- "How about letting me go double or nothing on the big opera tonight?"
- ―Krusty the Clown
- "OK. But we're only letting the bet ride because you crack us so consistently up."
- ―Fat Tony
| "Homie the Clown"
| Episode Information
"Homie the Clown" is the fifteenth episode of season 6 of The Simpsons and the one-hundred and eighteenth episode overall. It originally aired on February 12, 1995. The episode was written by John Swartzwelder and directed by David Silverman. It guest stars Dick Cavett as himself, Johnny Unitas as himself and Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony.
- "After spotting a billboard for clown college, Homer cannot resist and upon becoming an official Krusty the Clown impersonator Homer runs into some trouble with the mob."
Krusty's extravagant lifestyle is eating into his profits. Along with this, he owes money to the mob. His accountant informs him that he will be bankrupt in a month, and suggests opening up a Clown College, to train people to act as him for various events and functions.
It just so happens that a billboard of the new clown college catches Homer's eye. Unable to get the image out of his head, he decides to join. After graduating, Homer shows up for various Krusty events, but soon tires of the prat falls and punchlines. Homer then finds that his similarity to Krusty allows people to assume he is the real clown, and ends up getting free stuff and kickbacks.
Meanwhile, Krusty is in trouble with Fat Tony, and manages to escape by pretending to go to the toilet. Tony and his goons see Homer attempting to purchase a vehicle, and kidnap him. Back at their legitimate club, the real Krusty shows up, and he is in trouble. They switch up and are unable to be told apart, but Homer speaks, ruining it. Krusty and Homer are for forced to perform a trick together, they go through a wild path, and are a success, Homer is freed and Krusty pays the mob a total payment of $48.00.