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"Near and Far" is a classic Sesame Street routine performed by Grover. This sketch involves Grover running back and forth, demonstrating the difference between "near" and "far." To make sure the viewers understand, he repeats this to the point of exhaustion.

Grover once performed this act with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show in the 1970s.[1]

This sketch was first performed during the first season by the character who had not yet been established as Grover, performed by Jim Henson. (First: Episode 0057) It was later remade in the early 1970s. (First: Episode 0787) In season seven, there was another "near and far" sketch recorded, with Kermit the Frog instructing Grover to demonstrate while ice skating at the Ice Follies. (First: Episode 0904)

Grover also demonstrated near and far during the song Over, Under, Around, and Through.

In a parody of the "Bo Knows" commercials, Grover briefly re-enacted this bit with "Bo knows near and far." In another sketch, Grover demonstrated the concepts on a surf board.

Grover taught the concept to the panelists and Art Cat in Puppet Conference. Grover also briefly referenced this act in the "My ABCs" episode of Scrubs. Grover has since re-enacted the bit in an official Sesame Street Vine video, a virtual reality 180 video, and a video for the show's "Caring for Each Other" initiative. The bit was referenced in one of the "Listen, Drive, Surprise!" videos for Chrysler, where Grover adjusts his rear view mirrors. Andy Cohen, pretending to be Grover, re-enacted the routine in episode 111 of The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo.

A clip of the 1975 version was used in Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration, with host Joseph Gordon-Levitt digitally inserted into the scene.



See also


  1. ↑ Sesame Street Unpaved