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Bart goes to prankster rehab after a clown-mask prank terrifies the town and ruins Krusty's career causing him to give up comedy and try serious drama.

Homer remarks that without his clown makeup on, Krusty looks just like him. This is because when Krusty was originally created, he and Homer were supposed to be the same person.

According to the couch gag The Simpsons have aired a total of 636 episodes. Lisa quipped that the count is "four episodes early".

The clown which came out of the storm drain, seems to be modeled on Pennywise, a character from It (1990), which was based on a book by Stephen King of the same name.

The episode seems to be satirizing the Great Clown Scare of 2016, where sightings of Clowns in intimidating attire and poses were spotted across the United States.

Bart wrote on the chalkboard "This is the last episode" followed by the words "April Fool's". The episode was aired on April First in the United States, otherwise known as "April Fool's Day".

The term Coulrophobia is defined as the irrational fear of clowns.

The paintings in Krusty's home are done in the style of Piet Mondrian.

The ghosts that were beside Krusty and his father were William Shakespeare and Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller wrote the play "Death of the Salesman".

Jon Lovitz reprises his role as Llewelyn Sinclair, the theatrical director who first appeared in the episode "A Streetcar Named Marge," directing a musical version of 'A Streetcar Named Desire.' Here he is directing a new version of another famous American play, 'Death of a Salesman.'

The billboard outside the school advertises "Mayor Quimby's Easter Egg Hunt. Bunnies supplied by President Trump."

The episode title "Fears of a Clown" is a variation of the song name "Tears of a Clown".

Third time Krusty is seen out of makeup.

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    • Author: Error parents
    The previous episode was good, but this is just lazy writing!

    I mean really, what the hell!

    It just has some crazy puns, that are by itself kind of funny. I'm saying "kind of" because it really doesn't build up any moment.

    Would enjoy it as a clip show, but the pacing is horrible, no buildup, tension, no story and it even takes content from other episodes (from the lines of Clark Gable, the fracking stuff, and a lot more).

    Most of the moments have no start or end, it just happens for the sake of recording enough minutes to make it an episode

    Did you guys just had a session of mindless voiceovers in a room, or did you outsource it to India?

    Anyway, the writer and some other people should be fired!
  • Episode cast overview, first billed only:
    Dan Castellaneta Dan Castellaneta - Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Sideshow Mel / Arthur Miller / Groundskeeper Willie (voice)
    Julie Kavner Julie Kavner - Marge Simpson (voice)
    Nancy Cartwright Nancy Cartwright - Bart Simpson / Database / Ralph Wiggum (voice)
    Yeardley Smith Yeardley Smith - Lisa Simpson (voice)
    Hank Azaria Hank Azaria - Gary Chalmers / Coach Krupt / Cletus Spuckler (voice)
    Harry Shearer Harry Shearer - Kent Brockman / Tom Brokaw / Dewey Largo / Reverend Lovejoy / Seymour Skinner / Rainier Wolfcastle (voice)
    Andrew Daly Andrew Daly - Judge Dowd (voice) (as Andy Daly)
    Damian Kulash Damian Kulash - Damian Kulash (voice)
    Jon Lovitz Jon Lovitz - Llewellyn Sinclair (voice)
    Jackie Mason Jackie Mason - Hyman Krustofsky (voice)
    Timothy Nordwind Timothy Nordwind - Timothy Nordwind (voice)
    Pamela Hayden Pamela Hayden - Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
    Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille - Brandine Spuckler / Myra / Lindsey Naegle / Agnes Skinner (voice)
    Chris Edgerly Chris Edgerly - William Shakespeare (voice)
    Dawnn Lewis Dawnn Lewis - Juvenile Court Bailiff (voice)
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