Cats has been in some television shows, movies, articles, and
books. They will be listed here for you to look out for, search for,
etc (it's kind of fun to spot Cats). If you know of any
places Cats has been mentioned in, please let me know
Shows/Movies (# - L) |
Shows/Movies (M - Z)
(some info was used without permission)
+ indicates a show
* indicates a movie
The Match Game+
I was watching The Match Game on TV today and the question was: "The
actor was so dedicated to his work, before he auditioned for CATS, he
got fixed." Thanks, Notorious Cat!
They were advertising the reshowing of the MTV Video Awards. It went
something like this (not sure the exact wording except for the
Cats part): "We know we already showed it, but we decided that
if Cats can run forever, then we can show it again!" Thanks, Nebula!
Sometimes when MTV is showing their sponsors before they show the
commericals, a Cats billboard is in the background.
The Muppet Show+
Jason Alexander from Seinfeld was the guest. He and a muppet
put up a musical called Bats. The Cats eyes was made green,
looking more like bat-eyes. Jason sang a song with the "Memory"
music among other songs (thanks,
Mystery Science Theater 3000+
The episode where the movie they're showing is Cave Dwellers. One of
the first shots of the movie is of the cave dwellers. There's a
closeup of one of the females, who's just tearing into a piece of
meat. Tom Servo says,"Hey, it's the cast party for Cats.
It's Betty Buckley and she's eating Dick van Patton!" Thanks,
The movie was "Werewolf," and at the very end, they show a lady
walking into the werewolf's room. The pair hugs, and Tom Servo says,
"Okay, movie, we know, she's a werewolf too!" But then she turns
around, and her hair is sticking out like one of the yak-hair wigs,
and Crow T. Robot says, "No! We were wrong! She just joined the
cast of Cats!" Thanks, Jemima Mistoffelees!
Mr. Shelfield is a prouducer and always talks about being glad that
he didn't make a Broadway production with "a bunch of people running
around dressed up as cats and singing!" Thanks, Cassandra The
Fran and Maxwell are talking about how some cat must have eaten a
bird's egg that had disappeared (actually, Fran dropped it). And
Fran says, "I thought you hated cats!" Maxwell says, "That's
only the musical Cats." Thanks, Teazer!
Ned and Stacy+
I don't know how accurate this is because I didn't see it for myself,
but my friend Whitney told me about this. Ned's best friend (played
by the guy who plays Richard Fish on Ally McBeal now) is a huge Cats
fan, and they mention it all the time. This show was canceled a few
years ago but it still can be seen on Lifetime every day in
the morning, I think (thanks, Andrea!).
It's a play within a play show. During the second act, when you are
back behind the scene, they have a Cats poster on the wall
Opera in the Outback+
On a program called Opera in the Outback, on the Bravo! channel,
some big orchestra played various songs. One of them was "The
Jellicle Ball" (thanks, Fleetpaw!)!
People of the Community+
This ws on a Welsh speaking channel, and there was a Welsh soap opera on
called "Pobol Y Cwm" (literally translated to "People of the
Community"), and not only did someone have a Cats poster on
their wall, someone ELSE was wearing a Cats T-shirt (thanks,
Pepper Ann is talking to her grandmother about the Grandma's past.
The grandmother mentions a musical she performed in that got rave
reviews. A flashback of it is shown. After that, the grandmother
replies, "Yeah. The play went on for years! That is, until people
started going to New York to see that kitty litter play . . ."
Pinky and the Brain+
Brain was trying to take over the world by writing a musical in the
style of Andrew Lloyd Webber (only they used a slightly different
name!). With Pinky's help, they came up with an obvious parody of
Cats: "MICE". The logo was the word "MICE" scrawled across a
black background with Pinky's ridiculous blue eyes on it. The songs
were parodies of Cats songs, the most obvious being the one on
"Memory," where there was this old, decrepid looking mouse singing a
melody similar to "Memory." There were plenty of people in doofy
white mouse suits, too (thanks, Coricopat!)
Planet's Funniest Animals+
The host says at the beginning, "The funniest animal show since the
musical Cats." Thanks, Kari!
Pop Up Video+
On the VH1 show Pop Up Video, they were showing a video called "Bad
Boys" by The Miami Sound Machine. There were people dressed as cats,
almost like in the Broadway show, and it kept popping up diffrent
facts about the Broadway show, about when it started, etc. As it
turns out, no one involved in the making of the video had even seen
Cats. Amazing (thanks, Sam!)!
I saw this on VH1, and this guy was describing this musical called
Roadies: the Musical. He said, "It's just like Cats
but instead of the kitties, they got the fat guys."
Levar Burton (spelling?) goes backstage on a production of Cats
and sees them putting on make up, etc. I recently found out that it
will be playing again on Reading Rainbow on PBS sometime next year.
Go to the Reading Rainbow website for the exact date (thanks,
The Reluctant Vampire*
The main lady and the vampire are driving down the street at night in
a convertible and pass a big billboard for Cats (thanks,
Ripley's Believe It or Not+
One fact was, "Cats uses over 5,000 gallons of makeup remover
each year." Thanks, Kari!
Rosie O' Donnell+
It was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and she was
celebrating on her show. She made up a song about breast cancer to
the tune of "Memory." Thanks, Victoria (a.k.a. Steph)!
Before she showed Drew Carry her "Rosie and Drew in the Animal
Kingdom Barbies," Rosie and Drew mentioned some things about
Cats and the Rum Tum Tugger except Drew called him the Rum Tum
Tigger (thanks, Cat!).
Sale of the Century+
In this Australian show, you can win a trip to London to see the
original West End production of Cats (thanks, Alissa!).
Saturday Night Live+
The host was James Vanderbeak (spelling?) and one of the SNL cast
members was dressed up as Skimbleshanks and giving a tour of behind
the scenes at Cats. Ana Gastyer was at the soundboard for
Cats and Skimbleshanks went up to talk to her. He asked what
she was doing and Ana Gastyer said, "Well, I'm checking the sound and
lighting I mean we've done this 5,000 times, but ya know something
just might go wrong." Skimbleshanks then meets up with James
Vanderbeak who's dressed up as Rum Tum Tugger and he talks about how
excited he is to be playing the Rum Tum Tugger in Cats.
Skimbleshanks replies saying something like, "He's one of the new
ones . . . hasn't lost his soul yet." They then walk by Will Ferral
who's dressed up like Macavity and he's rocking back and forth going,
"Jellicle Ball . . . Jellicle Ball . . ." while wiping some sores on
his face. James Vanderbeak and Skimbleshanks walk up to Macavity and
James asks Skimble, "Gosh, what's wrong with him?! Did he get those
sores from the makeup?" Skimble replies, "Well, either that or it's
because he's rotting from the inside . . ." he looks up at the camera,
"We all are." They then walk by Tracy Morgan dressed up as Munkustrap
who's playing poker with another cat. Molly Shannon is in the back
dressed up as Bombalurina. Munk and the other cat end up getting in a
fight with James Vanderbeak, so James and Skimble leave (thanks,
During Weekend Update, they showed a pic of the Cats cast, and
Kevin Nealon said, "And after a nine year run on Broadway, the cast
of Cats was finally neutered today". Thanks, Sam!
In a skit from the 1980's, a couple known as the Whiners were given a
tour of New York City. One of the highlights of the tour was to watch
Cats on Broadway. The Whiners opinion: they smell (thanks,
On February 5, 2000, Alan Cumming hosted the show. During his
monologue, he was accosted by various SNL cast members dressed as
various Broadway show characters. Tracy Morgan was dressed as Old
Deuteronomy (during Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats), but had a
pouch in the front, and his wig was brown and he had pretty basic
makeup. He ran by and said "Cats. We're Jellicle!" Thanks, Matt and
On an episode of SNL from 1993 or so, there was a skit called "The
Gloria Brigade" about a group of homosexuals fighting in the Civil
War (this was at the height of the "gays in the US military"
controversy). At one point in the skit, Adam Sandler, in a Civil War
costume, plays "Memory" on a harmonica (thanks, Matt!).
Kevin Neelon was doing Weekend Update, and he was talking about how
someone bought the nose prop of the main character from the play
"Cyrano" (hope I spelled that right). Then he says something like,
"On a related note, a hairball coughed up by the star of Cats was
sold for ____. "(some amount of money - I didn't catch what it was).
They showed a picture of a Cat as well (thanks, Nebula!).
Marisa Tomei was hosting and she was talking about how a real New
Yorker knows the secrets to having a great time in New York. She said
that she knew of a show you could go to without alot of crowds, its
called Cats, and she said you should go before the word gets
out about it (thanks, Peepzoid!).
S Club 7+
Paul was telling his friends names to his girlfriend, and he asked
Rachel what her name was. Her reply was, "Grizabella." Thanks,
Sex in the City+
I have no idea what the characters names are as I've never seen the
show. I was just flipping through the channels. The exchange went
something like this:
Girl: I had no idea Betty Buckley was so good!
Guy: Yeah, she's the cat's pajamas.
Girl: Why do people always say that anyway?
Guy: I dunno. Maybe cause she was in Cats!
Then he does this hiss thing, kinda like they do during the one part
in "The Jellicle Ball". Thanks, Nebula! Shooting Fish*
In this British import, two con men tell one of their victims that
he's won tickets to see a new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, "Dogs". We
see scenes of the theatre where we hear (but don't see) dogs barking
to the tune of "Memory" and "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" (thanks,
Shop 'Til You Drop+
One of the questions was, "Who was the composer of Cats and
Phantom of the Opera?" Thanks, Hailey!
The Simpsons and their neighbors go to see the musical Cats.
Bart was very rude to some of the characters. A clip of this can
be found in Audio/Video.
There is press conferance and chance for the public to meet the
original actor of Fallout Boy (from the movie based on the
comic Radioactive Man). He seems rather uninterested in the
questions but announces that he has just got through playing the Rum
Tum Tugger in Cats (thanks, Obsidia!).
Bart goes on a sugar rush, and they go crazy Broadway style, so you
see them watching Cats and Bart throws a spitball at
Victoria (thanks, Carly!).
There was a superhero comic convention, and this guy played
Radioactive Man and the kids were asking him questions about the
comic book with Radioactive Man and he said, "I'm sure I don't know,
but I just finished playing the Rum Tum Tugger in the national tour
of Cats!" He then looks around hopefully and no one applauds
I've watched this Simpsons episode where Bart shares an extra sweet
squishee with Milhouse. While singing "Springfield is one h*ll of a
town." Bart uses a pea shooter and hits one of the meowing cat-people.
I think it's Victoria (thanks, Jenn!).
Six Degrees of Seperation*
Will Smith plays the role of a desperate man - Paul, who schemes his
way into a couples' home by pretending to be friends with the couples'
children in college. To impress them, he tells them that his father
is Sidney Poitier and that his famous father is going to be casting a
film version of the musical Cats and Paul offers his 'hosts'
roles as extras in the film. The couple is surprised that someone
would think to make Cats into a film and are honored . . .
it is all just a hoax though and they find that out later in the
movie (thanks, Tantomeele!).
The Sixth Sense*
The kid's school just had a school play. The kid and the doctor guy
were walking down the halls of the school, and the kid asked him if
her liked it, and he said "It was great! Better than Cats."
The kid went "Cats?" Then the guy then said, "Nevermind . . ."
It was the Kraven the Hunter episode. There was this guy in a maned
lion suit (sort of) running through a formal dress party. A lady
yelled, "Hey! It's the guy from Cats!" Thanks, Malachi!
On the Style channel, this lady was getting a make-over because she
was going to see Cats on a cruise ship. It's her favorite
musical, so she wanted to look nice. She got to meet some of the
characters after the show, but the stage was really small
The host is describing about a man who had seen the musical Cats
1,700 times, and they made fun of him saying he had no life and such.
The cast talked to him and interviewed him. Then the host
tried to add up how much money he had spent seeing the show:
$1,700 x 75 = $127,000
They came up that it was impossible for him to bring a girlfriend
with that much money (thanks, RubyFire!).
It's after they get caught trying to steal the jet and tank. Rebecca
looks at Jet and says, "I reckon we go to New York, see
Cats." Thanks, Meg!
That Darn Cat*
The girl (Christina Ricchie) had bought her parents two tickets to
Cats. The parents thought it was to the musical Cats,
but it was some dinner thing in a bar (thanks, Sarie!).
Cats was performing right outside the studio. They sang "Memory" and "Macavity". They even intervuded (I didn't spell it right) Bombalurina (thanks, Kari!).
Touched by an Angel+
There was an episode where a girl was in a Broadway show (not
Cats) but as she was coming out of the back of her theatre,
there was a Cats poster in the backround (thanks,
There is a Cats poster hanging up in her apartment. She had
posters for all sorts of Broadway plays (thanks, Ozzie!).
I think it was Merideth that dressed up as the American Jemima, but
not Sillabub. Jemima, but a U.S. version. She was more of a brown and
red. It was the 1997 Halloween episode, the real NY Broadway cast let
her borrow it (thanks, Fleetpaw and Jemeva*!)
One of questions was (Goo Goo Dolls video "Broadway" was playing),
"Which Broadway musical is best known for it's 'Memory'?" The answer
was Cats (of course!).
Wheel of Fortune+
On a very old (mid 80's) episode, the final phrase that was the
answer was "Memory from Cats" (thanks, Fleetpaw!).
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?+
I can't remember what the question was, but one of the answers was
"Bell, Book, and Candle" (thanks, Cat!).
On May 1st, on the first celebrity edition episode of "Who
Wants to be a Millionaire?", David Duchovny was the first person up.
One of his questions was: "Which of the following is NOT a character
from the musical Cats?" The answers were A) Skimbleshanks B) Rum Tum
Tugger C) Grizabella D) Sassafras He got it right, although was VERY
unsure (thanks, Fleetpaw, Powder, and Bombalurina!).
One of the questions was "What Broadway play takes place in an
oversized junkyard?" (thanks, Ozzie!).
Why Do Fools Fall In Love*
Towards the end when the three ladies are walking out of a bar or
restaurant, there is a Cats billboard (thanks, Cova/Covs!).
Will and Grace+
Will said, "We can have a nice aparment and get two cats we can
name Grizabella and Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat!" Thanks,
Win Ben Stine's Money+
One of the questions was 'What's the longest running musical in
history?' Answer: Cats (thanks, Cova!).
One of the questions was "Grizabella and Bustopher Jones are
characters in what musical?" Thanks, Nebula!
One of the categories was "Plays that are older than Cats".
Joe was chasing after Helen to ask her to marry him. Joe gets her
cornered in an elevator, and he's trying to figure out what she's
been doing all day in New York. She says "I took in a show . . .
Cats." Joe quizzes her and asks, "What song does Rum Tum
Tugger sing in the bottom of the second act?" Helen pauses then
replies with "Feelings" which of course proves that she didn't see a
show after all (thanks, Liz!).
On an old Australian T.V. show called 'Wonderworld' (which is like a
news show for children), there was a story on the 1995 Australian
production of Cats and the reporters went backstage and talked
to the actors. One reporter was lucky enough to be dressed up with
make-up and a wig to look like Bombalurina (thanks, Jessica!).