Martin P. Robinson is a puppeteer, artist, and puppet designer, known for building many puppets that are simultaneously dark and funny. He was the designer and performer of the Audrey puppets in Little Shop of Horrors. On Oobi, he designed and made all of the glass eye props used for the hand puppets.
He and Tim Lagasse (who played Oobi) have a company together called "Hairy Edge Productions." When they build puppets with each other for a project, Hairy Edge gets the credit. Martin mainly worked on Oobi during its early development, but Hairy Edge is still credited for every episode.
Martin has been a main puppeteer on Sesame Street since 1980, playing Telly Monster, Slimey the Worm, and Snuffleupagus. He also designs and builds various puppets for the international adaptations of Sesame Street. He is married to Annie Evans, a playwright and former Sesame crew member.
He wrote, designed, and directed All Hallows Eve, a gothic "rock opera" with puppetry. He also designed, built, and performed the carnivorous plant Audrey II in the original 1982 stage version of Little Shop of Horrors, which was the basis for the well-known 1986 film. He returned to build and perform the puppets for its 2003 Broadway production.
Martin met Josh Selig, the creator of Oobi, while Josh was a staff writer on Sesame. He helped Josh develop Oobi into a full-fledged TV show and was involved in the original shorts from 2000. On his website, Martin described his experience helping to develop Oobi: