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'Spider-Man' Producers Respond to Spidey Halloween Spoofs

Monday, October 31, 2011

The producers of the Broadway show "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" responded Monday to two television parodies of Spider-Man.

In a sketch titled "The Diving Bell and the Butterball" that was part of "The Simpsons" Halloween special on Sunday, Homer gets bitten by a spider and becomes paralyzed -- he finds he's only able to communicate through passing gas. Then, Homer gets a second spider bite that gives him superhuman Spidey powers.

Responding to the sketch on Monday, the "Spider-Man" production team offered the entire Simpsons family a trip to New York to see a front-row performance of the Broadway show.

"Everyone at 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' was extremely flattered by last night’s tribute on ‘The Simpsons,’" said spokesman Rick Miramontez. "'The Simpsons' is an iconic American institution, and being part of last night’s episode was an honor and dream come true."

On Monday, Michael Gelman, the executive producer of "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly," appeared dressed up as an injured "Spider-Man" in a wheel chair on the Halloween episode of the morning talk show.

"Gelman, like Spider-Man, is a true New York hero who has been entertaining American families for decades," said Miramontez. "He is very much deserving of the Spider-Man costume. On behalf of everyone at 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,' we wish him a speedy recovery.”

Of last week's "Put An End to Broadway" sketch on "South Park," in which Randy dons a Spider-Man suit and knocks our stars and audience members on the Great White Way, Miramontez said late Monday afternoon: "'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' did hear about ‘South Park’s tribute,’ and for the record the production is always flattered by the attention — even on basic cable.”

Here's a clip from the aforementioned "Simpsons" sketch, courtesy of TMZ:

 

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