Holiday Greetings from the Ed Sullivan Show was a Christmas special that aired on CBS in 1992, hosted by comedian Bob Newhart and featuring vintage material from The Ed Sullivan Show along with new Christmas performances. Jim Henson's Muppets were featured guests, primarily Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.


Kermit and Miss Piggy appear in the opening teaser discussing the show and its big stars. Though some may be bigger than Miss Piggy, Kermit claims none are as wide, earning himself a karate chop.

Later in the show, Bob Newhart narrates a brief series of clips and stills showing Jim Henson's work on The Ed Sullivan Show, segueing into the return of Kermit and Miss Piggy, in full Dickensian garb to promote The Muppet Christmas Carol. The frog and the pig squabble again and Newhart tries to promote peace by asking Miss Piggy about her karate chops. She provides a visual demonstration of several different styles, but on the last swing, Kermit ducks to the floor and Piggy inadvertently pummels Newhart instead.

A still breathless Newhart announces "that legendary author, Charles Dickens" (Gonzo) to set the scene. Gonzo and Rizzo introduce the Cratchit home, where Bob Cratchit (Kermit), Emily Cratchit (Piggy) and Tiny Tim (Robin) sing "It Feels Like Christmas." They are joined by Fozziwig (Fozzie Bear), Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, Gonzo and Rizzo, the Muppet penguins, Mudwell the Mudbunny, and Murray, all in costume.

The next segment features clips of other puppets who appeared on the Sullivan show, including Bil Baird's marionettes, Shari Lewis with Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse, and Topo Gigio.

Other guests on the special included Johnny Mathis, Della Reese, Paul Anka, Dick Martin, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, the gospel choir Life.


The special was released on VHS and DVD by SOFA Entertainment in 2003.



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Jim Henson Productions and Related Shows
Sesame Street and related shows Christmas Eve on Sesame StreetA Special Sesame Street ChristmasElmo Saves ChristmasElmo's World: Happy Holidays!A Sesame Street Christmas CarolElmo's Christmas CountdownChristmas with Ernie & Bert • "Monster Monster Day" • Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas • "A Furchester Christmas"
The Muppets John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas TogetherA Muppet Family ChristmasThe Muppet Christmas CarolIt's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas MovieA Muppets Christmas: Letters to SantaLady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular • "Single All the Way"
Other shows and specials The Great Santa Claus SwitchEmmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas • "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" • The Christmas Toy • "Refrigerator Day" • Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree • "Mrs. Zabarelli's Holiday Baton" • "A Berry Bear Christmas"
Merry Christmas from Sesame StreetJohn Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas TogetherA Sesame Street ChristmasElmo Saves Christmas: Holiday FavoritesA Green and Red ChristmasBob! from Sesame Street: Christmas Sing Along

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