KRUSTY THE CLOWN
Springing from the mind of Matt Groening, the cartoonist that created The Simpsons, Krusty is described as a a cynical, burnt-out, addiction-riddled smoker who is made miserable by show business but continues on anyway. Groening hails from Portland, Oregon, and partly based the character on a local TV clown called Rusty Nails.
He has gone on to become on the Simpsons most popular characters outside of the star family itself, and there have been several great episodes showcasing his exploits, and those of his compatriot, Sideshow Bob (voiced by Kelsey Grammar in fine style). Krusty is voiced by Dan Castellaneta, who, amongst other characters, is most famous for Homer Simpson himself. Indeed, Krusty was meant to look like Homer in disguise as it was originally intended that Krusty actually was Homer.
Long timer host of Bart Simpsons favourite TV program ‘The Itchy & Scratchy Show’, Krusty’s real name is Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky. Castellaneta has won awards, including an Emmy, for his voice work with the character. Krusty made his television debut on January 15, 1989 in the Tracey Ullman Show short “The Krusty the Clown Show”.