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Episode Number 193
Production Code 5F10
Original Airdate February 22, 1998
Chalkboard Gag "Pain is not the cleanser"
Couch Gag Burning Family couch gag
Special Guest Voices Jay Leno
Written By Donick Cary
Directed By Mike B. Anderson
What the hell are you laughing at? I'm just telling the truth.
Krusty the Clown
And it's funny.
―The reporter

"The Last Temptation of Krust" is the fifteenth episode of Season 9 and aired on February 22, 1998. The episode was written by Donick Cary and directed by Mike B. Anderson.

SynopsisEdit

After finally accepting that his comedic style is outdated, Krusty settles on more edgier material: what's wrong with today's crop of stand-up comedians. Guest starring Jay Leno, Steven Wright, Janeane Garofalo, Bobcat Goldthwait and Bruce Baum. Featuring Hank Williams Jr. The name of this episode is very similar to an earlier episode "The Last Temptation of Homer."

Full Story Edit

The Last Temptation Of Krust
Persuaded by Bart to appear at a comedy festival organized by Jay Leno, Krusty the Clown's old-fashioned and dated material fails to impress the crowd when compared with other, more trendy comics also appearing. After going on 'the bender to end all benders', he holds a press conference to announce his retirement, and in short order launches into a bitter tirade against modern-day comics, which the crowd finds hysterical. He is inspired to return to doing low-key events, where he structures a new act for himself as a comic who tells the truth and refuses to sell out to corporate America. Although less marketable and financially successful, he is now credible and trendy. Two marketing executives try to persuade him to advertise the Canyonero, but he initially resists, before succumbing to the lure of money again. He finally admits to himself that it is not comedy that is in his blood; it is selling out.

Behind the LaughterEdit

Reception Edit

In a 2006 article in USA Today, "The Last Temptation of Krust" was highlighted among the six best episodes of The Simpsons season 9, along with others including "Trash of the Titans," "The Joy of Sect," "The Cartridge Family," "Dumbbell Indemnity," and "Das Bus".[1]

Deleted Scenes Edit

These scenes were not included in the episode:

  • Jay Leno asking somebody to "turn down the raunch," and then saying: "We got Bob Newhart!"
  • The Internet comic first appears. This makes his later appearance meaningless.
  • An original version of the scene where Krusty burns a dollar - but the topic is the government instead of advertisement.
  • Krusty talks about telling a joke about Mayor Quimby as Mayor Quimby walks in with his wife.
  • Yellow pages joke while on stage and everyone in the bar is leaving.

Citations Edit

  1. Clark, Mike. "New on DVD", USA Today, Gannett Co. Inc.,. Retrieved on 2007-10-24. 
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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


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