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 at Moe's bar
Hey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, do you want to appear on a Krusty comeback special?
Sure, if you can get us outta this gig.
[Bart points to the wall behind Moe
Hey Moe, look over there.
What? What am I looking at?
[Bart and the Red Hot Chili Peppers walk out the door
I'm gonna stop looking here in a second. What, is *that* it?
[Homer walks into the bar
References The Great Gabbo
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