Mr. Johnson (Sesame Street)

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Mr. Johnson
Sesame Street character
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First appearance 1969 (Fat Blue)
1972 (Mr. Johnson)
Created by Jim Henson
Portrayed by Jerry Nelson
Matt Vogel
David Rudman (in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland)
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Aliases Fat Blue, Mr. Blue, Mr. Blue Man, Sir (by Grover)
Gender Male

Mr. Johnson is a character in Sesame Street. He is Grover's regular customer at Charlie's Restaurant and other restaurants as well.

Johnson is a fat Anything Muppet who has become increasingly frustrated over the years with the service Grover provides (however, in the earlier skits, Mr. Johnson was calmer and Grover was the one who would get irritated, but as the years went by, the situation reversed). Mr. Johnson was mainly performed by Jerry Nelson, and is mostly seen as a customer at Charlie's Restaurant. Mr. Johnson is always called "Sir" politely by Grover. David Rudman and Matt Vogel will possibly perform Mr. Johnson after Jerry Nelson, who died in August 2012.

Synopsis[edit]

In the restaurant sketches, Mr. Johnson goes to Charlie's Restaurant, which is a table service restaurant that he visits on a regular basis. Johnson is a nice and pleasant fellow; but even so, he can still be a bit impatient. He is usually in a hurry and has no time to wait while Grover, the waiter at Charlie's, torments and harasses Mr. Johnson with his antics and mistakes. As a result, Mr. Johnson is eventually turned into the angry victim. However, in the earlier sketches, Mr. Johnson and Grover's sides were switched; Johnson was a lot calmer and Grover was usually the one who would get annoyed. Sketches typically end with Mr. Johnson either walking away in a huff, getting hurt, or fainting (which he does most of the time) out of frustration and annoyance. Despite the fact that Grover ruins his dining experiences, Mr. Johnson always goes back to Charlie's (he even says to himself, "Why do I keep coming back to this place?").

Other sequences with Grover and Mr. Johnson encountering each other include sketches on an airplane, at the airport, in a telegram office, at a rent-a-car agency, at fast food or other types of restaurants, at the movies, at a portrait studio, at a baseball game, at a department store, at a coffee shop serving fresh hot and cold beverages, as a hot dog vendor, as a fitness gym trainer, as a salesman, as a game show host, as a street musician, as a flight attendant, in an art gallery, framing work, and in a taxi. In the sketches, something usually drives Johnson to lose his patience and get very infuriated at Grover.

In two other sketches, Mr. Johnson attends the park, with Grover showing up to annoy him: One sketch, with Mr. Johnson wanting to eat his lunch all alone, whilst Grover is playing the guitar and singing (Mr. Johnson also says a quote from Casablanca: "Of all the benches in all the parks in the world, I had to pick this one!" {"Of all the stools in all the gin joints in the world, I had to pick this one!"}), and another one, with Johnson wanting a long hot dog with mustard or two short hot dogs with mustard. In one skit, Mr. Johnson attended the Birdland concert / nightclub, and got pestered by the Squirrel Nut Zippers singing "Put a Lid on It" (and in that same skit, Johnson's first name Fred was mentioned during the song).

Several sketches also take place in Mr. Johnson's apartment at 14 Sesame Street, where Grover is involved in delivering singing telegrams (also with Elmo in one sketch in which he taught him how to send telegrams), selling wigs, delivering pizza, doing home renovation on Johnson's new house, or other door-to-door activities.

In one sketch,[1] Simon Soundman (also performed by Nelson) goes to Charlie's for lunch and says he doesn't know why Mr. Johnson recommended the restaurant since it has bad service; plus, he also mentions Johnson is his brother (even though they have different last names).

On June 13, 2011, Nelson and Frank Oz reprised their respective roles as Mr. Johnson and Grover in a new Sesame Street sketch uploaded on YouTube parodying Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark called SpiderMonster the Musical.

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grover's Chicken Sandwich" video clip, Sesamestreet.org

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