There is a new administration in Washington and a couple of new dummies joining the "D.C. Follies."
Actually, Sid and Marty Krofft's "D.C. Follies," a nationally syndicated comedy show (locally on Ch. 30 at 8:30 p.m. Saturdays) starring Fred Willard, is full of dummies - foam facsimiles of the rich, famous and powerful, better known as Krofft Puppets.Willard, the only living regular on the show, plays the bartender at a make-believe Washington watering hole frequented by some of Capitol Hill's, not to mention Hollywood's, biggest stars - some of whom show up in the flesh.
The satirical half-hour show, now in its second season, regularly skewers news makers, and takes full advantage of current affairs in Washington.
"We go after everybody, and of course, you go after the ones who have the biggest power," says Marty Krofft, who with his brother-partner and co-producer Sid Krofft, is looking forward to some fun with the Bush-Quayle administration.
"We try to stay very current," he says. "Mr. Bush and Mr. Quayle are pretty good targets for us and we just built Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Quayle.
Krofft says that the show is about 60 percent entertainment figures and 40 percent political figures. "When we created it, the political arena had all the stars in it."
Puppet regulars at the bar include TV newsmen Sam Donaldson, Dan Rather and Ted Koppel, actors Cher and Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Nicholson and Sean Penn and last, but certainly not least, a group of former White House jokers, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, who gather most weeks at "The Ex-Presidents' Table."
Other celebrities pose different challenges. The producers say that they dropped a bundle (puppets cost $3,000 to $5,000 each) on talk show superstar and incredible shrinking woman Oprah Winfrey.