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Futurama episode
"That's Lobstertainment!"
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Zoidberg's stand up act
Episode no. 40
Prod. code 3ACV08
Airdate February 25, 2001
Writer(s) Patric M. Verrone
Director Bret Haaland
Opening subtitle Deciphered From Crop Circles
Opening cartoon Box Car Blues
Guest star(s) Hank Azaria as Harold Zoid
Season 3
January 2001 – December 2002
  1. Amazon Women in the Mood
  2. Parasites Lost
  3. A Tale of Two Santas
  4. The Luck of the Fryrish
  5. The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz
  6. Bendless Love
  7. The Day the Earth Stood Stupid
  8. That's Lobstertainment!
  9. The Cyber House Rules
  10. Where the Buggalo Roam
  11. Insane in the Mainframe
  12. The Route of All Evil
  13. Bendin' in the Wind
  14. Time Keeps On Slippin'
  15. I Dated a Robot
  16. A Leela of Her Own
  17. A Pharaoh to Remember
  18. Anthology of Interest II
  19. Roswell That Ends Well
  20. Godfellas
  21. Future Stock
  22. The 30% Iron Chef
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"That's Lobstertainment!" is the eighth episode in season three of Futurama. It originally aired February 25, 2001.



After a disastrous attempt at stand-up comedy, Dr. Zoidberg informs the crew that his uncle, Harold Zoid, was a star in the silent hologram era. Zoidberg writes to his uncle, asking for help with his comedy act. The washed-up Harold Zoid sees this as an opportunity to restart his career. The crew sets off for Hollywood.

While taking a bus tour of movie stars' homes, Bender leaves the tour, and scams his way into employment as Calculon's water heater. Shortly afterward, Zoidberg meets his uncle in a fancy restaurant. Harold Zoid tells him to give up comedy, and that he needs Zoidberg to finance a drama to the tune of a million dollars. Always a source of bright ideas, Bender tells Calculon that he can star in the movie if he provides the production money. Calculon initially refuses, but after learning Harold Zoid wrote the script, and getting a guarantee from Bender that he will win an Oscar, he accepts.

The film, The Magnificent Three, is a story about a son (the Vice-President of Earth) not wanting to follow in his father's (the President of Earth) footsteps. Unfortunately, the movie is terrible, and at the premiere, the entire audience walks out. Furious, Calculon threatens to kill Bender, Zoidberg, and Harold Zoid if they can't find some way to get him an Oscar. After failing to convince Calculon to act better, they all agree that the best way would be to rig the awards. Meanwhile, Leela and Fry are busy attempting to free their ship from the La Brea Tar Pits.

When the awards reach the Best Actor award, Dr. Zoidberg tosses presenter Billy Crystal off the stage (much to the satisfaction of the audience), and takes his place. In place of the fifth nominee, he substitutes Calculon. But when he sees his uncle's depression at being a has-been, Zoidberg announces him as the winner. Calculon, somewhat chastened by Harold Zoid's acceptance speech, decides not to kill him or the others (he says that he "respects Harold Zoid far too much to beat him to death with his own Oscar!"). Fry and Leela eventually escape from the tar pits and are allowed to enter the after party when the caveman's skeleton they are dragging is recognized as that of Sylvester Stallone.


Hank Azaria, one of the principal voice actors on Matt Groening's other cartoon, The Simpsons, guest stars as Harold Zoid in the episode.

Broadcast and reception

In the DVD commentary, the producers mention that this is considered by fans to be the worst episode of the series. In its original airing the episode was ranked 79th for the week with a 4.8 rating/8 share.[1]


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