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Homie the Clown 

Homer becomes a Krusty the Clown stand-in, but is mistaken for the real Krusty by the Springfield mafia.

Director:

David Silverman

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Driver / Texan Clown Student #2 / Estonian Dwarf / Joey / Louie (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Child (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Texan Clown Student #1 / New Hampshirian Clown Student / Krusty Burger Representetive / Kirk Van Houten / Carl / Chief Wiggum / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Luigi / Legs / Car Salesman / Don Vittorio Di Maggio (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Bill the Accountant / Lenny / Georgian Clown Student / Russian Clown Student / Graduating Clown Student / Award Announcer / Plastic Surgeon / Ned Flanders (voice)
Dick Cavett ... Himself (voice)
Joe Mantegna ... Fat Tony (voice)
Johnny Unitas Johnny Unitas ... Johnny Unitas (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Krusty's Assistant / Angelique / Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
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Storyline

Krusty has earned a fortune as a clown, but through gambling, wanton waste, and carelessness, he has lost almost all his money. After Krusty's debts to the mob mount, he is desperate for some income. Krusty opens a clown college. Homer succumbs to a billboard advertisement and becomes one of the college's first students. After Homer begins clown work, he is regularly mistaken for Krusty. Homer gets special treatment from the police and storeowner Apu, and he delights in his good luck. After Homer declares that he is Krusty and he wants all that Krusty has coming to him, the mob members spot Homer and mistake him for Krusty. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

An early idea for the series saw Krusty the Clown being revealed as Homer Simpson's secret stage identity. This storyline never developed, but this episode allowed writers to comment upon the design similarity of the two characters. Krusty's appearance and design is just that of Homer's, with clown make-up. David Silverman enhanced the lines under Krusty's eyes, and reshaped his beard line in order to make a clearer distinction between the two characters. See more »

Goofs

When Homer opens the door to the Italian restaurant, the decorative panels on the door disappear and it's a plain door. See more »

Quotes

Homer: Clown College? You can't eat that.
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Connections

Spoofs Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)
by Nino Rota
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Homer and Krusty collide
11 March 2013 | by athomedSee all my reviews

Homie the Clown from season six of The Simpsons is one of the best Krusty the Clown episodes from the series. It has some stiff competition, but I'd put Homie the Clown near the top of the list.

The premise is rock solid. Krusty's spending habits are out of control (likely a function of him betting on the Washington Generals against the Globetrotters and using Action Comics #1 to light his smokes). He finds himself in debt to the mob. Krusty opens up Krusty's Clown College to bring in more bucks. One of their billboards convinces Homer to attend and become a Krusty.

I can imagine the people brainstorming and rough-drafting the animation had a lot of fun with this one. There's something funny and unpredictable about taking Homer and making him a Krusty. Of all the jobs Homer has taken on over the series' length, being a Krusty is still one of the coolest. The pink sedan decked out to look like a clown car is a pleasure to behold.

Homie the Clown resides in the upper echelon of season six episodes in my book; that's high praise.


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