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
The opening and end credits title cards for the "Worker & Parasite" cartoon are written in presumably Russian or a similar Cyrillic-based eastern European language, however the words are just random strings of Cyrillic letters (and some non-Cyrillic letters as well as letters that don't exist) and are total gibberish. See more
And now it's time for another patented Gabbo crank call! Oh, I love these!
I can't believe it! He stole this bit from Krusty!
Yeah, well, Krusty stole it from Steve Allen.
Oh, everything's stolen nowadays. Why, the fax machine is nothing but a waffle iron with a phone attached.
References The Howdy Doody Show
Wind Beneath My Wings
by Jeff Silbar
and Larry Henley
Performed by Bette Midler
and Dan Castellaneta See more