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Check Out Don Hertzfeldt's Trippy 'Simpsons' Couch Gag

More interesting than the character killed off on last night's Simpsons premiere was the delightfully creepy couch gag by animator Don Hertzfeldt, which reimagines the Simpsons — or the Sampsons — in the very distant future. Be warned that this couch gag may cause nightmares and disturbing revelations about how television will utilize our exo-skulls in the years to come.

'Simpsons' Executive Producer Al Jean Teases Season 26 and the Show's Future

With the hit FXX Simpsons marathon and live Hollywood Bowl event now complete, the next source of Simpsons anticipation will be which character is killed off during the season 26 premiere as well as how long we can expect the show to keep churning out new episodes on Fox. In a recent interview with Deadline, executive producer Al Jean gave a few teases for the new season as well as his thoughts on the future of the show: As for which character will be killed off during the season premiere "Clown in the Dumps," Jean commented on some fans' prediction that Krusty will be getting [...]

The 'Simpsons' Marathon Increased FXX's Average Audience by 500%

FXX's wildly successful Simpsons marathon ended on Monday night, and now that the ratings for all 12 days have come in, the once-fledgling network can officially call itself 500% more popular. Bill Carter at The New York Times broke down the complete marathon ratings, which averaged 1.32 million viewers during prime time (up 500% from its previous average of 206,000) and upped FXX's rank among cable networks in the 18-49 demo from 49th to third, which is especially notable considering that FXX is only available in 74 million homes. Between the success of the nonstop episodes and live updates from writers, producers, and the @EverySimpsons Twitter account, [...]

What Happens When 'The Simpsons' Becomes Dad Humor?

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Nothing lasts forever. Take me: I used to be a medium-funny guy. You could count on me to bring a reliable number of chuckles to social occasions. I wasn’t hilarious, but I made sure to get a few solid laughs at parties, galas, potlucks, and ad hoc social gatherings.

These days, I don’t know what’s going on. Every once in a while, when I crack wise or make a seemingly-sly reference, the oddest thing happens. A few people laugh, but others just look at me, their faces like ash. In those panicky moments when I wait for the bombed joke to pass, a fear grips my bowels. Perhaps [...]

Watch Episodes of 'The Office,' 'Rick and Morty,' 'The Simpsons,' and More with the Jokes Removed

Recently a Redditor decided to edit episodes of Seinfeld, Friends, and The Big Bang Theory to include only plot information and no jokes, and the result was an interesting look at how all three shows approach story and punchlines. If those three shows weren't enough, the same Redditor has gone and edited episodes of Community, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park, and Rick and Morty. Of all the shows highlighted in this series so far, The Office currently has the smallest plot with a clip that lasts just over a minute, while Adult Swim's Rick and Morty leads the pack with [...]

Al Jean Calls the 'Simpsons' Season Premiere Character Death "Over-Hyped"

The Simpsons aired its 26th season premiere last night, and after nearly a year of anticipation around which character would be killed off, the result was decidedly non-climactic. While many speculated that Krusty would be the one to go during last night's episode "Clown in the Dumps," it was — and here comes the big spoiler — Krusty's father Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, voiced by Jackie Mason, who died and went to "Jewish Heaven." Last year Al Jean hinted that the character's voice actor won an Emmy for the role, which Mason did in 1992.

Speaking to THR, showrunner Al Jean reflected on what he called [...]

Watch Conan O'Brien Sing "The Monorail Song" with the Los Angeles Gay Mens' Choir

The live Simpsons event took place at the Hollywood Bowl in LA over the weekend, and thankfully there are plenty of clips online for those of us not lucky enough to attend. Above, check out Conan O'Brien's performance of "The Monorail Song" with the Los Angeles Gay Mens' Choir — which O'Brien respectfully dedicates to the great Phil Hartman — then click through for a YouTube clip of nearly the entire show, with appearances from Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright, Hank Azaria, Jon Lovitz, Weird Al, and more. (via Uproxx)

A Lot More 'Simpsons' Is Coming to FXX After the Marathon

FXX's 12-day Simpsons marathon has been a huge success for the network, having tripled the channel's typical viewing audience on its premiere night last week and making FXX one of the top five basic cable networks each night since. Vulture reports that FXX has taken a hint from the wild success of the Simpsons event and announced their post-marathon schedule, which will include 24 hours of Simpsons episodes per week. Episodes will air Mondays from 6:00pm through midnight, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00pm through midnight, Fridays from 6:00pm through midnight, and Sundays from 4:00pm through 8:00pm, so if you missed any of your favorite episodes during the [...]

Here's the Full Schedule for FXX's 'Simpsons' Marathon

FXX's complete Simpsons marathon kicks off this Thursday at 10:00am, but it's important to remember that watching television around the clock for 12 days straight is a highly dangerous activity that's even difficult for the professionals. With that in mind, Uproxx has made a handy schedule for the marathon so you can plan when to eat, sleep, and be glued your television screen until the end of the month. Check out the full schedule below:

Conan O'Brien Set to Perform "The Monorail Song" at the Live 'Simpsons' Event

News came out last month that Hank Azaria would be hosting a live Simpsons event at Hollywood Bowl in September, and now the mind behind "Marge vs. the Monorail" is also set to make an appearance. In a new interview with Buzzfeed, Conan O'Brien revealed that he has agreed to not only show up at the event but also do a live performance of "The Monorail Song" from his classic episode. From the interview:

Two days before I left to come to England my phone rang and it was The Simpsons. And they said that they were doing a live show at the Hollywood Bowl, and [...]

Former 'Simpsons' Showrunner David Mirkin Explains the Importance of Timeless Comedy

"A policy that I always try to follow — and that really everybody does— is that you’re really trying to write something that’s going to be funny 20 years from the time you write it … We always think of not dating the show. And therefore it can become timeless. And that’s what classic things are. It’s not fun to see something 20 years later that’s laden with references that no longer work."

- Former Simpsons showrunner David Mirkin explains how to create comedy that's timeless in a new interview with Vulture.

'The Simpsons' Are Crossing Over with 'The Simpsons'

In addition to the upcoming Family Guy and Futurama crossover episodes of The Simpsons, Entertainment Weekly reports that there's also another crossover in the works — a Simpsons/Simpsons one. Set to air on October 19th as this year's Treehouse of Horror episode, the crossover will be a parody of The Others and follow the Simpsons as they "are haunted by another ghostly family living in the house," played by the original 1987 version of the Simpsons from The Tracey Ullman Show.

While the Ullman version Simpsons have made a few cameos in recent years, next month's crossover will be the first to prominently feature them, [...]

'Grantland' Profiles 'SNL' Legend Phil "The Glue" Hartman

"Here's why it’s difficult to properly appreciate Phil Hartman. Because his characters were 20 percent droid. Because he reminded you more of your dad than your best pal. Because Hartman’s biggest gift was a kind of comedic graciousness, which he used to hide the show's seams and to make other funny people look good. As the writer Steve Lookner put it, 'How many people can you say that about on Saturday Night Live?'"

- Grantland examines the life, talent, and career of SNL legend Phil Hartman in a new feature out today called "The Glue."

FXX's 'Simpsons' Marathon Attains Godlike Status in This New Trailer

FXX has released an epic new trailer for its upcoming Simpsons marathon, which kicks off on the network with all 552 episodes as well as The Simpsons Movie in chronological order starting at 10:00pm on August 21st.