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Like Father, Like Clown

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Season 3 Episode
040 "Homer Defined"
"Like Father, Like Clown"
"Treehouse of Horror II" 042
"Poor Krusty. He's like a black velvet painting come to life."
Lisa Simpson
"Like Father, Like Clown"
Like Father, Like Clown promo.jpg
Episode Information
Episode number: 41
Season number: S3 E6
Production code: 8F05
Original airdate: October 24, 1991
Chalkboard gag: "I will finish what I sta"
Couch gag: Bart jumps into the entire family's lap.
Guest star(s): Jackie Mason as Rabbi Krustofsky
Showrunner(s): Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Written by: Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Directed by: Jeffrey Lynch
Brad Bird
DVD features

"Like Father, Like Clown" is the sixth episode of season 3 of The Simpsons and the forty-first episode overall. It originally aired on October 24, 1991. The episode was written by Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky and directed by Jeffrey Lynch and Brad Bird. It guest stars Jackie Mason as Rabbi Krustofsky.


"Krusty finally drops by to have dinner with the Simpsons to thank Bart for believing him (see "Krusty Gets Busted"), and drops a bombshell: his 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 Klown and rabbi."


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 water, 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 albums, he finally leaves and trys calling his dad but afraid that his dad will reject him again he doesn't say any thing. Bart and Lisa noticing him getting increasingly depressed (even to the point of crying during his TV show) they deceide 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 tries 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.



Jackie Mason won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in the 44th Primetime Emmy Awards for voicing Hyman Krustofsky in this episode.[1]

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Der Vater eines Clowns" The father of a clown
Italy Flag.png Italiano "Tale padre, tale clown" Like father, like clown
Brasil Flag.png Português "Tal Pai, Tal Palhaço" Like Father, Like Clown
Flag of Japan.png 日本語 "クラスティの涙" Krusty's Tears


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