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Bart’s 15 Best Prank Calls To Moe’s Tavern, Ranked – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Bart’s 15 Best Prank Calls To Moe’s Tavern, Ranked



One of the enduring running jokes on The Simpsons revolves around Bart Simpson’s prank calls to Moe’s Tavern. Bart consistently targets Moe, tricking him into shouting profane names and phrases across the bar. These pranks have been a staple of the show since its first season and continue to entertain audiences. It’s hard to believe that Moe remains oblivious to Bart’s antics each time, but the calls always end with an exasperated Moe threatening to harm Bart. Bart finds great amusement in these exchanges and carries on with his day as usual.

With over 30 seasons and no end in sight, The Simpsons has become an iconic American institution. Even after all these years, the Bart Simpson prank call names that he uses to harass Moe’s Tavern still elicit some of the show’s biggest laughs. These names are often juvenile wordplay, but they have been providing hilarious moments on television for decades. While there have been countless prank calls made by Bart, some of them not even directed at Moe’s Tavern, a few jokes have stood out and become some of Bart’s most memorable catchphrases.

In one episode titled “Love Is A Many Strangled Thing” from Season 22, Bart sends Moe a prank text message instead of making a call. Moe reads the message aloud and shows it to the bar patrons, who all burst into laughter. It takes a moment, but Moe eventually catches on and tries to retaliate by sending a message back. However, he struggles to use his fingers effectively and accidentally makes a donation to Haiti.

Another memorable prank call occurs in Season 2’s “Principal Charming” episode. Bart calls Moe’s Tavern from Principal Skinner’s office and asks for “Homer Sexual,” a play on his own father’s name. Moe falls for the pun, and the patrons of the tavern share a laugh at his expense. It’s amusing that Moe believes there are multiple Homers present in the bar at the same time.

In the Season 13 episode “Homer The Moe,” Homer takes over as the temporary bartender at Moe’s Tavern. This leads to Bart successfully pranking his own father with the name “Ollie Tabooger.” However, Homer’s lack of understanding results in him asking numerous questions, causing Bart to abandon the prank and hang up.

Even the crossover episode between Family Guy and The Simpsons, titled “The Simpsons Guy,” features one of Bart’s prank calls. Bart uses the name “Lee Key Bum,” which amuses Stewie. Although Stewie’s subsequent joke doesn’t land well, Moe’s request for customers to check their stools for a “leaky bum” provides a funny moment.

In the Season 1 episode “Some Enchanted Evening,” Bart delivers one of his most iconic prank calls. With Lisa and Maggie as his audience, Bart dials Moe’s Tavern and asks for “Oliver Klozoff.” Moe, unaware of the prank, responds with a vulgar request, creating a humorous misunderstanding.

Another notable prank call occurs in Season 2’s “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish” episode. Bart asks Moe for the whereabouts of Seymour Butz, leading Moe to shout “See more butts” across the bar multiple times before realizing he’s been tricked. Moe threatens Bart with gruesome violence, promising to pull out his eyeballs with a corkscrew.

In the Season 3 episode “Burns Sell The Power Plant,” Bart successfully pranks Moe by asking for “Mrs. O’Problem, first name Bea.” Moe is embarrassed and wonders if he has a body odor issue. He threatens Bart, vowing to paint his house with the prankster’s brains.

During the season 1 finale, titled “Some Enchanted Evening,” Bart makes another prank call. This time, he asks Moe if there’s an alcoholic named Al Coholic at the bar. Moe catches on and expresses his hope to find the prankster one day, while an oblivious Homer chimes in from his bar stool.

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In the Season 29 episode “Gone Boy,” Bart finds himself trapped in an underground bunker and uses a phone to make more prank calls. He asks Moe if there’s someone named Tess T. Culls present, leading Moe to shout the word “testicles” in the bar. Bart finds amusement in Moe’s confusion, but the phone catches fire before he can call for help.

Lastly, in the highly acclaimed episode “Flaming Moe’s” from Season 3, Bart plays a prank on Moe after Moe steals Homer’s recipe for a popular cocktail. Moe’s Tavern becomes the top spot in Springfield, prompting Bart to make a gag call. Unfortunately, the prank doesn’t go as planned, leaving audiences wanting more.

These Bart Simpson prank calls have become iconic moments in The Simpsons’ history, showcasing the show’s comedic brilliance and enduring popularity. They continue to entertain audiences and contribute to the show’s cultural impact.

One of the longest-running gags on The Simpsons involves all the Bart Simpson prank calls. Bart’s favorite target seems to be Moe’s Tavern, where he fools Moe into yelling profane names and phrases across the bar. Bart has been engaging in these antics since the very first season of The Simpsonsand they have yet to lose their charm. It’s hard to imagine Moe is oblivious to Bart’s prank every time, but the calls usually end with an exacerbated Moe threatening to hurt the young Simpson. Bart gets a few solid cackles from the exchange, and in typical fashion, goes about his day.

With more than 30 seasons and no end in sight, The Simpsons is an American cultural institution. Even after all these years, the Bart Simpson prank call names he uses when he harasses Moe’s Tavern earn some of the show’s biggest laughs. They’re usually juvenile plays on words, but they still make for hilarious television, just as they have for decades now. While there have been countless Bart Simpson prank calls to choose from, some of them not even to Moe’s Tavern at all, a few jokes have stood out among the rest and even make up some of the best Bart Simpson catchphrases.

I.M.A. Wiener — Season 22, Episode 17, “Love Is A Many Strangled Thing”

Bart prank texts Moe on The Simpsons

While it’s technically not one of the many Bart Simpson prank calls, The Simpsons chose to show the passage of time with a prank text message courtesy of Bart. In the installment, Moe is shown tending the bar and using his flip phone when he gets a message for “I.M.A. Wiener.” Moe reads the text aloud and even shows it to the bar patrons before they all burst out laughing at him. It takes a second, but Moe eventually catches on and tries to threaten the prankster by sending a message back, but unfortunately can’t use his fingers that well and ends up making a donation to Haiti on accident.

Homer Sexual — Season 2, Episode 14, “Principal Charming”

Principal Skinner Homer sexual

While Homer Simpson somehow gets the attention of a ton of women throughout the series, it would be a stretch to say that any of these women could be labeled as “Homer sexual.” Still, it was enough to trick Moe when one of Bart Simpson’s pranks calls saw him use his own father’s name as a pun.

In the season 2 episode “Principal Charming,” Bart calls Moe’s Tavern from Principal Skinner’s office, but instead of asking for Homer Simpson, he asks for “Homer Sexual.” Moe falls for the pun as always, and the patrons of Moe’s Tavern have a nice laugh. What may be funnier than anything is that Moe thought there was more than one possible Homer in his bar at the same time.

Ollie Tabooger — Season 13, Episode 3, “Homer The Moe”

Bart prank calling Homer on The Simpsons

In the season 13 episode “Homer The Moe,” beer-lover Homer Simpson actually takes over as the man in charge of Moe’s Tavern while Moe visits his alma mater to rediscover his passion for bartending. This leads to Homer finally being on the receiving end of one of the Bart Simpson prank phone calls. Unfortunately for Bart, Homer is somehow even stupider than Moe. Rather than just blindly call the name Ollie Tabooger as Bart says, Homer has trouble following the joke and asks Bart numerous questions before his son simply abandons the gag and hangs up the phone.

Lee Key Bum — Family Guy, Season 13, Episode 1, “The Simpsons Guy”

Bart and Stewie making prank calls in The Simpsons Family Guy crossover

While the Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover fell way short of its potential, it wasn’t without its bright spots, one of them adding to the list of all the Bart Simpson prank calls. Another of these was Stewie growing attached to Bart and wanting to emulate his new idol. Showing off his coolness, Bart pulls off another prank call to Moe’s Tavern.

In the Family Guy season 13 premiere “The Simpsons Guy,” Bart’s chosen prank call name is Lee Key Bum, which gets a huge laugh out of Stewie. Stewie follows up with a much more “Family Guy” joke that doesn’t land well at all, but Moe asking his customers to check the stools for a “leaky bum” is still a great line.

Oliver Klozoff — Season 1, Episode 13, “Some Enchanted Evening”

Bart Lisa and Maggie prank calling Moe's tavern The Simpsons

This is the second prank call Bart dials in during season 1’s episode “Some Enchanted Evening,” but it stands out as one of the best Bart Simpson prank calls. With Lisa and Maggie as his audience, Bart offers up “a little pre-dinner entertainment” as the phone rings. Using his standard setup, Bart asks Moe, “Is Oliver there?” When Moe inquires about a name, Bart gives him a zinger instead: “Oliver Klozoff.” Moe is clueless as he shouts from behind the bar that he wants “all of her clothes off.”

Seymour Butz — Season 2, Episode 11, “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish”

Bart and Lisa prank calling Moe on The Simpsons

By far one of the most iconic Bart Simpson prank phone calls rears up very early on in The Simpsons. In season 2’s “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish,” Bart calls for the whereabouts of Seymour Butz at Moe’s Tavern. In this case, Moe catches onto the prank after screaming, “See more butts” across the bar a few times. Moe really lets Bart have it as all of the bar patrons laugh in his face. He lets the hoaxer knows he means business, saying, “When I get my hands on you, I’m gonna pull out your eyeballs with a corkscrew!”

Bea O’Problem — Season 3, Episode 11, “Burns Sell The Power Plant”

Bart prank calls Moe's Bea O'Problem

In “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk” from season 3, Bart really gets Moe good with one of the best Bart Simpson prank calls. With his father and the rest of Moe’s regulars hanging out around the bar, Bart calls Moe to ask for “Mrs. O’Problem, first name Bea.” Moe is humiliated after asking his patrons, “Do I have a B.O. problem here?” He tells Bart, “I’m going to paint my house with your brains!” When Bart hangs up, his mom Marge tells him to go to Moe’s to find his father, leaving the jester with his own nervous body odor issues as he anticipates what Moe might do to him.

Al Coholic — Season 1, Episode 13, “Some Enchanted Evening”

Moe answering the phone on The Simpsons

“Some Enchanted Evening” contains not just one but two iconic Bart Simpson prank calls, and was initially intended to be the first episode of the show but ended up being the season 1 finale. In the same episode in which he phones for Oliver Klozoff, Bart pulls the most classic prank-the-bartender line out of his sleeve. Bart seeks to figure out if there’s a man named Al Coholic at the bar. “Is there an alcoholic here?” Moe checks before realizing what’s going on. “I hope you do find that punk someday, Moe,” an oblivious Homer chirps from his bar stool.

Tess T. Culls — Season 29, Episode 9, “Gone Boy”

Bart in an underground bunker on The Simpsons

When Bart gets stuck in an underground bunker during season 29’s episode “Gone Boy,” he eventually finds a phone, giving him the ability to deliver more classic Bart Simpson prank calls. Instead of finding help, Bart uses the opportunity to prank call Moe’s Tavern. While his typical brand of juvenile humor, Bart wonders if there’s someone by the name of Tess T. Culls having a beer. After shouting the word “testicles” in the bar a couple of times, Moe insists, “Aw, come on. I know you’re hanging around here somewhere.” While Bart has a good laugh, the ancient phone catches on fire before he’s able to call someone to save him.

Hugh Jass — Season 3, Episode 10, “Flaming Moe’s”

Bart looking shocked on the phone in The Simpsons

The season 3 episode “Flaming Moe’s,” is arguably the best Moe episode of The Simpsons and it contains one of the best Bart Simpson prank calls. In it, Moe steals Homer’s recipe for a very potent and very popular cocktail. The success of the Flaming Moe makes Moe’s Tavern the No. 1 spot in Springfield, which of course prompts Bart to ring up his favorite bartender for a gag.

It doesn’t go as planned, though. When Bart asks for Hugh Jass, it turns out there’s actually a patron with that name in the bar. “Look, I’ll level with you, mister. This is a prank call that sort of backfired, and I’d like to bail out right now,” Bart confesses before hanging up.

I’m A Stupid Moron With An Ugly Face And A Big Butt And My Butt Smells And I Like To Kiss My Own Butt — Season 3, Episode 7, “Treehouse Of Horror II”

Bart prank calling Moe in Treehouse of Horror II

In “Treehouse of Horror II,” one of the best “Treehouse of Horror” episodes of The SimpsonsBart uses psionic powers to make everyone in Springfield do his bidding. There’s no need for him to develop gag names anymore when he calls into Moe’s with one of the most out-there Bart Simpson prank calls.

Instead of his usual punny prank call name, Bart gets Moe to call nonsensically for someone named “I’m A Stupid Moron With An Ugly Face And A Big Butt And My Butt Smells And I Like To Kiss My Own Butt.” If Moe doesn’t repeat the line, Bart is liable to turn him into some kind of grotesque creature. It’s not much of a joke name, but it’s even more hilarious in its absurdity.

Mike Rotch — Season 2, Episode 22, “Blood Feud”

Moe on the phone while his patrons talk The Simpsons

It doesn’t get much funnier, from the perspective of 10-year-old Bart, than making jokes that reference body parts or bodily functions. This is usually the case when it comes to the best Bart Simpson prank calls and in season 2’s “Blood Feud” episode, Bart gets Moe with one of the oldest bawdy pranks in the books. “Is Mike there? Last name, Rotch,” Bart asks, luring Moe right into his “my crotch” trap. Lisa is there to laugh right along with her big brother as Moe threatens to do unconscionable things to the boy if he ever figures out his identity.

Jacques Strap — Season 1, Episode 6, “Moaning Lisa”

Moe hanging up the phone while his patrons laugh The Simpsons

Bart’s second-ever prank call name is one of the best Bart Simpson prank calls. In the episode “Moaning Lisa,” young Bart’s ritual is solidified for good when he calls the bar and requests to speak with Jacques Strap. As it goes with Moe, the bartender doesn’t get it at first, telling his patrons he’s “looking for a jock strap.” When reality washes over him, the enraged bartender flings empty, violent rhetoric at his prank caller. “Where’s your sense of humor, man?” Bart questions before hanging up. At the end of the day, “Jacques Strap” set the stage for all future Bart Simpson prank calls.

Amanda Huginkiss — Season 4, Episode 8, “New Kid On The Block”

A Man To Hug And Kiss Moe And Bart Simpson

Unlike most of the Bart Simpson prank calls on this list, Bart uses this crank call in “New Kid On The Block” from season 4, the all-time best season of The Simpsonsas a way to embarrass Jimbo Jones in front of his girlfriend (and Bart’s crush/babysitter), Ruth Powers. Thus, he calls Moe’s Tavern asking for a customer named “Amanda Huginkiss.”

After calling the name out a few times, Moe laments, “Why can’t I find a man to hug and kiss?” Barney retorts, “Maybe your standards are too high.” Moe, as per usual, threatens Bart with violence once he realizes he’s been had: “You little S.O.B. If I find out who you are, I’m gonna shove a sausage down your throat and stick starving dogs in your butt!”

I.P. Freely — Season 1, Episode 3, “Homer’s Odyssey”

split image of Moe holding the phone The Simpsons

The Bart Simpson prank calls names are now a beloved running gag, and it all started with the third episode of The Simpsons. Bart calls Moe’s Tavern and asks to speak to I.P. Freely. Bart’s use of this choice homophone (“I pee freely”) works out just as he planned, and an exacerbated Moe promises to exact revenge the next chance he gets. When Homer delivers the “you’ll get that punk someday” line he’s known for, Moe responds with, “He’s tough to catch. He keeps changing his name.” From this scene, one of the most iconic quips from the show was born, making it an instant classic.

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