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The following are a list of fictional celebrities in the animated television show The Simpsons.

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Arnie Pye

Arnie Pye, voiced by Dan Castellaneta, is a disgruntled, somewhat eccentric helicopter traffic reporter for Springfield’s KBBL-TV (Channel 6). His name and appearance are a parody of the famous, Pulitzer winning 1930s journalist, Ernie Pyle. His segments are titled “Arnie (or "Pye") in the Sky.” He has an apparent dislike of anchorman Kent Brockman, with whom he often gets into arguments on the air, and Brockman once snarled that Arnie was a "jackass". While on the air, Arnie often warns people on the street below him when he gets sick or drops his food (as seen in "Marge in Chains" and "Homer Alone", respectively). Pye's helicopter has crashed twice; once in the season four episode "Mr. Plow" where Arnie managed “Tell my wife I love—” before the live feed was lost and again in "Homer the Great" when Arnie is reporting on a helicopter crash blocking the morning commute, unaware that he's the one who is blocking traffic. However, Arnie has survived and has been seen in other episodes. “Arnie in the Sky” is a play on the expression “pie in the sky”. When Kent was demoted to weekend weatherman in "You Kent Always Say What You Want" due to unjust FCC fines and subsequent budget cuts, Arnie briefly became the new head anchor and humiliated Kent by writing "Kent Stinks" on the weather map. Arnie also spoke in a deeper, smoother voice, but returned to his normal register when he got excited near the end of the report and tried to feed Newshound, Channel 6's pet dog with a lazy eye (a similar gag was used in a previous episode with Bumblebee Man, who took over Brockman's desk and spoke perfect English as he delivered the news, right up until the end). In the first season episode, "Some Enchanted Evening", he was referred to as "Bill Pie". In "Any Given Sundance", it is shown that he can get along with Kent Brockman, when he and Brockman split a breakfast steak while tailgating outside a football game.

Arthur Crandall and Gabbo

Arthur Crandall (voiced by Harry Shearer) and Gabbo (voiced by Hank Azaria) are a puppet and ventriloquist who start their own TV show that is in competition with Krusty the Clown's. The show is a huge hit that ruins Krusty's career, but Bart then ruins Gabbo's future by capturing him making a rude comment on TV. The pair are later reduced to low-paying work such as a show at an Indian casino. The pair mainly appeared in Season Four's Krusty Gets Kancelled but they also appeared in Bart to the Future, Homerazzi, All About Lisa, and The Simpsons Movie.

Bill and Marty

Bill and Marty, voiced by Harry Shearer and Dan Castellaneta, are two radio show hosts and deejays on Springfield’s own radio station KBBL. When they appear, they are usually seen (and sometimes only heard), when the Simpsons are listening to the radio. Marty is middle-aged and balding, while Bill is younger and has a full head of hair. The radio frequency of KBBL is 102.5 FM, and Bill is often seen with this on his clothes. They are responsible for giving Bart his elephant, Stampy, although they were surprised when Bart wanted Stampy, because they thought he would choose the other prize, $10,000. They can also be seen interviewing Spinal Tap in the episode “The Otto Show,” where they want the band to say “Nobody rocks like Bill and Marty on KBBL,” and “Rock-a-doodle-doo, you’re listening to Bill and Marty!” When Mr. Burns monopolized the local media in Fraudcast News, he fired the duo, but they have returned to the job in later episodes.

Billy

Billy is Troy McClure's assistant who appeared in "Lisa the Simpson", and "Bart the Mother". He was supposed to appear in more episodes but due to McClure's voice actor Phil Hartman's death, he was retired along with McClure. He is a child who appears in Troy McClure's educational films. You may remember him from such movies as "Birds: Our Fine Feathered Colleagues", and "In The Kitchen with DNA". He was voiced by Tress MacNeille. A similar child named Jimmy appears in the "The Meat Council Presents: 'Meat and You: Partners in Freedom'" in the episode, "Lisa the Vegetarian".

Birch Barlow

Birchibald "Birch" T. Barlow (voiced by Harry Shearer on "Sideshow Bob Roberts" and Maurice LaMarche on "You Kent Always Say What You Want") has been featured prominently only in the episode "Sideshow Bob Roberts", appearing from time to time in the background of subsequent episodes. He is a conservative talk show host on the radio station KBBL, who in voice and appearance is modeled after Rush Limbaugh. As of "You Kent Always Say What You Want", he also has a show on Fox News, and serves as a parody of Fox News conservative bias.

On his radio show, he declares himself to be "the fourth branch of government" and "the fifty-first state". He is also the author of the book Only Turkeys Have Left Wings. Barlow plays an important part in the episode "Sideshow Bob Roberts", in which Sideshow Bob, while jailed, calls Barlow on his radio show, giving Bob an outlet to voice how the prison treats him unfairly. Barlow, knowing Bob is a fellow Republican, sympathizes with his complaints, and influences the rest of Springfield to as well. This leads to Bob's prompt release and ensuing mayoral election-rigging.

In the book The Simpsons Guide To Springfield, Barlow is pictured enjoying a "festive meal with a group of close personal friends" — Waylon Smithers, John (from the episode "Homer's Phobia") and Buddy "Fallout Boy" Hodges — at the flamboyantly decorated Sha-Boom Ka-Boom Cafe. Typical of The Simpsons, this is meant to humorously imply that he may be homosexual. Barlow also appears in the episode "We're on the Road to D'ohwhere" as a customer at Marge's prescription drug-laden "yard sale", a reference to Limbaugh's Oxycontin addiction. Most recently Barlow appears with other Springfield Republicans in the episode "E Pluribus Wiggum", in which he tells Lisa to make Ralph Wiggum decide whether he wants to run for President as a Republican or a Democrat.

Boobarella

Boobarella is an ample-chested vampire-looking woman, first seen in the episode "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can". She is well aware of her assets, and often makes reference to them on the rare occasion she appears on TV. "We'll be right back! Then you can see more of my booooooooobs!" In another episode, when asked a technical question by Kent Brockman, after a long pause she responds with "Boobs!" Her character is a takeoff of Elvira, a character portrayed by Cassandra Peterson, (who made many comments about her large breasts), herself a takeoff on Vampira. In "Homerazzi", she is seen dating Duffman, which shocks the Simpsons because Duffman is supposed to be in a stable, long-term homosexual relationship. In "Fraudcast News", it is revealed that she is the daughter of an employee (Bill) in the nuclear plant's accounting department. Boobarella uses a stereotypical Eastern European "horror" accent. She also appears in "All About Lisa".

Bumblebee Man

Bumblebee Man

The Bumblebee Man, voiced by Hank Azaria, is the star of a Spanish-language television sitcom on "Channel Ocho", in which he dresses in a bumblebee costume and performs slapstick comedy. In the episode "Team Homer", his bowling shirt bears the name "Pedro". He works at the same studio as Kent Brockman.

Bumblebee Man is never seen to take off his costume, even when by himself; the sole exception is the episode "22 Short Films About Springfield", in which his private life is shown. In this short segment, he is portrayed as innately clumsy rather than simply acting as such. In the end, his house is destroyed and his wife leaves him, not wanting to deal with his maladroit nature any longer. In this episode he also owns a Chihuahua, a dog breed commonly associated with Mexico.

In "Bart Gets Famous", he anchored the Channel 6 News with an articulate "British" accent, filling in for Kent Brockman because Bart stole his Danish to give to Krusty (refusing to anchor the news without having it), but this was mentioned in an episode commentary as a mistake. In general, Bumblebee Man only speaks in simple, over-enunciated (and inaccurate) Spanish sentences. His catchphrases of choice are typically "¡Ay, ay, ay, no me gusta!" ("I don't like it!"), "¡Ay, ay, ay, no es bueno!" ("That's not good!") and "¡Ay, Dios no me ama!" ("God doesn't love me!"). Quite commonly, his phrases will be intentionally sloppy Spanish. For example, in the episode "22 Short Films About Springfield", there are several words used that are not real (woodpecker in Spanish is not "wudpequero"; it is "pájaro carpintero"). The crude Spanish was used so that English-speaking viewers would still understand what was being said.[1] Although his show is generally goofy, he is seen in "Bart Has Two Mommies" conducting a serious interview with a Mexican government official who got rid of corruption in Oaxaca—before the two are interrupted by a barrage of pie and seltzer.

Bumblebee Man is a caricature of El Chapulín Colorado, a character created and portrayed by Mexican television comedian Roberto Gómez Bolaños (a.k.a. "Chespirito"), and his show consists of simple skits, often involving heavy slapstick. The staff have said that whenever they watched Telemundo, this character was always "on", thus they created Bumblebee Man, who is also always "on".[2] His costume was based on one used in the Saturday Night Live sketch "Killer Bees".[3]

Hank Azaria won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for voicing Bumblebee Man, and various other characters, in 2003.[4]

Capital City Goofball

The Capital City Goofball is the mascot for Capital City. He was voiced by Tom Poston. His appearance seems to have been inspired by the mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team, the Phillie Phanatic. The costume is a creature with a baseball body, with a blue Capital City T-Shirt, yellow arms and legs, a long flat-ended nose, tufts of fur at the side, a red hat with two springs, two costume eyes that look in either direction, and two more eyes that peek outside the mouth (the eyes of the person wearing the costume). The Capital City Goofball first appeared in the episode "Dancin' Homer" and shared the stage with Homer. In "Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade", the Capital City Goofball represents Capital City in the state legislature; he spent 80 million dollars out of his own pocket to win the seat, and now is leading an effort to change the state's embarrassing, Confederate-symbol centered state flag (not least because they live in a northern state). The episode "Homer to the Max" implies that the Capital City Goofball was originally conceived as a major recurring character, but has only appeared in occasional background scenes since his debut episode, and has never had any further speaking lines. With the death of Tom Poston in 2007, it is likely that this character will be retired, if the precedent regarding Phil Hartman and Doris Grau's characters (except for Lunchlady Doris, who is still used and is now voiced by Tress MacNeille) is followed. He appeared briefly in "Homerazzi." He also appears in The Simpsons Road Rage game, seen around every location. He has not spoken since "Bart and Lisa vs. the Third Grade" and has been reduced to making minor background appearances and usual honking sounds.

Captain Lance Murdock

Captain Lance Murdock is a professional stunt devil who appeared more in the early days of the show rather than the newer episodes. He first appeared in "Bart the Daredevil" which featured him in more scenes than other episodes. He later appeared in "I Married Marge", "Selma's Choice", and "Viva Ned Flanders". He was most currently featured when Krusty was flicking channels on his TV in "Today I Am a Clown." He also appears in Lisa's lecture about Lake Springfield in The Simpsons Movie sitting in the audience. His signature bike is the suicycle and has his own action figure complete with ambulance.

Chase/Pyro

Chase, also known as Pyro, is an American Gladiator. He is a parody of the real-life Gladiator Nitro. He first appears in the episode "A Milhouse Divided", when he is dating Luann after she divorces Kirk. Their relationship ends when she's caught cheating on him with his best friend Gyro. He also appears in "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken", "Mom and Pop Art", "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily", It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge, Day of the Jackanapes, A Star Is Born Again, and "The Bart of War". He is voiced by Hank Azaria.

Declan Desmond

Declan Desmond (voiced by Eric Idle of Monty Python fame) is an eccentric and skeptical British documentary filmmaker who has directed several films, including Do You Want Lies with That?, American Boneheads: A Day In The Life Of Springfield Elementary, Growing Up Springfield, and Ain’t No Mountain: A Blind Man Climbs Everest. Growing Up Springfield is his most notable documentary. It follows the lives of the inhabitants of Springfield, starting when they were in third grade and continuing every eight years. It is a parody of Michael Apted’s Up Series. Desmond appeared in the episodes "'Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky" and "Fat Man And Little Boy" and his Growing Up Springfield series were featured in the episode "Springfield Up". The character is based on real British filmmakers David Attenborough and Desmond Morris[citation needed].

Drederick Tatum

Drederick Tatum (voiced by Hank Azaria) has appeared in several episodes, most notably as Homer’s opponent in "The Homer They Fall". Tatum, a former 1984 Olympic Gold medalist, first became World Heavyweight Champion after defeating Watson in the heavily promoted “Bout to Knock the Other Guy Out!” Tatum grew up in Springfield, recalling, “That town was a dump” and remarks that "If you ever see me back there, you know I really fu*#ed up bad!". He later served time in prison after pushing his mother down the stairs. Upon his release, he was booked for a comeback fight against Homer, who had taken up boxing and was undefeated and renowned for his ability to take a beating without falling. He was managed during this time by Lucius Sweet, a vicious boxing promoter (and parody of Don King). Tatum’s criminal record has been referred to several times, along with his financial problems; when Homer rescues him from a traffic accident, Tatum says "I'm forever indebted to you--and my many creditors!" Tatum is a parody of Mike Tyson, right down to his criminal record and high-pitched, lisping voice. He also briefly appeared in The Simpsons Movie, where he is trapped under the dome with the other Springfieldians. He is seen trying to break the dome by using a "low-blow".

Duffman

Duffman, voiced by Hank Azaria, is the mascot and spokesman for the fictional Duff Beer company in The Simpsons. He first appeared in the episode "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson". Within the series, he is a fictional character played by several people, and sometimes simultaneously. He is an athletic and smooth-talking corporate personality who wears blue and red tights, a red cape, white gloves, and the Duff logo emblazoned across his chest. The costume — featuring a red hat, dark sunglasses, and a "utility belt" of beer cans around his waist — is designed to create awareness of Duff. Duffman is generally known for his overly enthusiastic speech in which he refers to himself in the third person, complete with dramatic pauses and ending with a suggestive "Oh, yeah!" and pelvic thrusts. His theme song which plays at every corporate-sponsored appearance is "Oh Yeah" by Yello. While usually loyal to his corporate sponsors, in the season 15 episode "Co-Dependent's Day", Duffman reveals he is ashamed of betraying his Jewish heritage by doing a Nazi-esque performance at Oktoberfest ("This reich will last a thousand beers! Oh, ja! [muttering]: I do this, and I'm Jewish.").

Although Newsweek once reported that Duffman died of liver failure, he continues to work for Duff because "Duffman can never die... only the actors who play him", according to the season 13 episode "Jaws Wired Shut" (which explains the supposed continuity error between "Pigmoelian" and "Hungry, Hungry Homer" where Duffman was named "Larry" in the former episode and "Sid" in the latter). Duffman was also shot by Frank Grimes Jr. in "The Great Louse Detective", although whether the wound was fatal is uncertain. Another Duffman was possibly killed in a blimp crash during a baseball game in the season seventeen episode "Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play"; it was then revealed that there were two more Duffmen working the game that night (but this is kept a secret so as not to disillusion children).

Duffman is based on Budweiser's former mascot Bud Man. Duffman's catchphrase comes from the song "Oh Yeah", which the producers say became extremely popular after Ferris Bueller's Day Off and many advertisers started using it. As a result, the writers felt that the song and phrase "Oh yeah!" would be suitable for Duffman. Duffman's thrusts were first acted out by Brad Bird.[5]

Gunter and Ernst

Gunter and Ernst, Las Vegas-style entertainers voiced by Harry Shearer and Hank Azaria, are obvious parodies of Siegfried & Roy: they speak with German accents, their act involves magic and white tigers, and one has black hair while the other has bleached-blond hair. The duo appear in the episodes "Viva Ned Flanders", "$pringfield", "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons", and "Jazzy and the Pussycats". In Jazzy and the Pussycats, they are seen at Amber Simpson's funeral. In The Simpsons Game it is revealed they performed at an aquarium.

In a case of life imitating art, the 1993 episode “$pringfield” (the first episode featuring Gunter and Ernst) depicts the duo being savagely mauled by their trademark white tiger, Anastasia. Ten years later, the trained white tiger Montecore dragged Roy Horn off-stage by his neck during a performance at The Mirage. According to the DVD commentary on this episode on the Simpsons season five DVD set, the part where Gunter and Ernst get attacked is considered "the greatest prediction" the Simpsons ever made, but it was "bound to happen" considering how the tiger was treated.

Miss Springfield

Miss Springfield (voiced by Pamela Hayden) is a beauty pageant winner, who first appears in "Whacking Day". She is the lover of Mayor Quimby, and is seen several times in bed with him. She only appears with the sash and the crown of Miss Springfield.

In "Mayored to the Mob", she is one of two women escorting Mayor Quimby to a nerd convention. Since then, she is often seen escorting him to Springfield events such as nerd conventions, recitals, and plays. In one episode, it is revealed she is illiterate. This is later supported in "She Used to Be My Girl"; news reporter Chloe Talbot reveals a video of Mayor Quimby's womanizing. In the video, Miss Springfield reads Quimby's sash as "Major", causing him to become frustrated with her. In "See Homer Run", she is one of nine candidates who runs for mayor; she happily boasts about how no one would laugh at her singing while parading around the mayor's office, singing "I'm Proud to Be an American". In "My Fair Laddy", she dances with Groundskeeper Willie.

In "The Last of the Red Hat Mamas" she berates Mayor Quimby about lying to her about Martha Quimby's supposed "death". He scolds her for lying about her graduating from "typing school". She then admits she has trouble with the space bar. In "Homerazzi", Homer takes a compromising photo of her. She possesses a quavering, somewhat reverberating voice. When Miss Springfield first speaks to Mayor Quimby, he panics while quoting, "That's your voice!? I regret buying you that opera house!" (a reference to Citizen Kane). In "Husbands and Knives", she is one of the people who dances on the treadmills along with Cookie Kwan, Rainier Wolfcastle, and Duffman a la the music video to "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go. In "Smoke on the Daughter", she appears (and claims to be) pregnant, and Quimby believes he may be the father.

Lurleen Lumpkin

Lurleen Lumpkin (voiced by Beverly D'Angelo) is an aspiring country singer who is managed by Homer in "Colonel Homer". Homer discovers her in a redneck bar in the middle of nowhere and is amazed by her voice. He decides to help her launch a singing career, much to the chagrin of Marge. Grateful for Homer's help, Lurleen becomes attracted to him and tries to lure him with an erotic song called "Bunk with Me Tonight". Homer, who had been ignorant of this, suddenly realizes that managing Lurleen could hurt his marriage, so he quits as her manager. A saddened Lurleen sings a song called "Stand By Your Manager".

Lurleen's next appearance is in "Krusty Gets Kancelled", in which she is briefly seen in the center square of Springfield Squares. In a later episode, "Marge vs. the Monorail", a much rougher-looking Lurleen, voiced by Doris Grau, makes a brief appearance, in which it is revealed that she had been to the Betty Ford Clinic and "spent last night in a ditch". In this episode her voice sounds exactly the same as Lunchlady Doris's, rather than her soft, Southern voice she had when she was first introduced.

Lurleen is seen in "Team Homer" as one fourth of a bowling team called "The Homewreckers", with Jacques "Brunswick", Mindy Simmons, and Princess Kashmir. In the episode "Bart on the Road", her name briefly appears on a banner saying "playing tonight" in Branson, Missouri. Lurleen also briefly appears in the episode "Homerazzi". She may be a parody of Dolly Parton or Loretta Lynn.

The nineteenth season episode "Papa Don't Leech"[6] follows up on her story with her moving into the Simpsons' home and taking a waitress job at Moe's in order to pay a $12 million tax bill. It is revealed she has a father named Royce Boss Hogg Lumpkin, who was never much supportive of her and had been missing for years. Marge undertakes efforts to find him and reunite him with Lurleen. As soon as it happens, Lurleen writes a new, upbeat composition called "Daddy's Back", but Royce sells the song, taking the writing credits for himself (but altering some lyrics), to the Dixie Chicks. As soon as she learns of this, Lurleen confronts Royce and reveals the truth to the Dixie Chicks, who assault him with their musical instruments and invite Lurleen to join their tour. Apparently, before her tax evasion scandal, she tried to seduce Kermit the Frog by singing the song "Bunk with Me Tonight" to him, to which Miss Piggy's reaction was kicking Kermit. Lurleen ends up engaged to a man who looks very much like Homer (like her previous husbands did) and tours as an opening act for the Dixie Chicks. She is told "sweetly" by Marge that if she ever returns to the Simpsons' home, Marge will strangle her with her own hair extensions.

Lurleen also makes a cameo in The Simpsons Movie in crowd scenes.

Mr. Teeny

“Mr. Teeny, voiced by Dan Castellaneta, is Krusty’s trained chimpanzee who frequently appears on the show. Like Krusty, he is a heavy smoker, and often seems depressed off-stage. He is sometimes seen as Krusty’s driver and butler. Teeny’s uncle was former head monkey at the ministry of tourism in Brazil. Six other monkeys have died while working for Krusty known by the same name; Krusty once said he missed the third Mr. Teeny and the then-current one couldn’t hold a candle to him, while in "Wedding for Disaster", Krusty refers to the current name-holder as "Mr. Teeny Number Seven". His mother’s name is Toot-Toot, and she refers to him as Louis when they are reunited in "Bart Has Two Mommies". Despite Teeny having been described as both a chimpanzee and a monkey, Toot-Toot is a gorilla, none of which exist in Brazil. Teeny also was a writer for the “Good Guy Awards” and quit after being insulted on-stage by Krusty. He is an immigrant from Brazil and has been deported but was returned. He wears a pink hat and bow tie but has also been seen in a tuxedo and golden encrusted thong.

Krusty has implied that if he can not find a human willing to donate a lung when he gets cancer, he is planning on harvesting one from Mr. Teeny.

Even though Mr Teeny is always referred to as a male, in a chapter in Simpsons Comics #119, Krusty is shocked to discover otherwise. Krusty says, "What, you're a girl monkey?". However, there have not been any references to this in the show.

Opal

Opal (voiced by Tress MacNeille) is a talk show host. This celebrity is a parody of Oprah, as is her show. She first appears in "Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)" where her segment on successful women depresses Marge, who feels her life of chores and child-raising has left her without any purpose. She later appeared in the back-to-back nineteenth season episodes "Husbands and Knives" and "Funeral for a Fiend". Marge is a fan of hers, and was interviewed by Opal after achieving success through her chain of Shapes gyms for women. On her show, Opal frequently mentions a boyfriend named "Straightman", a take on Oprah's romantic partner Stedman Graham. Marge's comment about when Straightman is going to propose causes her to do a massive prize giveaway as a diversionary tactic, one example being German cuckoo clocks.

Princess Kashmir

Princess Kashmir is the belly dancer who first appeared in Homer's Night Out. She dates Apu in Lisa's Pony and is seen dancing with Chief Wiggum in the episode Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment. She has also appeared in numerous Couch Gags, and is seen dancing on the stage in the Maison Derriere in the episode Bart After Dark. Her nickname is 'Queen of the Mysterious East'. Her real name is Shauna Tifton.

Rachel Jordan

Rachel Jordan (voiced by Shawn Colvin) is the lead singer of Kovenant, a fictional Christian rock band. She is first seen in "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily", when she befriends Ned Flanders after Maude’s death. She appears towards the end of the episode singing the song "He's the Man" while the organist at the church was on a much needed vacation. The song was featured on The Simpsons: Testify. She returns in "I'm Goin' to Praiseland". She stays at the Flanders' house with Ned, and leaves briefly after Ned attempted to mold her in the image of his deceased wife Maude only to have her think Ned is using her and runs off. At the end of the episode, she returns and has a date with Flanders. She hasn't made an appearance since.

Scott Christian

Scott Christian (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) is a newsreader from the early seasons of the show. Originally, Christian and Kent Brockman shared the anchor desk equally, but eventually Brockman started to become the more commonly used anchor. In his final appearances, Christian was used mostly when Kent was in the field and an introduction was needed. His final speaking appearance was "The Boy Who Knew Too Much". Christian was supposed to be permanent anchor[7], always filling in for an absent Brockman, but was quickly phased out as the show progressed. He briefly appeared (with red colored hair) with the other Springfield celebrities in the season 18 episode "Homerazzi." He also makes a cameo in "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?" eating at the restaurant Planet Springfield.

Sideshow Mel

Melvin Van Horne, better known as Sideshow Mel (voiced by Dan Castellaneta), is Krusty the Clown's sidekick. He replaced Sideshow Bob after Bob was incarcerated for framing Krusty for armed robbery. Mel's hiring was never explicitly shown in the series and his full name was only revealed when he announced himself while trying to solve the mystery of who shot Mr. Burns in the episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)" and in the episode "All About Lisa" on the portrait of Sideshow Mel in the past. He first appeared in "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge", shortly after Sideshow Bob was sent to prison, filling the exact role that Bob once did. Little is known about Mel. He is a Cornell University graduate, and a former Gulp 'n Blow employee. Sideshow Mel is revealed, in the episode entitled "All About Lisa", to have been the winner of the prestigious Springfield Entertainer of the Year award. The intoxication of applause made him reduce himself to ridiculous behavior for laughter, which he compared to heroin. Sideshow Mel uses a slide whistle to communicate on camera just like Bob. When not in character, Mel speaks in a grandiose British/Shakespearean accent (Castellaneta's play on Kelsey Grammer's character, Sideshow Bob) and owns poodles. When Springfield inhabitants form an angry mob, Mel often takes a leading role. Mel wears a bone in his hair, which was revealed to be permanently stuck in his hair in the episode "22 Short Films About Springfield" thanks to a failed attempt to remove gum from his hair; however, in "The Bart of War" the bone is shown to be removable when Mel takes it out of his hair and uses it as a weapon. He also uses it to bat at the dome in The Simpsons Movie almost immediately after it is first laid over the town. It was also removed by Bart in "Dial 'N' for Nerder" (which holds Mel's flowing, long locks of hair). In "Homerazzi" it was revealed that Mel was in a bitter custody battle and that he has a son, who looks just like him except without a bone in his hair. In "I'm with Cupid", he reveals he has a wife called Barbara, who appears in "Realty Bites". She is also seen with Mel playing bowling in a house that Marge tries to sell in the same episode. She is revealed to be giving birth in the episode All About Lisa, suggesting that Mel has at least two children. She looks like a European woman, and has light hair. When Bart was Krusty's valet/assistant, he mistakenly gave the lactose intolerant Mel a cheese sandwich. The result was a vomit laden harangue of Bart from the washroom as Bart stood outside.

Sideshow Mel is often subject to abuse by Krusty, just as Sideshow Bob was before him. Such occurrences include 'Krusty's Slide', where he is forced into a mixture of pudding, pickle brine and laundry detergent, a tub of rancid Béarnaise sauce and a tub of refried beans; another unseen one is in "Krusty Gets Kancelled" where he states that Krusty once poured liquid nitrogen down his pants and cracked his buttocks with a hammer. In the episode "Day of the Jackanapes", it is shown that Krusty can remember Sideshow Bob's name, but not Sideshow Mel's ("...the show didn't get really funny until we fired Sideshow Bob and hired whosits.")

See also

References

  1. ^ Season 7 DVD Commentary - "22 Short Films About Springfield"
  2. ^ Reiss, Mike. (2004). The Simpsons season 4 DVD commentary for the episode "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox. 
  3. ^ Joe Rhodes (2000-10-21). "Flash! 24 Simpsons Stars Reveal Themselves". TV Guide. 
  4. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards Advanced Search". Emmys.org. http://www.emmys.org/awards/awardsearch.php. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  5. ^ Mentioned in the audio commentary for "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson".
  6. ^ IGN TV tv.ign.com. URL accessed July 29, 2007
  7. ^ Season 1 DVD Commentary - "Krusty Gets Busted"
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