Simpsons, The Easter Egg - Uncredited Voices

In episode 7F19, Dustin Hoffman supplied the voice for Lisa's substitute teacher, but was not credited on screen (I forget the reason, now). Instead, they used the phony name Sam Etic. In the next season, Michael Jackson supplied the voice for a man in an insane asylum that thought he was Michael Jackson (episode 7F24). Due to contractual obligations, they were unable to give an on-screen credit to Jackson. Instead, the show credited the voice to John Jay Smith, another person that doesn't exist. The egg lies in episode 9F09 when Lisa is talking about the new Itchy and Scratchy movie. "It was the greatest movie I've ever seen in my life! And you wouldn't believe the celebrities who did cameos. Dustin Hoffman, Michael Jackson...of course they didn't use their real names, but you could tell it was them."

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salamidj writes:
And of course everybody gets the play on words that Dustin Hoffman's fake credit name "Sam Etic" refers to "semitic", as in Jewish, which the teacher he voiced in the episode is. And I think Dustin Hoffman is Jewish in real life also. Too obvious or a cool new piece of info?
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Michl Jaxn writes:
Michael Jackson provided the voice for the episode, but Michael jackson's record label doesn't allow him to sing for other record labels or companies whatsoever. Michael jackson also wrote and produced the song "Do The Bartman".
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Egoman writes:
Not only does Kipp Lennon exist, but he absolutely was the singer of "Happy Birthday, Lisa." His band's name is Venice, and their webpage is http://www.venicecentral.com/ . Go to "Audio Clips and Discography, click on "Cool Stuff," scroll down to "Songs In the Key of Springfield," then click on the spinning box. You'll hear Kipp himself telling the story of getting hired for this gig and recording the song. By the way, Kipp also sang "Flaming Moe's," "The Sound of Grandpa" and "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" in other Simpsons episodes.
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pookie writes:
kipp lennon is my cousin and we are in the band VENICE together with my brother michael and his brother, my other cousin, pat. (http://www.venicecentral.com) confusing, i know, but i was there at the recording session when kipp sang "happy birthday lisa" as michael jackson. it was awesome! i got to meet nancy, (bart) and she even recorded (into kipp's tape recorder) a message for his outgoing voice message as "bart"! she was super sweet and we had a blast. kipp also got to sit around the rehearsal table right next to michael and, with the whole cast, went thru' the script. when it came time for him to sing michael jackson's part he said, "this is kind of wierd...he's right next to me and i have to do him in front of everyone, on command?".
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quote from "http://www.venicecentral.com/faq.html": "#7F24 "Stark Raving Dad" - Homer is thrown into an insane asylum, where he meets a white man who insists he's Michael Jackson. Jackson did indeed provide the speaking voice of this character, but was credited under a pseudonym. At one point in the episode, his character duets with Bart Simpson on a song entitled, ""Happy Birthday, Lisa." To this day, most Simpsons fans will swear that Jackson was the one singing, but they're wrong. Michael wrote the song, but it was Kipp who sang it. This recording can be found on the Simpsons album, "Songs In the Key of Springfield." (Can be purchased on "The Simpsons: Season 3" DVD.)" I think that's as clear as it gets
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guine writes:
Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart) went to my alma mater, Ohio University, for a while, and while I was in school came back as a guest speaker. Someone in the audience asked her if it was Michael Jackson's voice on that episode (with the "Happy Birthday Lisa" song). She laughed while answering, "I don't know. You know what I mean? I don't know. You know what I mean?" She was hinting strongly that it was Michael Jackson but that she wasn't allowed to say. (She also kept saying what a "great gig" The Simpsons was. Indeed!)
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I'm not sure about this Michael Jackson/Kipp Lennon argument, but from the comments I've read, this is my most logical conclusion: Michael Jackson did the voice for the Jackson impersonator. His label wouldn't let him sing for The Simpsons, so Kipp Lennon sang Lisa's Birthday Song.
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Sacrifice writes:
You can find the episode number at the very end of the credits when it has all the copyright info. It should say something like blah blah lorem ipsum dolor sit amet more boring crap "The Simpsons", episode S69ER (c) Grace Productions, inc, 1969 More crap blah de bleu mane padme hum saucepan is foobanger.
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smegpants writes:
Uh-uh. It was Michael. He also provided backing vocals on the Simpsons Sing the Blues album, again as John Jay Smith.
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Kipp Lennon DOES exist. He has a band or something. Just search "Kipp Lennon" in some search engine and you'll get some info. In his band's official web site (or something like that) they say (somewhere) that he is the one who sings on Stark Raving Dad (the episode you're talking about).
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amadis writes:
if you go to www.thesimpsons.com/episode_guide/0301.htm your answer is there loud and clear by FOX themselves
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bjr1822 writes:
I have to admit the same thing. When I found out Michael did the voice in the episode and then I heard that Itchy and Scratchy Lisa line I suspected the same thing but could never prove that Dustin Hoffman did the same thing. That was until I read Nancy Cartwright's book. Then she mentioned that Hoffman did an episode uncredited and I thought I was the smartest man alive :) I impressed many a person with that one. Glad to see there are other people out who idolize the Simpsons like I do, but I wish I could have been the one to break the egg story... :( Oh well, next time
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Jingle Bells writes:
In the credits under other voices there is a Kipp Lennon. This is the one who sings the song on the album
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GrafXcd writes:
Big Deal! Have you ever heard the YELLOW ALBUM??? None of the real voices are on it. They are all imitations, yet the actors of the show still get credit. If you haven't heard the yellow album listen to it. If you know the simpsons well enough, you will know that these are not the real people.
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ptarmigan26 writes:
ok now, the way that we know the titles of the shows is that sometimes it is mentioned at the beginning of the shows (though not often) and if you are a buff of the show you will record every episode there is so that you can catch the eggs and little pop art references that matt and the writers throw in deliberately. there really are thousand uopn thousand of these little tidbits in the shows, you just either have to be really quick to catch or record and play back again. also there are books that have the eeggs and show titles in sequence. and might i add that although i can not verify this at the moment, i am not sure that the "voice" of steven hawkins has ever been on the simpsons'. if you want to say that it was s.h., then you might say that he is in most preschoolers' speak and spells as well. i will have to get back on that later.
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HeeroYuyWZ15 writes:
Yeah, Fred is used a whole lot, just about whenever you are going to see a computer, or else you get a womans voice..forgot what it is called. Fred is also used on Weather Radios, you can pick one up at Radio Shack, Steven Hawking is Imitated on Dexters Lab as Professor Hawk who also uses a speech synthesizer and floats in his handicap thing.
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honeybug writes:
Yeah, I knew it was them! But on the Michael Jackson episode, someone else sings the song about Lisa's birthday.
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RaxaR writes:
this involes the Dustin Hoffman voice, if you see the episode he is talking to mrs.kraboble and he says "Mrs kraboble you're trying to suduce me, this is almost the same as the line he said in the movie Mrs.robinson, "mrs.robinson you're trying to suduce me" is this a clue or what
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Wallamanage writes:
The comment about Fitter Happier using the Fred voice is a lie. Thom created the voice on a Mac computer. Not Mac made the voice. Go to www.greenplastic.com/lyrics and click on Fitter Happier for more info. Uh-oh g-forces...................
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Trp writes:
Maybe the same thing applied for the album, they couldn't credit the real name?
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Meno writes:
if you think about it its not really an egg, but still, koo egg
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Like skeetervh said about Fred, that voice is also used in the song "I'm so Diggin Your Scene" by Smash Mouth, correct me if I'm wrong.
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Incidentally, Kipp Lennon also sang the theme from "Buck Rogers" called "Suspension".
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AnT writes:
dudes....look....on the cd "Songs In The Key Of Springfield" it clearly mentions on track 35 - 'Happy Birthday, Lisa' it says Kipp Lennon sang as MJ. it wasn't actually MJ!
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Lone Star writes:
Now that is odd...
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skeetervh writes:
One more un-credited voice: The voice of Steven Hawkins (that genius guy who uses a wheelchair and a speech synthesizer) is the voice of Fred, found in the OS for Apple Macintosh computers (check the speech part of the control panel). BTW, that same voice is used in the Radiohead track 'Fitter, Happier" from the album 'OK Computer'.
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fats writes:
This is a really good egg. Some of the eggs on this website aren't, though. Sometimes they're not even real!
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Christine writes:
Cool new info for me. You are a true egger.
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soccerdude48 writes:
S'up every body? I just want to know one simple thing. How in the heck do you know the names of every episode? I mean, it's not like it's written!!
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MrPrez writes:
the reason why they didn't want their name credited is that they asked so. dustin and micheal aren't the only ones who had uncredited voices
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demon dante writes:
ihr seid einfach alle zu krasse simpsons freaks... ts...ts...ts... ;)
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