Two beloved members of The Muppets — Animal and Floyd Pepper from Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem — joined the podcast Audacy Check-In with host Bru this week for some fun chitchat. Specifically they not only talked about the upcoming Disney+ series “The Muppets Mayhem,” but also fun things like who the band wants to collab with and their preshow rituals.
The Muppets Take Podcasting
Animal and Floyd Pepper (the second and fourth from the left respectively) spent nearly 10 minutes with host Bru of Audacy Check-In to talk about the band and their new series.
Topics on discussion included their debut album, their favorite parts of filming “The Muppets Mayhem,” and artists they wanted to collaborate with. Specifically, Floyd noted Lizzo, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Frank Ocean, and Olivia Rodrigo.
One amusing question came up as well — what’s your favorite song to sing in the shower? But you can’t bring up showers around Animal, Floyd said.
There’s plenty of that traditional Muppet humor and charm in the eight-minute interview podcast, which you can listen to below.
The Muppets Mayhem
“The Muppets Mayhem” is co-created by Bill Barretta, Jeff Yorkes, and Adam F. Goldberg. It stars Lilly Singh as Nora, an aspiring record producer who is helping Electric Mayhem record their first album. Nora has help from her social media influencer sister, Hannah (Saara Chaudry), and Electric Mayhem fan, Gary “Moog” Moogowski (Tahj Mowry).
The premise of the show brings an old-school band to the modern age with newer ways of making music. The comedy of it lies in juxtaposing older ideals with newer expectations. In addition, The Muppets play a group of characters that have no real goals or ambitions; they are relaxed and non-committal about their plans. When a character enters the story that’s determined to get them to work towards a more specific future, it creates conflict and a humorous element. This dichotomy is one of the show’s comedic pillars.
Yorkes said of the band and their story, “They get along better than Fleetwood Mac. But they’re definitely from a different era. The conceit of the show is bringing this old-school band to the modern age and way of making music. That’s the comedy of it. They’re a group of characters that have no real goals or ambitions. Whatever you want to do, they roll with it. So, when you have a character that’s really determined to get them to do something, that’s also the comedy of the show. It’s Type A wrestling with Type, I would even say, C.”
“They want to remain true to themselves, but they don’t want to leave anybody out,” Barretta said. “How do you find that balance? That’s every musician or artist’s struggle — they would love everybody to love them. What’s fun about this band is we like to take the creative approach that they can play just about anything. That allows us to dip ourselves into different types of music and be silly and have fun with it.”
The show is streaming May 10 on Disney+.