Sal Minella is a monkey Muppet who serves as the flunky, bodyguard and all-purpose sidekick to Johnny Fiama. He was performed by Brian Henson.

Sal is devoted to Johnny, though some of his ideas to promote Johnny's career are a bit harebrained.

The puppet used for Sal originated as a generic, unclothed monkey, performing a solo line in the song "Shiver My Timbers" from Muppet Treasure Island. In that appearance, he was performed by Jerry Nelson.

The monkey was subsequently refitted with a vest and tie and made his debut as Sal Minella in Muppets Tonight.


  • Sal Minella's film appearance in Muppets from Space is owned by Sony Pictures, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie is owned by NBCUniversal, the two Muppet movies are owned by Disney (along with the rest of the Muppet franchise).


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