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No Comic-Con badge needed for official Simpsons casting call

July 23, 2009 - 11:19 am

Morgan Spurlock is directing The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Celebration in 3-D on Ice, and is holding an open casting call during Comic-Con for superfans of the long-running series. A Comic-Con badge is not required to audition for the documentary, and executive producer Al Jean will be amongst the judges. The where and the when are after the jump, but let me repeat: Comic-Con badges are not required.

So, the fine details: the auditions for The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Celebration in 3-D on Ice, scheduled for a January, 2010 airing, will be held in the San Diego Ballroom in the Mariott Hotel & Marina. Street address is 333 West Harbor Drive,92101. And don’t worry–it won’t be on ice or in 3-D, so your talents in either regard are moot.

Now, at first glance, Spurlock might seem like an odd choice to direct a documentary about The Simpsons. But both work firmly with satire, and as Spurlock tells CityBeat, “It’s the greatest thing I could ever hope to do. It’s so exciting. I think they wanted to do something kind of different, that wasn’t just a kiss-ass accolade show, which is what we’re trying to do.”

The show itself becomes the longest running show on TV this year, surpassing Gunsmoke for longevity. Spurlock says he and his team will be traveling the globe, trying to sort out just how big the footprint left by the show really is.  “We’re going to cast a wide net, a multigenerational net, a multiethnic net, an international net, to find the stories and people we want to hone in on,” he says. “From there, you whittle it down to hopefully a very great 44-minutes.”

Of course, it makes sense that they’d Here in San Diego, he says, “We’re looking for superfans. We’re looking for people who have been moved by the show. I’m not just looking for people to come out and do Moe Syzlak imitations, although there are real people who look at themselves as the real life Otto or the real life Barney, and I’d love him to show up. We’re trying to find those people for whom this show has become a touchstone in their lives. We want them to come out and share their stories, do their imitations, talk about whatever it is, on camera. And yes, we’re going to be on the hunt for Comic Book Guy.”

So you should get there early if you want to be seen, because it will be like an American Idol-style cattle call. Except, says Spurlock, “we’re getting paid a lot less money than Ryan Seacrest.”

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