10 Best Simpsons Guest Stars (Who Played Themselves)
10. Linda Rondstat
Linda Rondstat isn’t often talked about as one of the great Simpsons celebrity cameos, but she really should be. She appears in one of the all time great episodes, Mr. Plow, helping Barney with his Plow King song.
The legendary episode sees Barney steal Homer’s business, with his commercial attacking Mr Plow - he’s a loser, and I think he is boozer.
Rondstat adds a touch of class to proceedings, and makes the song one of the most iconic in Simpsons history. She’s a little drowned out by the rest of the episode being so wonderful, but compared to a lot of the modern day misfires, Linda Rondstat is a brilliant addition. Mr Plow is up there with the likes of Last Exit To Springfield as early benchmarks of the show’s quality.
It’s difficult to comprehend when you see the results, but Season 4 of The Simpsons was made with the smallest crew the show ever had, and so the episode’s writer Jon Vitti was sent to San Francisco to record Rondstat’s lines.
He’s since commented that hearing Rondstat sing Plow King in Spanish was his favourite memory of the show. Given Rondstat’s lyrical voice, that’s no real surprise.