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by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-12-08

Krusty The Clown

Krusty The Clown

Simpsons character Krusty The Klown has had his Jewish roots explored further in a new episode of The Simpsons, shown on US TV last week. I

In Today I Am A Clown, Krusty discovers that he never had a Bar Mitzvah and seeks the help of his father, Rabbi Krustovsky, to help him “become a man”, only to find himself televising his Bar Mitzvah when he is in danger of losing his beloved audience. An SJ reader in the US told us: “This is one of the funniest Simpsons episodes ever. It’s been a long time coming, and seeing Lisa’s knowledge of Talmud revealed is a real eye-opener.” Highlights of the episode include Krusty discovering he doesn’t have a star on the Springfield Jewish Walk Of Fame, Lisa revealing she has an imaginary Jewish friend called Rachel Cohen, and an Itchy and Scratchy special, A Briss Before Dying. Krusty’s Jewish roots were first touched upon in the 1991 episode Like Father Like Clown, in which the character was reunited with his estranged Rabbi dad (voiced by Jackie Mason). Expect to see the episode on UK screens next year.

It’s reported that Gwyneth Paltrow and her boyfriend, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, have married in secret just days after she announced she was expecting his baby. According to The Sun, the pair tied the knot in a 10-minute ceremony in California on Friday and spent the day staying in an exclusive hotel in Santa Barbara before flying to a beach front complex in Mexico. They are rumoured to be having a more lavish ceremony there later this week. Speculation that the two would wed has increased since Paltrow, who is due to give birth in the summer, announced her pregnancy last week. She recently hinted on the BBC1 talk show Parkinson that she would like to get married, but when asked if she would like to marry Martin she replied, “I’m the wrong person to ask – ask him.” The couple have been together for a year.

The new show from comedian Matt Lucas, has been a big hit with the viewing public. Little Britain, which made its debut on BBC2 last Monday after a successful run on the digital channel BBC3, was watched by 3.2m people in  its first week – compared to 1.8m who were tuning in to Graham Norton’s chat show on C4 at the same time. Little Britain sees Lucas and co-star David Walliams portraying several eccentric characters, including tracksuited teenager Vicky Pollard and Daffyd, the only gay man in a tiny Welsh village.

In Brief:

  • Natalie Portman has attended the world premiere of her new film Cold Mountain, in which she co-stars with Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Renee Zellweger. The film, released in the UK on December 26, is being heavily tipped for Oscar success.
  • Ron Moody has made his debut in EastEnders, as Edwin Caldicott, a former boxing rival of Jim Branning’s. He’ll be in the soap till after Christmas.

Happy Birthday this week to: Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas (87 on December 8)