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'The Simpsons' poll: Live segment

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On Sunday night’s episode of The Simpsons, Homer botched a speech at work, deep-sixing his self-confidence, so he signed up for an improv to class to build it back up. But at the end of the episode, Homer truly got a chance to try out that new skillset, and even reveal who has his vote in the 2016 Presidential election. (More on that in a minute.) 

“Simprovised” offered up a first for fans of the animated Fox comedy that’s finishing up season 27. With the help of motion-capture technology, Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer, was able to interact with fans on the phone in real time while he held court in a Fox Studios Secret Bunker. (The three-minute “Homer Live” segment was performed twice, for both the East and West Coasts. Sorry, Mountain people.)

After the family introduced the premise, with Bart signaling his dad with a “Homer, time to bomb,” the East Coast version kicked off with Homer announcing that this was the last episode of The Simpsons, before admitting he was joking. “To prove that we’re live,” he continued, “on Saturday Night Live last night, Drake was terrible.”

The Q&A session on the East Coast that followed had several small technical glitch and delays, which resulted in awkwardness with Homer and the callers talking over each other, and then halting when they realized what was happening. Among the questions posed to Homer: Who do you like more, Lenny or Carl? (Homer’s confused answer of Lenny because he was black was a wink to this moment). He was then asked for any tricks to make it look like you’re hard at work when you are really taking a nap. His response? “Always wear glasses with eyes glued onto them,” which was a nod to this scene. Homer was also asked what kind of car he drove, to which he said, “I drive a hybrid, which is combination of old and terrible.”

As Homer fielded questions, all sorts of jokes played out in the background as other characters popped in and out, such as Bart stealing his pants, and a visitor from Rigel 7 holding up a sign that says, “Don’t Blame Me I Voted for Kodos,” a callback to this scene. The best gag was an appearance by a character from a different Matt Groening animated show, Bender, who walked by with a sign that read, “Bring Back Futurama (Again)”

Homer closed out the segment by summing up what transpired with another joke: “It only lasted three minutes, like eating cheesburgers and making love.” He also quipped that if your call hasn’t been taken, continue to hold on the line, as “the cast of Empire will be answering questions Wednesday, if someone would let them know.”

The West Coast edition featured different questions (along with some of that same shaky energy). The first caller asked Homer if he would move from Springfield to Canada should Donald Trump win the election, which elicited a good response and a misinformed endorsement of Bernie Sanders: “Well, there are a lot of people who want me to move out of Springfield already, so, but I don’t think Canada will want me to — will welcome me. But you know what? That’s why I’m for Bernie Sanders. I love his chicken. But out of respect we should refer to him as ‘The Colonel.'”

Homer also fielded questions about how to get rid of Patty and Selma (“The best way is not to bathe, and I’ve been doing that for a month…”), his best hangover cure, and his favorite song. “What’s my favorite thong?” he answered, in one of his best responses. “My favorite thong is that Brazilian that doesn’t pinch too tight around the waist.”

What did you think of the stunt? Vote in our poll below:

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