While watching all the tributes today, one distinct childhood Michael Jackson memory came to mind: The time the King of Pop guest starred on The Simpsons. He voiced the character Leon Kompowsky, a mental patient that Homer befriends who thinks he is Michael Jackson. As a sugared-up eight-year-old, my mind was blown. In fact, it wasn’t even confirmed until later that Michael actually voiced the character. It was easily one of the cleverest guest appearances ever on The Simpsons. Hulu has a clip of that episode embedded right here:
To quote Dan Hopper, “Maybe in real life, Michael Jackson didn’t die, he just went back to being Leon Kompowski, bricklayer from New Jersey.” We can only hope.
Another Simpsons-MJ clip after the jump.
This episode also gave us the song “Lisa, It’s Your Birthday,” which is far superior to that “Happy Birthday” crap and taught me I don’t have to spend my hard-earned allowance money on actual gifts for my sisters. Win-win.