Grover - Sad-eyed alien
creature with antennas sprouting from his head who lived in a
basket. Created by Stan Freberg, Grover (a.k.a. "Orville the Moon
Creature") appeared on the comedy variety program NBC COMEDY
HOUR/NBC/1956. The Orville character appeared on THE STAN FREBERG
(radio) SHOW on the 08/11/1957 episode "Orville Arrives from the
Moon". Here is an edited excerpt:
(News Bulletin) From the wires of our news service...A brightly
burning unidentified object lit West Coast skies from Los Angeles
to Portland. East of Salt Lake City and Boise, Idaho. Police at Wyreka, in far Northern California near the Oregon border reported
it appeared to be a small egg-shaped object which gave off blue sparks.
A county sheriff's officer said hundreds of observers reported
having seen a flying saucer.
Now I don't know how much stock
you folks put in this story but within a few hours of the
time the object was sighted, a flying saucer actually
landed and was captured by Mr. Leroy Fipps. (Mr.
Fipps enters). Now, just how did you find the saucer.
Well, I found it next to the carrots.
I had come home for dinner. I
was hungry. I sat down in the breakfast nuk and there it
was next to the carrots. Must of flown in the window.
I thought it was an unusually
large Hubbard squash. I had it all buttered up. Yes sir, I
was going to partake of it. And then, all of a sudden,
it started making the noise like a little teenie Dixie
Well, what happened then?
The lid popped open and a
teenie little man with an antenna climbed right out.
Well that's pretty fantastic.
Just a moment Mr. Fipps, so where's the saucer now:
What do you think this is I'm
holding under my arm.
Well. I didn't now. Here, set
it on the table there. (Fipps leaves). Certainly is a
strange looking object, Wait a minute! It starting to
glow!. What's this! (whirling sounds and then a Dixieland
band sound) Ladies and gentlemen this is amazing. The
saucer is now giving off blue sparks. Now a little door is
opening. A little man is coming out I believe, ah, he is
going to speak.
Take me to your leader.
No, No that's the microphone
I'm over here.
Are you an Earthman?
Yes, I am. What did you think
I don't know. I thought you were an
unusually talkative Hubbard squash. Do you mind if I
partake of you?
No, please. Ah, my name is
Stan Freberg. Where are you from?
My name is Orville. I'm from the
Moon. I got a letter from my sister. She was on your show
two weeks ago.
Oh yeah, Miss Jupiter, the
girl with the shapely wheels.
Sir, I'll thank you to leave
my sister's wheels out of this.
I'm sorry. It was rude of me
Do all people look like you?
No. Not all of them
Because it's quite a
disappointment to me so far, to be honest
Peggy Taylor come over here
for a minute. See there Orville.
He's a nice looking boy, isn't
I'll have to have a talk with
you sometime. By the way, what made you leave the Moon?
I didn't care for the
climate. They had this stuff in the air. It was a mixture
of smoke and fog. The politicians tried to blame it on
exhaust from the flying saucers. But ah, actually, it was
caused by the green cheese refineries. Oh, they kept
promising to do something about but they never did. Big
business you know. I got tired of my eyes burning and came
here to Los Angeles to get away of it. So, do you
thing I'll like it here better?
Well, I wouldn't send your
laundry out for a while.
How's bout an introduction to
Tomato? Where? Orville that's
I'd like to see that in a
Don't knock it if you haven't
How'd you like be on the show
again some time? You have a refreshing point of view.
I'd have to sell my saucer and
move in with you. Do you think I could get a good price
Oh I think so.
It barely new. I bought it
from a little old lady on Saturn who only drove it on
Sunday. Gets about ahhh 30 light years to the gallon.
Well, perhaps we could sell it
to a science fiction magazine
Oh, come on, you don't believe
that stuff, do yah?
No, I don't believe that junk.
Neither do I....
excerpt from The Onion "Satirist Stan
Freberg" by Stephen Thompson (September 1, 1999 issue)
Orville, the little space man from the moon, was a
character I used to do. A producer at CBS had called me
and said, "Do you still have that little space puppet?"
And I said, "Yes, Orville comes out of a spaceship." He
said, "NASA is gonna land on the moon, hopefully, and when
they land the astronauts, by orders of the NASA doctor,
they have to take a nap for four hours. We don't want to
stare at Walter Cronkite for four hours, and we thought
you could do something. Orson Welles is narrating a thing
on space and your friend Ray Bradbury has done something,
and we want you to do some little pieces of varying
length." And I said, "Oh, great, great. So my wife and I
went out to North American Rockwell. And I stand there
with Orville, and the guy's there with cue cards, and I'm
changing the jokes up to the last minute, and we taped all
this stuff, which they recorded in the CBS truck. While
the astronauts were approaching the moon, we had just
finished. So my wife and I hurry to the television set
there, and they're deciding which one to put on first, and
they said, "Why don't you go back to your hotel?" So we're
at the hotel, and we've been up for, like, 30 hours,
propping our eyelids open, and we hear Cronkite say,
[imitates Cronkite] "Well, the astronauts are supposed to
take a nap for four hours, so we'll be bringing you
several things: a piece narrated by Orson Welles, some
little satiric moments by Stan Freberg, and a... What's
that? What's that? One moment... We hear that the
astronauts want to forgo their nap and go right out on the
moon." I yelled, "Oh, no, no! Take a nap, take a nap!"