Remember, Today is International Grover Appreciation Day

Have you appreciated the best of all possible Muppets yet today? If not, here you go:

Now go forth! And spread the gospel of Grover.

49 Comments on “Remember, Today is International Grover Appreciation Day”

  1. What does it say about me that I’m forty-mumble years old and some of my favorite entertainers are made out of foam, fur, and cloth and are brought to life with a hand up their … um, never mind.

    Anyway, Muppets and Madeline Kahn FTW.

  2. Grover is fine, but for my money the Yip-yips are where it’s at.
    And don’t even get me started on Two Headed Monster.

  3. I have The Monster at the End of This Book in original large format hard cover AND the iPad app. My children have been properly indoctrinated. Err, I mean educated. Or something.

  4. Perhaps we should all just agree that muppets, like children, are all beautiful and fabulous in the eyes of those that love them, and that comparisons between them are in poor taste.

    (Except for Zoe. I appreciate the attempt to balance out the genders a bit, but seriously what’s up with her?).

  5. I can honestly say yes. We just got our first iPad and iPhone. the first thing we downloaded was Grover in “The Monster at the End of This Book”. So, today will be an appreciation of Grover keeping the younger kids busy while I shampoo our carpets in preparation to move.

  6. Grover rulz. Especially according to my 2-year-old, who is obsessed with “The Monster at the End of the Book”. Though not, alas, on an iPad. Just the good ol’ dead tree version.

  7. As far as muppet skits go, I’m partial to the “mah nah ma na. Na NAAAH nah na na” one. Don’t know which muppet was in it.

    Grover is pretty cool though.

  8. Damian Trasler – Award-winning playwright and freelance writer, living in Canada and working with TLC Creative through the wonder of the Internet

    My kids were shocked to see pictures of Elton John recently, as up til now they’ve only seen him on the Muppet episode from the seventies. They, too, have been properly indoctrinated.

  9. I am either honored to share my Birthday with Grover or jealous that he is stealing my thunder. I have not decided which yet.

  10. By total coincidence, today I’m wearing a t-shirt that says “The Muppets Band” and has Animal’s face on it. If you squint, he looks like bit like Grover with Neil Gaiman’s hair.

  11. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang with Doppler Radar 6,000,000

    Grover is the mack.

    And that clip is just about my favorite one of his works. God Bless Madeline Kahn.

    Thank you!

  12. There’s an app of “The Monster at the End of This Book”? No one told me this. Now I know. Thanks for the tip.

    My daughter once threw her stuffed Grover into the Pacific Ocean. Luckily he did launder up very nicely. Super Grover is my favorite too. Much less spazzy than Elmo.

  13. Remember that although Grover is in fact the Best of All Possible Muppets, this does not imply that your favorite Muppet is anything less than awesome.

  14. In advertising, saying “Made with the best ingredients” is OK, but saying “Made with better ingredients” is not OK. Why?

    If you’re pizza is made with the best ingredients, you’re not saying anything about what the competition’s pizza is made out of. They might be made with the best ingredients too.

    If you say your pizza is made with *better* ingredients, you are saying your pizza is made with ingredients that are better than anyone else, and that generally gets the lawyers of “anyone else” calling your lawyers.

    So, in that respect, I loudly proclaim that Animal is the best Muppet. Buy my lawyer advises me against saying which muppet is better.

  15. One of my favourite Toastmasters speeches, that I gave, was on the many jobs of Grover. I am on my own third career change and hope one day to be as confident as Grover no matter what job I am doing.

    Muppets for the win!

  16. Lara Dunning – Lara Dunning is the founder of Small Town Washington & Beyond, a travel site dedicated to small town traveling. Her freelance work can be found in Bellingham Alive, Family Vacation Critic, trivago magazine, and ShermansTravel.

    I never knew Grover had an appreciation day! He was always my favorite character. I loved SuperGrover and the Fly in my Soup skits.Three cheers for Grover!

  17. Actually, I always liked the little silver Muppet that popped out of the guy’s chest with the little sharp teeth…oh, that was in “Alien”? It grew up and did terrible things to nice people? Would have turned Grover into a blue cloud of thread?

    Never mind?

  18. Greg @21, The later version of “Mahna Mahna” is officially performed by Mahna Mahna and the Snowths. I don’t think the more human-looking Muppets in the earlier version have names.

  19. What about the puppeteer, his face up against Madeline Kahn’s posterior, leaning Grover’s head against Madeline’s love bosom… I’ll bet it took a ZILLION TAKES to get that right!

  20. Grover’s awesome… and yeah for him. But I await International Madeline Kahn Appreciation Day. What a gal.

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