ALL ABOUT BEAKER

Name: Beaker
Nicknames: Beakie, The Beakster
Training/Background: Assistant to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew at Muppet Labs, Test subject at Muppet Labs, Voted #1 Patient at Emergency Rooms everywhere.
Special Talents: Unique ability to be scorched, singed, blown up, fired, fricasseed and otherwise immolated and always come back for more.
Favorite Movie: 'Run Silent, Run Meep'
On My 'Must' List: Meep meep meep meep meep meep!! (translation: 'Must have been out of my mind to take this job!')

Beaker is the hapless assistant of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. He made his first appearance in Muppet Labs sketches in the second season of The Muppet Show.  Prior to Beaker's debut, Dr. Honeydew appeared in Muppet Labs segments by himself, but the timid assistant added a new level of comedy to the sketches. Dr. Honeydew's experiments and inventions always seem to go awry, and Beaker is their perpetual victim. He has been shrunk, cloned, deflated, turned invisible, and blown up, but he always comes back for more.

Beaker normally communicates through a series of high-pitched "mee-mee-mee" noises. (In books and merchandise, it's often spelled as "Meep".) In some of his earlier appearances, Beaker's language sounded more like that of someone who was too terrified to get any real words out of his mouth. He did manage to muster "Bye Bye" in the Banana Sharpener Muppet Labs segment. In The Muppet Movie, his words were the closest they ever got to being real words, as his line "Sadly temporary" was quite clear, as well as his line "Make-up ready!". He also used the "Sadly temporary" line in Muppets From Space.

One key element to Beaker's development was that, unlike Bunsen, who was rarely seen outside the Labs, Beaker took more of an involvement in the show. He was often seen backstage, and had cameo bits in other numbers and sketches. He also served as an assistant stagehand to Beauregard, as well as an assistant video DJ to Dr. Teeth on the compilation video "Rock Music".

Beaker does a mean Little Richard impression and knows how to beatbox, as seen in Muppets Tonight.

On The Muppet Show, Beaker has sung "Feelings" and, accompanied by The Swedish Chef and Animal, "Danny Boy."

In a 2004 Internet poll sponsored by the BBC and the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Beaker and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew were voted Britain's favorite cinematic scientists. They beat Mr. Spock, their closest rival, by a margin of 2 to 1 and won 33 percent of the 43,000 votes cast.