Dousing egomaniacal spotfires.
Miss Piggy was not amused. Statler and Waldorf did not laugh at her “This lamb is for the chop!” joke and it was up to me to discover why and fix it. Apparently Waldorf had said “That’s not funny at all” and Stateler had said “What? My hearing aid isn’t turned on” when Miss Piggy delivered the line. I spent half a day questioning the crotchety old fools. Rowlf had provided the set up for Miss Piggy’s punchline so I asked him about the poor response. He mentioned she had been hassling Scooter about it, too, which was odd as the stage manager usually couldn’t do much about heckling. It turns out it was a technical rehearsal of Veterinarian’s Hospital
and Scooter had closed the curtain prematurely. It wasn’t just Statler and Waldorf who didn’t get the joke, nobody did because nobody heard it. Unfortunately for me, Miss Piggy had decided I didn’t need to know about the closed curtain, rather I should investigate the complete failure of a perfectly* good pun to raise a giggle from a mob of sycophantic freeloaders by quizzing the only two people in the crowd who could be relied on to react contrarywise.
*For sufficiently relative values of perfect.