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January 05, 2018 at 11:45 AM EST

The Simpsons

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
12/17/89
performer
Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith
guest performer
Pierce Brosnan, Richard Gere, Stephen Jay Gould, Lisa Kudrow, Edward Norton, R.E.M., Ben Stiller, Reese Witherspoon
broadcaster
Fox
genre
Cartoons/Animation, Comedy

Ed Sheeran is getting in tune — and getting in a ‘toon.

The British pop star is guesting on a musical-themed episode of The Simpsons titled “Haw-Haw Land,” and Sheeran is playing a gifted jazz pianist named Brendan, a riff on Ryan Gosling’s character from La La Land. Lisa finds herself falling for the somewhat charming, somewhat condescending Brendan, and there may be a love triangle that develops with Nelson (!) as well.

Fox has released an interview with Sheeran— a Simpsons superfan with a tattoo to prove it — and here, he talks about his “pipe dream” of voicing a character on the venerable animated comedy, and how he and his mates on the tour bus would grab a bottle of wine and watch old Simpsons episodes until they fell asleep. He also discusses how it was a challenge singing for a cartoon that hasn’t been animated yet, and he describes Brendan as — what are the words he uses? Oh, yes — “posh English douche.” Check it out above.

For more on Sheeran’s guest spot, which airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on Fox, click here.

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