Sheeran will guest star on a musical-themed episode called “Haw-Haw Land,” which Entertainment Weekly reports will be a parody of La La Land with him playing a Ryan Gosling-esque musician named Brendan. Naturally, he’s just Lisa’s type.
“He keeps alternating [between], ‘You’re not that great, but you could be fantastic,’ and she keeps falling for him because of his talent,” executive producer Al Jean told EW. There’s actually a love triangle forming as well with Nelson, who tries to impress Lisa with his singing talent. How is Nelson’s voice? “Well, you’ll hear,” says Jean with a chuckle. “He sings ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’ with new lyrics, and he kind of bullies those notes.”
Sheeran will be singing a bit in the episode when he meets Lisa, impressing sax-loving school girl. But it doesn’t sound like everyone will be falling for Brendan. Jean continued to state Milhouse, who has often professed his love for Lisa, will not be so pleased by Brendan showing up in his hometown.
“When Lisa meets Brendan, Milhouse comes in and he goes, ‘I’ve brought three kinds of waters — cold, warm, and lukewarm,'” said Jean. “Lisa goes, ‘I’m not thirsty anymore,’ and ‘Milhouse goes, ‘Dammit!’ That’s the effect he has on somebody else…. The girls love him but he’s difficult.”
Sheeran is reportedly a longtime Simpsons fan and even has a tattoo of the show’s three-eyed fish, Blinky.
“We had a perfect part for him,” said Jean. “So we said, ‘Oh, great, we’ll have him do this!’ And we recorded him over the phone from England.”
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