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Like Father, Like Clown

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Episode Number 41
Production Code 8F05
Original Airdate October 24, 1991
Chalkboard Gag "I will finish what I sta" (written only once as the text would be: I will finish what I started)
Couch Gag Lying Down Bart couch gag
Special Guest Voices Jackie Mason as Rabbi Krustofski
Written By Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky
Directed By Jeffrey Lynch and Brad Bird
Poor Krusty. He's like a black velvet painting come to life.
Lisa Simpson

Like Father, Like Clown is the sixth episode of Season 3. It first aired on October 24, 1991. The episode was written by Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky and directed by Jeffrey Lynch and Brad Bird. Kogen and Wolodarsky decided to parody the 1927 movie The Jazz Singer and establish that Krusty is Jewish.


Krusty finally drops by to have dinner with the Simpsons to thank Bart for believing him (see "Krusty Gets Busted"), and drops a bombshell: He real name is Herschel Krustofsky, and he is estranged from his rabbi father, who disowned him when Krusty decided to be a clown instead of a rabbi. Now, Bart vows to reunite Clown and rabbi.

Full Story Edit

Krusty cancels a dinner with Bart apparently not for the first time. This makes Bart extremly upset even to the point of turning in his membership badge, he sends a letter to Krusty and his secretary reads it, she is very disappointed and forces Krusty to go. Marge tells Bart that Krusty is coming and he instantly cheers up. At dinner they ask Krusty to say grace and he starts to recite a Jewish prayer, he tells a story about how when he was younger he was called Herschel Krustofsky lived on the Lower East Side of Springfield, his father was a Rabbi and he wanted Krusty to be a Rabbi too but Krusty wanted to be a clown, one day Krusty gets a chance to perform but he was sprayed by seltzer, his make-up fell off and his father recognized him and disowned him. After the story is over Krusty seems very emotional and stays at the Simpson home until one AM looking at photo
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albums, he finally leaves and tries calling his dad but afraid that his dad will reject him again he doesn't say anything. Bart and Lisa noticing him getting increasingly depressed (even to the point of crying during his TV show) they decide to try to locate and reunite Krusty with his father. They find him in a radio studio where a framed "Larry Davis Experience" gold record hangs on the wall. His father is still mad at Krusty, so after several trys they finally convince Hyman to forgive Krusty by saying the quote of a famous singer, Sammy Davis Jr. Bart, Lisa, and the now proud father meet Krusty on the set of his show, where they reconcile their differences.
Krusty The ClownKrusty the Clown Show Characters, Locations and Key Episodes
Krusty the Clown| Sideshow Bob | Sideshow Mel | Mr. Teeny

Krusty Burger | Clown College | Kamp Krusty
Krusty Gets Busted | Itchy & Scratchy & Marge | Like Father, Like Clown | Kamp Krusty | Krusty Gets Kancelled | Bart Gets Famous | Homie the Clown | Bart the Fink | The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show | The Last Temptation of Krust | Insane Clown Poppy | Day of the Jackanapes | Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington | Today, I Am a Clown | Yokel Chords | All About Lisa | Once Upon a Time in Springfield | The Ten-Per-Cent Solution

Citations Edit

Season 2 Season 3 Episodes Season 4
Stark Raving DadMr. Lisa Goes to WashingtonWhen Flanders FailedBart the MurdererHomer DefinedLike Father, Like ClownTreehouse of Horror IILisa's PonySaturdays of ThunderFlaming Moe'sBurns Verkaufen der KraftwerkI Married MargeRadio BartLisa the GreekHomer AloneBart the LoverHomer at the BatSeparate VocationsDog of DeathColonel HomerBlack WidowerThe Otto ShowBart's Friend Falls in LoveBrother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?
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