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The Three Stooges

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For the in-universe TV show, see The Three Stooges (TV show).

The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy act consisting of Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Larry Fine, as well as Shemp Howard, Joe Besser, and Curly Joe DeRita. Numerous references to them have been made on The Simpsons.

References to The Three Stooges in The Simpsons[edit]

Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
2 21 "Bart the Daredevil" Dr. Hibbert says "I won't even subject you to the horrors of our Three Stooges ward." meaning that the Hospital has an entire ward for children injured while imitating what they see on The Three Stooges.
4 62 "Homer the Heretic" Homer watches The Three Stooges on TV.
75 "Duffless" Bart imitates Curly by saying "eeeh, certainly...nyak nyak nyak" and imitates Moe by syaing "...a wise guy eh...."
76 "Last Exit to Springfield" Homer imitates Curly by going "whoop whoop whoop..." while rolling around on the floor.
I've Seen Your Stupid Shemp.png 5 86 "Treehouse of Horror IV" As vampires advance on Bart and Lisa in Mr. Burns's basement, Bart tries to warn Lisa. However, he is too frightened to speak and ends up doing impressions of Shemp and Curly.
Deep Space Homer Three Stooges.png 96 "Deep Space Homer" After Bart writes "Insert Brain Here" on the back of Homer's head, Homer tries to read it by turning his body before eventually falling to the floor and rolling around, like the Three Stooges.
Three Stooges Bart's Comet.png 6 117 "Bart's Comet" As Principal Skinner looks in the night sky he sees a constellation resembling the Three Stooges.
128 "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)" Bart unsuccessfully suggests to the school they spend the oil money on a way to resurrect The Three Stooges.
7 146 "The Day the Violence Died" The bill with the bomb says "whoop whoop whoop" like Curly.
152 "Bart the Fink" Troy McClure mentions being in a film called "Shemp Howard: Today We Mourn a Stooge".
8 178 "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson" Abraham Simpson says "...takes me back to 1934. Admiral Byrd had just reached the pole, only hours ahead of the Three Stooges..."
Three Stooges Brains.png 9 196 "This Little Wiggy" Robbie the Automaton asks the kids if they've ever wondered which Stooge had the heaviest brain. Nelson imagines himself as a scientist weighing their three brains and deduces Larry's is the heaviest.
Sunday, Cruddy Sunday Three Stooges.png 10 215 "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday" Homer, Wally and Chief Wiggum run out of the skybox in Three Stooges fashion.
Mayo Clinic doctor.png 11 238 "The Mansion Family" The Mayo Clinic diagnoses Mr. Burns with "Three Stooges Syndrome", meaning that he has a multitude of medical conditions, but because they all cancel each other out, they can't harm him. The doctor likens the situation to The Three Stooges all trying to go through a doorway at the same time.
12 267 "I'm Goin' to Praiseland" Skinner inhales some gas that causes hallucinations and says, "Oh, it was incredible! I saw Heaven! But it wasn't clouds and angels playing harps, like at the end of so many Three Stooges shorts".
Presidents Three Stooges.png 14 295 "Large Marge" Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr. and Jimmy Carter build a Habitat for Humanity home. They are portrayed as bumblers and have a couple of scenes strongly reminiscent of the Stooges.
Old Three Stooges.png 305 "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington" Homer and Bart were watching a very late episode of The Three Stooges entitled "Brittle Boneheads", made when the original characters were old.
15 321 "Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens and Gays" When Maggie grabs Homer by the nose with a pair of long-handled pliers, Homer rolls over and screams like Curly.
Three Stooges Style Fight.png 17 365 "Simpsons Christmas Stories" To get baby Jesus to stop crying, Joseph performs a Three Stooges fight with a wise man.
Thursdays with Abie Three Stooges.png 21 449 "Thursdays with Abie" In the Springfield Shopper at August 1, 1933 was the headline, "Curly to Shemp: You're Out!"
National Curly Trials.png 453 "Boy Meets Curl" The National Curly Trials are seen with everyone practicing to be Curly Howard. Moe Szyslak then says "wise guys, eh?" and slaps a long line of Curlys.
Three Stooges TTPCS.png 23 494 "The Ten-Per-Cent Solution" In the Museum of TV and Television, there is a display of the Three Stooges' skeletons, with Curly's bones in a box.
The Three Scrooges.png 25 538 "White Christmas Blues" The Three Scrooges is a parody of The Three Stooges.
Burns Cage Three Stooges.png 27 591 "The Burns Cage" Smithers refers to Homer, Lenny and Carl as Larry, Moe and Curly, and then the three start acting like them.
Whistler's Father Three Stooges.png 29 621 "Whistler's Father" Three babies parody The Three Stooges in the auditions.


Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
Pocketful of Quarters Three Stooges.png Bart Simpson #4 ...Who Wants to Win a Pocketful of Quarters? On the ...Who Wants to Win a Pocketful of Quarters? game show, Lisa and Martin are asked the question "Which of these actors was not one of the Three Stooges?"

a) Moe Howard b) Larry Fine c) Leslie Howard d) Curly Howard e) Shemp Howard

Martin incorrectly guesses Larry Fine, while Lisa correctly guesses Leslie Howard.

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