The Simpsons Take the Bowl, a live Hollywood Bowl concert celebrating the show’s 25 years of outstanding musical moments, united Simpsons creators and cast members with special guests such as “Weird” Al Yankovic, Jon Lovitz, Beverly D’Angelo, and Hans Zimmer, who each performed a number they originally sang on the series.
A Duff beer blimp sailed above the event, female orchestra members wore blue Marge Simpson wigs, and ushers brandished Sideshow Bob hairpiece. Vocal stars Hank Azaria (Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum, and numerous others), Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson), and Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson) served as hosts, and Matt Groening, the cartoonist who started it all, told behind-the-scenes Simpsons stories, such as how many of the show’s characters are named after people he grew up with, including his parents, “Itchy and Scratchy.”
The evening’s highlight, however, occurred when former Simpsons scribe Conan O’Brien took the stage dressed as huckster Lyle Langley from the classic 1993 episode “Marge vs. the Monorail”.
First, he paid tribute to the late, great Phil Hartman who gave voice to Langley on the show (along with shyster lawyer Lionel Hutz and hambone actor Troy McClure, who you might remember from such movies as The Boatjacking of Supership ’79, Christmas Ape Goes to Summer Camp, and The Erotic Adventures of Hercules). Then, backed by the Los Angeles Gay Mens’ Choir, Conan belted out the lyrics he himself wrote to the immortal “Monorail Song”. Watch the video for the full impact….
And here’s the original audio version of the “Monorail Song” so you can compare and see if Conan did his handiwork justice.
How could anyone turn down a monorail—or anything—with that level of master sales pitch?