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 Kent Brockman is caught on air referring to the "S.O.B.'s", his picture from that exact moment is shown in the above picture in picture, but his blazer is a different color. See more
You told our agent this place holds 30,000 people.
It does. We had 30,000 here last night. Now play. The audience is getting restless.
[flicking a lighter
We want chilly-willy. We want chilly-willy.
References Melrose Place
You're Gonna Like Me (Gabbo's Song)
Music by Jeff Martin
Lyrics by John Swartzwelder
Performed by Hank Azaria
, with Harry Shearer
and chorus See more