Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Q Is for Quongo

Quongo the Wild Mountain Gorilla hasn't gotten a lot of screen time, but hey, it's "q" this week and there's really no one else to choose from. Plus, I've never forgotten this guy. Something about that distinctive mouth with the teeth combined with those crazy eyes and that wild hair has always made him stand out for me, even though he's barely a character. Mostly he's just one of those characters in the background, particularly when the Muppets had a jungle sketch, or even something on a beach. Heck, you can still see this guy in the background in The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted.

He first appeared on The Muppet Show in the second season, the fantastic Peter Sellers episode, in this Muppet Labs sketch.

Mostly Quongo was performed by Jerry Nelson, except in the fifth season Debbie Harry episode. There, Quongo (finally named onscreen) wrestles Gonzo, and he's performed by Richard Hunt.

There are two musical sketches where Quongo is the star. The first is his rendition of Randy Newman's "It's Lonely at the Top," spoofing King Kong with some nice visual trickery.

And the second--and probably Quongo's finest hour--is a jaunty run through "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts." Richard Hunt plays the showman, and Louise Gold plays the showman's wife.

Quongo also made it onto Muppets Tonight, though he didn't get any songs (or dialogue) to himself. The puppet was also repurposed as Miss Corner on one episode of the British series Mopatop's Shop. He's got a great design, he just never really went anywhere on his own. But he left us a couple of nice songs for a cold morning.

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Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

Cute Quongo! We should think of him more than only in Q's days :)

Roger Owen Green said...

I had NO idea what you'd pull out for Q. Suffice to say, I'm sufficiently impressed.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Fascinating charachter that I'd not heard of♪

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