A US comedian has claimed that he is the inspiration behind Moe the Barman, one of the best-loved characters in The Simpsons.
Rich Hall is best-known in Britain for his performances on Have I Got News For You and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
He said he has always thought that the darkly comic cartoon landlord – who is obsessed with Homer’s wife Marge – was rather like him.
“I suspected that Moe was based on me because I used to write with George Meyer back when he was one of the original writers on the show,” he told The Sun.
“[Simpsons creator] Matt Groening was a fan of my stuff.
“Other people said: ‘You look and sound just like Moe.’
“Then Matt confirmed it. It’s an honour, once you get over the shock of seeing yourself as a horrible, yellow caricature.”
Hall, 53, who made his name in the US on shows like Saturday Night Live, used to introduce his UK act with the line: “Well, I’m an American and… I’m sorry for everything.”