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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
Television programs The Muppet Show
MuppeTelevision
Muppets Tonight
Video games
Park attractions Muppet Vision 3-D
Here Come the Muppets
Muppets on Location: Days of Swine and Roses
Portrayed by Dave Goelz
Portrayed by
Animators Puppeteer Jim Henson
Voice
Performance model Jim Henson Productions
Designer Bonnie Erickson
Dave Goelz
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Lazy, cool, jazzy, musical, quiet, often tired
Appearance Slender blue humanoid with sunglasses, usually wears a yellow shirt, a blue hat and sandals
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Musician
Alignment
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Goal
Home
Relatives
Pets
Allies His ex-girlfriend Janice, Floyd Pepper, Animal, Dr. Teeth, Lips, Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Rowlf the Dog, Robin, Pepe the King Prawn, Clifford, Walter, Gary, Mary
Minions
Enemies
Likes Playing music, sleeping
Dislikes Square-sounding music
Powers and abilities
Weapons
Fate
Quote "Huh?"

Zoot is a humanoid Muppet who is the saxophone player in the Muppet rock and roll band, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem in The Muppet Show. He is often a tired musician and used to be in a relationship with Janice.

History

Zoot is the balding, blue-haired saxophone player for the Electric Mayhem. According to his performer and builder Dave Goelz, "Zoot is just a fifty-year-old burnt-out musician."

Zoot first appeared with his bandmates in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence before securing a regular gig on The Muppet Show, where he played both in the Muppet Orchestra and with the Mayhem. He has also appeared in every Muppet movie, the most recent being The Muppets, except Kermit's Swamp Years.

One of Zoot's trademarks is blowing small notes of music at a time. He notably blew the final note of "The Muppet Show Theme" in the closing credits on every episode of The Muppet Show (except episode 123), The Muppets Go Hollywood, and The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years. Although most of his appearances were with the Electric Mayhem, Zoot was more prominently featured as an individual in the early episodes, appearing with Juliet Prowse in a blackout in episode 101, and playing a reluctant duet with Mahna Mahna in "Sax and Violence" in episode 102.

Zoot was considerably more talkative during the show's first season, but he soon started speaking less, often expressing himself purely with music. Dave Goelz explained that "I found that when the writers gave Zoot lines to speak, I would always try to give them away to other characters, because I didn't know what to do with him. Maybe that helped to define the character. Perhaps it's best that he's so non-verbal." Thus, Zoot's proclivity towards speaking more in the earlier episodes may have been due to the fact that Jerry Nelson, who played Zoot's more animated bandmate Floyd, was not available for tapings of The Muppet Show's first episodes.

Personal life

Is Zoot Jewish?

It is likely that Zoot is Jewish. Hints at this possibility are in A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, where Zoot wishes Kermit a happy Hanukkah when he and the rest of the Electric Mayhem arrive at the Christmas party, and in the extended DVD release, where Zoot lights a Menorah.

Is Zoot Homeless?

Several Muppet Show episodes mention how poor he is. Close to the ending of the "Bohemian Rhapsody" [Kermit's Commentary] video, Kermit finds Zoot in the phone booth. Kermit says he didn't hear him come in. Zoot replies,"Come in? I've been sleeping here for three months." Additionally, although Zoot has had about 8 outfits he's worn the most, in The Great Muppet Caper it is revealed that he has only one pair of pants. Zoot also wore the same pair of shades until 2009 (when he started donning more modern shades). The only deviations from his original trademark shades were in Muppet Treasure Island and The Muppet Christmas Carol, where his look was adjusted to fit the time period.

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