The Best Stephen Hawking Jokes on The Simpsons

01/08/2014 1:08 PM |

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Stephen Hawking, who turns 72 today, is equally well-known for two things: his revolutionary work in physics, and his guest appearances on The Simpsons. The British scientist has played himself on the series at least four times, first in the Season 10 episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain,” in which Lisa joins the local Springfield chapter of Mensa. Like The Simpsons in general over the last 15 years, his cameos can be hit-or-miss, but when he’s on, he can be one of the funniest guest stars the show has ever had. Here are some of his best jokes on the show. (Note: Simpsons clips are notoriously difficult to find online in the US, as the copyright holders are vigilant about keeping them offline. Therefore, I’ve done my best here, and I wouldn’t be surprised if over time some of these links go dead.)