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MauriceMonster
PERFORMER various
DEBUT 1974
Maurice

Maurice with Cookie, Grover, Telly and Herry.

Maurice-Animated

Maurice makes an animated appearance in the YouTube video "Find Red with Elmo and Abby."

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Ernie wears a mask of Maurice in an illustration by Richard Brown for Sesame Street Magazine in 1976.

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Maurice's last known appearance in "Don't Forget to Watch the Movie."

Maurice Monster is a light-blue monster with a bright green nose on Sesame Street.

He made named appearances in the street scenes of Episodes 0806, 1262, 1267 and 1581. He was referred to by name in the "First and Last" sketch (First: Episode 1307), and in the game show sketch "Say the Word" (First: Episode 1373). He was performed in these instances by Richard Hunt, who also played the monster in an operatic performance of "Beginning, Middle, End" and the Monsterpiece Theater segment "Me, Claudius."

The puppet debuted under the name "Elmo Monderporg" (performed by Jim Henson) in a season 5 sketch where Grover finds an empty telephone booth (First: Episode 0654). For this first appearance, along with his appearances in seasons 6 and 7, the puppet was a Green Anything Muppet draped entirely in blue fur. The blue fur pattern would later be converted into an AM monster by season 10 and was used frequently as a background monster from 1975 through 1986.

Maurice appeared as one of the Frazzletones in 1976, singing "Frazzle" with the title monster himself. He had a major role in a 1975 episode, where he and Herry Monster were afraid of the dark out on the street and decide to sleep near Big Bird. The puppet was used as Kermit the Gorf in "The Wonderful World of T-Shirts" sketch, where Kermit the Frog tries to buy a customized T-shirt with his name on it.

Like most Anything Monsters, Maurice's puppeteer varied according to the sketch. Besides Richard Hunt, his performers have included Jerry Nelson (in "Frazzle" and "The Wonderful World of T-Shirts" sketch), Jim Henson (the Grover telephone booth sketch), Martin P. Robinson ("All By Myself"), Kevin Clash (Episode 2221), and others on various occasions.

In 2017, the puppet reappeared, heavily altered and closely resembling Frazzle, as Boso in Eine Möhre für Zwei: Pizza mit Biss, a spin-off of German co-production Sesamstrasse. It would again be modified for Karli's foster dad Clem in the series of "Sesame Street in Communities" about foster care.

Maurice (in his original design) appeared in animated form as a chef in the YouTube video "Find Red with Elmo and Abby."

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