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December 16, 2013

The Land of Gorch


The Land of Gorch was a recurring skit in season one of ‘Saturday Night Live’ featuring Jim Henson’s Muppets. It was set on a swampy alien wasteland on an unnamed planet (which was claimed to also be named ‘Gorch’ in one sketch) ruled by the oafish King Ploobis who has different misadventures with his wife Queen Peuta, his right-hand man Scred, his servant Vazh, his son Wisss, and a carved-from-stone deity called The Mighty Favog.

The intro narrated by Don Pardo states: ‘Come with us now from the bubbling tar pits to the sulfurous wasteland, from the rotting forest to the stagnant mud flats, to the Land of Gorch.’ The segments dealt with a number of racy issues ranging from alcohol abuse, adultery, species extinction, drugs, and other ‘adult’ topics, though each was treated with the expected SNL irreverence.

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