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Simpsons Take the Bowl Videos

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“How much longer was Sherbert planning on making this piece of junk?” – Homer Simpson

There are a lot of great videos up on YouTube from the big Simpsons show at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend.  They’re all from people’s phones, so the fun police could be along to take them down at any time, but we can enjoy them while they last.

Here’s Azaria doing some intro:

Conan O’Brien doing “The Monorail Song”:

Azaria and Cartwright doing a prank call:

“Do the Bartman”:

“See My Vest”:

“Be Our Sitter”:

“Happy Birthday Lisa”:

David Silverman and his flaming tuba doing “We Put the Spring in Springfield”:

“We Do”:

Azaria as Duffman:

Jon Lovitz doing “Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want To Get Off”:

“Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?”:

“Spider-Pig”:

Weird Al doing a “Jack & Diane” parody about the show (he even takes a swing at Zombie Simpsons, bless his heart):

And, just for fun, here’s Azaria performing “Let It Go” as Chief Wiggum:


18 Responses to “Simpsons Take the Bowl Videos”


  1. 15 September 2014 at 11:04 am

    I’m disappointed they didn’t make a full song for “Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want To Get Off”. It has so much potential.

    • 2 Steve M
      15 September 2014 at 1:57 pm

      I attended the Saturday performance. It was a superb evening, on the whole, but there were definitely some misfires. Since the positives have been written about extensively elsewhere, I’d like to list a few criticisms here.

      For one, Dan Castellaneta’s absence was all too conspicuous. Now I have no idea why he wasn’t there, but the end result was that new lyrics had to be written in lieu of Homer’s lines. For example, in “Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?”, Hank Azaria sang “Expensive tick-e-mart” in place of Homer’s “The Kwik-E-Mart is real–d’oh!” This replacement lyric was one of the more clever ones, but it was still no substitute for the original. And Conan’s fantastic performance of the monorail song felt incomplete without Homer’s “Mono-d’oh!” at the end.

      Had Dan C and Harry Shearer shown up, it might also have opened the door to performing “Baby on Board” (although Dan would have had to choose between singing for Homer or Barney, in the case of that song).

      In my opinion, the most disappointing performance of the evening was “We Put the Spring in Springfield” by David Silverman’s VaudeVillains band. I got the feeling that the other band members had never seen the episode, and for all we know, David himself probably hasn’t watched it in years. As is evident from the video posted above, they performed the song without the slightest hint of irony. The band may as well have been singing an [i]actual[/i] vaudeville number.

      The VaudeVillains also seemed utterly oblivious to context. For example, the [i]same vocalist[/i] sang both “Our only major quarrel is your quarrel’s with your total lack of morals” [i]and[/i] “Our skimpy costumes ain’t so bad, they seem to entertain your dad!” And I couldn’t help but cringe when they hit Apu’s line about “the extra arms on Vishnu.” (Why didn’t Hank do that line?)

      Keep in mind that Silverman’s performance was not filler; it was the second-to-last song, and the one immediately preceding the fireworks show. (After fireworks, Nancy Cartwright sang “Do the Bartman” as a send-off to the audience.) I couldn’t help but think that the VaudeVillains’ placement at the apex of the program bespoke the Old Guard’s self-absorption.

      The tribute to Phil Hartman was certainly touching, but I found it odd that Marcia Wallace’s name was not mentioned once the entire evening. Granted, I don’t recall Edna Krabappel ever singing, but that’s not really the point. The silence as to her recent passing felt all the more uncomfortable given Yeardley Smith’s tongue-in-cheek memoriam to those FOX presidents who have lost their jobs during the Simpsons’ long history on air.

      Tellingly, with the exception of the “Spider Pig” song and the screening of “The Longest Daycare,” [i]every single performance[/i] came from the first eight seasons of [i]The Simpsons[/i]. It appears that the Zombie Simpsons writers have [a href=”http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_songs”]coughed up some songs[/a] in their years, but none of them made it into the program. This is, itself, evidence of how far the show has fallen. And yet, the evening’s only allusion to the show’s troubled history was [a href=”http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Homer_and_Marge”]Weird Al’s (brilliant) line about referencing nothing later than Season 10[/a].

      And yet, Zombie Simpsons kept cropping up. To fill the gap between musical acts, they played excerpts from various episodes and the Simpsons movie. These were, virtually without exception, typical Zombie Simpsons fare that bore no relevance to the evening’s performance and played to the lowest common denominator. And that denominator was pretty low. For some reason, we were treated to Bart’s naked skateboarding scene from the movie (concluding with Ned Flanders’ “don’t forget to thank the Lord for this bountiful–penis!”), the scene from the movie in which forest animals strip Marge and Homer and then look on in horror as they engage in marital relations, and a [a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrmX0s2Lyu8″]montage of Homer making love to a spit of lamb[/a].

      In a way, the back-and-forth between brilliant performances from the golden years and irrelevant tripe from the later years was reminiscent of “The Day the Violence Died,” in which Bart and Lisa compete with — and are ultimately bested by — [a href=”http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Lester”]earlier[/a] [a href=”http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Eliza”]versions[/a] of [a href=”http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/The_Simpsons_shorts”]themselves[/a].

      • 3 Steve M
        15 September 2014 at 1:58 pm

        Whoops, looks like comments don’t support HTML tags. Sorry about that.

        • 4 Frank
          15 September 2014 at 2:20 pm

          thanks for this!

          i saw The Simpsons Live! many years back (2002), where they basically did a table read of an episode in front of the audience.

          That was a great show – it was simple and the voice actors probably still enjoyed what they were doing.

          Watching the clips – it reminded me of watching the Donny and Marie show in Vegas a few years back. Donny and Marie pretended to laugh heartily at each others’ jokes, but you knew they were rehearsed and they were just “acting”.

          While Donny and Marie were able to pull it off (and the show was fun overall), I couldn’t help but cringe here. Did they really enjoy doing this?

          • 5 Steve M
            15 September 2014 at 2:32 pm

            Hank and Yeardley did an outstanding job, and they seemed to be enjoying themselves. I thought Nancy’s delivery was a bit off. Matt Groening didn’t seem to give a shit.

      • 7 sVybDy
        15 September 2014 at 6:52 pm

        One other important exception was Weird Al’s performance of the updated Jack and Diane parody. Despite the fact that he said within the song that he wouldn’t reference “season 10 on”, the song itself was actually from his first guest shot on the show in season 14. Al is tricky like that.

        • 8 Joe H
          16 September 2014 at 2:14 pm

          Yeah, the lack of ZS era content was pretty obvious here. A telling occurrence indeed.

          I can’t seem to recall the Weird Al song from “Three Gays of the Condo” but it seems to acknowledge that that was the last good song in the whole series. Also telling is that both that episode’s song and the “Spider Pig” song were just short gag tunes in those ZS episodes rather than full musical numbers. Both appeared to have been lengthened to fit the Hollywood Bowl program with “Spider Pig” in particular just strung out by the chorus.

          btw, I wonder if they were seriously considering doing the “Mr Plow” jingle?

        • 9 Steve M
          17 September 2014 at 5:01 pm

          Weird Al’s Hollywood Bowl version of the song was significantly different from the Season 14 version: http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Homer_and_Marge

      • 10 Cal
        17 September 2014 at 10:00 pm

        Weird Al’s “Season 10” line is hilarious. How did the audience in your section respond to it? The reaction in the video sounds like they agreed with him.

  2. 11 Frank
    15 September 2014 at 1:30 pm

    In the first video, where Hank Azaria says he wants to just do his own voice, I was saying “Please do! You must be so damn sick of everybody wanting you to do Apu, Wiggum, Moe, etc., you totally deserve to be yourself tonight”

    A Stewie Griffin quote comes to mind when I think about what each of these voice actors must be thinking each time they have to dance for us: “Then you laugh, the kids laugh, the dog laughs, and I die a little more inside.”

  3. 12 tonycpsu
    15 September 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Surely they’re going to release the whole show on Blu-Ray, aren’t they? Take my money!

  4. 14 Drake Y.
    15 September 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Hank Azaria always seems the only guy who still enjoys to be a part of the show. The rest always seems tired. Also, the absence of Dan Castellaneta made me sad.

  5. 15 FireFlower
    15 September 2014 at 4:23 pm

    The Gay Men’s chorus of the Stonecutter’s song was great!

    “Who gives this song an extra verse with no time to rehearse? We do! we do!”


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