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The Simpsons is a show which has featured a lot of celebrity cameos over the years. Everyone from Elizatheth Taylor to Sir Paul McCartney has been rendered into yellowvision and introduced to the people of Springfield.
But it’s not everyday that a TV cartoon gets to invade, bringing two painted realities together. And yet that’s what’s happening to The Ricky Gervais Show, which will appear within the TV sets of Springfield residents, as the set up to a gag.
And unlike other animated franchises that like to poke fun at rival TV shows, this will be a genuine clip of Ricky, Steven Merchant and Karl Pilkington talking around a cartoon table, as they do.
Ricky explained on his blog: “I won’t give the joke away but they are featuring a little clip of The Ricky Gervais Show in a future episode.”
This is his second appearance in the show, having first popped up with the full David Brent goatee in 2006, in an episode he wrote himself. A third cameo is planned, where Ricky appears as the controversial host of an awards ceremony. No acting required there, then.
He went on to say that Karl Pilkington, the simian star of The Ricky Gervais Show, was “over the moon” at the news that their show will appear on Homer’s TV. He said Karl even went as far as to say “good that, innit.”
I know, such a gushy old luvvy isn’t he?
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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