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#EndorseThis: ‘The Simpsons’ Sends Up Those First 100 Days

In the opening scene of The Simpsons‘ latest episode, it’s a stormy night at the White House, creating an atmosphere more like Dracula’s castle than the presidential mansion. In the press room hangs poor Sean Spicer, with a suicide note penned to his chest reading “I Quit.” Kellyanne Conway finds the corpse and runs screaming, while Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon strangle each other in violent rage.

Blissfully unaware of all this chaos, Donald Trump lies in bed, intently stroking his own ego as usual. “One hundred days in office, so many accomplishments,” he muses. “Lowered my golf handicap. My Twitter following increased by 700. And finally, we can shoot hibernating bears; my boys will love that.” He turns on the television to watch Fox News.

The big news story is Ivanka’s appointment to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, which turns out to be an infomercial:  “You can buy Ivanka’s robe with gavel earrings, for only 1,000 rubles!”

It’s just a teaser, but hilarious. And naturally, Homer is a Trump man. D’oh!

‘The Simpsons’ Takes On Donald Trump — And His Hair

The fine people at The Simpsons are now getting in on sending up Donald Trump’s candidacy, in a promotional sketch released on YouTube.

In the sketch, titled “Trumptastic Voyage,” Homer ends up at The Donald’s announcement speech — and soon gets lost in a mystical journey through the man’s hair.

“Ahhh, it’s so wispy,” Homer says, exulting. “It’s a gravity-defying combover. I can’t believe that this was once on his ass.”

Just a few of the pop-culture and political references that we’ve picked up:

  • 0:00, the initial setup — Trump’s paid actors as cheering supporters at his announcement.
  • 0:19 — Trump’s stoic descent from on high (via escalator).
  • 0:42 — The destroyed Statue of Liberty from Planet of the Apes.
  • 0:45 — Bigfoot. (For some reason.)
  • 0:47 — Amelia Earhart, who disappeared during a solo airplane voyage in 1937.
  • 0:50 — NBC canceling its deal with Trump for the Miss Universe pageant.
  • 0:52 — Macy’s firing The Donald.
  • 0:54 — The character “Anger” from Pixar’s latest film, Inside Out
  • 0:57 — The primitive ape-men and the mysterious Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, plus McDonald’s character Hamburglar.
  • 1:00 — Trump putting his name on everything.

Endorse This: Don’t Blame Ted Cruz — He Voted For Kodos

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) might not have much chance of getting elected president — but the right-wing firebrand could have a shot at a second career, lending his voice to his favorite cartoon show.

Watch as Cruz makes his own addition to the sad history of candidates trying to look cool: a voice-acting audition for The Simpsons. Of course, the really big surprise will be if even one of that show’s lefty writers ever votes for him.

Video via BuzzFeed.

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Endorse This: Harry Shearer — The Voice, Over?

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The world of comedy fandom was sent reeling Thursday, with the news that Harry Shearer is leaving The Simpsons, after providing the voices of countless memorable characters for a whopping 26 years.

Click above to watch an interview Shearer did just last year in Ireland, talking about his marriage, his other projects (like the satirical rock band Spinal Tap), and the evolution of the vocal personas for his characters — including a certain old, notoriously ruthless businessman. Then share this video!

Video via RTÉ 2.

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