Thanks for the question. I had a lot of fun with this one. The correct
spelling of Moes name is Szyslak. An actor named Christopher Collins
originally voiced Moe, but was replaced. Hank Azaria provides the
voice for Moe.
Moe Character Bios
The inspiration for Moe, his name and lifes headaches come from an
amalgam of sources. From my research it doesnt appear that the
character was based on a comedian. The characters name is drawn from
the Three Stooges. The crank calls that Moe habitually receives from
Bart are based upon a tape of crank calls to a real life bar (the Tube
Bar) and a bartender named Louis Red Deutsch. The tape circulated in
the 1980s and acquired a cult following.
The Simpsons Trivia Page
The incident subsequently inspired a film that starred the late
Lawrence Tierney. Several sources credit the tape as being the
inspiration for Groening to make Moe the butt of the crank calls.
Red was released on video in 1992 and has since become this bizarre
cult hit. It was Matt Groening at the Simpsons who admitted to me that
someone put my film on at some party and this inspired him to make Moe
the Bartender the victim of prank calls at the hands of Bart.
Lawrence Tierney Dead at 82. Film Threat, 2/28/2002
Flash! 24 Simpsons Stars Reveal Themselves, by Joe Rhodes. The
Simpsons Archive, October 21, 2000.
Hank Azaria drew his inspiration for the voice from another source.I
went in and gave them my take on Moe - actually, it was just a bad Al
Pacino impression. Hi, how are you? kind of a Dog Day Afternoon
Apu vs. Godzilla
You might also be interested in this:
The Moe Szyslak File
Google & Google groups
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