Can “real” people be guest stars on an animated TV show? Sure! “Scooby-Doo” did it (Phyllis Diller and Don Knotts, for example) and “The Simpsons” does it really, really well. Some celebs got to appear solely as voices, while others were on screen as themselves. (How is your animated self different from your physical self? Or are they the same? Discuss.)
Some of the best famous-people-as-themselves appearances:
Aerosmith: The band performed at Moe’s tavern in the Season 16 episode “Flaming Moe’s.” Drummer Joey was the object of Mrs. Krabappel’s crush, Moe got to be on stage with the guys and the show was one of the most popular in “Simpsons” history. It opened the door for other musicians to appear, such as Cypress Hill, Peter Frampton and Smashing Pumpkins. Oh, and Spinal Tap.
Whole bunch of MLB players: In “Homer at the Bat,” a dream team of players assembled by Mr. Burns was actually … a team of real players: Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, Mike Scioscia and others appeared as themselves.
Stephen Hawking: Yes, the Smartest Guy in the World knows good TV when he sees it — Hawking has appeared in Springfield three times.