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Statler and Waldorf
Background information
Feature films The Muppet Movie
The Great Muppet Caper
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Muppet Treasure Island
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
The Muppets
Muppets Most Wanted
Short films
Television programs The Muppet Show
Muppet Babies (as uncles)
Muppets Tonight
From the Balcony
The Muppets
Video games My Muppets Show
Park attractions Muppet Vision 3-D
Midship Detective Agency
Portrayed by Statler:
Richard Hunt (1976 - 1991)
Jerry Nelson (1975; 1992 - 2003)
Steve Whitmire (2002 - present)
Drew Massey (2005 - 2006)
Jim Henson (1975 - 1990)
Dave Goelz (1992 - present)
Victor Yerrid (2005 - 2006)
Portrayed by
Voice Dave Coulier (Muppet Babies)
Performance model
Honors and awards 6th place in's Top 10 Muppets from The Muppet Show
Character information
Full name
Other names Jacob & Robert Marley (in The Muppet Christmas Carol)
Hispanola figureheads (in Muppet Treasure Island)
Kalidah Critics (in The Muppets Wizard of Oz)
Personality Funny, grumpy, critical, rude, wise-cracking, curmudgeonly, cantankerous, sometimes nice and appreciative
Appearance Statler: Slender, elderly, half bald, fair skin, gray eyes, both matching hair and eyebrows, hooked (Jew-style) nose, prominent chin, black suit with vertical gray hairlines consisting of a jacket with 3 matching buttons vertically on the right side and a pair of 3 matching buttons vertically on each cuff side, white dress shirt with clear cufflinks, black vest with matching 3 buttons vertically on the right side, both matching necktie with small blue dots and dress shoes with matching shoelaces
Waldorf: Obese, elderly, half bald, fair skin, blue eyes, both white hair and eyebrows, mustachioed, droopy eyes, brown suit consisting of a jacket with 3 chocolate buttons vertically on the right side and a pair of 3 matching buttons vertically on each cuff side, white dress shirt with clear cufflinks, brown vest with 3 chocolate buttons vertically on the right side, crimson necktie with small orange football-shaped prints with lavender lining on the inside and white center with very small black dot, dark brown dress shoes with matching shoelaces
Occupation Hecklers
Occasional performers
Alignment Neutral, sometimes good
Relatives Statler: An unnamed grandson
Waldorf: Astoria (ex-wife)
Allies Each other, the Muppets (sometimes), Tex Richman (formerly)
Enemies The Muppets (sometimes)
Powers and abilities
Fate Always get the last laugh at the end of the show.
Quote Waldorf: "Just when do you think this show is terrible something wonderful happens."
Statler: "What?"
Waldorf: "It ends." (both laugh)
Oh ho ho ho ho!
―Statler and Waldorf

Statler and Waldorf are two Muppet critics from The Muppet Show.


Statler and Waldorf share the stage left balcony box in the Muppet Theater, and the two delight in heckling every aspect of The Muppet Show. They usually have the last word, with a final comment at the end of most (but not all) episodes. Statler and Waldorf are especially unforgiving to Fozzie Bear. However, it is revealed in A Muppet Family Christmas that the two critics were friends with Fozzie's mother, Ma Bear. Waldorf is the one with the pug-like face, mustache, and whiter hair. In almost all productions, Statler appears on the audience's right and Waldorf on the left. A helpful mnemonic is that Waldorf has the wide face.

Statler and Waldorf first appeared as a pair in the 1975 pilot The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence.

On the first season of Muppets Tonight, Statler and Waldorf are seen watching the show from the living room of what appears to be a retirement home. In the second season, they watch the show on a portable television from various locations, including a golf course and a ski lift.

In The Muppet Christmas Carol, they play the ghosts of Scrooge's business partners, Jacob and Robert Marley. In Muppet Treasure Island, Statler and Waldorf are the Figurehead of the Hispaniola. In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, they appear as the Kalidah Critics, strange beasts who shout insults at anyone attempting to cross a treacherous bridge.

From 2005-2006, Statler and Waldorf starred in a bi-weekly online series, From the Balcony, on the website In the series of short videos, the crotchety pair dished on the latest movie releases.

The duo take on a featured role in The Muppets, sharing the fine print of the Muppet contract with villain Tex Richman. Of course, Statler and Waldorf don't realize that Tex plans to raze Muppet Studios and drill for oil, which would mean the end of their balcony - and their heckling.

In Muppets Most Wanted, they travel with the Muppets watching their touring show. And they say Miss Piggy's performance of the Macarena has made the show even worse, managing the impossible.

Solo appearances

Statler and Waldorf are almost always seen together, but they have made occasional individual appearances. Examples include:

  • The Waldorf puppet appeared as P. Fenton Cosgrove in the 1975 Muppet Meeting Films "The Muppet Introduction" and "Just a Few Announcements".
  • Named as 'Conrad Waldorf', Waldorf was featured in a 1976 UK appearance on Des O'Connor Entertains.
  • Statler alone is involved in a plot in The Muppet Show Episode 120, in which he goes backstage to meet Valerie Harper. He brings an African Berry Bush with him as a gift which takes over the backstage of the theater.
  • Statler gets a face lift in the Vendaface sketch in The Muppet Show Episode 124.
  • Waldorf tries to convince John Denver to back out of his appearance on The Muppet Show in the teaser for Episode 401.
  • When Statler can't make it to The Muppet Show guest starring Dizzy Gillespie, Waldorf brings his wife Astoria, who bore a striking resemblance to Statler.
  • Statler appeared on his own frequently in The Muppets comic strip (1981-1986), sometimes to heckle on his lonesome but often in the background or as foil to characters outside of the usual (such as a patient to Dr. Bob).
  • Waldorf parodies Marlin Perkins in a Wild Kingdom spoof in the 1983 calendar The Muppets Look at TV.
  • Waldorf appears without Statler in the 1985 video Children's Songs and Stories with the Muppets, making a song request to Scooter.
  • Statler plays a gambler in the fictitious movie "High Ruin" in the 1988 game Muppets Studios Presents: You're the Director.
  • Statler appears in the "Cliff's Nightmare" episode of The Cosby Show with Bill Cosby playing his curmudgeonly partner.
  • Statler appeared in an episode of The Bachelorette on May 21, 2012, in the audience of a fundraiser variety show featuring the Muppets.



  • Statler: We'd love to see your act!
    Waldorf: In fact, we'd hate to miss your act!
    Statler: In fact, we'd love to hate your act!
  • Statler: These two comics are made for each other. The snowman is ice-cold and the bear's not so hot!
Statler: I've always dreamed that we'd be back here. Waldorf: Dreams? Those were nightmares!
  • Statler: We got our money's worth tonight! Waldorf: ​But we paid nothing Statler: ​That's what we got!



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