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
[Krusty is trying to talk Sideshow Mel into quitting his job a fast-food joint
Krusty the Clown
But you gotta come back, Mel! We're a team!
No, Krusty, you always treated me rather shabbily. On our last show, you poured liquid nitrogen down my pants, and cracked my buttocks with a hammer!
Krusty the Clown
Ah, come on. You wanna spend your life hanging out with a bunch of dorky teenagers?
Squeaky Voiced Teen
Here's your taco, Mister. Whoops. It fell in the fryer. I'll get it out. Ow! Ow! Ow-w-w! Ow-w-w!
Sorry Krusty, I like it here. Mr. Johansen ...
Wind Beneath My Wings
by Jeff Silbar
and Larry Henley
Performed by Bette Midler
and Dan Castellaneta See more