With the announcement that it’s been renewed for an incredible 26th season, there are many people on the planet that do not have an idea what live was like in a time when The Simpsons didn’t exist. With the show still managing to turn heads, it’s nearly impossible to measure it’s cultural impact over the last quarter century and 500+ episodes. There’s a bit of Homer Simpson in all of us really.
Comedian John Caparulo recently penned an essay called “Eternal Springfield” for the website Den Of Geek. In it he discusses how he caught was turned onto the show, it’s impact it had on him as both a person and a comedian.
In my opinion, it all started there, late in Season 2. I was in 10th grade. I had been watching the maverick cartoon on the maverick network since it began a year earlier, but a unique show about Bart then became a brilliant show about Homer which then developed into a work of art about Springfield. In the age of VHS, I soon began stockpiling a collection of recorded episodes that would eventually become 6-hour bedtime stories putting me to sleep every night. [Den of Geek]
Cap added that the show impacted him so deep that he had to have it be a part of him on his biggest day when he had a Simpsons-themed wedding.
I’m sure my wife would be able to get into “the mood” by listening to some Usher or even R. Kelly a lot easier than she does making love to the “Mr. Plow” song, but I’ve apparently found the right woman. She even went so far as to give our wedding a Simpsons theme– her idea!! [Den of Geek]
Cap’s new stand-up special, Come Inside Me is available on CD/DVD now.