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Performer:
JPGrosse
Design Team:
Mari Kaestle • (builder)
Jerry Richard Jim performing TMS

Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt and Jim Henson performing

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Scooter and his uncle, J.P. Grosse (the puppeteer's hair can be seen beneath Grosse)

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J. P. Grosse making an appearance in The Muppet Christmas Carol

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JP Grosse, Robin and Fleet

J. P. Grosse is the owner of the Muppet Theater. Although he only made a few appearances on The Muppet Show, his name was often evoked and instilled enough fear in Kermit that he would usually go along with whatever demands were being made in Grosse's name. Most of these "requests" were casually mentioned by Grosse's nephew Scooter, who was nepotistically hired as the show's go-fer in episode 106.

Though he was mentioned often in the show's first season, Grosse did not make his first appearance on The Muppet Show until episode 205. He showed up at the Muppet Theater again in episode 218, where the homophonic similarities between his name and guest star Jaye P. Morgan's caused much confusion. Although his last appearance on The Muppet Show was in the "Long, Long Ago" medley," the UK Spot in episode 221, he would continue to be mentioned throughout the run of the show. In the Muppets comic strip of September 29, 1981, it was mentioned that his wife owns the newspaper chain.

Grosse has since made appearances in The Muppet Show context in illustrated (The Muppets comic strip, the book Bo Saves the Show, and The Muppet Show Comic Book) and full-bodied form (The Muppet Show on Tour: 2nd Edition).

In Of Muppets and Men, Jerry Juhl discussed the limitations of the character: "J. P. Grosse was a good concept so long as we didn't see him, but when we introduced him in person, he was just too harsh. You didn't want to have him around."

Grosse also appeared, nameless and often voiceless, in background cameos in the Muppet movies and on Muppets Tonight, uncharacteristically acting in the Muppets' productions without threatening to close them down. In these appearances, he was occasionally performed by Kevin Clash and Leslie Carrara.

In a deleted scene from It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Kermit the Frog claims to have inherited the theater from J. P. Grosse, thus implying that he has died.

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Filmography

"Appearances"

Important instances when J.P. Grosse was mentioned but did not appear:

Book appearances

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