|MRS. GROUCH at her SON’s TRASH CAN|
|PERFORMER||MARTIN P. ROBINSON|
|DEBUT||1976 (How to Be a GROUCH)|
MRS. GROUCH is, of course, the legendary OSCAR THE GROUCH’s equally GROUCHY, UNpleasant & extremely ROTTEN mother. She is also the mother of OSCAR’s brothers ERNEST & OTTO & OSCAR’s sister BUNNY. She visits SESAME STREET various times over the years, including EPISODE 3023 to make sure that her SON is still as GROUCHY as she knows he is & hasn’t actually been turned nice. In that same year, she also appeared in the special SESAME STREET Stays Up Late communicating by phone with her SON & other relatives. Although normally performed by MARTY ROBINSON, in her most recent visit to SESAME STREET, she was played by LESLIE CARRARA-RUDOLPH instead. Whether she is the daughter of GRANDPA GROUCH or GRANNY GROUCH is UNknown.
Mrs. Grouch lives in Illinois. OSCAR remembers her gift of a tattered sneaker to him as a baby fondly enough to sing about it in "I LOVE TRASH", or his signature, most famous song ever. Her name is also mentioned in SESAME STREET Magazine issue 249 (from November 1995). Also, whether she is a widow or simply divorced from OSCAR’s father is UNknown.
According to a talk show appearance on Canadian radio, OSCAR’s father is from St. David's Ridge, New Brunswick & his mother grew up in Nova Scotia. St. David's is near Moores Mills, New Brunswick, a community also mentioned in the appearance. That is a reference to CAROLL SPINNEY’s real-life parents.
A running gag between MRS. GROUCH & OSCAR is that whenever OSCAR would say "please", she would wash his mouth out with vanilla ice cream, which is almost like washing one’s mouth out with soap when someone says a bad word.
- SESAME STREET Stays Up Late (1993)
- GROUCH Gallery
- OSCAR’s family
- MRS. GROUCH on the Muppet Wiki
- MRS. GROUCH on the Puppet Wiki
- MRS. GROUCH on the OSCAR THE GROUCH Wiki
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