There’s a new Muppet in town. His name is Joe the Legal Weasel, he is performed by the fantastically talented Peter Linz, and he appears about 20 seconds into this video:
I love the idea behind Joe the Legal Weasel. He seems to be a way of poking fun at the folks running Disney without them necessarily realizing that they’re being skewered from within, which is exactly what the Muppets should be doing.
Nevertheless, this particular sketch leaves me cold. And I’m not entirely sure why.
Apparently, part of Joe’s schtick is that he laughs maniacally at his own jokes. The problem (for me) is, here his joke wasn’t very funny to begin with. Maybe that was intentional, but from where I’m sitting, it looks like this sketch was woefully underwritten.
This was actually not the debut of Joe the Legal Weasel. He appeared at D23 alongside Kermit to tease the “Muppets Now” short-form series supposedly debuting on Disney+ next year. Apparently, there is no video of that appearance, only audio and some photographs that someone edited together to make a very strange presentation:
This bit seems to be better written and is mildly amusing. So maybe there’s hope for Joe the Legal Weasel. He has the potential to become really fun and satirical. I just hope he gets some better material to work with.