Jellybean the Snail
- A sassy snail puppet seen on episode "Talk to the Snail" on the
sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE
Rob Petrie at the home of Claude Wilbur
When comedy writers Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke),
Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) and Sally Rogers (Rose Marie)
thought they were going to be fired from their job on "The Alan
Brady Show," they interviewed with ventriloquist Claude Wilbur
(Paul Winchell) who had a children's show starring a snail puppet
Wilbur had appeared on Ed Sullivan and received an
offer to do his own big budget show at mid-season to replace
Disc-a go-go. Other characters on the show included the
Doville the Crow and Irving the Mouse.
Writing partner Sally Rogers protested that she
didn't want to write for an animal ("I'm not a veterinarian").
Fellow writer Buddy Sorrell, offered a positive slant on the
ventures "This is a step up. Your going from Allen the Worm to
Claude the Snail."
Jellybean and Claude Wilbur
Representing his colleagues, Rob traveled to the
home of Claude Wilbur for an interview. At the start of the interview Rob was instructed
to talk to the puppet and not the ventriloquist.
As the interview
proceeded, the snail kept hitting
Rob Petrie in the head with a stick until Rob was about to kill the snail and
the ventriloquist attached.
When Rob finished the interview, he
shook one of his Jellybean's antennas and departed. See also "Irving
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