Episode - 1F11\\
First Aired - 2/3/1994

While on a boring field trip to the box factory, Bart makes a break for it to Channel 6 Studios, home of Bart's favorite show, ''Krusty the Clown'', and gets a job as Krusty's assistant -- then becomes an accidental star after screwing up during a live sketch and blurting, "I didn't do it!"
!!This episode contains examples of:

* FifteenMinutesOfFame: Bart's fame wears off after a couple of weeks.
* AnalogyBackfire: Bart is willing to listen to Homer's advice about not caring what others think until Homer says that's what made him what he currently is.
* AndThisIsFor: Nelson when he thought Bart was lying about being Krusty's assistant.
* AscendedExtra: In-universe. It takes Bart one clumsy entrance from being a SpearCarrier to become a main act in Krusty's show.
* AsHimself: Creator/ConanOBrien (the only ''Simpsons'' writer ever to come back and voice himself. Also, the only ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' writer to voice himself on ''TheSimpsons'')
* BalefulPolymorph: Upon seeing his lucky red hat on top of one, Homer believes the factory machinery had cleanly transformed Bart into an ordinary cardboard box.
* BigFancyHouse: Lisa has one in her imagine spot.
* TheBore: Only Principal Seymour Skinner would think it's a good idea to visit a box factory. '''Repeatedly'''.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: Thanks to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the parts where Kent Brockman is trying to read a report about a tidal wave in Kuala Lampur, then changes it to France because he can't pronounce Kuala Lampur and the Mexican Bumblebee Man reading the tidal wave report after Kent Brockman refuses to do it because his cheese danish was stolen are cut on the UK's Channel 4.
* CatchPhrase
** This episode makes fun of the fact that people who become famous for blurting a catchphrase are only famous for a short time.
-->'''Lisa''': "If I'm ever famous for something, I want it to be for something worthwhile and not just some stupid fad."
** ...and then parodied when every character on the show ends up saying their own catch phrase in rapid succession.
** And it becomes apparent that Lisa is the only main character without a CatchPhrase.
* CelebrityIsOverrated: Bart at first loves the fame and attention it gets him, but eventually gets sick of the fact that he's treated as a one-trick pony.
* ChirpingCrickets: When Bart does his line and the audience is not reacting, we hear this sound.
* ClassTrip: The episode begins with Bart's class going on a trip to a box factory. On the way they pass in front of a "Toy Town", a fireworks testing range and a slide factory, all of which have other schools' buses parked outside.
* ClosedDoorRapport:
** Bart refuses to come out of his room to do another appearance on the Krusty Show. However, Marge changes his mind talking to Bart from behind the door.
** Sideshow Mel shouts at Bart from behind the bathroom door.
* CreditsPushback: Done to Krusty's show; this results in Bart's name being hard to read when the tape is paused, and his friends don't believe that he actually works on the show.
-->'''Nelson:''' ''(after punching Bart in the gut)'' [[AndThisIsFor That's for taking credit for other people's work.]]
* DeadHatShot: Bart tossing his red baseball cap on to a cardboard box when he ditches the ClassTrip to the box factory leads Homer to conclude that he has been made into a box.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
--> '''Bart''': It's my job to be repetitive. My job. My job. Repetitiveness is my job! I'm gonna go out there tonight and give the ''best'' performance of my life!\\
'''Marge''': The best performance of your life?\\
'''Bart''': The ''best'' performance of my life!
* FieldTrip: The episode begins with Bart's class going on a trip to a box factory. On the way, they pass in front of a "Toy Town", a fireworks testing range and a slide factory, all of which have other schools' buses parked outside
* GameShowAppearance: Bart dreams he's a panelist on ''Series/MatchGame 2034''. He ends up knocking over, and breaking, [[Series/ToTellTheTruth Kitty Carlisle]]'s [[BrainInAJar head-in-a-jar]].
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Parodied with that guard on the studio set who lets Bart pass on his word that he works there.
* HappyPlace: Lisa doesn't want to leave her ImagineSpot because she likes being in it too much.
* HorribleHollywood: Bart is exposed to the full force of showbiz, "a hideous bitch goddess".
* HypocriticalHumor: At the end of act three:
--> '''DJ 1''': And that was "Kung Fu Fighting". Speaking of "one trick ponies", whatever happened to that "I didn't do it" kid?\\
'''DJ 2''': Boy, did ''that'' get old fast! ''WHOA!'' Y'know, if you wanna last in this business, you gotta stay fresh! ''(plays recycled sound effects)''
* ICantBelieveImSayingThis: When Bart's entire class is waiting for him to say his new catch phrase.
-->'''Bart:''' I can't believe I'm saying this, but...shouldn't we be learning something?
* ImagineSpot:
** Lisa has a rather disturbing imagine spot where she kills Bart with her ''Nobel Peace Prize''.
** Bart has one when he tries to imagine a place he'd rather be instead of the box factory. It backfires when he can't think of anything else.
--> '''Skinner''': Class, instead of the box factory, today we'll be going to the..... box factory.\\
'''Bart''': Damn TV, you ruined my imagination, just like you ruined my ability to... to um... oh well. (pulls out a mini-TV and laughs while watching it)
* ImplausibleDeniability: When Bart accidentally destroys Krusty the Clown's set in front of a live audience, his attempt to deny it spawns the CatchPhrase "I didn't do it".
* ImStandingRightHere: Lisa gives a disgusted tirade on Bart's popularity and claims she'd loathe to be remembered for a mere obnoxious fad. When a hurt Bart is revealed to have entered the room, she awkwardly looks away and reads.
* InstantlyProvenWrong: When Krusty declares that Bart doesn't have it as a star after ruining his set, he opens the door only to bump into a crowd of people waiting to see Bart.
* InterruptedBath: When Bart wanders off from a field trip, and Principal Skinner calls Marge at home, causing her to run to the phone dripping wet in a towel. When she doesn't answer on time, he calls Homer at work, where, for some reason, he ''also'' runs for the phone after a shower.
-->'''Homer:''' You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel.
* IronicEcho: "I wish I was dead."
* {{Irony}}: In her ImagineSpot, Lisa remarks how ironic it is that she impaled her brother on her Nobel Peace Prize.
* LenoDevice: Creator/ConanOBrien appears in his show with Bart as his guest. Considering Conan has written more than a few episodes of ''The Simpsons'', it's appropriate.
* LostFoodGrievance: Kent Brockman really loves danishes. When Bart swipes Brockman's danish (which resembles more of a cinnamon roll) to give to Krusty, Brockman discovers his pastry missing and won't do the news report.
* ModestyTowel: When Homer comes out of the shower at the nuclear plant to answer the phone: "You'll have to speak up. I'm wearing a towel."
* NegativeContinuity: "I didn't do it" was a CatchPhrase of Krusty's in Season 1 episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E12KrustyGetsBusted "Krusty Gets Busted"]]. He uses it in his show, it's one of the recordings on his doll, and the crowd laughs when he meekly says it after getting arrested. In this episode, it's Bart's brainchild.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Creator/DanCastellaneta based the box factory manager's voice on Wally Ballou, a character portrayed by Bob Elliott of the comedy duo Bob and Ray.
* ShoutOut:
** For this episode's chalkboard gag, Bart writes that his homework wasn't stolen by an [[Series/TheFugitive one-armed man]].
** To escape the box factory, Bart hides himself in a laundry basket, similar to ''Theatre/{{Annie}}''. The only difference is that [[RealityEnsues nobody was there to take him out]], so he just goes out through a nearby door.
** The scene where Krusty makes Bart his assistant by entrusting him to wash his towel is staged like the classic SuperBowlSpecial by Coca-Cola where a boy gives Mean Joe Green his Coke and starts to walk off, only to get Joe's towel in return.
--> '''Bart:''' Wow! A big clown hankie.\\
'''Krusty:''' It's a towel, you yutz!
* SkywardScream: Homer sends one out after he believes his son was turned into a box.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Marge asks Bart to stop whistling that annoying tune after hearing him whistle The Simpsons theme song while coming into the kitchen.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Lisa fantasizes about killing Bart in her fantasy.
* YouGetMeCoffee: This is what Bart's career amounted to at first, nearly driving him to quit. Then he has to fill in for Sideshow Mel and the rest is history.
-->'''Krusty:''' This is a dream factory, the birthplace of magic -- an enchantment! Now I need you to go clean out my toilet.