Krusty the Clown - An illiterate,
rowdy green-haired clown on the prime time cartoon series THE SIMPSONS/FOX/1989+.
Krusty the Clown was the favorite TV personality of Bart Simpson (Krusty
No. 16302), a bratty little kid who lived in the town of
Krusty's TV show assistants included Side-Show Mel, Corporal
Punishment, Tina the Ballerina, his backup band Krusty and the Ktums
and Krusty's faithful secretary, Miss Penny Candy.
The "Krusty the Clown" program featured ax-throwing stunts and
cartoons like "Itchy and Scratchy" (a bloodier version of "Tom and
In one cartoon, Itchy ran over Scratchy with farm harvesting
equipment and then played ball with his decapitated head. Despite,
the gore, kids loved Krusty. He was so popular that Izzy's Deli, a
local eatery honored Krusty with his own sandwich that consisted of
"ham, sausage, bacon with a smidge of mayo on white bread."
Krusty's entrepreneurial spirit once inspired a creation of a kids
summer camp. Upon arriving at "Camp Krusty," Lisa Simpson wrote a
letter home to her parents. It read: "Dear Mom, I no longer fear
Hell for I've been to Camp Krusty...Save us. Save us now!"
Krusty the Clown got his start in showbiz in the 1960s when he
appeared on PULVER LAWN PRODUCTS PRESENTS THE CLOWNS OF TOMORROW.
During a 1991 episode, Krusty's real name was revealed as Herschel
Schmoykel Krustofski, and that he was born to Jewish parents on the
Eastside of Springfield. His father, Rabbi Hyman Krustofski (voice
of Jackie Mason) disapproved of his son aspiring to be a clown.
In a parody right out of The Jazz Singer (1927), Krusty told
his father "I wanna make people laugh." Unfortunately, his father
responded "Selzer is for drinking, pies is for eating."
When the Rabbi discovered his son performing at a Rabbi Convention
in the Catskill Mountains, (twisting balloons into images of the
Star of David and Menoras), he refused to ever speak with his son
again. But, with the assistance of Bart and Lisa Simpson, their
twenty-five years of silence ended and the two were happily
Some Krusty Stats:
- Krusty's family arrived on Ellis Island in 1902.
- Krusty lived in a large mansion called “Shtickfair” until he
lost it to the IRS
- Krusty is chain smoker and suffered a heart attack that
forced him to wear a pacemaker.
- Krusty has a vertical scar on
his chest from the heart surgery and a superfluous third nipple.
- During the Gulf War, Krusty entertained the troops at a USO
program and met a shy soldier with chestnut brown hair and 22
confirmed kills. They had a short fling that produced a cute
little girl named Sophie [she plays the violin].
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