Tom Waits — singer, songwriter, and actor — is scheduled to lend his gravely voice to an episode of The Simpsons later this season, according to The Guardian. The musician will reportedly play himself in an upcoming storyline, which is set to air this December.
The episode, entitled “Homer Goes to Prep School,” finds Homer joining a group of individuals who are preparing for an impending apocalypse. Waits will reportedly introduce the character to the community of survivalists. Hilarity is rumored to ensue.
In addition to releasing a slew of albums since the early 70s, Waits has used his instantly-recognizable voice in a number of motion pictures and television shows. In 1992, Waits portrayed R.M. Renfield in director Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, starring Gary Oldman and Winoda Ryder. More recently, the singer has appeared in The Book of Eli, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and Wristcutters: A Love Story.
In-between acting gigs, Waits still finds time to release music. Last October, the musician debuted his seventeenth studio album Bad as Me, courtesy of ANTI-records.
Of course, Waits isn’t the first celebrity to announce an appearance on this season of FOX’s long-running animated sitcom The Simpsons. Just last week, pop sensation Justin Bieber revealed his stint on the program in a post on Twitter.
According to MSN, Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, Carrie Brownstein, and Fred Armisen are lending their talents to the show as well. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch — known for his roles in War Horse, Atonement, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy — is also rumored to have signed on for an episode.
Over the years, a number of musicians and singers have paid a visit to the world of The Simpsons. In addition to an assortment of rock bands, the show has also featured such artists as David Byrne, James Taylor, Barry White, Paul McCartney, Robert Goulet, and Britney Spears. Tom Waits should be a perfect fit for the program.
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