Jessica Max Stein

Vote for The Old Guys in the Muppet Balcony

Filed By Jessica Max Stein | April 04, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History
Tags: Jessica Max Stein, Muppets, Richard Hunt, Statler and Waldorf

One of gay Muppeteer Richard Hunt's most popular characters is struggling to secure victory in the final 250px-MS214p.jpghours of a Muppet fan contest that's a little too close for comfort.

Statler and Waldorf, everyone's favorite balcony hecklers, are up against Super Grover in the final round of the
Muppet Madness Tournament, run by, which is to Muppet lovers as the NCAA brackets are to basketball enthusiasts. The finalists have already bested 30 other candidates, including beloved characters Scooter, Floyd and Mr. Snuffleupagus. Anyone can vote!

Statler (played by Richard Hunt) and Waldorf (played by Jim Henson) appear in nearly every episode of The Muppet Show. A handy mnemonic: Waldorf has the Wide face.

Blogger Ruadhan McElroy has a great queer reading of the two "aging queens": "Frequently in the 'At the Dance' sketches on The Muppet Show are Statler and Waldorf seen dancing together. And during the first season, Statler revealed that he once dated Lionel Barrymore." McElroy also points out that Waldorf's wife (named Astoria, of course) is basically the Statler puppet in a dress.

Statler and Waldorf's weird clothes, in the picture above, are the "rock" outfits they wore to see Elton John, as we learn in this clip.

Here's the pair dueling with Milton Berle, and stealing the show from Uncle Miltie.

And if that doesn't get your vote, here is the only Statler and Waldorf clip that makes me cry every time I watch it. If only Henson and Hunt had reached the old age they evoke so convincingly here.

Besides, Statler and Waldorf have to win. They always get the last word.

Voting in The Muppet Madness Tournament ends at midnight tonight!

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Lord, I can't believe how close it is! Statler and Waldorf are ahead by only 28 points. :O

I always loved Statler and Waldorf with their snarky remarks! So since I came late to the party, who won???

Super Grover squeaked to victory with a mere 20 votes! It was very close all the way until the end.