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View more photos in Shannon Cottrell's “Muppets Take Burlesque” slideshow.

Now that we're grown up and don't watch Jim Henson's The Muppet Show anymore, the only thing better than Gonzo the Great is finding out that Gonzo is really a woman and has perfected the art of tassel twirling. Last week, The Monday Night Tease! Muppet (of Burlesque) Show returned featuring strip-tease performances by Miss Piggy, Beaker, Fozzie Bear, Sam the Eagle, Swedish Chef, Rizzo and more. We did a side-by-side comparison and came up with the seven best examples of why the Muppets are still hot.

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Credit: Beaker

Credit: Beaker

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Swedish Chef

Swedish Chef

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Fozzie Bear

Fozzie Bear

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Gonzo the Great

Gonzo the Great

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Rizzo the Rat

Rizzo the Rat

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Sam the Eagle

Sam the Eagle

All photographs by Shannon Cottrell. This article uses material from the Muppet wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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