Jim and the Muppets made appearances on the various incarnations of The Tonight Show as early as 1956. The debut of The Muppet Show warranted promotion on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show in September 1976, so it was no surprise that Jim and his gang were invited back the following fall for the start of Season Two. They previewed Kermit’s feat of tap dancing, “Happy Feet” which would be part of the Madeline Kahn episode, and Carson bantered with the irrepressible Link Hogthrob. Jim also appeared on camera as part of the entertainment. Clearly, the Muppets were at home in Carson’s studio and less than a year later, Kermit was asked to sit in the host’s chair, filling in for Johnny. Learn more about it.
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.