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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