Balloon-Head Conductor

The Balloon-Head Conductor first appeared on Al Hirt's Fanfare in 1965. He later appeared in the 1967 series Our Place, for a segment involving a small orchestra of balloons that popped with the tempo of the music. The sketch ends with the conductor's head slowly deflating.

He performs a similar routine in episode 112 of The Muppet Show, here designated by Kermit as the "Boston Pops". This time, he finishes "Pizzicato" by popping his own head.

The Balloon-Head Conductor resembles a caricature of Arthur Fiedler, which is not surprising considering Kermit's "Boston Pops" reference.

Another balloon-headed Muppet, "The Question", appeared in episode 115. He couldn't keep his head either.

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