Richard Hunt • (1977 - 1991)
David Rudman • (2008 - present)

Janice on lead guitar, fer sure, rully!

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Janice is the main guitarist of The Electric Mayhem. She also portrays Nurse Janice in Veterinarian's Hospital, and appears in various other sketches, frequently as a chorus member. She is occasionally seen in the orchestra during season 5 of the show. She also has a very close relationship with the Electric Mayhem's bass guitarist, Floyd Pepper (although, in season 1 of The Muppet Show, she's involved with Zoot).

In addition to the guitar, Janice has also played the tambourine with the Mayhem, and the trumpet or trombone with the orchestra. In personality, Janice is generally laid-back, noted for her Valley girl "Fer sure" and "Rully" dialogue and behavior (such as tanning herself in The Great Muppet Caper). Twice in the Muppet movies, when caught short during a loud and confusing group discussion, Janice has inadvertently revealed her attitudes towards nudity. In The Great Muppet Caper, she's interrupted while justifying a willingness to walk along the beach naked to her mother, while in The Muppets Take Manhattan, she claims that she doesn't pose naked, "even if it is artistic." Janice also has an affinity for baking, at least during the holidays: in A Muppet Family Christmas, she makes Christmas cookies that are eaten by Cookie Monster, while she brings cupcakes to the party in A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa.

Janice was originally performed by Fran Brill in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence pilot in 1975, and in the first set of Muppet Meeting Films. Eren Ozker performed Janice in the first season of The Muppet Show. Richard Hunt took over the character in season 2, and gave Janice her familiar Valley girl voice and attitude. Hunt performed this character until his health deteriorated, which eventually lead to his death. She then became a non speaking Muppet. In 2002 Brian Henson voiced both her and Scooter twice. In Muppet Race Mania Matt Vogel voiced her (and Scooter) and in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, Tyler Bunch performed her. David Rudman has now taken over for both her and Scooter.

Michael Frith's original sketch of the character indicates that she was intended to be a male character, a takeoff on Mick Jagger's emaciated frame. Her name is probably a reference to Janis Joplin. However, in her final form as built by Bonnie Erickson, she bears very little resemblance to either Jagger or Joplin.

Casting history

Main Performers

Alternate Performers


Live appearances

Book appearances


  • After the death of Richard Hunt, Janice did not have any consistent performers for 16 years until David Rudman took over.

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