Thread decoding Simpsons jokes is blowing even the writers’ minds
The Simpsons' dense stew of historical references, literary allusions, pop culture trivia, neologism and comedic inventions has long invited viewers to break one of the golden rules of comedy: that there is nothing if you break up a joke. From early message boards to DVD commentaries to the writers and producers 'personal Twitter feeds, the more the series' dead frogs are poked, the more intriguing the layers they reveal.
Josh Weinstein, who joined Simpsons in 1992 and played seasons seven and eight with writing partner Bill Oakley, has been one of the most trusted sources of these behind-the-scenes tidbits lately, commemorating the anniversaries of “Marge Be Not Proud” and “A Milhouse Divided ”by sharing stories from his (terrible) days with guest star Lawrence Tierney and erasing scenes from Kirk Van Houten's albee-like deterioration in dignity. Yesterday, Weinstein opened himself and his former colleagues to burning questions about "jokes / lines people misunderstood or misunderstood" and while the Twitter prompt provided a fair share of requests about magical xylophones, CD-ROM dungeons and wizard keys, if this was the case, it would definitely calm debates that have raged among fans for decades. No, Hank Scorpio isn't the first person who has ever seen Homer say goodbye to a shoe. "So I say to Mabel, I say" is nothing else - and there is no dialogue that comes before or after. Has the shield gag "Sneed's Feed And Seed - formerly Chuck" from "E-I-E-I- (annoyed grunt)" always sailed over your head? Take a moment to think about why no one ever plays "The Name Game" with someone named Chuck. Every ToMacco on a thread like this one has a rich, bland, and surprisingly addictive core - even for the folks who were there when the jokes were harvested.
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Contacted by The A.V. Weinstein said he was amazed at how certain Simpsons jokes and lines stayed with viewers. "And what's even more amazing is the realization that some of those jokes and lines lived entirely differently in our heads," he said. "There's even a joke I've loved for 25 years that I only realized last night that I might have misjudged it. And I love that - it's like discovering hidden jokes that the show is famous for is. "
The joke in question, "You have to speak out loud, I'm wearing a towel," a flawless episode voiced by the second Simpson, who was dragged out of the shower by a phone call in Season 5 "Bart Gets Famous." Or is it? Even Weinstein himself was surprised at the alternate interpretations of the line by fans: It's not simply ridiculous to say or an amusing escalation of the predicament that prevented Margin from hearing that Bart disappeared during Springfield Elementary's field trip to the boxing factory. It could actually be Homer pondering the words of someone rushing out of the bathroom with a towel on their head and ears, muffling the recipient's noise. "Up until that moment I had never thought of that and I loved this line as much as you just because it was absurd," Weinstein tweeted to user @ RexMottram1. "Now this is the only case that I haven't seen before! & That's one of my favorite lines!"
In the generous spirit of the company, Weinstein not only kept the thread going for a good half a day, but also reiterated his towel-based astonishment at several subsequent quotes from the line. From the wee hours of the morning of December 22nd, he expressed his combined exhilaration and exhaustion in a language everyone understands - a Simpsons GIF - but a few hours later he was back, lighting up Cletus' screen door, Homer's, additional familiarity with the judges of the Supreme Court and whether things in Sector 7-G need to be "safe" or whether they are already "safe enough". (The latter.)
"For years we couldn't really interact with fans, but now with Twitter we can have a mini comic con every day," Weinstein told The A.V. Society. "And The Simpsons is the most Comic-Con-y show ever."
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