Futurama

That's Lobstertainment!

Season 3, Ep 8, Aired 2/25/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Dr. Zoidberg tries his luck at comedy, but fails miserably. He decides to ask his long lost Uncle Harold Zoid to help him out. Bender tricks Calculon into financing and starring in Harold's film on the premise that he would be guaranteed an Oscar. However the movie is a complete flop and Calculon threatens to kill Harold Zoid if he doesn't somehow win an Oscar.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Florp / Waiter / Billy Crystal's Head / Slurm Vending Machine

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Humorbot 5.0 / Joan Rivers' Head

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong

  • Tress MacNeille

    Tour Guide / Old Woman

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • fair

    By futuramarama, Aug 17, 2011

  • funny

    By Blind_Legend, Jun 24, 2008

  • D'oh!

    By that70sguy92, Jun 15, 2009

  • I'm not sure why everyone hates this episode; I liked this episode very much.

    By Iverson82094, Feb 09, 2008

  • This is, in my opinion, the show's first real dud.

    By VideoGameCritic, Jan 16, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (46)

    • (after the movie was a bomb) Calculon: You said that Oscar was practically on my mantel. Bender: Now you know why I used the qualifier "practically". Calculon: You listen to me. I'm out a million dollars. You get me that Oscar or you're dead! You and these sniveling lobsters! Dead! DO YOU HEAR ME?!? DEAD!!! (he walks off, leaving Bender and Zoidberg whimpering with fear) Zoid: Oi, now he emotes.

    • Calculon: Yes. Yes, it's a real beauty. Someday I hope to win one of my own. Bender: Then you're not going to kill us, Your Majesty? Calculon: Nay. I respect and admire Harold Zoid too much to beat him to death with his own Oscar.

    • Calculon: Where's that Oscar? Zoid: Here, enjoy. What are you getting upset? It's slightly less fraudulent for you to have it.

    • Zoidberg: And the winner is... And the winner, instead of any of the nominees, is the legendary Harold Zoid! Zoid: Thank you. Thank you so much! You know, through all my ups and downs, I always thought the most important thing in life was to win an Oscar. But tonight I realise what's really important is to win two Oscars.

    • Zoidberg: And the nominees for Best Actor are: Sir Lawrence [He makes a weird noise]... in The Merchant of Venus, Hive Mind Gamma 7X in Bikini Party Summer, the Soda Machine Robot in Bikini Party Summer, Mark Jones in How Beige Was My Jacket and, instead of the fifth guy, Calculon, for his powerhouse performance in The Magnificent Three. Man #1: Uh-oh, he read the wrong name. Man #2: Shh, just play along, like they did for Marisa Tomei.

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    Notes (4)

    • Flurp, the liquid comedian makes his second appearance from My Three Suns.

    • Origional titles for the episode: Zoidberg Goes To Hollywood, Zoidy Goes To Hollywood, My Uncle The Has-Been.

    • Humorbot 5.0 makes his first appearance, and later gets his own show in Bender Should Not Be Allowed On TV. However, robots at least of the same model as him (perhaps Humorbot 1.0, 2.0, etc) have appeared in the background several times before, such as a wax dummy in the Hall of Wax Robots in Mothers Day.

    • In the opening credits, the toon character on the giant screen is Bosko, an early Warner Brothers character.

    Trivia (11)

    • Opening theme promotion: DECIPHERED FROM CROP CIRCLES

    • At the award ceremony when they pan from left to right, we can see Jar Jar binks' head, right next to Morbo.

    • The date 'A Close Shaving' was copyrighted in 2922.

    • Dr. Zoidberg has an anatomy chart upsidedown in his office.

    • Hollywood and Vine is a residential area in the year 3000.

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    Allusions (10)

    • The future-film "They Call Me Mr. Pibb" is referencing Sidney Poitiers' line as Mr. Tibb in the movie In the Heat of the Night.

    • Harold Zoid's final film effort fails. This may be referencing Charlie Chaplin's final Hollywood film (which was also his first talkie), The Great Dictator. Response Probably not, as The Great Dictator was neither Chaplin's last Hollywood film, nor was it a failure. In fact, it was Chaplin's biggest grossing film of all time. Harold Lloyd's last film however, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (aka Mad Wednesday), was a critical and commercial failure. It should be noted that other than the name and a few superficial similarities, Harold Lloyd had little in common with Harold Zoid. Lloyd owned the production company that made most of his films and retained ownership of them. He retired as one of the richest actors in Hollywood. Lloyd never had any doubts about the legacy he had left with his films, and anyone who has seen one properly presented in a theater with live music will attest that Harold Lloyd made some of the funniest and most exciting films ever made.

    • When Zoidberg takes the stage and attempts to deliver some stand-up comedy, he includes jokes of the form "on Earth... on my planet...". These were made famous by Yakov Smirnoff with his "in America... in Russia..." jokes.

    • During the Hollywood tour we see "30th Century Fox Studios". Although by the year 3,000 it may be renamed, in reality today, the studio is called 20th Century Fox; however for the purposes of branding Futurama alone, the credits always display 30th Century Fox.

    • The title of this episode is a take on the 1974 production That's Entertainment! where classic stars shared their favorite parts from musicals from MGM's—then—50 year history. Containing wonderful scenes of music, singing, and dancing it is a compilation of some of the greatest musical moments in film.

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