Stairway to Stardom is an episode from the sixth season of Garfield and Friends.
Garfield reminisces about the time he was part of a comedy duo whilst waiting at a restaurant.
Jon, Garfield and Odie head into a restaurant, which is busy with customers. Jon tries to get a table faster by offering the receptionist a dime. After the receptionist reacts with melodramatic sarcasm, Jon ends up giving him all of his money. Garfield and Odie sit down next to a wall of fame as they wait. Behind them is a wall of fame, which includes Jackie Melman, an entertainer recognized by Garfield, but not Odie. Garfield proceeds to tell Odie the history of Jackie's career.
Jackie had an act involving several stunts performed by a cat named Buddy. The act was not popular, as it gained few audience members, and even fewer applauding. Eventually, Buddy left the act. When Jon, a rare fan, got to see the star, Jackie heard of a booking at The Ed Solomon Show. Due to Buddy's departure, Jackie managed to get Garfield to take the former cat's place.
On the set, after being introduced by Ed Solomon, Jackie prepared one of his routines- the flaming hoop trick. With Garfield refusing to go with the act, Jackie tried in vain to get him to cooperate. The audience wound up laughing at the spectacle, having thought it was a comedy act. Jackie's career took a turn for the better, resulting in him going solo. Garfield has not seen or heard from him since.
As Garfield finishes his story, the trio finally get their seats. Their waiter turns out to be none other than Jackie. Garfield notes how show business can be cruel.
- Jackie Melman
- Receptionist (voiced by John Byner)
- Cactus Jake (cameo)
- Binky the Clown (cameo)
- The Buddy Bears (cameo)
- Buddy (voiced by Thom Huge)
- Ed Solomon (voiced by John Byner)
- Binky, Cactus Jake, and The Buddy Bears are among the stars shown on the wall of fame. Garfield refers to them as "rarely seen", alluding to their status on the show.
- A picture of Elvis Presley can be seen on the wall of fame.
- Ed Solomon is a parody of Ed Sullivan, with The Ed Solomon Show likewise a parody of The Ed Sullivan Show.