During this whole re-education of the Muppets, Rowlf has pretty quickly become one of my favorite characters. When we are watching episodes of The Muppet Show, I’m most looking forward to seeing him. (Sorry other Muppet friends, don’t hate me.)
What’s not to love? He’s a talented piano player, he’s good at the one liners, and he’s pretty cuddly looking.
In Season 1 of the Muppet Show, an episode where Florence Henderson guest stars (kind of hard for me to believe Piggy was once jealous of Flo), Rowlf gives us a glimpse into his puppy years when he used to read Winnie the Pooh. (The real question is did someone read it to him or did he read it to himself?)
He goes on to sing a little diddy, a song written by A.A. Milne when Winnie was at a loss for words.
You can’t exactly order a cottlestone pie at the nearest diner either. It’s completely made up.
This song was also sung by Frank Oz at Jim Henson’s memorial service.
Watching the scene the other day, it was my first time hearing “Cottlestone Pie”. I loved watching Rowlf tickle the ivories and this unexpected crossover of two characters I’ve known and loved for a long time.