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Richard Hunt • (Wayne)
Eren Ozker • (Wanda)
Wayne and Wanda
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Rollie Krewson • (builder - Wayne)

Wayne and Wanda are a singing duo who performed regularly during the first season of The Muppet Show, often introduced by Sam the Eagle, who approved of their "wholesome, uplifting, and decent" act but was constantly frustrated by their inability to get past the first verse of any song. While their sketches began as mellow and classy, they always ended in disaster, seemingly foretold by the title of their chosen song.

This treacly act, consisting of love songs often from musicals and operettas, was reminiscent of Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. Wayne and Wanda even went so far as to tackle "Indian Love Call" (which Eddy and MacDonald had performed in Rose-Marie) in episode 106.

The characters first appeared in the unreleased pilot version of episode 101. In the middle of an extended version of "The Muppet Show Theme," Kermit introduced a clip of them singing "You Made Me Love You," even though neither the song nor the performers were featured in the pilot itself. Wanda made her first official appearance in the "At the Dance" segment in the same episode, where she danced with Mahna Mahna in both the pilot and broadcast versions.

Wayne and Wanda, as a pair, were properly introduced in a rare backstage appearance in episode 102, in which they complained that their act had been cut and badmouthed guest star Connie Stevens until they realized that she was eavesdropping on their conversation. Their first onstage act was "Stormy Weather" in episode 103.

The pair, who had been featured in a majority of the first season episodes, were cut entirely from the second season, due in part to the departure of Wanda's performer, Eren Ozker, and in part to the promotion of Jerry Juhl to head writer, who shifted the show's focus from running gags to character-based comedy. As a result, Wayne and Wanda, who had rarely appeared backstage during the first season and consequently never developed as individual characters, were cut from the show's regular line-up.

Wayne, however, was brought back as an individual performer in the third season, singing solo numbers like "My Wild Irish Rose" and "Dog Walk," and appearing as the hero in series of Muppet Melodrama sketches in which he attempted to save Miss Piggy from Uncle Deadly's dastardly schemes. The Wanda puppet, with different hair and attire, continued to be used as a Whatnot in "At the Dance" segments, as well as a background puppet throughout the next four years of The Muppet Show.

In episode 406, Wanda (now played by Kathryn Mullen) returned to the show and rejoined Wayne. The pair give Kermit such a guilt trip for having fired them that he rehired them on the spot. Once they started singing, however, Kermit remembered why he'd fired them in the first place and once again dispensed with their services. Although Wayne appeared once more on the show's fifth season, this would be Wanda's last appearance until the 1980s, when she appeared in the background of Muppets Studios Presents: You're the Director, a View-Master video game.

Of late, Wayne and Wanda made an appearance of sorts in The Muppets Big Book of Crafts as a pair of finger puppets designed and built by April Asher. They have also been featured in BOOM! Studios' comic books, most notably performing "When the Lusitania Went Down" (with the usual introduction by Sam the Eagle and disastrously premature ending) in issue #1 of The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson. In the Pigs in Space comic, Rizzo the Rat suggests an idea, "Wayne and Wanda Night Fever".



The Muppet Show Season 1

Picture Song Episode Description
"Stormy Weather" Episode 103: Joel Grey Wayne and Wanda get rained on.
"Row, Row, Row" Episode 104: Ruth Buzzi Sam says that they have really rehearsed this segment, and sure enough, they make it past the first verse. They sit on a row boat on water (cardboard water) but they eventually sink.
"Goody Goody" Episode 105: Rita Moreno Wayne accidentally knocks Wanda down.
"Indian Love Call" Episode 106: Jim Nabors Wanda makes the Indian love call.
"You Do Something to Me" Episode 108: Paul Williams Wanda sings while Wayne attempts to saw her in half.
"I Get a Kick Out of You" Episode 110: Harvey Korman Wanda won't let Wayne get a word in edgewise, so Wayne kicks her. (This is one of the few times that their failure was their own fault.)
"Autumn Leaves" Episode 112: Peter Ustinov Too many leaves fall on them.
"Trees" Episode 113: Bruce Forsyth A tree falls on Wayne.
"Some Enchanted Evening" Episode 116: Avery Schreiber Gorgon Heap mistakenly thinks that Wayne said he could eat a stranger.
"I'll Know" Episode 117: Ben Vereen Wayne chases after a girl who walks on-stage (making Wanda jealous).
"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" Episode 119: Vincent Price Wanda's head turns into Blue Frackle.
"On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" Episode 120: Valerie Harper Their song gets interrupted by factory smoke.
"Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!" Episode 121: Twiggy Snow falls on the set.
"It's Only a Paper Moon" Episode 124: Mummenschanz A paper moon on the set falls.

The Muppet Show Comic Book

Picture Song Episode Description
"When the Lusitania Went Down" The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson
issue #1
The Lusitania sinks with Wayne and a redheaded Wanda on it, and a fallen prop bird's wing looks like a menacing shark's fin in New York Harbor.


Wayne and Wanda finger puppets in The Muppets Big Book of Crafts



Book appearances

See also

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