If you’re a long-time Simpsons fan, you may remember a pretty weird episode where Bart got a guy who pretended to be Michael Jackson to sing Lisa a song for her birthday. To this day, that episode sticks out in my memory as one of the strangest episodes in the show’s history, and what makes it even more intriguing is the mystery behind who did the Michael voice for Leon Kompowsky.
In the end credits, the voice is attributed to a John Jay Smith, but for years, fans had speculated that the impression was a little too spot on…
Finally, Simpsons creator Matt Groening has confirmed that the King of Pop himself did the speaking voice of Leon Kompowsky in an interview with Australian TV show The Weekly. Unfortunately, due to label obligations, Jackson wasn’t the one that sang Lisa’s birthday song (that honor goes to a guitarist by the name of Kipp Lennon, but he was able to voice the character’s speaking lines.
Check out a sample of Michael’s stamp on Simpsons history in the video below!