The Krusty the Clown Show, or the Krusty the Klown Show, is a popular children's variety show that airs in Channel 6 every afternoon at 4 PM, and is hosted by Krusty the Clown.
The Krusty the Klown Show began as early as 1957, and started off as a serious talk show. The show soon devolved into a children's entertainment show, and officially became one by 1978, which became extremely popular. The show involves slapstick humor, comedy skits starring members of the show, and occasional special guest stars.
At one point, the show was handed over to Sideshow Bob due to the fact that Krusty was convicted for attempted robbery, and the show was renamed the Sideshow Bob's Cavalcade of Whimsy, turning into an educational program for children. However, the show was handed back to Krusty after it was revealed that Sideshow Bob framed Krusty because Bob had enough of being the butt of Krusty's jokes .
The show faced competition with a popular ventriloquist show, the Gabbo show, which caused the show to drop in ratings and was soon cancelled. Siblings Bart and Lisa helped Krusty to air a comeback special, starring many celebrities including Luke Perry and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The show soon became popular again, while the Gabbo show fell from grace due to the doll accidentally swearing at the audience .
The show was temporarily possessed by the IRS after Krusty was caught for tax fraud. As a result, the show was renamed "Herschel Krustofsky's Clown-related Entertainment Show", and had literally everything stripped from the show (including costumes, and Sideshow Mel, and he wasn't able to have pies thrown at him because the budget wouldn't allow it, with the only thing being thrown at him being the IRS agent's briefcase).
Later, the show was criticized by the FCC for not being educational enough. In response, a children's news segment called "Kidz News" was created, with children being the news anchors. The segment gained popularity after Bart Simpson became an anchor for the segment and created an additional human interest segment called "Bart's People". The segment was later cancelled and replaced .
In 2001, the Krusty the Klown Show faced competition with another show once again, this time with a quiz show called "Me Wantee!". Fed up with Network Executives attempting to get him to drastically change the content of the show, Krusty announces his retirement. The last episode of the show was a special Farewell episode. During the episode, Sideshow Bob, who was released from prison days before, planned to kill Krusty in revenge over Krusty constantly mistreating Bob during his career. To kill Krusty, Bob brainwashed and hypnotized Bart Simpson into killing Krusty, and straps bombs on Bart which will detonate when Bart comes up to hug Krusty onstage after Krusty's speech to the audience. However, Krusty unexpectedly apologized to Bob onstage for mistreating Bob, causing Bob to do everything he can to stop Bart. Mr. Teeny ultimately saved Krusty by throwing Bart's bomb strap into a room full of network executives, killing them instead. The show's ratings rose once again due to Sideshow Bob's attempted murder (which Krusty enjoys due to the ratings that are brought to the show every time Bob attempts to kill him).
Some time during the show's history, Krusty and Sideshow Mel shot episodes of "The Krusty the Klown Show" in German for German consumption (This is a reference to a similar situation that occurred to the Monty Python troupe, who were compelled to create special German-language episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus to clear German-specific content laws that were in force in West Germany at the time. The episodes were filmed at a Bavarian TV studio in German.). After Kent Brockman uttered one of America's worst swears during a live broadcast of Smartline, and as a consequence landed Channel 6 with a $10,000,000 fine from the FCC, Krusty's show was negatively affected due to being on Channel 6, and had to make huge cutbacks, including being forced to have Krusty provide the voice acting for their current Itchy and Scratchy episode due to not being able to afford to pay the regular voice actors due to the fine, a decision that greatly irritated Krusty and horrified the audience when they watched the I&S episode in question.
The Krusty the Clown Show Retro Reboot!
In 2011, the show was cancelled again, Krusty was fired and lost his agent, he went to his old agent Annie Dubinsky, who advised him to recreate the show for adults who watched the show as a kid. The new version of the show, titled The Krusty the Clown Show Retro Reboot!, was picked up by HBOWTIME (a premium cable network) and proved to be very popular. Later Annie begins to interfere to much, prompting the network executives to request that Krusty fire her, however he refuses and the show is cancelled. The show later moved back to Channel 6 under the old name and format.
The Itchy and Scratchy Show
The Worker and Parasite Show
The Worker and Parasite Show, presented as "Eastern Europe's favorite cat and mouse team", was a replacement for Itchy and Scratchy at the time the show was losing viewers to Gabbo, which Itchy and Scratchy had moved to. It was an unsettling, incoherent mess of a cartoon that only served as the final nail in Krusty's coffin. Krusty evidently hadn't watched the cartoon beforehand to ensure its suitability, given his on-air reaction: he stared at what is assumed to be the studio's monitor in disbelief, cigarette in mouth, and then exclaimed "What the hell was that?!", before noticing that the audience had walked out in disgust.
Members of the Krusty the Clown Show
- Mr. Teeny (1987-1995)
- Sideshow Mel (Krusty's Sidekick) (1997-2000,2004-)
- Tina Ballerina (1990-2000)
- Selma Bouvier (1994-2007)
- Little Bearded Woman
- Corporal Punishment
- Sideshow Bob (former, incarcerated, 1957-1963,1974-1987)
- Sideshow Raheem (former, 1963-1966,1970-1974)
- Princess Penelope (former, 2010)
- Patty Bouvier (1998-2006)
- Holly Hippie (former, 1979,1996-1997)
- Lisa Simpson (Bart Simpson's Sidekick) (1999-2007)
- Homer Simpson (former, incarcerated, 1999-2005)
- Moe Szyslak (former, 1995-1996)
- Disco Stu (1985-2007)
- Jesse (former)
- CJ (former)
- Cubby (former)
- Alex (former)
- Justin (former)
- Nelson Muntz (fired)
- Milhouse Van Houten (1999-2007)
- Maggie Simpson (1999-2007)
- George Meany
- Luke Perry
- Robert Frost
- Rabbi Hyman Krustofski
- Sideshow Bob
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Ravi Shanker
- Bette Midler
- Johnny Carson
- Hugh Hefner
- Homer Simpson
- Artie Ziff
- Simpsons short – "The Krusty the Clown Show"
- Episode – "The Telltale Head"
- Episode – "Krusty Gets Busted"
- Episode – "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge"
- Episode – "Brush with Greatness"
- Episode – "Like Father, Like Clown"
- Episode – "Treehouse of Horror II "
- Episode – "Radio Bart"
- Episode – "Lisa the Greek"
- Episode – "Dog of Death"
- Episode – "Treehouse of Horror III"
- Episode – "Marge Gets a Job"
- Episode – "Lisa's First Word" (flashback)
- Episode – "I Love Lisa"
- Episode – "The Front"
- Episode – "Krusty Gets Kancelled"
- Episode – "Homer Goes to College"
- Episode – "Lady Bouvier's Lover"
- Episode – "Bart of Darkness"
- Episode – "Itchy & Scratchy Land"
- Episode – "Homie the Clown"
- Episode – "'Round Springfield"
- Episode – "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming"
- Episode – "Marge Be Not Proud"
- Episode – "Bart the Fink"
- Episode – "The Day the Violence Died"
- Episode – "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show"
- Episode – "The Last Temptation of Krust" (with Kent Brockman)
- Episode – "Treehouse of Horror IX"
- Episode – "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder"
- Episode – "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge"
- Episode – "Day of the Jackanapes"
- Episode – "The Lastest Gun in the West"
- Episode – "All About Lisa"
- Episode – "Once Upon a Time in Springfield"
- Episode – "Lisa Simpson, This Isn't Your Life"
- Episode – "In the Name of the Grandfather" (German version)
- Episode – "The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants"
- Episode – "Trust But Clarify"