New York Magazine is reporting that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will guest star as himself on an episode of The Simpsons in which he advises Lisa Simpson on entrepreneurship.
Zuckerberg is just the latest in a long line of Simpsons special guests from the tech/geek world. Both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have been portrayed on the animated TV show, but neither voiced their own characters as Zuckerberg reportedly will.
Fortunately for these guest stars, they generally get pretty good natured treatment on The Simpsons (unlike on South Park, where many a tech icon has been skewered).
Trekkies got their wish when Spock actor Leonard Nimoy played himself in an episode titled "Marge vs. the Monorail" in which he is a celebrity presence at the opening of a controversial monorail in Springfield.
Dr. Demento, host of the long-running radio show for crazy songs, appeared as himself during season 6 in an episode called "Sideshow Bob Roberts."
Scientist Stephen Hawking made the first of several appearances when he appeared in an episode called They Saved Lisa's Brain during season 10. Hawking winds up saving Lisa from possible harm and later having a beer at Moe's with Homer.
Noted geek comedians/magicians Penn & Teller guest star during season 11 in an episode called Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder.
Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee appears as himself during an episode on season 13 called "I am Furious Yellow." Lee encourages Bart to pursue drawing comics, and Bart comes up with one called Angry Dad.
Internet entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Mark Cuban (now best known as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA) both appear in an episode called The Burns and the Bees during season 20. The execs join Mr. Burns at a Billionaires Retreat.
Zuckerberg actually could have appeared on the same episode, but it sounds like he'll have the spotlight to himself. (Not to mention in the upcoming movie, The Social Network, based on the rise of Facebook and a book we reviewed).
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