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|The Muppets character|
|First appearance||The Muppet Show|
|Created by||Jim Henson|
Crazy Harry has black scruffy hair, an uncombed chin curtain beard and huge, egg-shaped baggy eyes. Early in season one, he played triangle with the pit band. He usually carried a plunger box which would activate a hidden charge, often to his victim's chagrin. Once he assisted Gonzo the Great in a cannonball-catching act, but perhaps overdid it on the powder, which resulted in an absurdly-stretched right arm for Gonzo. In episode #28 he provided the "Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta!" chorus of "Chanson d'Amour", happily blowing the stage and performers to smithereens with his little plunger and cackling. Harry also played solo backup for Jean Stapleton's performance of "I'm Just Wild About Harry", with a collection of plunger boxes forming an "explodaphone", providing explosions at the end of every verse of the song.
In the show's first couple of seasons, Harry's appearances were a regular running gag. After those first seasons, the gag was shelved along with Crazy Harry for the remainder of the show's run. Crazy Harry also appeared in The Muppet Movie, complete with his explosive equipment, as one of the many Muppets in the audience to whom Kermit the Frog screened the film. He appeared in The Muppets Take Manhattan as a wedding guest.
In 2009, he appeared in The Muppets music video "Bohemian Rhapsody".
In 2014 he appeared in Muppets Most Wanted. A criminal uses the noise of Harry's explosions to cover the sounds of a break-in.
References in other media
For the commercials for the then new TNT cable channel, Crazy Harry would be featured at the end of the commercials, prefixing his use of his plunger with the question "Did someone say TNT?" - followed by a maniacal laugh after the explosion.
In the Dresden Files novel Blood Rites, several references are made to the "Bolshevik Muppet who liked to blow everything up". The phrase "Bolshevik Muppet" was then used as a warning by Harry Dresden to his allies just prior to setting off a large explosion.
- Jerry Nelson: The Muppet Show Season 2 (1977) - Muppets Party Cruise (2003)
- Matt Vogel: Stars and Stripes Forever (2008) - present
- John Lovelady - The Muppets Valentine Show (1974), The Muppet Show Season 1 (1976 - 1977)
- Richard Hunt - The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence (1975)
- Louise Gold - The Muppet Show Episode 221 (1977)
- Rickey Boyd - The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)
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