henson Company think it's a perfect time for a Fraggle Rock spin-off. The series will focus on the Doozers, who are the creatures who build the Fraggle Rock caves. It's just like how Family Matters took a character that serviced the Perfect Strangers and gave her a series. This comes after word that a Fraggle Rock film is in the works. Here's a clip of the Doozers singing a slightly disconcerting song about knitting. Can't wait to see the sung shenanigans of some industrious, rotund, green imps.

Jimmy Fallon and The Roots Did the 'Sesame Street' Theme Song With Muppet Help

The Muppet cast of Sesame Street joined Jimmy Fallon and The Roots last night to perform the Sesame Street theme song on classroom instruments, complete with a Sesame-themed rap from Black Thought. It's hard to tell whether The Roots are making Sesame Street cooler or the other way around, but it's a beautiful melding of late night comedy and children's television.

Watch the Trailer for 'Muppets Most Wanted' Starring Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey

Here's a teaser trailer for the upcoming Muppets sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, which is due out in spring of 2014. It features Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and unfortunately, a long scene in which a Muppet sings "Moves Like Jagger."

Title and Plot Revealed for the 'Muppets' Sequel 'The Muppets… Again!'

Entertainment Weekly just announced some new info on the upcoming Muppets sequel, which is title The Muppets… Again! The plot involves the Muppets' repertory company going on a world tour, selling out big theaters in Europe, only to find themselves involved with a notorious jewel thief named Constantine, who looks exactly like Kermit. The plot seems to resemble the jewel heist elements of 1981's The Great Muppet Caper. "I always loved those classic jewel-heist capers from the ’60s and ’70s, so I was very keen to do a movie that had elements of that [genre] featuring the Muppets and comedy and songs," says James Bobin who directed the previous movie and [...]

Frank Oz Won't Tell Stephen Colbert Where Muppets Come From

Frank Oz, voice of Miss Piggy and Yoda as well as the director of Little Shop of Horrors, What About Bob?, and tons more, made his Colbert Report debut last night and took the time to tell Stephen Colbert he's a fan of his show, particularly of Colbert's ritual of bowing and taking applause while introducing his guest. Colbert asks Oz whether Muppets have sex or not, an idea that seems to wildly offend Oz. Plus, get a glimpse of the original ending to Little Shop of Horrors, which was originally restored on the director's cut Blu-Ray. Compliments, Muppet sex, and secret movie endings. What more can you want [...]