Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
When we see Krusty with his shirt off, he didn't have a pacemaker scar, a birthmark or a third nipple as we previously saw it in "Kamp Krusty".
Krusty's half brother is Luke Perry.
Elizabeth Taylor tells her agent that she doesn't want to do the reunion special. She then watches the show and laments, "I gotta fire that agent." We later see her peaking in the window to Moe's Tavern as Bart gives a toast to Krusty.
In Latinamerica, instead of saying "Luke Perry", everybody said "Robert Redford".
One of the newspaper articles is titled "Gabbo to Have 'Real Boy' Operation".
Originally, in a deleted scene, Krusty told viewers before getting cancelled that if anyone watched his show he would send viewers a sex book of himself just before being taken away by the FBI. Instead Krusty told people that if anyone watched his show he would send viewers a check for forty dollars.
Gabbo does an immitation of Vin Scully, the current Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster.
Krusty: Well kids, this is where you would watch Itchy and Scratchy... except they're on The Gabbo Show now. So, here's Eastern Europe's favorite cat and mouse team, Worker and Parasite!
(The Worker and Parasite cartoon consists of very bizarre animation, vague Russian-sounding gibberish from the cat and mouse characters, and a plot that makes no sense. The film ends with "ENDUT! HOCH HECH!"
Krusty: What the hell was that?!
Mayor Quimby: I'll admit I used the city treasury to fund the murder of my enemies, but as Gabbo would say, I'm a bad wittle boy.
Bart: Moe, look over there! (as a distraction)
Moe: What? What am I looking at? I don't see nothing. I'm gonna stop looking soon… What? What, is that it?
Homer walks into Moe's Tavern
Homer: Hey Moe, can I look, too?
Moe: Sure, but it'll cost ya.
Homer: My wallet's in the car.
Homer runs out
Moe: He is so stupid. And now back to the wall.
Krusty: Bette and I owned a race horse together: Krudler.
Krusty: Ugh, 35 years in show business and already no one remembers me, just like what's-his-name and whose-it, and you know that guy, always wore a shirt?
Bart: Ed Sullivan?
Krusty: I've had plenty of guys come after me and I've buried them all. Hobos, sea captains, Joey Bishop…
Krusty's Assistant: Don't forget the Special Olympics.
Krusty: Oh, yeah. I buried the Special Olympics!
Bette Midler: Great show Krusty! You deserve an Emmy for this!
Krusty: Forget it. The academy hates me...I don't know why...they wouldn't know comedy if it bit them on their… (notices the camera) Hey! Hey!
Chief Wiggum: Don't snap my undies.
Bette Midler: Did you ever know that you're my hero? You're everything I would like to be.
Krusty: You can fly higher than an eagle.
Bette/Krusty: Cause you/I are/am the wind beneath my/your wings.
Krusty: Give me a bigger lolly!
Squeeky-Voiced Teen: Here's your taco mister. Oops, I dropped it in the fryer. I'll get it out. Ow. Oooow! Ooow! Oow!
Rainier: My son returns from a fancy east coast college and I'm horrified to find he's a nerd.
Kent: Haha, I'm laughing already.
Rainier: It's not a comedy.
Gabbo: (prank calls Krusty the Clown)
Krusty: If this is anyone other than Steve Allen, you're stealing my bit!
Krusty: Here's the deal. Every time you watch my show, I will send you... forty dollars!
Voice: Checks will not be honored.
Gabbo: (singing) You're gonna like me,
You're gonna love me,
'Cause I can do most anything.
I can do the hully gully,
(does a crazy dance)
I can imitate Vin Scully!
(now speaking, imitating Vin Scully and holding a microphone) Let's take time out from that triple play for this message from Farmer Dan's Pure Pork Sausages! Mmm, mmm…
(singing, back to normal) I'll give out shiny dimes, (tosses coins to the audience)
I'll travel back in time! (disappears and reappears with a confused pilgrim)
(Now a bunch of dolls dance onto stage, including soldiers, Cossacks, clowns, and more.)
Toy Soldiers: You're gonna like him!
Toy Cossacks: You're going to love him!
Everyone: It's the greatest show in to-ow-ow-ow-own! Gabbo!
(a set of jets fly overhead leaving a rainbow trail of smoke)
Bart: That cute little character could take America by storm. All he needs is a hook.
Gabbo: [on T.V.] I'm a bad widdle boy.
Bart: Ay, carumba!
Bart: Somebody ought to ruin Gabbo's career the way he ruined Krusty's.
Lisa: Two wrongs don't make a right.
Bart: Yes, they do.
Lisa: No, they don't.
Bart: Yes, they do.
Lisa: No, they don't.
Bart: Yes, they do.
Homer: Two wrongs make a right, Lisa.
Reverend Lovejoy: Everyone is saying "Gabbo this" and "Gabbo that". But no one is saying "Worship this" and "Jericho that".
Jasper: What's this about Gabbo?
Old Jewish Man: Old gray mare she ain't what she used to be, ain't what she used to be, ain't what she used to be.
Announcer: And now, the old man dancers!
Old Men: Old gray mare she ain't what she used to be, ain't what she used to be, ain't what she used to be.
Krusty: Now boys, the network has a problem with some of your lyrics. Do you mind changing them for the show?
Anthony: Forget you, clown.
Chad: Yeah, our lyrics are like our children, man. No way.
Krusty: Well okay, but here where it says, "What I got you gotta get and put it in ya," how about just, "What I'd like is I'd like to hug and kiss ya."
Flea: Wow. That's much better.
Arik: Everyone can enjoy that.
Bart: I didn't know you knew Luke Perry.
Krusty: Know him? He's my worthless half-brother.
Lisa: He's a big TV star.
Krusty: Yeah, on Fox. (Sticks out tounge)
Marge does not have a single line in this episode.
Blackboard Joke: I will not charge admission to the bathroom.
Couch Gag: The family get caught in a net while running to the couch.
The Doors appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
Krusty asking The Red Hot Chili Peppers to change the lyrics to one of their songs parodies the real-life event of when the band The Doors appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and were previously asked to change one word of the song they were to perform. However, the parody in this episode mixes the real event with the depiction of the event as seen in the 1991 film The Doors by Oliver Stone -- the Red Hot Chili Peppers are defiant about changing their song, as are The Doors in the film, whereas the actual Doors accepted to do so gladly and without any objection, as the Chili Peppers eventually and happily agree. In the end, The Doors performed their song with the lyrics unchanged, allegedly because Jim Morrison was a bit nervous singing in a live TV show.
Krusty: Why is a raven like a writing desk?
This is the classic no-answer riddle from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
Krusty takes up boxing to lose weight. In one scene we see him training by punching a cow's carcass (as Homer munches on it). This is parodies the 1976 film Rocky, in which the main character Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) trains the same way.
Gabbo's face is loosely based on Howdy Doody (red hair, freckles).
The Great Gabbo
The whole concept and name of Gabbo spoofs the movie The Great Gabbo, from 1929, featuring Erich von Stronheim, Betty Compson and Donald Douglas. "Gabbo" was the ventriloquist, at the film, and the dummy was called "Otto."
Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special
The Krusty Komeback Special, a prime-time special featuring Krusty's return to the mainstream after a lengthy sabbactical, is under the same circumstances as Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special. Elvis, like Krusty, had been out of the public eye for some time before making a comeback. And like the King, Krusty's comeback was a huge success.
Bette: Did you ever know that you're my hero?
Bette Midler serenades Krusty during the comeback special, a la Johnny Carson's final night on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
The Hollywod Squares
The show the Simpsons are watching at home, The Springfield Squares, is a parody of the famous game show The Hollywod Squares. More specifically, the 1980's version where they would set the giant stage up on spring break at some resort.
Brockman: That ought to hold over the SOB's.
Gabbo and Brockman's outbursts references a broadcasting urban legend. A children's radio host had supposedly uttered, "There, that oughta hold the little bastards!" or some similar line after his show ended; however, the legend purports that the microphone had been left on by mistake and broadcast over the air. This legend, which has never been proven to have occurred, is often attributed to the most kindly of children's radio and television hosts, thanks to people believing the hosts actually have contempt for their youthful audience.
Gabbo: (Singing) You're gonna like me!
The intro to the Gabbo show is a spoof of the 1940 film Pinnochio when he was forced to dance on stage. We see Gabbo twirl around on one leg like Pinnochio did, and we also see the puppet soldiers and women in the background.
Barney: We want Chilly Willy! We want Chilly Willy!
Chilly Willy was a character on The Woody Woodpecker Show.
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