A massive week-long advertising blitz declaring "Gabbo" to be coming. Gabbo turns out to be a ventriloquist dummy whose show airs directly opposite the Krusty the Clown show. Having beaten off hordes of competition before, Krusty laughs off the threat, but while Gabbo's star rises, Krusty's falls. His show is unceremoniously canceled. Broke, obese, and desperate for work, he turns to Bart and Lisa for help. Eventually they persuade many of Krusty's celebrity friends (Johnny Carson, Bette Midler, Hugh Hefner, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and his half-brother Luke Perry) to join him in a TV comeback special. Written by
Did You Know?
Gabbo's name was undoubtedly inspired by The Great Gabbo
(1929) which also dealt with a ventriloquist and his dummy, although in that film, the ventriloquist (played by Erich von Stroheim
) was named Gabbo, not the dummy, who was called Otto. See more
When Bart and Lisa are helping Bette Midler pick up trash on the highway, Bette picks up an empty can which says Buzz Cola on it. Just as she yells, "You pigs!" the label on the can switches to Duff Beer. See more
[the Red Hot Chili Peppers are performing on Krusty's show
Krusty the Clown
Now, boys, the network has a problem with some of your lyrics. Do you mind changing them for the show?
Forget you, clown.
Yeah, our lyrics are like our children, man. No way.
Krusty the Clown
Well, okay, but here where it says, "What I got you gotta get and put it in ya," how about just, "What I'd like is I'd like to hug and kiss ya."
Wow. That's much better.
Everyone can enjoy that.
References The Howdy Doody Show
Give it Away
Performed by Red Hot Chili Peppers See more