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Like Father, Like Clown 

Bart and Lisa try to reunite Krusty the Clown with his father.


Brad Bird, Jeffrey Lynch


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Krusty The Klown / Homer Simpson / Man on PartyLine / Hyman's Friend / Academy Award Playhouse Announcer / Itchy / Itchy Jr. / Monsignor Daly / Barney Gumble (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Mother (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Chief Wiggum / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Martian / Caller / Moe Szyslak (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Man Seeking Advice #1 / Man Seeking Advice #2 / Rowdy Rabbi / Scratchy / Scratchy Jr. / Reverend Lovejoy / KBBL Host / Yiddle's Clerk / Rabbi / Stage Manager (voice)
Doris Grau Doris Grau ... Waitress (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Lois Pennycandy / Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... PartyLine Voice (voice)
Jackie Mason ... Rabbi Hyman Krustofski (voice)


Krusty the Clown has dinner with the Simpsons, and reveals that he is Jewish, his real name is Herschel Krustofsky, and he is estranged from his rabbi father. They parted ways over Krusty's becoming a clown instead of following his father and becoming a rabbi. Bart and Lisa see Krusty becoming depressed, and they take it upon themselves to reunite him with his father.

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Animation | Comedy


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First appearance of Krusty's father Rabbi Krustofski. See more »


When Lisa is telling Homer that Krusty is speaking Hebrew, Homer only has a glass of milk to his right, and when the angle changes, Homer suddenly also has a large wine glass full of red wine which was not previously there. A few seconds later the angle changes again and the wine glass has switches side of the table and is now empty. Also, the large win glass of red wine Krusty had, is gone (which was visibly empty at the start of dinner). See more »


Moe Szyslak: [tearing up while watching Krusty and his father sing on TV] I've got something in my eye.
Barney Gumble: [offering filthy handkerchief] Here, take my hanky.
Moe Szyslak: [taking it and jumping back in shock, seeing its condition] Euueeh!
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La Marseillaise
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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A Solid Simpsons Episode!
11 August 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the sixth episode of the third season of the Simpsons and while not as good as the previous two episodes, it is still rather enjoyable. While there may be a few laughs, the episode is not high on jokes. But the drama is there, and that makes for a surprisingly emotional episode. Father-son reunions sure do have a way of getting into my heart.

In this episode, "Like Father, Like Clown," we finally get to learn a little more about Krusty the Klown and his Jewish heritage. Krusty has been separated from his rabbi father for over 2 decades because his father did not approve of him being an comedian. Lisa and Bart decide to work together to reunite father and son.

Overall, this is a rather sentimental episode that is a little low on the laughs. I have come to expect laughter with the Simpsons, but I was moved by the episode and I guess I can call that a good thing, even though I have never been a favorite of Krusty the Klown. I rate this episode 8/10.

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English | Hebrew

Release Date:

24 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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