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Top 10 Guest Stars on The Simpsons (Who Play Themselves)

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Script written by Richard Bush. These celebrity cameos were the perfect additions to the yellow world of Springfield, USA: “The Simpsons” is famous for attracting throngs of celebrities to voice either fictionalized versions of themselves or new characters on the show. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 guest stars on “The Simpsons” who play themselves. For this list, we’ve decided to focus solely on those famous folks who show up in Springfield as themselves. We’ve excluded celebs who play fictional characters because that’s a list for another day. Special thanks to our users cmoehrle, RichardFB, jkellis and Emily JoAnn Warden for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Guest Stars on The Simpsons (Who Play Themselves)


These celebrity cameos were the perfect additions to the yellow world of Springfield, USA. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 celebrity cameos on “The Simpsons” who play themselves.

For this list, we’ve decided to focus solely on those famous folks who show up in Springfield as themselves. We’ve excluded celebs who play fictional characters because that’s a list for another day.

#10: Barry White
“Whacking Day” (S04E20)

With Springfield infested by snakes, there seems to be only one solution to this slithering epidemic – Barry White’s seductively smooth vocals. As always, he sports his unblemished beard and stays encouragingly at ease throughout – even when people get his name wrong. Cooler than a cucumber, this guy charms everything from the townsfolk to the snakes. A great example of Barry White just being Barry White.

#9: U2
“Trash of the Titans” (S09E22)

This group of Irish rockers brings self-criticism and shamrock stereotypes centre stage. Donning his classic sunglasses and spouting his typical saving the world spiel, Bono makes fun of himself, as do the other members. Oh, and let’s not forget poor old Adam Clayton, who has his spoon collection ridiculed and is told he can’t join the guys for a drink at Moe’s. Don’t worry, he ends up there anyway.

#8: Mick Jagger and Co.
“How I Spent My Strummer Vacation” (S14E02)

As Homer is whisked away to rock ‘n’ roll fantasy camp, we get treated to a cocktail of celebrity rockers, including Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty, Brian Setzer and of course, the Rolling Stones duo of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. With campfire tunes, British accents and mobile fire-breathing devil props, we as an audience immerse ourselves in the world of both the rock and the roll. We wish our summer camp was like this. On second thought…

#7: Mark Hamill
“Mayored to the Mob” (S10E09)

Okay, he may play a lightsaber-wielding Jedi, but in “The Simpsons” world, he’s kind of a wimp. In fact, we find out that the legendary Luke Skywalker is no more than just your average Joe with a glow stick. However, he does deliver an electric Broadway-style “Star Wars”/”Guys and Dolls” crossover. So even when cowering from a gang of nerds and being cradled like a baby by Homer, we still can't help but love this intergalactic hero.

#6: Aerosmith
“Flaming Moe’s” (S03E10)

The likeness of Steve Tyler alone is worth kudos, but it is their performance of “Walk This Way” alongside tavern owner Moe, that really whets our appetite. An apparent love for pickled eggs and sipping down Flaming Moes make this gang of rockers hard to forget. Oh yeah, and the imprisonment of Joey Kramer in his trailer by the flirtatious Mrs. Krabappel is genius.

#5: Lucy Lawless
“Treehouse of Horror X” (S11E04)

As part of a Halloween special, Lawless dons her tantalising metal armor as Xena, warrior princess. With the crazed villain “The Collector” on the loose, we see Lawless deliver memorable lines to fend off nerds, fly through the air on a giant magnet and even use her beauty to woo the bad guy… Just before opening a Xena-styled can of whoop-ass. And she obviously saves the day.

#4: Leonard Nimoy
“Marge vs. the Monorail” (S04E12)

Between his delivery of ominous buzzwords and his random teleporting, this cameo is Nimoy at his Spock-inspired best. Nimoy’s appearance adds some much-needed gravitas to the proceedings, as Springfield is duped by a monorail conman. Trekkers rejoiced as everything from his likeness to his meaningful speeches translated perfectly into this yellow world.

#3: James Taylor
“Deep Space Homer” (S05E15)

He made ‘Fire and Rain’ the new anti-gravity soundtrack. As Homer and his other astronaut colleagues float in space, Taylor is invited to serenade them with his tender voice. However, he didn’t really take his lyrics into consideration, and some of them make the astronauts a little anxious. But to make up for that, he offers some vital information that could help the struggling astronauts. Or not.

#2: Mel Gibson
“Beyond Blunderdome” (S11E01)

Why is he on this list? “Who cares, Mel Gibson.” But really, this is the same badass who played rogue cop Martin Riggs and road warrior Mad Max! Paying homage to his tendency to go a little crazy, Mel goes a little crazy when Homer expresses his true feelings about his latest movie and helps him make it better. Gibson’s performance sees him mooning in the street, gloating about his awards and even decapitating the president. No really. We also get a reminder of why you really shouldn't make Mel mad.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Buzz Aldrin: “Deep Space Homer” (S05E15)
- Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Krusty Gets Kancelled” (S04E22)
- The Who: “A Tale of Two Springfields” (S12E02)
- Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Ron Howard: “When You Dish Upon a Star” (S10E05)
- The Smashing Pumpkins, Cypress Hill, Sonic Youth, Peter Frampton: “Homerpalooza” (S07E24)

#1: Stephen Hawking
“They Saved Lisa’s Brain” (S10E22)

The man, the myth, the legend. Stephen Hawking’s a personality not many people know much about, so his “Simpsons” guest appearance gives us more insight into the scientific mind of a genius…albeit a surreal one. His philosophical speech, plus his gadget-loaded chair help us remember that, yeah, Stephen Hawking is one cool guy. And let’s not forget: he can look after himself in a fight, as well.

Do you agree with our list? What’s your favorite Simpson guest star to play themselves? For more appetizing Top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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