It’s now Summertime and we no longer have to think about homework and school projects. Hooray! We’ve turned our thoughts to more fun and trivial things. Like Muppets.

Here is a list of guest stars—in no particular order—that we think would be fun guest stars on the Muppet Show if it were still around today and had its traditional format. These folks would have a good time laughing it up. (Think about it. My kids discovered Alice Cooper through the Muppet Show. If Alice Cooper is cool enough to have a good time laughing and goofing around, these folks will, too.)

Before you ask if any of the kids watching the show will know all these people, remember first that the Muppet Show was not just for kids. Also, remember some of the previous guest stars from when we were kids. Sly Stallone, Roger Moore, Raquel Welch, James Coburn. I may not have known their work, but I recognized names or faces. And seeing them goof off with Muppets made them fun.

Some of these people have appeared on kids’ shows like “The Electric Company,” “Between the Lions,” even “Arthur.” (It might reveal that our TV is often tuned to kid television, but there are worse things.) If someone appears on a PBS kid’s show, they’ve got something going for them. Then as we all considered more potential guests, we thought of some who might be a nice surprise. So, imagine these people laughing, dancing, and generally having a good time with the likes of Kermit, Gonzo, Animal, Miss Piggy, and Beaker—and smile.

• Jack Black
• Johnny Depp
• Reba McIntyre (Johnny Cash was apparently once a guest on the show! I had no idea!)
• Christopher Lee (vampires, alien kids, hobbits, Jedi masters, chocolatiers, why not Muppets?)
• Ellen DeGeneres
• Tom Hanks
• Bonnie Hunt
• Sir Alan Cumming (did you know he’s been on the “Electric Company”? Had a great time, too.)
• Jimmy Fallon (ditto)
• David Tennant
• Catherine Tate
• Josh Flitter (funny kid from “Nancy Drew”)
• Emma Roberts
• Jay Baruchel (that geeky guy from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and the voice of Hiccup in “How to Train Your Dragon”)
• Sir Patrick Stewart
• Scott Bakula (because had a good time on “Quantum Leap”)
• Helen Mirren
• Wayne Brady
• Anne Hathaway
• Hugh Jackman
• Rupert Grint
• Helena Bohnam Carter (because I think she’d just have so much fun)
• Will Smith
• Bruce Willis (because his very small bit cameo in “Nancy Drew” showed me just how fun he could be with kids)
• Ringo Starr
• Paul McCartney
• Mandy Patinkin
• Nathan Fillion (the guy who plays Richard Castle)
• George Clooney
• Conan O’Brian
• Rene Fleming (if Rudolf Nureyev could be on there . . . )
• Topher Grace
• Kenneth Branaugh (Shakespearean comedy and tragedy, WWII German military leader, self-absorbed wizard professor, Norse gods . . . I can imagine him laughing with the Muppets and making Piggy swoon with Shakespearean quotes)
• Christopher Walken (For the adults. He’d be fun and eerie at the same time. Then you can introduce your kids to “More Cowbell.” And his Simpsons bit: “You’re scootching. What did I tell you about the scootching?”)
• Harry Connick, Jr.
• Joe Mantegna
• Martin Short (did you know he’s the voice of the Cat in the Hat?!)
• Kelsey Grammer
• One of those crazy chefs from TV (The Swedish Chef can throw them out of his kitchen because they don’t know how to properly cook a “birdie”)
• Priscilla Star Diaz (fun girl from “The Electric Company”)
• Samuel L. Jackson
• Jim Carrey (he apparently sent in his resume to “The Carol Burnett Show” when he was ten. How fun is that?)
• Sandra Oh (I’m watching her in “Princess Diaries” now. And looking back at when “Grey’s Anatomy” was in it’s early stages, she was the best one.)
• Craig Ferguson (though he’d have to watch his mouth; he’d be funny and he already has practice working with the puppets on his show . . . and that weird mohawk zombie robot, which in my opinion, has had a bad influence on Mr. Ferguson, since he is fouler ever since that robot appeared.)
• Hugh Laurie
• Stephen Fry (he and the above could appear together; that could be fun)
• Holly Hunter
• Kevin James
• Lemony Snicket (an author who doesn’t mind acting for a crowd; his episode would be . . . interesting)
• Alan Rickman
• Denzel Washington
• Yo Yo Ma (he was one of many cool people who appeared on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood)
• Zachary Quinto (a pretty good Spock in the current “Star Trek” movie, and his costars from “Heroes” have said he is a super nice guy which made it weird for them think of him as the uber bad guy)
• Simon Pegg
• David Bowie (because “Labyrinth” is on our minds)
• Sandra Bullock
• Hugh Grant
• Selena Gomez
• Flight Time and Big Easy from the Harlem Globe Trotters
• Stephen Hawking
• Neil Gaiman (he could make it dark and eerie)
• Tim Burton (ditto)
• Usain Bolt (gold medalist sprinter and world record holder)
• Weird Al Yankovic
• Donny Osmond (He went up a few notches in my book when he—along with Weird Al—had a good time laughing at himself being a complete dork in the video “White and Nerdy.”)
• Brandon Flowers (really—wouldn’t that be cool?)
• Tracey Ullman
• Ray Romano
• Ellen Page
• Jane Lynch
• Allison Janney
• Hank Azaria
• James Levine
• Jack Prelutsky
• India.Arie (I saw her once on “Between the Lions” and realized she has a lovely voice, a charming attitude, and may be neat since she appeared on a children’s show.)

And because of connections, we wanted to add:
• Elaine Bradley (of the Neon Trees)
• Stanford Olsen

Who would you like to add?

(And check out one of the most fun movie previews we’ve seen recently.)

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