I love it when celebrities can laugh at themselves. I love it even more when they let The Simpsons creators transform their skin into a sickly yellow color before making them run through a roster of self-deprecating jokes. And it totally makes my day when said Simpsonized celebrities are our neighbors.
Two years ago, this happened with Pleasantville’s famed crossword-puzzle-constructor, Will Shortz. When Shortz appeared as Lisa Simpson’s cruciverbalist muse, I brought you a clip, and made some predictions about which one of our neighbors would be next to pop up in Springfield.
Guess what? I was right! Fine, maybe not totally, completely, 100% right. Martha Stewart was No. 5 on my list of candidates to visit with the Simpson family. And, on Sunday night, she did. Here’s a clip — beginning with how The Simpsons writers imagine her Katonah estate looks when it’s all decked out for the holidays. She then knits herself a jetpack and flies off to help Marge get into the Christmas spirit.
As for the others on my list — Hillary Clinton, Bill Murray, Ralph Lauren, and Hayden Panettiere — you better get your agents over to Fox ASAP.
Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.