Weekly Muppet Wednesday: Sopwith the Camel

Sopwith

Michael Wermuth Jnr

Weekly Muppet Wednesday – Sopwith The Camel

Sopwith 1BEST KNOWN ROLE
Dancing camel.

FIRST APPEARANCE
The Muppet Show Episode 313: Helen Reddy, 1978

MOST RECENT APPEARANCE
The Muppet Show Episode 518: Marty Feldman, 1980

PERFORMER
Various

WHO IS SOPWITH THE CAMEL?
Sopwith 2Sopwith the Camel is a full-bodied dancing camel who appeared from time to time on The Muppet Show. His first appearance was in episode 313 of The Muppet Show. Earlier in the episode, Beauregard had foolishly made the backstage floor slippery by mopping with axle grease, and after Kermit told Beauregard to cover the grease with a little sand, Bo put in a lot more than just a little, practically covering the backstage with sand. It is at this point that Sopwith makes his first appearance, enjoying the sand. Later, Beauregard gets rid of the sand, but foolishly moves it on-stage. Kermit decides to have the closing number take place in the desert, and sends Sopwith to dance with the guest star, Helen Reddy, as she sings “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”. After the number, an Arab decides that she can keep him.

Sopwith made a handful of appearances afterwards, with one notable appearance being guest star Marty Feldman’s wife, Loretta. Sopwith was also in a deleted scene in The Muppet Movie, in which Statler and Waldorf ride the camel. More recently, Sopwith was given a page in The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, where it was said that his favorite day of the week is Wednesday (and GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS!!!).

WHO DO THE MUPPETS NEED SOPWITH THE CAMEL?
The Muppets don’t really need Sopwith the Camel…

Sopwith 3

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