MARTIM P. "Marty" ROBINSON (b. March 9th, 1954) is a Muppeteer who has performed on SESAME STREET since 1980. His main characters include SLIMEY, Mr. Snuffleupagus & Telly Monster. He is married to Annie Evans, writer of SESAME STREET. Together they run the official SESAME Workshop parenting blog SESAME Family Robinson.
MARTIN P. ROBINSON has been on staff consistently at The JIM HENSON Company since 1981. Early SESAME STREET roles include Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, SLIMEY, & Buster the Horse, though all were previously performed by other people. He has also performed Donald Grump, a parody of world famous tycoon Donald Trump, Romeo Scuggs, a GROUCH seen on Real GROUCHES (a reality show hosted by OSCAR THE GROUCH himself ) as well as, OSCAR’s niece, IRVINE, & his mother, MRS. GROUCH, Scram-I-Am (a parody of Sam-I-Am), as well as many announcers. In addition to performing, he has played an active role in hiring & training Muppeteers for local SESAME STREET productions in Palestine, Mexico, Israel, Egypt, Russia, & Bangladesh.
Some other HENSON productions that ROBINSON has performed in, outside of SESAME STREET, have included the Farmer in The Tale of the Bunny Picnic, the animatronics for Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, & The Cat in the Hat on The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss.
ROBINSON's stage credits include designing, building & performing Audrey II in the Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors, & set designing & building for the Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Frogs.
ROBINSON got into the business as a member of the Bil Baird Puppet Company. According to SESAME STREET UNpaved, "MARTIN ROBINSON became a performer so that he could play a wider variety of characters than his "nice guy" looks would have allowed him to play."
Often, his SESAME STREET Muppets are paired with CAROLL SPINNEY’s on SESAME STREET, including Telly & OSCAR & Snuffy & BIG BIRD. Snuffy has also been paired with OSCAR on occasion & Telly has also been paired with BIG BIRD on occasion. OSCAR has also been paired w/ a number of ROBINSON’s many GROUCH roles. Telly is also best friends with David Rudman’s Baby Bear, & the characters are paired up quite frequently. His most frequent partner, however, was Kevin Clash. Along w/ Telly & Elmo, the 2 of them have partnered up many times, including as the Miami Mice, the captain & the mate of the next generation of Spaceship Surprise & the 2 chefs who serve Mr. Johnson at Pizzeria Dos.
CAROLL SPINNEY/MARTY ROBINSON Muppet Pairings
- BIG BIRD/Snuffy
- BIG BIRD/Telly Monster
- BIG BIRD/MRS. GROUCH
- BIG BIRD/Gary GROUCH
- BIG BIRD/SLIMEY
- BIG BIRD/Rocky (cat)
- BIG BIRD/Buster the Horse
- BIG BIRD/Shelley the Turtle
- BIG BIRD/Monty
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/Telly Monster
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/Snuffy
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/SLIMEY
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/FLUFFY
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/Walter Cranky
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/Donald Grump
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/Ronald Grump
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/IRVINE
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/MRS. GROUCH
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/SCRAM-I-Am
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/Romeo Scuggs
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/Mr. Greasemonkey
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/Tan colored GROUCH Explorer
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/Buster the Horse
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/Sullivan
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/Monty
- GRANNY BIRD/Snuffy (soon)
- GRANNY BIRD/Telly Monster (soon)
- GRANNY BIRD/MRS. GROUCH (soon)
- BRUNO THE TRASHMAN/The orange-haired singer of BRUNO & the TRASHmen
- BRUNO THE TRASHMAN/Telly Monster
MARTY & Annie Evans married on the set of SESAME STREET. They met in 1993 at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut, where MARTY was creating a puppet show to premiere during the conference. MARTIN proposed to Annie on New Year's Eve 2007, & they were married on the steps of 123 SESAME STREET in Studio J at the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens.
- SESAME STREET: Abigail Snuffleupagus, Alligator (Sesame Street), The Big Bad Wolf (1984 - 2006), Book, Buster the Horse, Bulldozer, Captain Donald Cragen Muppet, Caesar Penguin, Clancy ("Hill Street Twos"), Dicky Tick, Dinger, "Dinner Theatre" father, Donald Grump, Dr. No, Edvard Munch Muppet, Enzo, Farmer McGregor, Fat Blue Anything Muppet man from "RSI: Rhyme Scene Investigation", Fluffy, Firefighter Jackson, Frank Lloyd Left, Gyros Spiniapolis, H-Man, Henny Drummschtick, Honkers, IRVINE, Jane Snuffleupagus, Joe Hundred Guy's Butler, Kermit the Forg ("Monsters of Venice"), Kingfish, "Let's Go Driving" father, The Log Bird Luke Warm, Monty, Mr. Browning, Mr. Greasemonkey, Mr. Snuffleupagus (1980 - present), MRS. GROUCH, Murray Matisse, Murray Monster ("Sound of the Letter L"), Newt the Nightwatchman, Next Generation Captain Phil (Anything Muppet), Proud, Pumpkin dentist from "Say Toothpaste, Somebody", "Readers of the Open Range" nameless Pumpkin cowboy, Romeo Scuggs, Rooster, The Royal Apple Tree, Sally Messy Yuckyael’s Announcer, SCRAM-I-Am, Shelley the Turtle, SLIMEY (1980 - present) (Muppetry only), Slowest-Drawing Ed, Smelly, Snail, Snufertiti, Squirmodine, Sullivan, The Sun (from I Feel So Happy), Telly Monster (1984 - present), Tito, Tony (turtle), The Tortoise (1987), Vic, Vincent Twice, Walter Cranky, Warren Blechstein, William, Yip Yip Martians
- Muppet Meeting Films: Papa Luigi
- The Muppets Take Manhattan: The Swedish Chef (hands), Rat, Muppet Babies
- Follow That BIRD: Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster
- Getting Ready to Read: Rocky (cat) & Old McDougal
- The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986)
- Little Muppet Monsters
- Learning About Letters: Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, IRVINE
- The Tale of the Bunny Picnic: The Farmer
- The Alphabet Game: Gary GROUCH
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Leonardo (face)
- JIM HENSON’s Memorial: Himself/Telly Monster
- The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson: Telly Monster
- A New Baby in My House: King Goodheart
- Dog City: Scratch Collie, Mr. MacTaggart, others
- SESAME STREET Stays Up Late: Telly Monster, Mr. Snuffleupagus, MRS. GROUCH
- Muppet Treasure Island (Sing-Along): Big Snort & Shark
- The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland: Laundromat Manager, Pestie, Telly Monster
- The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: The Cat in the Hat (Season 2), Civil Servants 1, 2, 5 & 6, The Milk, & The Old Man
- Panwapa: Tungar the Tiger (Muppetry only)
- A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa: a penguin
- Elmo & Abby’s Birthday Fun!: Jack
- Elmo’s Alphabet Challenge: Telly Monster, Telly Monster (animated)
- Little Shop of Horrors: Performed Audrey II for both the Broadway & Off-Broadway productions
- Spitting Image
- Allegra’s Window: Coordinated the construction of many characters, & performed Riff the Cat, Clef who is Allegra & Rondo's dad & Flugie the Tuba.
- The Puzzle Place: Skye Nakaiye, only in the pilot episode
Puppet Design Credits
- Robinson was born in Michigan & grew up in Brookfield, Wisconsin where he attended Brookfield East High school. A talented actor & musician, he played the lead in several musicals, including Bernardo in West Side Story & Fagin in Oliver!.
- According to STREET Gang, Robinson uses a converted greenhouse as his home workshop.
- He has a black belt in karate.
- According to CAROLL SPINNEY, Robinson had divorced parents when he was young. This was the basis for the unaired episode "Snuffy’s Parents Get a Divorce."
- GROUCHES from SESAME STREET Marty Robinson has performed once or consistently are:
- Official site
- SESAME Family Robinson blog
- The Muppet Mindset interview with Martin Robinson, Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
- Muppet Performers
- Muppet Puppeteers
- Muppet Voice Actors
- Animated Voice Actors
- Martin Paas, Muppeteer for Sesamstrasse
- MARTIN (disambiguation)
- MARTIN P. ROBINSON on the Muppet Wiki
- MARTIN P. ROBINSON on the Puppet Wiki
- MARTIN P. ROBINSON on the OSCAR THE GROUCH Wiki
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