Canadian Connections in the show
Two Degrees of Canada
Where is Springfield?
Read about Simpsons, Eh? in the media.
More Canadian Connection in other shows.
Is Homer Simpson Canadian?
In Montreal for a performance of The Simpsons In the Flesh stage show
at the Just for Laughs comedy festival, the shows creator Matt Groening noted
Thursday his dad was born in Canada. Homer being named after Groening's father,
so what does where does this lead Homer?
"That would make Homer Simpson a Canadian," Groening said in an
interview. "I hope Canadians won't hold it against the show now that they
Not all too surprising, as one fan noted, "Homer eats foods commonly
associated with Canada: donuts, beer, bacon, and has been know to have a glass
of maple syrup for breakfast.".
Update (June 2, 2003): After Matt Groening stated his father, Homer
Groening, was likely from Winnipeg, the city of Winnipeg declared Homer Simpsons
and honorary Winnipegger on May 30, 2003. Although it has now be revealed the
Homer Groening is more likely to hail from Main Centre, Saskatchewan it didn't
have an effect on the 300 some people who attended the ceremony.
Article written by Wade Penner
Source: Don't Have A Cow! Homer Simpson is a Canadian, creator says... (Yahoo!
Update Source: Ross Romaniuk (Winnipeg Sun) - May 2003
Canadians Inside the Simpsons
There is actually three known Canadians on the Simpsons writing team.
Joel Cohen, who was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta.
Cohen attended the University of Alberta. He got his start writing for the
Brooke Shields sitcom Suddenly Susan.
Tim Long, who was born in Exeter, Ontario. Tim attended the
University of Toronto. He also was formerly Letterman's head writer.
Rob Cohen, brother of Joel, is the author of the famous
"Flaming Moe" episode.
and Jeff Poliquin, who was born in Saskatchewan.
and Joel (pictured left, credit CP) were the writers responsible for
bringing the Simpsons to Toronto in season thirteen's episode The Bart Wants
What it Wants.
Unfortunately the over- hyped episode brought disappointment to
many fans for the Simpsons brief stopover.
Watch a Global National News promo about this
episode. It features an interview with Time and Joel, also
keep an eyes open for an appearance of yours truly.
(Requires Windows Media Player)
As for a return trip to Canada to redeem themselves, Cohen has
stated that doubts it, citing the simple fact that there are simply too many
other countries to burn.
Surprisingly according to Tim and Joel, most of the Canadian references
in past shows where pitched by Americans, sighting that they didn't want to
always "be that guy, always pitching the Canadian joke".
Regardless it is almost certain Canadian references will continue
to make there way it into the show, and as long as they do Canadians will be
sure to notice.
Article written by Wade Penner
Sources: Canadian Edition of TV Guide - December 1998, Kevin Williamson (Calgary
Sun) - Nov. 2002, Global National News - Feb. 2002, Bill Brioux (Toronto Sun) -
Video (c) 2002 Global National News, used with permission.
Groening and Canada
Is The Simpsons anti-Canadian? That's the rumble on the
Internet, where recent knocks against the Great White North on the show have been noted.
On one episode, a character wanted to "bomb Canada to the Stone Age." And
recently, some kids in Bart's remedial class were told to talk slower to a Canadian
classmate. But creator Matt Groening insists he really loves Canada. In fact, Groening
first sold the comic strip which evolved into The Simpsons to a Toronto weekly in
1982. "There were some of the first people to encourage me" Groening says that,
far from suggesting that Canadians are slow, the student gag was "a comment on the
insularity and xenophobia of the U.S. We are so self-absorbed, that if somebody talked
with a Canadian accent, we would assume that there was something wrong with them." So
the next time you see questionable content on The Simpsons, Groening says to
remember "there's fondness behind it all".
Article written by Bill Brioux
Courtesy Haynees Lee