Statler & Waldorf

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For the electronic music duo, see Statler & Waldorf (musicians)
For the student-run magazine, see Staler & Waldorf (magazine)

Statler & Waldorf are Muppets, a fictional pair of grumpy old men who first appeared in the television series The Muppet Show heckling the rest of the cast from their balcony seats. They appeared in almost every episode of the show. In Muppets Tonight, based around a television show rather than a theatre, they were shown watching the show at a nursing home but still making rude comments.

Statler & Waldorf are named after posh New York City hotels, the Statler Hotel and the idiosyncratically named Waldorf=Astoria Hotel. Waldorf's wife, Astoria, is Statler's sister (and is portrayed by the Statler Muppet in drag), making the two brothers-in-law.

In the pilot episode of The Muppet Show, Statler & Waldorf were performed by Jerry Nelson and Jim Henson; subsequently they were performed by Richard Hunt and Jim Henson. Beginning with The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), they are performed by Jerry Nelson and Dave Goelz.

The artistic purpose of the characters was to encourage the viewers to conclude that they are being unfair to the show and have a higher opinion of it in opposition.

Statler & Waldorf also appeared in "Marvel Team-Up #74". In this issue Spider-man teams up with the cast of Saturday Night Live to battle the Silver Samurai. Statler & Waldorf appear in typical style as hecklers on a balcony.

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