If you’re a Simpsons fan, you probably already know that Harry Shearer has left the show. If you don’t, well, sorry to break the bad news …
But yes, confirmed today after some rumours floating around yesterday that the voice of some of the most poignant and important characters is leaving. Today has been roller coaster. I went through a lot of emotions, of which I can only compare to Dr Hibbert’s description of death here: (season 2, episode 11)
Dr. Hibbert: You can expect to go through five stages. The first is denial. Homer: No way, because I’m not dying! Dr. Hibbert: Second is anger. Homer: Why you little… !! Dr. Hibbert: After that comes fear. Homer: What’s after fear? What’s after fear?! Dr. Hibbert: Bargaining. Homer: Doc, you gotta get me outta this. I’ll make it worth your while. Dr. Hibbert: Finally acceptance. Homer: Well, we all gotta go sometime. Dr. Hibbert: Mr. Simpson, your progress astounds me.
Yep, I’ve finally and reluctantly accepted it. He’s 71 years old, I guess we better let the man retire. The future of the worlds longest running show is now terminal, the end has become real, it won’t last forever.
So we all must look back and remember the show when it was young and beautiful and full of life at the top of it’s game. Sharp witted characters and quotes and jokes that implant themselves in your memory.
I remember when Marcia Wallace passed away, the enduring voice of Edna, I had to take a week off work. I’m still not over it to tell you the truth. I think about Troy and Lionel sometimes and get upset over the loss of Phil Hartman. It’s painful but this here it is, the final nail in the coffin character-wise.
Mr Burns, Ned Flanders, Kent Brockman, Dr Hibbert, Lenny, Reverend Lovejoy, Otto, Kang, Principal Skinner, Smithers are only a small few of the characters losing their voice. Shearer did so many voices it would seem the family will just be talking to themselves once he’s gone. Even characters like ‘Elderly Barber’ were looked after by Shearer. And that’s why he was such an influentially brilliant part of the show.
I listened to a podcast not so long ago by British comedian Richard Herring interviewing Harry Shearer.
It was a such a treat to find someone so prestigious on the podcast and Herring himself even admitted he was overwhelmed…
However, Shearer was more humble and pleasant than I could ever imagine. He was funny and respectful of a show he has done so, so much work for. And it’s only now that he’s leaving, we realise how much he actually has done for The Simpsons and that without him chances of survival have been dramatically decreased.
This blog was my first in the indie RP scene, and I’ve had a ton of fun this past year, and met a lot of new people. I just wanna say thanks for all the good times so far, and here’s to another year!
In honor of the anniversary, I will tell you a story. Shortly after starting this blog, I injured myself at work–specifically, my hand. It ended up being nerve damage that was eventually taken care of, but for a long period of time I was in and out of specialists’ offices, trying to see what could be done for my damn hand.
During that time, however, I was prescribed medicine to help me with it, because I used my hand a lot and it was very, very uncomfortable. They were pretty powerful painkillers. So, for the first month or so of this blog’s life, for most of the various activities and posts that went on here, I was high as balls.