Watch Hank Azaria’s Simpsons Characters Give Advice at Tufts Commencement
Simpsons star Hank Azaria gave Tufts University graduates a memorable send off at Sunday’s commencement ceremony.
The Emmy-winning voice actor and comedian concluded his speech by offering up a few words of wisdom as some of his famous animated characters.
Chief Wiggum kicked things off with the world’s worst advice for how to avoid getting arrested, followed by a quick hello from Moe. The salty bartender revealed that he “majored in not getting hit by cars on Commonwealth Avenue” while attending a different Boston area college back in the day.
“I didn’t have the benefit of a fancy, highfalutin education,” Azaria said as Moe. “I went to BU.”
The jab at Boston University received a huge laugh from the crowd, as did Azaria’s joke about Medford, which came during his turn as the Sea Captain.
“Kids remember, the sea is a cruel mistress,” he said. “But Medford is worse, so you’ll be fine.”
Azaria studied drama at Tufts between 1981 and 1985, and even appeared in a couple of quirky school plays with The Office actor Rainn Wilson.
He was two credits shy of a diploma when he walked with his graduating class, but eventually received his degree from Tufts in 1987. Azaria went back to school after moving out to Los Angeles, earning the remaining credits from UCLA.
Azaria was given the prestigious Tufts’ Light on the Hill Award, the highest honor that the university’s students can give an alumni, in 1999.
Following the joke-filled portion of his speech, the Simpsons actor gave the graduates some advice from the heart, telling them not to ignore their instincts.
“Just please be honest with yourself about what you think and how you feel about all of that, what you like and dislike, what angers you or scares you or saddens you or inspires you or delights you,” Azaria said. “Those feelings are called your instincts, and you ignore them at your own peril.”
Check out Azaria’s commencement speech—including his Apu and Comic Book Guy voices—below.