Martin P. "Marty" Robinson (born March 9, 1954) is an American puppeteer who works for the Jim Henson Company. He built, designed, and performed the puppets for the 1982 Off-Broadway and 2003 Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors. When other Muppeteers passed on the project, Howard Ashman approached Robinson, who jumped at the chance since he'd loved the movie during his childhood and was inspired to chase his sister around the house screaming "Feed me! Feed me!"[1]

Personal Life

Robinson was born on March 9, 1954 in Dearborn, Michigan and later graduated from Brookfield East High School in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee.

Robinson married Sesame Street writer Annie Evans on August 9, 2008 on the set of Sesame Street in the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York. Annie gave birth to twin daughters, Lyra and Ripley, on February 12, 2009. Robinson also has three grown children from a previous marriage.[2]


He is best known for his work on Sesame Street, having performed the characters of Telly Monster, Mrs. Grouch (Oscar the Grouch's mother), Slimey the Worm, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Oscar's niece Irvine, and Shelley the Turtle on the show for over 30 years.[3][4][5] He also performed the characters Riff the Cat and Clef the dad on Allegra's Window, and was an animatronic puppeteer for Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[6] He is the puppeteer responsible for training the puppeteers on Sesame Tree. He also voiced the Cat in the Hat in the second season of "The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss".


  1. Chicago Tribune: Howard Ashman And `Little Shop`: How A Good Idea Can Grow And Grow
  2. Vows - Annie Evans and Martin Robinson, New York Times, August 16, 2008.
  3. Smithsonian Mag
  4. Zap2It
  5. Twitch Film
  6. Martin P. Robinson at theThe Internet Movie Database|Internet Movie Database].
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