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Clown in the Dumps 

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Krusty has a crisis of conscience and retires from show business after his father dies before ever approving of his career. Meanwhile, Lisa becomes worried about Homer's health and life expectancy.


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





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Sideshow Mel / Mr. Teeny / Reporter (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Chief Wiggum / Grief Counselor (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Rabbi Rudenstein / Kent Brockman / Otto (voice)
Kelsey Grammer ... Sideshow Bob (voice)
Don Hertzfeldt ... Future Bart / Future Lisa / Future Marge / Future Creatures (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... Rodney Dangerfield / Clive Meriwether / Neil Simon (voice)
Jackie Mason ... Rabbi Hyman Krustofski (voice)
David Hyde Pierce ... Felix (voice)
Jeffrey Ross ... Jeff Ross (voice) (as Jeff Ross)
Sarah Silverman ... Sarah Silverman (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Helga (voice)


Upset by stinging remarks at a comedy roast Krusty the clown turns for comfort to his father who promptly dies on him but there is little sympathy for him in the cut and thrust world of show biz and, after a dream in which he meets his father in Jewish heaven, he decides to retire and open an animal sanctuary. Fortunately the ever loyal Bart has a way of showing him that his father respected him and loved his jokes whilst Lisa's over-concern for Homer's safety pays off. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


At the roast, Jeffrey Ross jokes that Krusty "is to comedy what Martin Luther King is to comedy." He made the same joke in 1998 at the New York Friar's Club roast of Drew Carey, comparing Carey to Mariah Carey. See more »


When Homer is piling his plate with food he can be seen wearing a black kippah. When Lisa starts speaking to him the kippah disappears. See more »


Jeff Ross: Krusty is to comedy what Martin Luther King is to comedy.
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References Dateline NBC (1992) See more »


Someone to Watch Over Me
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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Not the Highly Noteworthy Episode Fans were Expecting,but Still Fun,
8 November 2014 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Clown in the Dumps is a great Simpsons episode with a well written storyline and loads of very funny scenes.It certainly wasn't the exciting and noteworthy episode fans were expecting it to be,as we were waiting for the death of a major Simpsons character,but it isn't anyone who is too important or has even appeared on the show that much,but it did make for a good storyline.I liked seeing another Krusty episode,he is without a doubt one of my favourite Simpsons characters and I felt like it had been a while since we had an episode revolving around him.My favourite part of the episode was its parody of the Comedy Central Roasts,particularly Jeff Ross's cameo.Its not a particularly noteworthy episode that people myth have been expecting,but Clown in the Dumps is still an enjoyable episode and a great opening for the 26th season.

Krusty's confidence enters a new low as he considers retirement,meanwhile,a resident of Springfield has passed.

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28 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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