Fans of Amy Schumer will be delighted to hear her voice on the popular animated sitcom “The Simpsons,” which returns with Season 28 on September 25. The comedian will lend her voice to the mother of Mr. Burns, played by Harry Shearer, in a flashback sequence.
According to executive producer Al Jean, Amy Schumer’s character will play a significant role in explaining what transformed Mr. Burns into Springfield’s evil scheming magnate. Her storyline will trace back the days a young Mr. Burns had to bear with humiliation.
“We said a good character for our plot would be that she’s Burns’ mother in the past and kind of the source of this unhappiness that he has that’s haunted him to the present,” Jean said, as quoted by the Mail Online. Jean also said that Schumer recorded her lines over the phone, and that she was very funny.
Jean added, “It’s not a huge part, but that was because we didn’t have the actress until a little late in the process that we knew who was going to be in all three shows.”
However, the once-popular sitcom with a huge fan following failed to maintain the spark it built over a period of seven years, from 1990 to 1997. Over the next 20 years, the series flagged as the most successful animated sitcom went downhill as it evolved, trying to keep up to the changing outlook of its viewers.
According to a report by the Thrillist, South Park, which premiered on Comedy Central in 1997, was the reason “The Simpsons” began to decline. “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening has been blamed for the downfall of the series.