Features both the Muppets and Disney Channel stars performing comedy sketches and musical numbers together. The style is similar to that of the original Muppet Show in that it features mayhem occurring on the Disney Channel Studio sets in place of the Muppet Theater.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Studio DC - Almost Live - Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem - Netflix
Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem is a Muppet rock house band that debuted on The Muppet Show. Following The Muppet Show, they appeared in various Muppet movies and television specials and have also recorded album tracks and covered numerous songs. Dr. Teeth and Animal were designed by Jim Henson, while the rest of the original band members were designed by Michael K. Frith. They made their debut in 1975's The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence and the pilot for The Muppet Show. The band consists of Dr. Teeth on vocals and keyboards, Animal on drums, Floyd Pepper on bass guitar, Janice on guitar and Zoot on saxophone. In season five of the show, Lips joined the band on trumpet. Animal, Floyd and Zoot also played in the Muppet Show pit band, performing the opening and closing themes and underscoring most of the Muppet Show performances. Lips and occasionally Janice appeared in the orchestra in later episodes. Though Lips made some appearances with the group after The Muppet Show ended production, the group later reverted to its original line-up. Also, the original pilot episode featured “Jim”, a Muppet caricature of Jim Henson on banjo. The band's first film role was performing the song “Can You Picture That?” in The Muppet Movie. They also performed “Night Life” and participated in “The Happiness Hotel” in The Great Muppet Caper and performed “Jingle Bell Rock” in A Muppet Family Christmas. They appeared in The Muppets Take Manhattan (sans Lips) where Dr. Teeth sang “You Can't Take No For An Answer”. Following the deaths of two of the group's puppeteers, Jim Henson (Dr. Teeth) and Richard Hunt (Janice), they were limited to brief instrumental background music for years. However, Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem backed Miss Piggy for a song in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz and performed alongside Miley Cyrus in the Studio DC: Almost Live television special. They have been a mainstay in the Muppets' viral video efforts of the 2010s and have (with Lips) a featured role on The Muppets as the house band on the show-within-a-show Up Late with Miss Piggy. In 2015, they released two music videos for “Jungle Boogie” (featuring Sam Eagle) and “Kodachrome”. An Electric Mayhem “survive” tour with audio-animatronic versions of the puppets and rock band My Morning Jacket performing the characters was proposed by The Walt Disney Company but ultimately abandoned. The band performed a live five-song set at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival on August 6, 2016.
Studio DC - Almost Live - Janice - Netflix
Performed by Richard Hunt (1977–1991), Matt Vogel (2000), Brian Henson (2002-2003), Tyler Bunch (2005-2008), David Rudman (2008–present) Janice is a lead guitar player with a flower child personality. She has blond hair, big eyelashes and lips and usually wears a brown hat with a turquoise gem and a feather. Though she regularly performed vocals, she actually only sang lead a couple of times on the show. She also acted in sketches periodically, most notably as wisecracking Nurse Janice in 'Veterinarian's Hospital', a recurring parody of medical dramas; in the latter role, she dispenses with much of her flower child lingo. Her name is an homage to Janis Joplin. Janice is the band's lead guitar player and she plays left-handed. Her favourite guitar is a Gibson Les Paul with cherry sunburst colour scheme. Janice was involved with Zoot in the first season of The Muppet Show but paired up with Floyd Pepper at the start of season two. Janice was performed by Eren Ozker during the first season of The Muppet Show (without the valley-girl voice), then she was performed by Richard Hunt until his death in 1992. Due to the lack of female Muppet performers, Janice has, since Ozker's departure, consistently been played by a man. Muppet characters are frequently paired together based on how well puppeteers perform as a team. Richard Hunt and Jerry Nelson had established themselves as a team prior to The Muppet Show. Therefore, the change in Janice's performer may have been the reason for her relationship shifting from Zoot to Floyd. After Hunt's death, her character was faded back to brief non-speaking background appearances until the 2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie in which she was performed by Brian Henson. Henson also provided her voice for the video game Muppets Party Cruise. In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, she was performed by Tyler Bunch. Her most recent performer is David Rudman, who first performed her in Studio DC: Almost Live. Matt Vogel provided the voices for Janice and Scooter in the video game Muppet RaceMania. Rudman took over Scooter as well the same time he took over for Janice. A running gag in some Muppet movies was that during a scene in which several characters were excitedly talking at once and someone called for silence, Janice would be the last one still talking on a topic with no apparent connection to the situation. In The Muppets Take Manhattan: “So I told him 'Look, buddy, I don't take my clothes off for anybody, even if it is artistic,' and... Oh”. Another example from The Great Muppet Caper, she says: “Look, Mother. It's my life. OK. So if I want to live on a beach and walk around naked... Oh”. Janice is the only member of the band apart from Animal to have appeared on the animated series Muppet Babies. In her single appearance, she was portrayed as slightly older than the main characters and able to read. She was voiced by Dave Coulier who regularly voiced baby versions of Animal, Bunsen Honeydew and Bean Bunny. She bore a resemblance to Mary Travers of Peter Paul and Mary.
Studio DC - Almost Live - References - Netflix