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Clown and Out/Bubba Bo Bob Brain is the 34th episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on November 4, 1993.

Theme Song


Last line

Dot: Come back, Shaney!

Clown and Out


Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Ltd.


Thaddeus Plotz hires a clown for Wakko's birthday party, unaware that Wakko has an irrational Clownophobia (fear of clowns) that's even worse than Plotz's own. Wakko does everything in his power to get rid of the clown, resulting in the clown being sent to the planet Mars. Once on Mars, the clown gets an audience of Martians who like his act.




  • The song that Mr. Clown sings in Plotz's office, "Never Laugh Alone," is a parody of "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel, which Jerry Lewis, whom the clown is modeled after, often concluded his Labor Day Telethons with.
  • During an in-character interview with Paul Rugg in-character as Mr. Director in Animaniacs Tribute and Cast Interview Part 3 - Nostalgia Critic (10:06-10:30), it is confirmed that Mr. Director and Mr. Clown are in fact, the same character.
  • The clown is one of the rare characters who runs afoul of the Warners yet gets a happy ending in the form of Martians who like his songs. This is probably due to the fact the clown was not acting out of malice towards Wakko, but simply trying to do a job he was hired for. It is one of the seldom examples where an antagonistic character in a WB cartoon "wins" in the end.
  • Dr. Scratchansniff incorrectly calls a fear of clowns Clownophobia, when the correct term is Coulrophobia.
    • Dr. Scratchansniff's line "A clown is not a giant spider" is a reference to Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King's IT, whose true form was a giant spider. The line "A clown will not bite me and throw me in the basement" is a reference to John Wayne Gacy, a man who murdered several people and kept their bodies inside the crawl space of his own home. Gacy had become known as the "clown killer" due to a side job he had entertaining parties under the guise of "Pogo the Clown".
  • This is one of the few episodes where nothing bad and/or mildly inconvenient happens to Dr. Scratchansniff.
  • The baby Martians look and sound similar to Marvin the Martian.


Mr. Clown: FeingotnMAYVNshoyl!
Plotz: A clown is my friend.
Scratchansniff: A clown will not bite me und throw me in ze basement.
Plotz: A clown will not bite me and throw me in the basement.
Scratchansniff: A clown is not a big schpider.
Plotz: A clown is not a big spider.
Mr. Clown: (after getting hit by the door) That hurt my face.
Mr. Clown: I wish the ground was mushy and soft.
Mr. Clown: (showing a dog balloon animal) Hello, I'm a puppy, barkLAYVNwoof!
Mr. Clown: I don't wanna do this no more!


Bubba Bo Bob Brain


Animation by Wang Film Production


The Brain poses as country singer Bubba Bo Bob Brain with Pinky as his manager. He plans to put subliminal messages in his songs to get whoever is listening to the songs to make him their world leader.




  • This cartoon contains parodies of Billy Ray Cyrus and his infamous song "Achy Breaky Heart", Dolly Parton, the TV show Hee Haw and the Grand Ole Opry. A caricature of Glen Campbell sings a parody of "Wichita Lineman" and a Kenny Rogers caricature sings a parody of "The Gambler".
  • As always, the Warners and Ralph continue their literal running gag.
  • The ending is used in the second finale of the Animaniacs game on the Super Nintendo Entertainment system.
  • An audio retelling of the story was released on CD in 1997.
  • The clip of Brain showing Pinky what subliminal message is, is later used in the theme song for the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series.
  • TMN (possibly the Tennessee Music Network) is a parody of TNN (The Nashville (later National) Network), which is a former name for Viacom-owned network Spike, which was rebranded as the Paramount Network in 2018.
  • Pinky references the "angel gets its wings" quote from It's A Wonderful Life.
  • Pinky's alias is "Colonel Pinky", a reference to Colonel Tom Parker, who was the long-time manager of Elvis Presley.


Dolly: I want you to know that I'm your biggest fan.
Brain: I'd say puberty was inordinately kind to you.
Brain: It must be inordinately taxing to be such a boob.
Pinky: You have no idea.
Brain: Pinky, Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?
Pinky: I think so, Brain, but burlap chafes me so.
Brain: I have calculated every ingredient necessary to become a country-music megastar. Read me the list, Pinky!
Pinky: A cowboy hat.
Brain: Check.
Pinky: A southern dialect.
Brain: Check. "Y'all."
Pinky: Nice, Brain. Working class values.
Brain: I enjoy beef jerky and the comedy stylings of Gallagher. Check.
Pinky: A song.
Brain: Check.
Pinky: A name consisting of not less than three words.
Brain: From now on, I shall be Bubba Bo Bob Brain. Check.
Pinky: And a height of at least six feet.
Brain: A...Drat. There must be some way to increase my height.
Pinky: Hmmm. Let me think. (Hits head)
Brain: Don't hurt yourself, Pinky.
Brain: Pardon my effervescence, but your accolade is more than any mouse merits.
Crystal Gayle: What's he saying?
Garth Brooks: I don't know.
Brain: I'd like to thank my mama and Elvis.
Brain: It's Bubba Bo Bob Brain. You are my manager, colonel Pinky. You discovered me playing guitar on the front porch of my humble pig farm. Any questions?
Pinky: Oh, just one. When you farm humble pigs, how far apart do you have to plant them?
Brain: If I could reach you, I would hurt you. But for now, on to Nashville.
Pinky: On to Nashville!
Brain: (Hits into wall) This is a pain that is going to linger.


Wheel of Morality


Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha

The moral of the story is: "Elvis lives on in our hearts, in his music, a trailer park outside Milwaukee."


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Dr. Scratchansniff, Pinky, Garth Brooks, Glenn Campbell
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Willie Rae Cyprus
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Mary Hartless, Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, Country Fan 1, Country Fan 2, Ticket Counter Lady
Frank Welker Thaddeus Plotz, Baby Martians
Paul Rugg Mr. Clown
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Kenny Rogers
Gail Matthius Yee Haw Gal


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List of Animaniacs (Original Series) episodes
Season 1
De-Zanitized / The Monkey Song / Nighty-Night ToonYakko's World / Cookies for Einstein / Win BigH.M.S. Yakko / Slappy Goes Walnuts / Yakko's UniverseHooked on a Ceiling / Film Projector Transition / Goodfeathers: The BeginningTaming of the ScrewyFlipper Parody / Temporary Insanity / Operation: Lollipop / What are We?Piano Rag / When Rita Met RuntThe Warners' Lot Song / The Big Candy Store / Bumbie's MomWally Llama / Where Rodents DareKing YakkoNo Pain, No Painting / Les MiseranimalsGarage Sale of the Century / Fortunes / West Side PigeonsHello Nice Warners / La Behemoth / Little Old Slappy From PasadenaLa La Law / Cat on a Hot Steel BeamSpace-Probed / Battle for the PlanetChalkboard Bungle / Hurray for Slappy / The Great Wakkorotti: The Master & His MusicRoll Over, Beethoven / The Cat and the FiddlePavlov's Mice / Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov / Nothing But the ToothMeatballs or Consequences / A Moving ExperienceHearts of Twilight / The BoidsThe Flame / Wakko's America / Davy Omelette / Four Score and Seven Migraines AgoGuardin' the Garden / Plane PalsBe Careful What You Eat / Session 1 / Up the Crazy River / Session 2 / Ta Da DumpYakko's World of Baldness / Opportunity Knox / Wings Take HeartHercule Yakko / Home on De-Nile / A Midsummer Night's DreamTestimonials / Babblin' Bijou / Potty Emergency / Sir YaksalotYou Risk Your Life / I Got Yer Can / Jockey for PositionMoby or Not Moby / Mesozoic Mindy / The Good, the Boo, and the UglyDraculee, Draculaa / Phranken-RuntHot, Bothered and Bedeviled / Moon Over Minerva / Skullhead BoneyhandsO Silly Mio / Puttin' on the Blitz / The Great Wakkorotti: The Summer ConcertChairman of the Bored / Planets Song / Astro-ButtonsCartoons in Wakko's Body 1 / Noah's Lark / Cartoons in Wakko's Body 2 / The Big Kiss / Cartoons in Wakko's Body 3 / Hiccup / Cartoons in Wakko's Body ConclusionClown and Out / Bubba Bo Bob BrainVery Special Opening / Animaniacs Stew / In the Garden of Mindy / Pinky and the Cat / We've Been Mixing Up the Scripts / No Place Like Homeless / Katie Ka-Boo / We Found This Old Computer / Dottie the Squirrel / Baghdad CaféCritical Condition / The Three Muska-WarnersDough Dough Boys / Boot Camping / General Boo-RegardSpellboundSmitten with Kittens / Alas Poor Skullhead / White GlovesCasablanca Opening / Fair Game / The Slapper / Puppet RulersButtermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter / Broadcast Nuisance / Raging BirdAnimator's Alley / HollywoodchuckOf Nice and Men / What a Dump! / Survey LadiesUseless Facts / The Senses Song / The World Can Wait / Kiki's Kitten / • Mary Tyler Dot Song / Windsor Hassle / ...And Justice for SlappyTurkey Jerky / Wild Blue YonderVideo Review / When Mice Ruled the EarthMobster Mash / Lake Titicaca / IcebreakersVery Special Opening / A Christmas Plotz / Little Drummer WarnersSlippin' on the Ice / 'Twas the Day Before Christmas / Jingle Boo / The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert / Toy Shop Terror / Yakko's UniverseBranimaniacs / The Warners and the Beanstalk / Frontier SlappyUps and Downs / The Brave Little Trailer / Yes, AlwaysDrive-Insane / Girlfeathers / I'm CuteBrain Meets Brawn / Meet MinervaGold Rush / A Gift of Gold / Dot's Quiet TimeSchnitzelbank / The Helpinki Formula / Les Boutons et le Ballon / Kung BooOf Course You Know, This Means Warners / Up a Tree / Wakko's GizmoOh, Oh, Ethel / Inkblot Test / Meet John Brain / Smell Ya LaterRagamuffins / Woodstock SlappyKaraoke Dokie / Cranial Crusader / The Chicken Who Loved MeBaloney & Kids / Super Buttons / Katie Ka-Boom: The Driving LessonScare Happy Slappy / Witch One / MacBethWith Three, You Get Eggroll / Mermaid Mindy / Katie Ka-Boom: Call WaitingLookit the Fuzzy Heads / No Face Like HomeMy Father the Tuna / The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special
Season 2
Take My Siblings, Please / The Mindy 500 / Morning MalaiseWe're No Pigeons / Whistle-Stop Mindy / Katie Ka-Boom: The Broken DateMiami Mama-Mia / Pigeon on the Roof / CooI'm Mad / Bad Mood Bobby / Katie Ka-Boom: The Blemish / Fake
Season 3
Super Strong Warner Siblings / Nutcracker Slappy / Wakko's New Gookie / A Quake, a Quake!Variety Speak / Three Tenors and You're Out / BingoPreviously on Animaniacs / Deduces Wild / Rest in Pieces / U.N. MeA Hard Day's Warners / Gimme a Break / Please Please Please Get a Life FoundationThe Tiger Prince / All The Words in the English Language (Part 1) / The Kid in the Lid / All The Words in the English Language (Part 2) / Method to Her Madness / All The Words in the English Language (Part 3)The Presidents Song / Don't Tread on Us / The Flame ReturnsGimme the Works / Buttons in Ows / Hercules UnwoundThis Pun for Hire / Star Truck / Go Fish / Multiplication (song)The Sound of Warners / Yabba Dabba BooMy Mother the Squirrel / The Party / Oh! Say Can You See / The Twelve Days of ChristmasDot's Entertainment / The Girl with the Googily Goop / Gunga Dot2001 Parody 1 / Soccer Coach Slappy 2001 Parody 2 / Belly Button Blues / Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise / Valuable LessonWakko's 2-Note Song / Panama Canal / Hello Nurse / The Ballad of Magellan / The Return of the Great Wakkorotti / The Big Wrap Party Tonight
Season 4
One Flew Over the Cuckoo ClockCutie and the Beast / Boo Happens / Noel / Cold EndingAnimani-rats /• Jokahontas / Boids on the Hood / Mighty Wakko at the BatA Very Very Very Very Special Show / Night of the Living Buttons / Soda JerkFrom Burbank with Love / Anchors A-Warners / When You're TravelingParody Commercials / Papers for Pappa / Amazing Gladiators / Pinky and the RalphTen Short Films About Wakko Warner / No Time for Love / The Boo NetworkPitter Patter of Little Feet / Mindy in Wonderland / Ralph's Wedding
Season 5
Moosage in a Bottle / Back in Style / Bones in the BodyIt / Dot - The Macadamia Nut / Bully for SkippyCute First (Ask Questions Later) / Acquaintances / Here Comes Atilla / Boo WonderMagic Time / The Brain's Apprentice
Hooray for North Hollywood: (Part 1Part 2)
The Carpool / The Sunshine SquirrelsThe Christmas Tree / Punchline (Part 1) / Prom Night / Punchline (Part 2)
The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special:
(Birds on a Wire / The Scoring Session / Transition: Very Special Opening / The Animaniacs Suite)