With the last of the turkey carcass picked clean and having survived crazy Uncle Larry’s Obamacare rant, we awoke from our food comas to discover a sweet Thanksgiving treat better than that second piece of pumpkin pie (and without the calories!) in Lady Gaga’s Muppets holiday special that aired last night on ABC.
While some folks rode their second wind to the nearest big box store to fight the crowds for the latest electronic gadget, we poured another glass of Beaujolais nouveau and settled in for Lady Gaga and the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular.
What ensued was a thoroughly enjoyable spectacle in every sense of the word.
The show opened with a fun rendition of “Venus” as Gaga performed full-clad in a skimpy seashell bikini as the Muppets sang back-up:
In between numbers, Gaga and the Muppets kept us entertained with playful banter. Expectedly, Miss Piggy was not happy that another blonde bombshell was stealing the show and Kermit’s attention. We thought this set up the perfect cue for Gaga to perform “Swine,” but alas, calling Miss Piggy “disgusting” may have merited a swift “HIIIII-YA!”
However, speaking of feuding divas, the special did include several guest appearances, such as the oft-opinionated Sir Elton John. We guess this means Gaga forgave him for those “dangerous place” comments. Regardless, we were pleased to see the two back at the dueling pianos as they basted each other with compliments — “You’re my favorite girl, you know that,” said Elton. “I love ya, love ya, love ya.” To which Gaga replied, “It’s always nice when I get to spend time with you because you helped me to stay inspired and put life in perspective.” — before launching into a truly amazing mash-up of “Benny and the Jets” and “ARTPOP”:
Other show highlights include:
The always handsome and allegedly bi-curious Joseph Gordon-Levitt stopped by to get us in the holiday spirit with a duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
Gaga also performed “Manicure” and “Applause” twice — once closing the show again with the Muppets as back-up. Seriously, if she goes on tour with them, we will be there.
Missing from the performance were some of her more risqué ARTPOP tracks: “Aura,” “Sexxx Dreams,” “Jewels and Drugs,” “Mary Jane Holland,” “Do What U Want.” (It’s probably best to keep R. Kelly clear of the Muppets.) We also would have loved to have seen the muppet Janice and Gaga team up for a duet of “Donatella.” (You have to admit the resemblance is striking!) Despite all the talk of “ArtFLOP,” we couldn’t help but smile throughout the kitsch-filled special. Not only was it a great way to close out Thanksgiving, but Gaga and her Muppet friends took us on a tour of ARTPOP that made us appreciate the album — and Gaga — even more. Well played, Gaga! Your turn, Carrie. (Or should we say Fräulein Maria!)