A New Muppet Special With Lady Gaga
Or is it the other way around? “Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular” is a thing (I hesitate to call dignify it with another more precise term) that is airing on Thanksgiving.
“I was so excited when ABC called me about doing a holiday special this year,” Lady Gaga said. “I knew it just wouldn’t be a complete night of laughter and memories without the Muppets!”
“Can’t wait to see the gang again, and I hope Miss Piggy’s still not mad about Kermit,” she continued. “We’re just friends!”
I truly never thought I’d end up writing a head line like this one. That was because I assumed I was living in a logical universe. Not necessarily a universe guided by a supreme and wise being, but at least a universe where things made sense if you studied it enough. The people who came up with this must be taking drugs on a Keith Richards scale. That’s the only explanation that makes any sense.
I understand Muppets hanging out with entertainers. That was pretty much all of The Muppet Show. I even understand Muppets holiday specials with famous people because I’ve seen John Denver and the Muppets. I just don’t understand why Lady Gaga. I have no opinion about her one way or the other, but I refuse to believe that she is this generation’s John Denver.
Okay, I do have a lingering resentment about that Kermit dress.
According to Tough Pigs, also starring will be Sir Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, RuPaul, and Kristen Bell. Between Gaga, RuPaul and Elton John, that is going to be a huge amount of wildness and creativity, which is half of what the Muppets are all about. I assume that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kristen Bell are there to balance out and bring out the Muppets more sentimental side. At least, I hope that’s the intention, otherwise it’s back to my massive amounts of drugs theory.
This astounding spectacle will air November 28 at 9:30pm ET. I, along with other Muppet fans and Gaga’s Little Monsters, will probably be watching and maybe things will make more sense then.