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Performer:
Anything Muppet:
Mr. Johnson's name.

Mr. Johnson is Waiter Grover's recurring customer at Charlie's Restaurant and various other locations. Sometimes referred to by his Anything Muppet designation "Fat Blue", such as in the book Sesame Street Unpaved, he has also been credited as "The Customer" (as in Let's Eat!: Funny Food Songs).

Almost everywhere Mr. Johnson goes, Grover is sure to be the one providing his service. Grover has even come to his apartment at 14 Sesame Street from time to time as a door-to-door salesman. In one sketch (see the attached video to the right), the character finally revealed that his name is Mr. Johnson. He was later referred to as Fred in "Put a Lid On It," but this is more likely a term of affection made in the spirit of song. In A Celebration of Me, Grover, he is referred to as Mr. Blue, which again is more likely a term of affection, which Grover is often prone to do (calling Kermit "Froggy" or "Froggy Baby" for example).

He has appeared in the videos Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game, Let's Eat!: Funny Food Songs, and A Celebration of Me, Grover. He was in the specials The Sesame Street Special, Elmo Saves Christmas, and CinderElmo, and the feature film The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, where he was performed by David Rudman, and mostly dubbed later by Jerry Nelson (one of Rudman's lines remains in the final cut).

Once the restaurant series was well established, as Grover returned to the kitchen to rectify an error in his order, Mr. Johnson would frequently turn to the camera and soliloquize, "Why do I keep coming back to this restaurant?"

In at least one sketch ("Pizzeria Dos," (EKA: Episode 2963)), Mr. Johnson was seen visiting a restaurant other than Charlie's, but despite Grover's absence, his knack for receiving bad service remained the same. He also went to Hooper's Store in Episode 3825, asking Alan if he had any toast, at a time when Alan's toaster had broken. He later ate at Hooper's Store in Episode 4191, being served by Chris.

Little is known of Mr. Johnson's private life other than that he's been married, that his mother still lives in Chicago (or Cincinnati at another time), and that he himself used to live in Buffalo, New York. He was most recently interviewed in the notes of the Old School: Volume 2 booklet. However, this piece was written as a fourth-wall breaker in that Mr. Johnson seems to have knowledge of his Fat Blue Anything Muppet pattern having been used for other characters on the show. This would be the equivalent of Count von Count acknowledging that he also "plays" Biff or The Amazing Mumford.

Mr. Johnson appeared in "Counting Café," a video game for the Sega Genesis console released in 1994, based on the premise that Grover must serve orders at a café properly in order to advance through the levels.

Recent appearances by Mr. Johnson include the iPhone app "Grover's Number Special", and in the street story of Episode 4191.

Book appearances

See also

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This article uses material from the "Mr. Johnson" article on the Muppet wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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