Today's Reason to Celebrate

June 01, 2025 is

Oscar the Grouch's Birthday

Today is Oscar the Grouch’s birthday! We love this classic Sesame Street character for his grouchy, street-smart (yet lovable) personality. Puppeteer Caroll Spinney brought him to life in 1969, and was inspired by the voice of a New York City taxi driver he had while on his way to the production studio.

Oscar is often spotted with his friend and pet Slimey, a cute orange worm. Amidst all his grouchiness, he does get along with the neighborhood children! Another sweet side to Oscar is his choice of dessert. His favorite is spinach sardine chocolate fudge sundaes, followed closely by mashed bananas with ice cubes and cold beef gravy. Bon appetit! 

Celebrate Oscar the Grouch’s birthday by watching an episode of Sesame Street with your family or concocting your own unusual birthday desserts. You can also celebrate your love of Oscar the Grouch by sending one of our free Sesame Street online invitations!