PAM Arciero (born May 8th, 1954) is a very talented Muppeteer as well as a voice-over artist who is best known in the world of the Muppets for her incredible work on SESAME STREET. For almost 35 years, Pam Arciero has served as the primary performer for GRUNDGETTA to Caroll Spinney's OSCAR THE GROUCH.
Only a few years before joining SESAME STREET, she had auditioned for the role of Mr. Snuffleupagus after Michael Earl left the show. She didn't get the part, but she eventually became a Muppeteer in 1982.
Arciero earned her Master's in Puppetry from the University of Connecticut & has performed characters for numerous shows outside of the SESAME STREET/Muppet sphere, including The Great Space Coaster, Allegra's Window, Between the Lions (replacing Kathryn Mullen as Leona), Eureeka's Castle & Lomax, the Hound of Music (as Louise).
Arciero has also been active in the world of theater, including a stint at the Orpheum Theater with Little Shop of Horrors, & serving as director for several live shows at SESAME Place & El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles.
Life as GRUNDGETTA & working w/ CAROLL SPINNEY
Pam Arciero has been had a great honor & privilege working alongside Caroll Spinney for over 30 years. When asked in an interview what working w/ SPINNEY has been like, Arciero said: "CARROLL is a blast, a child at heart & he is both the GROUCH & the BIRD at different times. You can sit at dinner & be talking with him in BIG BIRD mode, & someone will do something stupid & OSCAR will blast out of him at full force. My favorite OSCAR quote is "If you don’t want to be a murderer, don’t hang out with people who should be killed." GROUCH words to live by. He also is a wonderful storyteller & a great friend."
When asked in that same interview on what some of her favorite moments as GRUNDGETTA are Arciero said: "Oscar & Grungy almost got married, & they had a fantasy about having Grouch kids. They decided it might make them happy, so they bailed out of the wedding. Little did they know that way to be truly grouchy is to get married. They also went on vacation to Camp Mushymuddy, & they did a wonderful song floating down a swamp in an old tire.Andrea Martin played Edith Prickley as a shoe salesman, & she tried to get Grundgetta some shoes. JERRY NELSON played Professor Piggens (as a human) who tried to teach GRUNDGETTA to be a real GROUCH a la My Fair Lady. That was just great."
CAROLL SPINNEY/PAM ARCIERO Muppets Pairings
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/GRUNDGETTA
- OSCAR THE GROUCH/Nani Bird (soon)
- BIG BIRD/GRUNDGETTA
- BIG BIRD/Nani Bird
- BIG BIRD/Pammy
- GRANNY BIRD/Nani Bird
- GRANNY BIRD/GRUNDGETTA (soon)
- SESAME STREET: GRUNDGETTA (1984 - present), Sally Wilson, Little Lizzy Hammertoe, Telly Monster (assistant only), Abby Cadabby (assistant), Katie, "Let's Go Driving" daughter, Ernie’s friend from "DON’T Throw That TRASH on the Ground", Vanessa, Rosa, Robin, Kermit the Frog’s right hand in "I Love My Elbows"
- SESAME Beginnings: Nani Bird
- The Muppets Take Manhattan: GRUNDGETTA
- Follow That BIRD: GRUNDGETTA
- Little Muppet Monsters: Penguin
- SESAME STREET: 20 & Still Counting: GRUNDGETTA, Telly Monster (assistant)
- The Muppets Celebrate JIM HENSON: GRUNDGETTA
- JIM HENSON’s memorial service: Herself/GRUNDGETTA
- SESAME STREET Stays Up Late
- The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: Lulu's Dog
- SESAME STREET 4D: GRUNDGETTA
- Play With Me SESAME
- SESAME STREET: A Is for Asthma: GRUNDGETTA
- SESAME STREET Jam: A Musical Celebration
- Getting Ready to Read: Pammy
- Learning About Letters: Dentist
- Telling the Truth: Sheep
- Learning to Share: GRUNDGETTA
- Elmo Saves Christmas: GRUNDGETTA
- A Magical Halloween Adventure: Green Surprise Monster
- Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
- Abby in Wonderland
- A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
- Arciero is left-handed.
- SESAME Beginnings Press Kit
- PAM ARCIERO on IMDb
- O'Neill Puppetry Conference
- Muppet Mindset interview
- ↑ Pam Arciero's Facebook profile
- ↑ SESAME STREET: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the STREET page 107
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Interview w/ PAM ARCIERO
- ↑ Facebook picture
- Muppet Performers
- Muppet Puppeteers
- Muppet Voice Actors
- PAM ARCIERO on the Muppet Wiki
- PAM ARCIERO on the Puppet Wiki
- PAM ARCIERO on the OSCAR THE GROUCH Wiki
- PAM ARCIERO on the Left Handed Wiki
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