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Rizzo the Rat is a character from The Muppet Show, introduced during the show's fourth season. He was created by Steve Whitmire after he took a fascination to a bunch of old rat puppets originally made for The Muppet Musicians of Bremen. Rizzo has a tendency to crack jokes at the expense of the other Muppets and sometimes tries to cheat people into getting what he wants, but has a sensitive side and is also good friends with other Muppets, particularly Gonzo.

Appearances in Christmas specials

The Muppets

Rizzo meets Oscar

Rizzo with Oscar the Grouch in A Muppet Family Christmas.

  • A Muppet Family Christmas - In this 1987 crossover with Sesame Street, Rizzo had a brief speaking role wanting to bunk out in Oscar the Grouch's trash can, much to Oscar's delight.
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol - This 1992 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol notably marked the first time Rizzo was cast as a double act with Gonzo, who is playing the role of Dickens himself, a claim that Rizzo finds dubious, to say the least. Along with Gonzo, Rizzo is often on the set while the story is taking place, sometimes getting the worst of the action.
Gonzo and Rizzo Gift of the Magi

Rizzo with Gonzo in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.

Other Christmas productions

External links

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