- Lew Zealand
Lew Zealand is a
Muppetcharacter, performed by Jerry Nelson, that has an obsession for throwing fish. His thrown fish are unique in that they return to him once thrown. He appears on The Muppet Showfrom the third season onwards trying to promote his BoomerangFish 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 is naturally named for the country of
New Zealand, and his whole fish act is derivedFact|date=September 2008 from New Zealand's reputation as the fisherman's paradise (cf. [http://www.frommers.com/destinations/newzealand/0313020352.html Frommer'sNew Zealand] ). The boomerang aspect illustrates a common American confusion that has New Zealandfar more closely linked to Australiathan is actually the case. Lew Zealand was originally puppeteered by Jerry Nelsonuntil his retirement from The Muppets since then Bill Barrettahas been his main performer.
Lew has appeared in
The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caperand Muppet Christmas Carol.
* Lew is known for his trademark catchphrase: "I throw the fish away, and it comes "back" to me!"
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