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|The Muppets character|
|First appearance||The Muppet Show|
|Created by||Jim Henson|
|Portrayed by||Dave Goelz|
|Species||Muppet of Indeterminate Species|
Beauregard (commonly referred to as Beau or Bo) is a Muppet from The Muppet Show, debuting in episode 310 of the series. He is a backstage janitor of indeterminate species. Beauregard originally wore a gray jacket over his plaid shirt, but in the fourth season he stopped wearing the jacket. It is revealed in The Muppet Show On Tour that he calls his mop "Belleregard." Beaker occasionally assists Beauregard with stagehand duties.
He tries to be helpful, but his dimwitted efforts frequently result in disaster. His slow wit is often preyed upon by other characters who use him to their own purposes. He has a characteristic blink and often turns to the camera and says, "Right." Bo has superhuman strength, which is illustrated by his ability to effortlessly lift and carry around objects that are far too heavy to carry, such as an anvil, couch or piano.
Bo appeared on the stage in various sketches and skits, including an appearance in the Veterinarian's Hospital sketch in Episode 501 with Gene Kelly. Other times, Beauregard appears accidentally on stage during productions, still working on the props until he realizes he is intruding and must either rush out of sight or attempt to blend in with the action.
However, Bo was more comfortable backstage. It was here that a bunch of rats convinced him that he was an honorary rat, so that he would let them eat food out of the refrigerator. To his delight, they even elected him president. When Kermit the Frog delivered an ultimatum—either the rats go or Beau does—Beau heroically took the burden upon himself, offering to leave. However, Miss Piggy helped him realize how the rats were taking advantage of him, so he stayed.
Beauregard also appeared in The Great Muppet Caper in 1981, where he played a taxi driver. He brought Kermit, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo the Great to the Happiness Hotel, and right through the front door, into the lobby. Bo makes an oft-quoted joke in The Great Muppet Caper -- when Kermit says that they'll catch the thieves red-handed, Bo asks, "What color are their hands now?"
He has also made occasional cameo appearances in other Henson projects, including The Muppets Take Manhattan, Muppets Tonight, and The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years. He also appeared in a brief, non-speaking cameo in the 2002 TV-movie It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. Beauregard also starred in a book, Bo Saves the Show.
In the book Of Muppets and Men, Dave Goelz explains that Beauregard was based on the clumsy Wendell Porcupine from Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas. The main reason why Bo never became a star was because the writers thought he was too passive; he didn't desire anything. This made Beauregard difficult to write for.
In 2011's The Muppets, Beauregard is found by Scooter living in the janitor's closet of the old Muppet Theater, seemingly unaware that the Muppet Show is no longer on the air, although strangely enough, Beauregard was seen briefly on the Sandra Bullock episode of Muppets Tonight.
- The Muppet Show (1978-81)
- The Muppet Movie (1979)
- The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
- The Muppets Go to the Movies (1981)
- The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
- The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986)
- A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)
- The Muppets at Walt Disney World (1990)
- Muppets Tonight (1996)
- Muppets from Space (1999)
- It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)
- A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)
- The Muppets (2011)
- Muppets Most Wanted (2014)