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Lew Zealand

Lew Zealand
The Muppets character
First appearance

The Muppet Show
Created by

Jim Henson
Portrayed by

Jerry Nelson (1978 - 2003)
Matt Vogel (2008 - present)
Bill Barretta (2002 and 2005)
Aliases Lew
Species Muppet
Gender Male

Lew Zealand is a Muppet character. Lew is a tan humanoid Muppet with dark hair, a mustache, a red knobby nose, a ruff and a red suit. His name is a play on the Oceanian country of New Zealand as well as Lew Grade, the distributor of The Muppet Show. Lew has an obsession for throwing fish, which are unique in that they return to him once thrown - hence the term "boomerang fish". His catchphrase is: "I throw the fish away, and it comes back to me!" In the 1984 film The Muppets Take Manhattan, he appears at Scooter's job at a theater in Cleveland, Ohio. He shows Scooter his boomerang fish while the audience is watching Attack of The Killer Fish, a 3-D movie partly seen in the movie. Lew appears on The Muppet Show from the third season onwards trying to promote his Boomerang Fish act. He is also able to play a fish organ (a line of fish that, when squeezed, each gargle a different note). The sketches he appears in usually end with the entire stage in an uproar.

Lew Zealand was originally puppeteered by Jerry Nelson until his retirement from The Muppets. Bill Barretta was his performer in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz. Matt Vogel assumed this role as well as Jerry Nelson's other primary Muppet Show characters starting with the 2008 TV movie A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa.

Lew has appeared in The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol, a cameo knitting a Jolly Roger in Muppet Treasure Island and The Muppets.

Casting history

Main performers

Other performers

External links

  • Lew Zealand ] on Muppet Wiki, an external wiki]

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