If you look up “show business” in the dictionary, Milton Berle’s picture would be there looking back at you. During TV’s golden age from the late ’40s to early ’60s, he was known as “Mr. Television,” with a stand-up routine that was second-to-none.
But when he went on “The Muppet Show” in 1977 to put on what should have been a walk-in-the-park gig, he was forced to go toe-to-toe with two of the harshest hecklers in the game: Statler and Waldorf.
The puppeted pros at put-downs came out of their box swinging, and Berle struggled to ward off their blows.
“I’ve been a comedian half my life,” a defensive Berle shouts up at the duo.
“How come we got this half?” Waldorf hilariously retorts.
After going back and forth with the two muppets for a couple minutes, Berle elicits the helps of Gonzo, who nails him with a heckle of his own.
“Well, can I help you out?” Gonzo innocently asks.
“Please, huh?” Berle responds.
“Which way did you come in?”
What an awesome throwback.