The Great Muppet Caper Minute 27 – Regarded Highly

Gonzo hails a cab as only he could. The cab driver Beauregard takes them on a haphazard path towards the Happiness Hotel.



Full body Fozzie and Kermit

Gonzo flies perfectly… so good at it

Camera bulb definitely breaks again…

Gonzo tosses himself in front of the moving cab


“Very effective”

“Ya, it’s great when it works”




DEBUT: 1978

DESIGN: Michael Frith designer, Mari Kaestle builder

Took over the mantle from George the Janitor beginning in episode 310 of The Muppet Show.

In the book Of Muppets and Men, Dave Goelz explains that Beauregard was based on the clumsy Wendell Porcupine from Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. The main reason why Bo never became a star was because the writers thought he was too passive; he didn’t desire anything. This made Beauregard difficult to write for.

Beauregard was also the name of a character from Walt Kelly’s Pogo, a comic strip that influenced the development of Jim Henson’s Muppet characters.

The name Beauregard is a French baby name. In French the meaning of the name Beauregard is: Respected; regarded highly (literal translation is Beautiful/handsome gaze).


“We are going to the Happiness Hotel”

“Good, that’s where I’m going. How do you get there.”

Beauregard Eyelid movement

Beauregard’s taxi is a 1959 Austin A35

  • British Motor Company car
  • Licence Plate: BO676
  • As with Fozzie’s Studebaker in The Muppet Movie, much of the vehicle had to be removed to make room for the puppeteers, as well as the stunt driver.
  • Beauregard’s taxi resurfaced in the Muppet RaceMania game, as a boss enemy in the Trafalgar Square level. In 2014, it was on display at Walt Disney World as part of the Studio Backlot Tour.
  • Appeared in Wallace & Gromit (animated) and Oscar (a 1967 French film)


Go straight

He makes a U-turn

“Takes a while to get to know the town”

“How long have you lived here”

“All my life”

“How come you don’t have an English accent.” We were just talking about that.

Cab heading for newspaper stand

(These are mostly my thoughts and observations. I have occasionally added some of Annie’s thoughts after the recording. I have done my best to attribute info where needed. Many of the more common facts about the film and The Muppets are not directly attributed to any one source. It is not my intention to claim all of the above information as my own. If you find a place that needs attribution, please contact me with the source and I will be happy to add it.)