It is no small coincidence that the same day Justin Bieber confirmed he'll be checking "make a cameo on The Simpsons" off his bucket list, Cheezburger network directed us to this clip of Dan Castellaneta explaining the root of the show's perfection distillation of anguish into a single sound: "D'oh!" It was originally written as "annoyed grunt," for the record.
But yes, back to Bieber. In the months since he released Believe, the teen dream seems to be everywhere: in a "spaceship" on the 101, at the butt of Letterman jokes, even at a Phish concert. Yesterday afternoon, Bieber tweeted — and for some reason deleted — "just did a voice over for the SIMPSONS!!! #swaggy." (Your browser is working properly, he wrote, "#swaggy.")
Nevertheless, Simpsons executive producer Al Jean confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the 18-year-old will make a cameo on the 23-year-old show sometime next year. "He tries to get into a talent show that Bart is playing piano in and they won't admit him," Jean told EW about the episode, titled "The Fabulous Faker Boy." "Draw your own conclusions." Although it's only a cameo, Jean
desperately pleaded politely suggested, "All of his fans should watch every minute of the show, before and after he's on."
Other celebrities who will make appearances in the 24th season include Zooey Deschanel, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Ed Norton and Steve Carell. As for what's left for Bieber to conquer in his quest for world domination, the only thing we can think of would be to get engaged to Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne.