Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Before I get into the meat of this weeks post, I would like to wish my fellow Canadians a Happy Canada Day this coming Wednesday. As well as our friends to the south a Happy July 4th on Saturday.
This week I am going to revisit talking about the Canadian content in the show, as best I can. In fact it will be further expanded from last years post 366 days earlier on this topic.
If you have done your homework on the important people involved with the show, you know that Matt Groening has some Canadian background dew to his Father Homer, being born in Main Centre Saskatchewan. Some of the writers are also from Canada such as: Joel H. Coaen (born in Calgary Alberta) and Tim Long (born in Brandon Manitoba). Oh, let’s not forget Phill Hartman who voiced: Troy McClure, Lionel Hutz and Lyle Lanley was even born in Canada in the city of Brantford Ontario.
As for others who are from Canada, Dave Thomas voiced Rex Banner in the episode Homer VS. The Eighteenth Amendment. He was born in St Catharines Ontario and he is most famous for his character of Doug McKenzie in the Canadian comedy duo Bob and Doug McKenzie with Rick Moranis. His real brother is singer and song writer Ian Thomas who has also done well for himself and is still active in the music business.
More recently, Seth Rogan, who was born in Vancouver British Columbia guest starred in the season 21 premier episode Homer The Whopper as Lyle McCarthy, who is a celebrity fitness trainer. He co-wrote the episode with his friend and writing partner Evan Goldberg, who also wrote the movie Superbad together.
Let us not forget about The longtime host of the game show Jeopardy. The question is who is Alex Trebek? He was born in Sudbury Ontario. He guest starred in the episode Miracle On Evergreen Terrace, which was the Christmas episode in Season 9. Also, British born Toronto native Kiefer Sutherland guest starred in the season 23 episode the Falcon And The D’Ohman,as a security guard named Wayne. Homer befriends him after some difficulty and Wayne becomes a hero, after stopping a robbery and saving homers life.
As for characters, there are Canadian versions of: Flanders, Nelson and Milhouse, along with other background characters. For example: Gordy, one of the students in Barts new school in his class is from somewhere in Canada. He appears in the episode You Only Move Twice in Season 8 and is voiced by Nancy Cartwright. Grandpa Abraham Simpson may also possibly be Canadian, if you follow his backstory. I wonder if he is? Hmmm, maybe Homer is part Canadian if Abe is!
The show has even taken the characters to parts of Canada in certain episodes. For example: Bart and Milhouse have traveled to Toronto in the episode The Bart Wants What It Wants. I think it is really cool that Toronto was used because I live there and was born there. Even Take Off by Bob And Doug McKenzie is featured in the episode. Even what was formerly known as Sky Dome, now Rogers Centre is also featured. If you are a baseball fan, this is where the Toronto Blue Jays play and where most summer out door concerts have been held, since it opened in June 1989.
For more on the episode check this link out.
Okay, we have someone in the cast and crew, who is almost Canadian. Current Show Runner Al Jean, who was born in Detroit Michigan. Hay, it’s just across the river from Windsor Ontario! Right? I know, I’m stretching it but I just had to throw that in there. If I had my way he would be an honorary Canadian, if he likes.
As usual to end each Simpsons Sunday post, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
I also recommend checking out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
I should also mention Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
For some strange reason everyone I know hasn’t heard of them yet. Hopefully I can change that.
You can also comment here or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. I would much prefer getting an email so I can reply directly to you, but that’s just me.
One final thing to mention is that you can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
You can also follow most of the voice actors on Twitter too. Harry Shearer is probably the most active with other things outside The Simpsons that he is involved with.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on another Weather Wednesday.