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PERFORMER Richard Hunt 1977-1991
  David Rudman 2008-present
DEBUT 1975
Janice is the lead guitar player in the Electric Mayhem on The Muppet Show. She also portrays Nurse Janice in Veterinarian's Hospital, and appears in various other sketches, frequently as a chorus member. She is occasionally seen in the orchestra during the fifth season of the show. She has a very close relationship with the Electric Mayhem's bass player, Floyd Pepper (although, in the first season of The Muppet Show, she's involved with Zoot in the At the Dance sketch). In addition to the guitar, Janice has also played the tambourine with the Mayhem, and the trumpet or trombone with the orchestra. In personality, Janice is generally laid-back, noted for her Valley girl "Fer sure" and "Rully" dialogue and behavior (such as tanning herself in The Great Muppet Caper). Twice in the Muppet movies, when caught short during a loud and confusing group discussion, Janice has inadvertently revealed her attitudes towards nudity. In The Great Muppet Caper, she's interrupted while justifying a willingness to walk along the beach naked to her mother, while in The Muppets Take Manhattan, she claims that she doesn't pose naked, "even if it is artistic." Janice also has an affinity for baking, at least during the holidays: in A Muppet Family Christmas, she makes Christmas cookies that are eaten by Cookie Monster, while she brings cupcakes to the party in A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. She lists Tina Turner and Joan Jett among her musical influences, and Weezer and OK Go as some of her favorite current bands.[1] Janice was originally performed by Fran Brill in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence pilot in 1975, and in the first set of Muppet Meeting Films. Eren Ozker performed Janice in the first season of The Muppet Show. Richard Hunt took over the character in season two, and gave Janice her familiar Valley girl voice and attitude.Michael Frith's original sketch of the character indicates that she was intended to be a male character, a takeoff on Mick Jagger's emaciated frame and prominent lips. Her name is probably a reference to Janis Joplin. However, in her final form as built by Bonnie Erickson, she bears very little resemblance to either Jagger or Joplin In an August 27, 2015 tweet, @ElectricMayhem revealed a never before known fact about Janice's family, "Janice truly is a flower child. Her mom's name was Daisy!" [1]

Casting history Edit

Main Performers

  • Eren Ozker - The Muppet Show Season 1 (1976-1977)
  • Richard Hunt - Cher (1975); from The Muppet Show Season 2 (1977) to Muppets On Location: Days of Swine and Roses (1991)
  • David Rudman - Studio DC: Almost Live (2008) to present

Alternate Performers

  • Fran Brill - The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence (1975), Muppet Meeting Films (1975), Episode 108: Paul Williams (1976, "Silence" poem)
  • John Lovelady - Julie Andrews: My Favorite Things (1975)
  • Frank Oz - The Muppet Show Episode 104: Ruth Buzzi (1976)
  • Matt Vogel - Muppet RaceMania video game (2000)
  • Kevin Clash - The Muppet Show Live (2001)
  • Brian Henson - It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002), Muppets Party Cruise video game (2003)
  • Tyler Bunch - The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)

Filmography Edit

  • The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence
  • Muppet Meeting Films
  • The Muppet Show
    • see Muppet Show Episodes That Didn't Feature Main Characters
  • The Muppets Go Hollywood
  • The Muppet Movie
  • The Tonight Show
  • A Christmas Together
  • The Muppets Go to the Movies
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • Rocky Mountain Holiday with John Denver and the Muppets
  • The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Little Muppet Monsters
    • Opening
    • Episode 102: Space Cowboys
  • The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years
  • A Muppet Family Christmas
  • The Muppets at Walt Disney World
  • The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Muppet Treasure Island
  • Muppets Tonight
  • Muppets from Space
  • Muppet RaceMania
  • It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
  • Muppets Party Cruise
  • The Muppets Wizard of Oz
  • Canteen Commercial
  • Studio DC: Almost Live!
  • A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
  • Muppet viral videos
    • "Bohemian Rhapsody"
  • "The Muppet Show Theme music video"
  • The Muppets
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • The Voice
  • Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular
  • Toyota
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
  • AwesomenessTV
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • The Muppets 2015 Presentation Pilot
  • The Muppets
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