Fozzie Bear is the self-proclaimed “funniest stand-up bear comedian in the world,” an assertion that is helped by the fact that he is also the only stand-up bear comedian in the world. The only cub of Emily Bear, Fozzie indicated his love for comedy at an early age when he sat up in his crib and asked his mother, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” He is still seeking a satisfactory—and funny—answer to this question.
Fozzie began his career touring small clubs where he was hit by every variety of fruit and vegetable in the world. After being bonked by an over-ripe cantaloupe, he decided television would be a good (and less messy) way to make a living. As fate would have it, Kermit the Frog happened to be in the audience that night. Impressed by Fozzie’s perseverance and his willingness to suffer the slings and arrows of outraged audiences, Kermit asked him to join a new show he was producing.
That show was, of course, The Muppet Show. Since getting his big break on that international television series in 1976, Fozzie has shared the stage with such legendary comics as Steve Martin, John Cleese, Bob Hope, George Burns, Milton Berle and Jonathan Winters.
After getting his feet wet in television, Fozzie made the big plunge into feature films with The Muppet Movie. This was followed by The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets From Space, The Muppets, and Muppets Most Wanted. Currently, Fozzie serves as the warm-up / sidekick for the syndicated talk show, Up Late with Miss Piggy.
From his polka dot tie, his “funny” pork pie hat and trademark “Wocka-Wocka,” right down to the hook that pulls him off stage, Fozzie is a comic in the classic vaudeville tradition (He lives by the motto: “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants,” despite the fact that, as a bear, he doesn’t wear pants. Go figure!?)
Like his comedic forebears (Get it? For Bears? Ahh! Funn-ee! Wocka! Wocka!), Fozzie will do anything for a laugh…even if it means getting hit in the face with a pie or slipping on a banana peel. Fozzie lives by three simple rules: “Tell funny jokes, use lots of props, and eat plenty of chicken soup!” Why chicken soup? “It couldn’t hurt! Wocka-Wocka!!”